Offering dance classes to students ages 2.5 through 18+

Welcome to ROOTS Dance

Hi there! Thanks for stopping by and learning more about our dance program.

At ROOTS, we are passionate about growing dedicated and well-rounded dancers. We train and challenge them as dancers as well as mentor their character and hearts. It is our goal to have a positive environment where dancers can learn exceptional technique, see their full potential and gain self-confidence.

Below you’ll find details about our program, mentors, schedule, tuition and more.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out:


Saskia Harmon - Director

Saskia Harmon
Dance Director

Toddlers  |  Preschool  |  Minis  |  Juniors  |  Teen/Senior  |  Performance  |  Competition  |  Mentors  |  Schedule  |  TuitionFAQ’s

Toddler Dance

Toddler dance classes are offered for students ages 2.5-3 years old.

Classes are offered multiple days a week and are focused on the foundations of Ballet and Creative Movement.

Preschool Dance

Preschool dance classes are offered for students ages 3-5 years old.

Classes are offered Monday—Saturday and are focused on teaching Ballet, Tap, and Jazz.

Mini Dance

Mini dance classes are offered for students ages 5-8 years old.

Beginner, intermediate and advanced level classes are offered in Jazz, Ballet, Hip Hop, Acro, Musical Theater, Lyrical and Boys Crew.

Junior Dance

Junior dance classes are offered for students ages 9-11 years old.

Beginner, intermediate and advanced level classes are offered in Jazz, Ballet, Tap, Hip Hop, Acro, Musical Theater, Skills, Lyrical and Boys Crew.

Teen & Senior Dance

Teen/senior dance classes are offered for students ages 12-18 years old.

Beginner, intermediate and advanced level classes are offered in Jazz, Ballet, Pre-Pointe, Hip Hop, Acro, Musical Theater, Tap, Lyrical, Fusion & Skills.

Performance Company

Performance company is available for students ages 5-18 years old who desire more performance opportunities and growth within a close-knit community of dancers. Students are placed in one of four levels based on age and ability.

Performance company members are required to take a set amount of hours every week, participate in a dance convention, outside performances and a weekly rehearsal.

Competition Company

Competition company is for students ages 4-18 years old who desire a challenging and competitive team experience. These members are the most driven and talented dancers at ROOTS and are especially passionate, hard-working and committed.

Competition company members are required to take a set amount of hours every week, participate in multiple dance competitions and conventions, outside performances and a weekly rehearsal.

Our Dance Staff & Mentors

Saskia Harmon
Saskia HarmonDance Director & Mentor
Jessica Stillman
Jessica StillmanCompany Manager & Mentor
Jen Burns
Jen BurnsDance Operations Manager
Deavon Walden
Deavon WaldenDance Mentor
Jillian Lovins
Jillian LovinsDance Mentor
Jordan Grace Melton
Jordan Grace MeltonDance Mentor
Kathleen McPherson
Kathleen McPhersonDance Mentor
Kelsey Southerland
Kelsey SoutherlandDance Mentor
Kira Fargas
Kira FargasDance Mentor
Mandy Callahan
Mandy CallahanDance Mentor
Maria Logan
Maria LoganDance Mentor
Mary Beth Hill
Mary Beth HillDance Mentor
Vivienne Heskje
Vivienne HeskjeDance Mentor
Liza ter Kuile
Liza ter KuileFirst Impressions Team / Crew Mom
Lori Inkrot
Lori InkrotCrew Mom

Dance Schedule

Below you will find the schedule for the 2019/2020 dance season. To find the classes that you’re interested in quickly, use the filter menu (Show Filters +) to find classes based on your dancers level, style, age, day and time of day.

  • Click on the days of the week to view the class offerings for each day.
  • Click on the name of the class to get a brief description of the class, details on the dress code and recital details.

Dance Tuition

A $50 registration fee is due at enrollment for each dance season.

Registration fees are non-refundable.

ClassTuitionSibling Pricing
1 Class$70/month$63/month
2 Classes$115/month$104/month
3 Classes$135/month$122/month
4 Classes$155/month$140/month
5 Classes$175/month$158/month
6 Classes$195/month$176/month
7 Classes$215/month$149/month

Frequently Asked Questions

Who participates in recital?2019-06-07T14:02:34-05:00

All Preschool (Ages 3-5), Mini (6-8), Junior (9-11), Teen (12-15) and Senior (15-18) dancers participate in the recital. The following classes will NOT perform a routine in Recital: Acro, Skills, FUSION, Mini/Junior Company Ballet, and Pre-Pointe.

