Pinx Academy of Dance

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Centrally located in University City, Pinx Academy of Dance is convenient to interstate highways and blocks away from the historic Delmar Loop.

Pinx Academy of Dance

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The Pinx Academy of Dance curriculum challenges young artists to embrace all forms of dance and learn from the rich cultural traditions of dance styles.

Pinx Academy of Dance

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We motivate and inspire students through the development of outstanding dance technique, group cooperation, and a positive atmosphere. 

COVID-19 Accommodations

For the safety of all, masks are required for all in-person classes. Some classes will continue to be offered online through ZOOM, contact the Academy for details.

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Nicole “Pinky” Thomas

Preeminent
Dance Institution

With a passion and love for dance, we encourage students to follow their dreams to be dancers, choreographers, artists… The Pinx Academy of Dance curriculum challenges young artists to embrace all forms and aesthetics of dance and learn from the rich cultural traditions of the dance styles. Students’ study with master teachers and choreographers of Ballet, Tap, Modern, Jazz, African, Hip Hop, Dunham Technique, Belly Dance, Caribbean and Majorette styles with special seminars and workshops offered monthly.

We motivate and inspire students through the development of outstanding dance technique, group cooperation, and a positive atmosphere. We provide an environment in which aspiring dancers and choreographers can develop works without committing prematurely to a single dance style.

Classes & Workshop Offered:

  • Ballet
  • Tap
  • Jazz
  • Dunham Technique
  • Hip Hop
  • West African
  • Belly Dance
  • Modern
  • Poms
  • Majorette & More!

Weekly Schedule

  • MONDAY

    Afrobics
    6:15 pm

    Tight & Tone
    7:30 pm

  • TUESDAY

    Adult Tap
    6:15 pm

    Butz & Gutz
    7:30 pm

  • WEDNESDAY

    Dunham Technique
    6:15 pm

  • THURSDAY

    15 Unlimited
    6:15 pm

  • FRIDAY

    Squat It Out
    6:15 pm

    Stretch 45
    7:30 pm

  • SATURDAY

    Tight & Tone
    9:30 am

    3-4 Yrs Combo
    11:15 am

    5-7 Yrs Combo
    12:30 pm

    8-13 Yrs Combo
    1:45 pm

  • SUNDAY

    Squat It Out
    1:00 pm

    Stretch 45
    2:15 pm

  • SUNDAY

    Squat It Out
    1:00 pm

    Stretch 45
    2:15 pm

  • MONDAY

    Afrobics
    6:15 pm

    Tight & Tone
    7:30 pm

  • TUESDAY

    Adult Tap
    6:15 pm

    Butz & Gutz
    7:30 pm

  • WEDNESDAY

    Dunham Technique
    6:15 pm

  • THURSDAY

    15 Unlimited
    6:15 pm

  • FRIDAY

    Squat It Out
    6:15 pm

    Stretch 45
    7:30 pm

  • SATURDAY

    Tight & Tone
    9:30 am

    3-4 Yrs Combo
    11:15 am

    5-7 Yrs Combo
    12:30 pm

    8-13 Yrs Combo
    1:45 pm

Tuition

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Class Registration Form

WAIVER/INJURY RELEASE & ADDITIONAL RELEASES

I hereby release and indemnify PINX ACADEMY OF DANCE and their staff of any and all liability, claims, and causes of actions arising out of or in any way connected with my child’s/my participation in the classes offered by PINX ACADEMY OF DANCE. Further, I authorize PINX ACADEMY OF DANCE staff and faculty to seek emergency help and agree to allow any medical personnel the opportunity to treat an illness, injury, or any other medical condition. I agree to accept responsibility for any medical costs which may result from my child’s/my participation.

I consent to my child’s/my visual image to be used by PINX ACADEMY OF DANCE in general promotion of its programs.

I have read the releases and indemnification agreement and understand its meaning. Being fully aware of these risks, I hereby consent to my child’s/my participation in the PINX ACADEMY OF DANCE program.

I agree to the terms listed above.

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What do I need for class?

3-4 Years Old Combo

  • Solid Light Pink Leotard (Tank, Cap or Long sleeve)
  • Solid Light Pink Dance Tights
  • Pink Ballet Slippers (house shoes or ballerina style street shoes are not allowed)
  • Black Patton Leather Tap Shoes
  • Solid Pink short ballet skirts may be worn in class (No Tutu’s please)
  • Pink Leg warmers (optional)

5-7 Years Old Combo

  • Solid Lavender Leotard (Tank, Cap or Long sleeve)
  • Solid Flesh Colored Dance Tights
  • Pink Ballet Slippers (house shoes or ballerina style street shoes are not allowed)
  • Black Patton Leather Tap Shoes
  • Solid Lavender short ballet skirts may be worn in class (No Tutu’s please)

8-13 Years Old Combo

  • Solid Burgundy Leotard (Tank, Cap or Long sleeve)
  • Solid Flesh Colored Dance Tights
  • Pink Ballet Slippers (house shoes or ballerina style street shoes are not allowed)
  • Black Patton Leather Tap Shoes
  • Solid Burgundy or Black dance shorts may be worn in class (Flesh colored tights must be worn under shorts)

Ballet

Ladies

  • Solid Black Leotard (tank style or long sleeved)
  • Ballet Pink Footed/Transition Dance Tights
  • Pink Split Sole Leather Ballet Slipper (Full sole allowed for 3-5yrs Combo Class)
  • Solid Black Short Ballet Wrap Skirt may be worn in class
  • Solid Black Dance Shorts may be worn over leotard & tights with permission of the instructor
  •  TUTU’S, LONG SKIRTS, OR LEGGINS ARE NOT TO BE WORN IN CLASS

