Placement is for new students (new to the studio or students taking a new discipline) with previous dance experience, enrolling in Level 3 or higher.
Students age 8 and younger should enroll according to our age guidelines and do not need to be evaluated for placement. Any student enrolling in Level 1 or Level 2 do not need to be evaluated.
This year, placement for class levels will be by appointment. Please contact the office, (847) 342-1060, to schedule a placement evaluation.
A word about our levels…
Our classes are divided into levels based on a student’s ability, not necessarily by age (except for students under 8 years old). We divide our levels into three categories: Beginning (Level 1 – Level 4); Intermediate (Level 5 – Level 7 Intermediate) and Advanced (Level 8 and up).
Unlike grade levels in school, students do not necessarily move to the next level each year. We have a great deal of curriculum to cover in each level and we want to make sure that the student is comfortable, strong, confident and technically correct before moving up. Some students may take a level for a couple of years, others may move through a level in less time. The determination is made on an individual basis by the instructor. Each student progresses at his or her own pace. Students advance to more challenging levels as they safely master the requisite skills and techniques, not specific combinations. Please be patient and encouraging with your child. Dance is an art form and cannot be rushed.
Often our levels do not coincide with other studios. Some studios have three levels while others may offer 10. We have clearly defined curriculum for each level. New students with previous dance experience need to be evaluated by our instructors to determine appropriate placement within our curriculum.
Our philosophy on placement…
We believe that it is important for a student to be placed appropriately so that they can get the most out of the class. Our instructors take a personal interest in each student. Our instructors closely monitor the progress of each student to maximize the benefits of their dance training while minimizing the risk of physical strain. Initial student evaluation involves determining a student’s present ability in light of previous dance experience, individual skill and muscle development.
New students with no dance experience should register for a class according to our age guidelines.
If you are new to the studio and would like to register for a class above our entry Level 1 or 2, please call the office for an appointment to be evaluated.