What if the class I want to enroll in is full and waitlisted?2019-06-07T14:08:09-05:00

If the class you would like to enroll in is full, please register for the waitlist. This will put you in line to be notified if space becomes available in the class. When a spot in the class becomes available we will contact you and confirm that you are still interested. You will not be charged tuition until a spot for your dancer is guaranteed.

Why are recital tickets limited to only 4?2019-06-09T21:44:20-05:00

2018-2019 Season: Our venue is secured 9 months before the recital. Unfortunately, we did not anticipate the growth in our program and it was too late to make a venue change. Due to the number of students performing in the recital and the limited capacity of our venue (600 seats), we are only able to allocate 4 tickets to ensure that every student’s family members have the ability to be able to attend the recital. We are already looking for larger venues for the 2020 recital and beyond, to alleviate this restriction.

How do I withdraw from my dance class?2019-06-07T14:02:05-05:00

If for any reason you wish to withdraw from your class, we would love to talk with you. Give us a call at (615) 804-1177 or email If you are sure you’d like to withdraw, please complete the withdrawal form.

Where can I buy recital tickets?2019-05-19T16:27:57-05:00

Tickets for the recital are sold through our partner, TuTuTix. Click here to purchase your tickets now. If tickets are sold out, please visit the ROOTS Exchange group on Facebook and post your needs there.

What if my dancer has more than one routine in the recital?2019-05-19T16:21:47-05:00

If you have more than one routine in Recital, you will have a Costume Fee per routine. Families with more than one Costume Fee will use the Fee Schedule below. The most expensive Costume Fee will be charged first.

PLEASE NOTE: Families with 4 or more Costume Fees will split their Costume Fee Total into 3 equal amounts to be paid on Oct 1, Nov 1 and Dec 1.

  • October 1st – Recital Costume Fee #1
  • November 1st – Recital Costume Fee #2
  • December 1st – Recital Costume Fee #3
Are you looking for a new recital venue so more people can attend?2019-05-19T16:34:08-05:00

Absolutely! 2019 will be the last year we perform at our current venue. We will announce the official venue in the Fall, which will have the capacity to offer more tickets.

Are there any dance class options for adults?2019-06-13T12:12:36-05:00

At this time, we do not offer any ROOTS adult dance classes. However, we host Area54 HipHop classes on Tuesdays (Beginner Hip Hop) and Wednesdays (Advanced Hip Hop) at 7:30pm. Check them out here

Our friends at also offer some amazing adult fitness classes at the studio! Check them out here.

How does the recital ticket pre-sale work?2019-05-19T16:29:31-05:00

On Monday, April 22, 2019, you will receive a unique code per family that allows you to purchase up to 4 tickets per show that your dancer is performing in. Included in those 4 tickets are 2 complimentary* tickets per dancer. If your dancer is in more than one show, the 2 complimentary tickets can be used for the show of your choice.

*A $1 processing fee will be charged per ticket

Example: The Brooks family has 1 dancer in recital: Susie. Susie is performing in the Saturday 2pm show. Mrs. Brooks can add 4 total tickets to her cart for the Saturday 2pm show. Of those 4 tickets, 2 will be complimentary (processing fees may apply). If Mrs. Brooks needs more tickets after her 4 tickets are purchased, she will need to wait until noon on May 6 to see if any more are available to purchase.

During this presale period, each family is limited to 4 tickets per show to ensure that every family gets tickets to recital.

How much, and what’s included in the costume fee?2019-06-09T21:40:47-05:00

2018-2019 Season: The costume fee is $89.95 per class and it includes everything your student needs to participate, except shoes and accessories (tights, hair, etc). The dance office will communicate shoe and accessory requirements well in advance of the recital.

Do I have to participate in the dance recital?2019-05-12T04:07:20-05:00

All dancers are encouraged to participate, but recital participation is not required. All recital fees will be communicated and posted in the month of October. Because of this, Families will need to opt out of Recital before October 1. Dancers that choose not to participate will still be able to participate fully in their class and will still learn the recital dance. Any dancer that joins after this time will still be allowed to participate in recital, pending costume availability and may be subject to added fees.

