Ages are used as guidelines to determine appropriate levels for students. The main criteria for placement are ability, experience, effort, and dedication. The completion of a dance year/session does not always generate a level change. Our curriculum is structured so that advancement takes place as each individual student masters specific skills.
Pre-Ballet & Tap - 2 ½ (must be potty trained) to 5 years of age
This 1-hour class is for the young beginner student with a focus on foundational dance skills, basic motor skills, and coordination. Both Ballet & Tap are 1/2 hour long. Students learn basic Ballet Movements, Ballet Terminology, basic Tap steps, and develop counting and rhythm skills. In both Pre Ballet and Tap, we incorporate Creative Movement through the use of props and songs.
Combo Level 1 (5 - 7 years of age)
This class is a 1/2 Hour of Pre-Ballet, 1/2 Hour Beginning Tap and 1/2 Hour Beginning Jazz. Students can choose to take 1 or 2 of the 3 class options. Classes of these lengths allow the student to experience 3 different dance styles and stay engaged.
Combo Level 2 (7 - 9 years of age)
This class is a 1/2 Hour of Pre-Ballet, 1/2 Hour Tap, and 1/2 Hour Jazz. Students can choose to take 1 or 2 of the 3 class options. The class reviews Combo Level 1 material and builds upon those steps. Classes these lengths allow the student to experience 3 different dance styles and stay engaged.
Combo Level 3 (9 - 10 years of age)
This class is 45 minutes of Pre-Ballet, 40 minutes of Tap, and 45 minutes of Jazz. Students can choose to take 1 or 2 of the 3 class options. Students review and build upon the foundational steps from Combo 2. Classes these lengths allow a student to experience 3 different dance styles and stay engaged.
This class is an excellent option for:
- an older student to determine which style of dance they wish to study se-riously the following season
- a student to perfect the designated material for this level/age student
- before moving to our Junior Age Level
- students who have successfully completed Combo Level 2
Junior Level Classes (10 - 13 years of age)
Junior Level Classes are broken down into three levels to ensure the proper placement of Beginner/Recreational, Intermediate, and Advanced level students. To be placed in either level 2 or 3, students must also take weekly technique classes.
Junior Level Technique Classes (ages 10 - 13 years of age)
These popular, weekly Technique Classes promote flexibility, strength, control, and enhance the technical execution of movements. No choreography for a routine. Students of all Junior age classes are encouraged and welcome to attend.
Senior Level Classes (ages 14 - up)
Our Senior Level Classes are broken down into three levels to ensure the proper placement of Beginner/Recreational, Intermediate, and Advanced/Pre-Professional students. To be placed in either level 2 or 3, students must take weekly technique classes.
Senior Level Technique Classes (ages 14 - up)
These popular, weekly Technique Classes promote flexibility, strength, control, and enhance the technical execution of movements. No chore-ography for a routine. Students of all Senior age classes are encouraged and welcome to attend.
Acrobatics Classes (ages 5 - 18 years of age)
Acrobatics (Acro), in essence, is similar to tumbling. The skills performed are identical to gymnastic floor routines at the Olympics, but with fluidity vs. power, and the main equipment are floor mats. Our levels are broken down primarily according to ability with age, flexibility, control, strength, and comprehension also used as guidelines.
A street dance style primarily performed to hip-hop music that has evolved as part of hip-hop culture. Movements are fast and funky and include a combination of breaking, locking, and popping styles. It is highly energetic and allows the dancer to improvise and perform with freedom of movement.
A dance style strongly influenced by Ballet with movements using the entire body with a flowing quality. The choreography is set to the lyrics of the music, although at times, intense pulses or explosive movements may be used to emphasize the dynamics.
A form of contemporary, theatrical, and concert dance using a specific technique and incorporating the entire body with expressive and abstract movements. Less restrictive than Ballet, the body uses contractions, flexed feet, off-center body shapes, and unique lines. It is highly expressive and performed to any steady or rhythmic beat.
Pointe is an extension of Classical Ballet. Performed by the female dancer, the bodyweight is placed on the tips of the big toe, second toe, and possibly the third. Pointe work requires a tremendous amount of physical strength in the feet, legs, and lower back. It requires a student with proper body placement, alignment, understands turn-out, and the connection of upper body movements.
Contemporary dance is a style of expressive, themed dance that combines elements of Modern, Jazz, Lyrical, and Ballet. Contemporary dance is often done in bare feet with an emphasis on floorwork, versatile movements, and improvisation. It can be performed to many styles of music.
Contemporary- 1 Ballet or 1 Jazz per week is required. Modern is also recommended.
Acro - at least 1 Ballet class per week is highly recommended but not required. Bare Feet, Black Leotard, Pink convertible tights. Regular Attendance is required for the SAFETY of our students in Acrobatics (Acro). Participation in Acrobatics will require an separate/additional form to be signed.
- If you have any physical limitations, you cannot take Acro.
- It is against studio policy for a student to take Acro if taking GYMNASTICS at another facility. This is a safety precaution for your child as well as insurance reasons, as students may become confused by the different philosophies which could result in injury.
Hip-Hop - No other class requirements.
Lyrical - 1 Ballet or 1 Jazz per week is required. Modern is also recommended.
Modern- 1 Ballet weekly & either 1 Jazz per week or 1 Contemporary per week required.
Jr. Pre-Pointe/Pointe - 2 Ballet classes per week, 1 Ballet Class must be right before the Pre-Pointe/Pointe.
Sr Pre-Pointe/Pointe - 2 Ballet Classes per week, 1 Ballet Class must be right before the Pre-Pointe/Pointe
Pointe Solos - 3 Ballet Classes per week, unless approved by Ms Michelle. 1 Ballet Class must be right before the Pointe Class.
Jr Jazz - Level 3, 2 Jazz Classes per week are required at Jr. Level
Sr Jazz - Level 3, 2 Jazz Classes per week required for Sr Level
Jr Tap - Level 2 & Level 3, 2 Tap Classes per week are required at Jr Level
Sr Tap Level 2 & Level 3, 2 Tap Classes per week are required at Sr Level
Jr Ballet Level 1 - 1 Ballet Class weekly
Jr Ballet Level 2 - 2 Ballet Classes weekly
Jr Ballet Level 3 - 3 Ballet Classes weekly
Sr Ballet Level 1 - 1 Ballet Class weekly
Sr Ballet Level 2 - 2 Ballet Classes weekly
Sr Ballet Level 3 - 3 Ballet Classes weekly, unless approved by Ms Michelle
Sr Ballet Level 4 - 3 Ballet Classes weekly