Students Age 8 and Younger
Students age 8 and younger should enroll according to our age guidelines and do not need to be evaluated for placement. Students must be 3 years old before September 1.
Students Age 9 to 20
If you have no previous dance experience, enroll in Level 1.
If you have previous dance experience, you need to attend the Fall placement class or contact the studio to arrange for a placement appointment. Please call 847-342-1060.
Students Age 21 and Older
Students age 21 and older must register for the adult level classes.
After completing Ballet 2, two ballet classes per week are recommended. It is common for students to repeat ballet levels and to remain in a level for several years within our program. Repeating a level does not mean a student is held back or failed, it is simply the next level of progression. Progression after a year in ballet 2 may be, but is not limited to:
Ballet 2 with Ballet 3
Ballet 3 with Ballet 3
Ballet 3 with Ballet 4
Ballet 4 with Ballet 4
Opting to take one ballet class per week when recommended to take two classes can slow progression for some students. If one ballet class is preferred, and the recommendation included two levels, registration should be for the lower-level ballet class.
Jazz, Modern, Tap and Hip Hop Guidelines
The levels in these disciplines are structured a bit differently. Students may repeat a level for two years or more. Again, this does not mean they are failing, it is simply the amount of curriculum for each level can take more than a year to cover.
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. Students are evaluated individually. Students can progress at different rates. Our instructors take a personal interest in each student. Our level system and our class recommendations are intended to provide our dancers with the best support for their personal growth and technical development. Our instructors closely monitor the progress of each student to maximize the benefits of their dance training while minimizing the risk of physical strain. Our teachers monitor progress throughout the year. All promotions in a level are by teacher recommendation.
Initial student evaluation involves determining a student’s present ability in light of previous dance experience, individual skill and muscle development. We take pride in the quality of training we provide.
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.