Are there any dance class options besides normal classes during the week?2019-06-07T14:01:39-05:00

Yes! We will host Master Classes and Workshops to give our dancers and dancers in the community opportunities to come in and learn from the best. You can find out more about ROOTS Dance Master Classes and Workshops here.

Are costume and performance fees refundable?2019-06-07T14:02:53-05:00

Unfortunately, fees that have been paid have already been budgeted into the planning and production of the recital. As a result, we are unable to refund costume and participation fees. No exceptions.

Does the recital venue offer handicap seating?2019-05-19T16:37:29-05:00

Ingram Hall at Vanderbilt

does offer handicap seating, but it is very limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Where is the recital?2019-06-07T14:02:25-05:00



dance recital will be held at

Ingram Hall at Vanderbilt

. For more details please go to the Recital page.

Can my student decide to participate in recital after the deadline?2019-05-19T16:21:56-05:00

Please contact the dance office to inquire about your specific situation. We will do our best to try and accommodate the request, but we cannot guarantee a yes due to the many factors that go into recital preparations: costume availability, time to learn the recital choreography, student placement, etc.

How do I know which class is right for me?2019-06-07T14:01:17-05:00

The first step to determining the appropriate class for your dancer is to find the appropriate age division, Toddler (ages 2.5. – 3), Preschool I (ages 3-4), Preschool II (ages 4-5), Mini (ages 6-8), Junior (ages 9-11), Teen (ages 12-14), and Senior (ages 15-18). Age is determined by the student’s age as of August 15th. Open classes require no dance experience. Placement classes are more advanced for dancers with previous experience. For placement classes, the ROOTS dance staff would love to set up a quick placement meeting with your dancer. To schedule please contact

Is recital participation required?2019-06-07T14:02:42-05:00

Recital participation is not required, however, it is strongly recommended. We expect that all ROOTS dancers are performing in the Recital unless we hear otherwise. If you are unable to perform, please email us as soon as possible to let us know:

How much are recital tickets?2019-06-09T21:39:52-05:00

2018-2019 Season: Every dancer is given two complimentary tickets per show that they are performing in. Each family is able to purchase up to two additional tickets for $11 each (+tax). Once pre-sales are over, we will release the remaining tickets to the general public in which you can purchase as many you want at the same $11 price until they are sold out.

When is the dance recital?2019-06-07T14:02:19-05:00

The recital is at the end of the second semester of dance, typically in June. The exact dates will be announced in our monthly FOOTNOTES, ROOTS Connect pages, and on our main Recital Page. When dates are announced, we suggest reserving those dates to ensure that you are available. Rehearsal times and more details will be communicated in the Spring semester.

How much does recital cost?2019-05-19T16:22:18-05:00

Recital participation requires one costume fee per routine (ranging from $80-$90 + tax) and one Performance Fee ($100) per participant. For your convenience, these fees are split up throughout the year. The recital will also require the purchase of tickets.

Where do I purchase my dance clothes and shoes?2019-06-07T14:01:51-05:00

We recommend purchasing all dance attire at Bellissimo, a dance boutique right here in Franklin. The address is 100-B Mission Court, Franklin, TN 37067.

If I miss a dance class, can I make it up?2019-06-09T21:55:44-05:00

Sure! During the months of September through January a make-up class may be scheduled for a missed Toddler, Preschool, or Mini level class up to one month after the missed class. Students are welcome to make up their class during another class time at their same level or below. Simply email us at to let us know that you will be out for your class to schedule a make-up class. After January, make-up classes are not offered due to recital preparation.

How do I claim the 30-day money back guarantee?2019-06-07T13:59:50-05:00

The money-back guarantee is based on the following requirements:

  • The student is required to attend four consecutive weeks of lessons/classes
  • Parent/student must notify the front office regarding their dissatisfaction by the third week, giving us an opportunity to improve your learning experience.
  • Refunds will be paid by check and delivered within 10-14 business days.


If you have any questions about our program, please don't hesitate to call or email one of our team members:

Saskia Harmon—Program Director
Jessica Stillman—Company Manager
Jen Burns—Dance Operations Manager
(615) 804-1177 x2