LEVEL PLACEMENT INFO: Our level placement is determined in the following method: for Levels 1-4 we use age first, then ability. For Levels 5-7, placement is by ability first, then age. Our curriculum is designed for a student to be in a level for 2-3 years before advancing; however, students may advance at any time if they are really ready for the next level. *NOTE: these are guidelines only and exceptions may be made for beginner or extremely gifted students.
Level 1: 2.5-4.5 years Level 4: 8-10 years
Level 1-2: 3-5.5 years Level 5: 10-12 years
Level 2: 4-6 years Level 6: 12-14 years
Level 3: 6-8 years Level 7: 14 & up
NOTE: all NEW students in Levels 5-7 must take a placement class to determine correct level placement.
L3-5: no class minimums, students aren’t required to take ballet UNLESS you plan on auditioning for Nutcracker or YCD: 1 ballet class per week required to be in Nutcracker or YCD.
Level 6-7: students MUST take 1 ballet class per week to be enrolled in any tap, jazz, lyrical, contemporary or modern classes.
POINTE REQUIREMENTS: all pointe students must have SDA Director approval to be on pointe.
PLEASE READ pre-pointe & pointe requirements under drop down menu from ‘Dancer Info’ at the top of your screen.
Pre-pointe 5: 2 ballet classes for 12 weeks (one trimester) with director approval after evaluation.
Pointe 5-6: 2 ballet & 1 pointe Pointe 7: 2 ballet & 2 pointe
EXTRA PERFORMANCE REQUIREMENTS:
YCD L4-5: 1 ballet class plus 1 other: jazz, lyrical/modern or tap AND Friday YCD class (2 additional classes preferred but not mandatory).
ACE-Academy Competition Ensemble: by invitation or by conference with the director. Separate info coming late June 2016.