Class Placement

New Students:  Please attend our placement class on August 6 or August 31.
Placement is for new students with previous dance experience, enrolling in Level 3 or higher.  Students age 8 and younger should enroll according to our age guidelines and need not attend our placement class.  Students over 8 years old, enrolling in Level 1 or 2, need not attend our placement class.

Please sign up in advance for placement class by emailing Linda McDonald.

Placement Class Times on August 6, 2016
Ballet…….10:00 – 11:00 a.m.
Jazz………11:00 – 11:45 a.m.
Modern…….11:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.

Placement Class Times on August 31, 2016
Ballet…….4:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Jazz………5:00 – 5:45 p.m.
Modern…….5:45 – 6:15 p.m.

If you cannot attend these placement times, please call for an appointment.

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 8 Intermediate) and Advanced (Level 9 – Level 10).

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 he/she can get the most out of the class.  Our instructors take a personal interest in each student.  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.   New students who would like to register for a Ballet, Jazz or Tap class above our entry Level 1 or 2 should attend one of our placement classes or call the office for an appointment to be evaluated.  Our instructors closely monitor the progress of each student to maximize the benefits of their dance training while minimizing the risk of physical strain.