Gentlemen

  • Solid White Fitted Shirt/Tank Top
  • Black Male Dance Tights/Pants/Shorts
  • Black Split Sole Ballet Slipper (Leather or Canvas)

Tap

Ladies

  • Solid Black Leotard (Tank style or long sleeved during the winter months )
  • Black Transition Dance Tights
  • Black Patent Leather/Leather Oxford Tap Shoes (Heels may be worn with permission from the instructor)
  • Solid Black Dance Shorts may be worn over leotard & tights with permission from the instructor

Gentlemen

  • Solid Black/White T-Shirt/Tank Top
  • Solid Black Male Dance Pants/Shorts
  • Black Patent Leather or Oxford Tap Shoe

Jazz

Ladies

  • Solid Black Leotard (Tank Style or long sleeved during the winter months)
  • Black Transition Dance Tights
  • Black Split Sole Jazz Shoes (NO JAZZ SNEAKERS)
  • Solid Black Dance Shorts may be worn in class with permission from the instructor

Gentlemen

  • Solid Black T-Shirt/Tank Top
  • Black Male Dance Pants/Shorts
  • Black Split Sole Jazz Shoes (NO JAZZ SNEAKERS)

Dunham Technique / Modern / Contemporary

Ladies

  • Solid Black Leotard (Tank Style or long sleeved during the winter months)
  • Black Footless/Transition Dance TIghts
  • Black Dance Shorts may be worn with permission from the instructor
  • Class is taken in bare feet (no shoes/socks)

Gentlemen

  • Black T-Shirt/Tank top
  • Black Male Dance Tights/Pants/Shorts
  • Class is taken in bare feet (no shoes/socks)

West African

Ladies

  • A “LAPA” should be worn over leggings or shorts. The material should wrap 1 ½ times around the waist to be tied in a supportive knot
  • Leotard/supportive top
  • Class is taken in bare feet (no shoes/socks)

Gentlemen

  • Loose fitting pants/shorts not to pass the ankles
  • T-shirt/Tank Top
  • Class is taken in bare feet (no shoes/socks)

Belly Fusion

  •  Coin or wrap skirts may be worn over leggings or dance pants
  •  Supportive tops
  •  Soft split sole dance slipper is optional (socks are strongly discouraged)

Hip Hop

  • Clothing should allow for full movement (jeans are strongly discouraged)
  • Supportive tennis shoes/sneakers

HBCU Danceline "Majorette"

Ladies

  • Solid Black Leotard (Tank Style or long sleeved during the winter months)
  • Black Footless/Transition Dance TIghts
  • Black Dance Shorts may be worn with permission from the instructor
  • Class is taken in bare feet (no shoes/socks)

Gentlemen

  • Black T-Shirt/Tank top
  • Black Male Dance Tights/Pants/Shorts
  • Class is taken in bare feet (no shoes/socks)

Class participants: Please download and complete a copy of the Student Info and Waiver.

Required class attire may be purchased through the Academy. See instructor for details.

Alternative shoes should be worn for class during inclimate weather (rain, snow).

Dirty/Muddy or Wet soled shoes will NOT be allowed on the dance floor.

Street shoes are NOT permitted in the front studio.

6537 Olive Boulevard University City, Missouri 63130 | 314.304.7719

Nicole “Pinky” Thomas

Academy Director & Principal Instructor

Nicole Thomas is respected in the dance industry as a performer and recognized as an instructor, choreographer and humanitarian.

A native of University City, MO, Nicole is a graduate of Central Visual & Performing Arts High School in St. Louis, MO & received her B.F.A. in dance from The University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana. Introduced to ballet & tap as a young child she trained long and hard and became a member of the award winning Ray Parks Academy of Dance Competition Team. As an adolescent, Nicole began training in Dunham Technique at the Katherine Dunham Center for the Performing Arts, S.I.U.E., and East St. Louis Center under the direction of Theodore Jamison. She expanded her depth of knowledge by studying African, Caribbean, Haitian, Cuban, Capoeira, and yoga techniques. Ms. Thomas has traveled throughout the United States and Europe perfecting her talent. She has studied and worked with companies across the country, among which are the world renowned Katherine Dunham Dance Ensemble – SIUE, Martha Graham Dance Company, Urban Bush Women, The MUNY, Jose Limon Dance Company, Spirit of Angela West African Dance Ensemble, Inner Vision Dance Theatre, CounterGroove Dance Company, Minianka African Drum & Dance Ensemble, and Banyan Dance Theater.

Nicole has appeared in countless stage productions including A Chorus Line, Three Coins in the Fountain, Showboat, and Tap Dance Kid. She has staged musicals across the country such as Fiddler on the Roof, Once Upon this Island, The Wiz, Children of Eden and many more. As an instructor, Ms. Thomas exposes thousands of aspiring dancers & performers to the wonderful world of dance each year. Her passion for sharing is evident through workshops and ongoing residencies with the Missouri Historical Society, Kaatsbaan International Dance Center, Inc., Stages St. Louis-Education Outreach, Girls Scouts of Eastern Missouri, St. Louis Public Schools, International Association of Blacks in Dance, Black College Dance Exchange, Neighborhood Houses, Club CHIPS, and many more.

In 2006, Nicole fulfilled a lifelong dream by opening Pinx Academy of Dance in University City, Missouri, where she offers a comprehensive dance curriculum to students and professionals of all ages. Pinx Academy of Dance offers a culturally diverse environment with knowledgeable instructors from around the world.