The Elite

“The Elite is one of our most popular events because there’s no pretense. We strive to be the best, but it’s not about who is the best. It’s just about dancing from the inside out… and having tons of fun.” –Kim McSwain

Change Lives: The Elite is a seven month training program held in Kim’s hometown of Dallas, TX. Designed to help dancers improve during competition offseason, The Elite provides a relaxed, supportive environment for in-depth training. Enrollment is purposefully limited to ensure every dancer has access to one-on-one training with our rotating staff of master teachers and choreographers.

How It Works

The Elite is held one Sunday a month from June to December at The Academy of Dance Arts. Dancers can enroll month to month, but we recommend attending the entire season to see the most development.

The core of Elite consists of 5 hours of intensives at 3 different skill levels: Body Basics*, Intermediate, and Advanced. This time includes technical training, instruction in multiple genres, and stretch and conditioning. In addition to 5 hours of intensives, The Elite also includes…

  • Group privates
  • One-on-one choreography
  • Audition preparation
  • Special guest speakers
  • Goal setting and journaling
  • Parent Q&A with Miss Kim
  • Convention scholarship opportunities

What class level is right for my dancer?

Body Basics

This intensive focuses on basic body placement, technique, and flexibility. It is geared towards competitive dancers training 5+ hours a week. Dancers participating in the Intermediate sessions who are seeking to refine their technique are also encouraged to take this intensive beforehand.

Ages 7-12, $80.00 per session

*Body Basics runs from 9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.


This intensive is recommended for competitive dancers training 7+ hours a week. It focuses on correct technique and body placement, auditioning skills, style, performance, musicality, and dynamics. Dancers will work in all styles with a variety of guest artists. Younger dancers who wish to participate may be asked to take the Body Basics class beforehand to ensure proper technique and improvement. Please note: A discount is given to dancers enrolled in both Body Basics and Intermediate Intensives.

Ages 9-14, $130.00 per session

The Intermediate Intensive runs from 12:30 to 5:30 p.m.


This intensive is recommended for competitive dancers training 10+ hours a week. It covers body placement and conditioning, auditioning skills, musicality and dynamics, setting personal goals, and other nuanced skills. Dancers will work in all styles with a variety of guest artists.

Ages 11-18, $130.00 per session

The Advanced Intensive runs from 12:30 to 5:30 p.m.

We’d love for you to join us at The Elite!



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Upcoming Classes

April 5th- 7th- The Syllabus- Kim McSwain The Dancer's Edge

April 14th-15th- The MOVEMENT Touch of Class

April 27th-29th- The MOVEMENT Nebraska Dance

May 11th-12th- Th Syllabus- Kim McSwain Steps N Motion

May 18th-20th- The MOVEMENT Heidi Knight School of Dance