Levels

Levels at the Dance Center clearly define the progression of mastery for each codified technique. This will include correct body alignment, positioning, execution of steps, quality of movement and musicality among many other aspects of dance. Levels will be implemented for ages 7 and older and will be consistently applied for Ballet, Modern, Hip Hop, Jazz, Tap and Pointe (Pre-Pointe Level 2 and Pointe only offered for levels 3/4/5). Please take some time to review each of the levels and descriptions below.

What level is my dancer?

Level or class placement is at the discretion of the instructors. Placement is based upon age, experience and overall ability to perform steps in particular levels. Typically it will take students 2-3 years to master each level and move on to the next level. In some rare circumstances there may be exceptions to this rule.

Intro to Dance / Level A and B

Intro to Dance will introduce children to rhythm, mime, fantasy, improvisation, choreography, stretching and strengthening. In the these classes, a great deal of emphasis is placed on enjoyment of the art of dance while maintaining the discipline required for any artistic endeavor. As the children age, we introduce ballet, modern, tap, hip hop and jazz technique to prepare them for more rigorous technique classes.

Intro to Dance Classes

  • Monday Intro to Dance Level A (Mommy and me) 5:15-6:00
  • Monday Intro to Dance Level B 4:30-5:15
  • Wednesday Intro to Dance Level B 5:00-5:45

Intro to Technique / Level C 

Building upon the foundations of Intro to Dance, children now learn to work in lines and on the diagonal. Basic movement themes such as; jumping, balletic runs, chasses, spinning and skipping are explored as an introduction to classical ballet. In this class we also introduce modern, tap, hip hop and jazz technique to prepare them for more rigorous technique classes. We also stress musical awareness.

Intro to Technique Classes

  • Monday Intro to Technique Level C 6:00-6:45
  • Wednesday Intro to Technique Level C 4:15-5:00
  • Thursday Intro to Technique Level C 4:15-5:00

Level 1

Level 1 ballet is an introduction to the structure, form and artistry of the art of ballet. This level will emphasize proper body alignment, stretching, strengthening, positioning, extensive barre exercises, traveling steps across the floor and understanding basic ballet terminology. Expression and musical awareness are taught through free movement , mime and storytelling.

Level 1 classes

  • Wednesday Level 1 Hip Hop 4:00-4:45
  • Wednesday Level 1 Ballet 4:45-5:45
  • Wednesday Level 1 Modern/Jazz 5:45-6:30
  • Wednesday Level 1 Tap 6:30-7:15

Level 2

Level 2 ballet builds upon foundations learned and introduces students to the foundations of barre work in order to develop proper alignment and classical technique. Students continue to work on traveling steps with an introduction to grand allegro. At this level an emphasis is placed on turning, jumping, and linking steps. Introductory character work and free movement study provide students with an avenue for self expression and performance style. Students are expected to show awareness of basic technique appropriate timing and musicality. At this Level we offer Pre-Pointe to those dancers wanting to go on pointe when they are 11, this will be a required class if wanting to go on pointe in the next level.

Level 2 Classes

  • Monday Level 2 Ballet/Pre Pointe 4:00-5:15 (Required for pointe at 11 years of age, also a core requisite to Ballet Level 2 on Tuesday)
  • Tuesday Level 2 Hip Hop 4:00-4:45
  • Tuesday Level 2 Ballet 4:45-6:00
  • Tuesday Level 2 Modern/Jazz 6:00-6:45
  • Tuesday Level 2 Tap 6:45-7:30

Level 3

Students at this level are given extended barre exercises with increasing demi pointe work, stretching and strengthening. Classical ballet lines should be established along with a new vocabulary for traveling steps, elevation and pirouettes. Students at this level have a strong understanding of classical vocabulary and can now adequately demonstrate use of line and musical performance. 

Level 3 Classes

  • Monday Level 3 Ballet 5:15-6:45
  • Monday Level 3 Pointe 6:45-7:15
  • Monday Level 3/4 Modern/Jazz 7:15-8:15
  • Thursday Level 3 Tap 4:00-5:00
  • Thursday Level 3 Ballet 5:00-6:30
  • Thursday Level Pointe 6:30-7:00
  • Thursday Level 3 Hip Hop 7:00-8:00

Level 4

Students continue to build their vocabulary with a new set of specific exercises at the barre and at center. At this level an emphasis is placed on detail and artistry, therefore, increasing stamina, concentration and discipline are required.

Level 4 Classes

  • Monday Level 4 Ballet 4:00-5:30
  • Monday Level 4 Pointe 5:30-6:00
  • Monday Level 3/4 Modern/Jazz 7:15-8:15
  • Tuesday Level 4 Modern 5:00-6:30
  • Tuesday Level 4 Jazz 6:45-8:15
  • Wednesday Level 4/5 Ballet 3:30-5:00
  • Wednesday Level 4/5 Pointe 5:00-5:30
  • Wednesday Level 4 Hip Hop 7:00-8:00
  • Thursday Level 4 Tap 5:00-6:00
  • Thursday Level 4 Ballet 6:15-7:45
  • Thursday Level 4 Pointe 7:45-8:15

Level 5

Students who have progressed to preprofessional level, now have an extensive ballet vocabulary. At this level, articulate footwork and secure use of legs is crucial. Class work continues to improve the dancer’s spacial awareness and orientation of the body. Dancers continue to work on coordination of the whole body with the addition of fluidity of movement. Added steps include multiple pirouettes and beating jumps.

Level 5 Classes

  • Monday Level 5 Ballet 6:10-7:40
  • Monday Level 5 Pointe 7:40-8:10
  • Tuesday Level 5 Jazz 5:00-6:30
  • Tuesday Level 5 Modern 6:45-8:15
  • Wednesday Level 4/5 Ballet 3:30-5:00
  • Wednesday Level 4/5 Pointe 5:00-5:30
  • Wednesday Level 5 Hip Hop 5:45-7:00
  • Thursday Level 5 Ballet 4:00-5:30
  • Thursday Level 5 Pointe 5:30-6:00
  • Thursday Level 5 Tap 6:00-7:15