Paths of a Dancer


Educational

I Am…4 or younger
Have fun in your Ballet/Tap or Hip Hop Jr. class!

I Am…5 years old
Ballet/Tap and Hip Hop Jr. classes are both great options! If you’re undecided between the two, we recommend Ballet/Tap because it gives young dancers a stronger base for later classes!

I Am…6-8 years old
So many choices! Do you love Hip Hop? Take Hip Hop! Want to learn Tap? There’s a class for you! Have fun with whatever class you’re in, but remember that always taking an additional Ballet or Jazz class with any other class you’re taking will help you a lot! Ballet and Jazz build a technical foundation that helps with all other styles of dance.

I Am…9 years old - Teen
Taking one class a week in any style is a great way to build confidence and grow more comfortable in your own body. If you take more than one class a week, think about making one of those classes a Ballet class (or else maybe a Jazz class). Classes like Ballet and Jazz will help dancers develop skills like turns and kicks that will help in other styles like Hip Hop and Tap too!

A Note on Company
Sign-ups for Company are taking place until mid-September.  The Tap or Hip Hop Company class requires taking 1 additional class a week. Find out more info on our Dance Company page!


Developmental

I Am…4 or younger
Have fun in your Ballet/Tap class! Try adding a Hip Hop Jr. class, but make sure you keep taking Ballet/ Tap to maintain your strong dance foundation.

I Am…5 years old
Taking 2 Ballet/Tap classes each week is the best thing you can do right now. Taking one Ballet/Tap class and one Hip Hop class is also a good option, but make sure you don’t drop that Ballet/Tap! The ballet learned in these classes will have great payoffs in years to come.

I Am…6-8 years old
Where to start depends a lot on what style of dance you’re most interested in. Do you want to dance Ballet? Start taking at least two Ballet classes each week. Is Jazz your style? Supplementing your Jazz classes with at least one Ballet class is vital if you want to progress in Jazz. Or maybe you’re into Tap or Hip Hop? Ballet will help with those, too! Jazz is a good alternative if you really don’t want to take Ballet, but both will help you develop the flexibility, strength, and body control all dancers need.

I Am…9 years old - Teen
For ballet dancers, taking three Ballet classes a week is very important to getting better and eventually going on pointe. Ballet is also an important part of learning Jazz, so jazz dancers should take 2 Ballet classes and at least 1 Jazz class each week. You’ll also get a solid technical foundation that transitions into things like high school dance teams and supports other activities like gymnastics and other sports!  
If your main interest is Hip Hop or Tap, adding 1 or 2 Ballet or Jazz classes is important if you want to add some technical dance foundation to your training.

A Note on Company
Sign-ups for Company are taking place until mid-September. The Tap or Hip Hop Company class requires taking 1 additional class a week. Our Ballet Company class requires 2 Ballet classes weekly, and our Jazz Company class requires 2 Ballet & 1 Jazz class weekly. Find out more info on our Dance Company page!


Advanced Technique

I Am…4 or younger
Have fun in your Ballet/Tap or Hip Hop Jr. class and work on your love of dance!

I Am…5 years old
Taking two Ballet/Tap classes will start to build a great technical foundation!

I Am…6-8 years old
Take 3 to 4 classes each week. If you’re focusing on Ballet, take at least 3 Ballet classes. If you’re focusing on Jazz, take 4 core classes: 2 Ballet classes, 1 Jazz class, and 1 Jazz Jumps & Turns class. Hip Hop and Tap can also be fun additions to your schedule, and they’re great for building rhythm, musicality, and confidence. The reason we recommend Ballet and Jazz for dancers who want to be technically trained is that these styles do more to build flexibility, strength, body control, and other skills that are important to all styles of dance.

Note to our most advanced students:
Many of our advanced elite dancers started with 4 core classes (2 Ballet, 1 Jazz, 1 Jazz Jumps & Turns). If you would like to train beyond the 4 core classes, please let the front desk know so our curriculum director will get back to you with a customized training plan.

I Am…9 years old - Teen
Take at least 4 core classes each week. For a Ballet focus, this means taking 4 Ballet classes each week. For Jazz, you should still be taking at least 2 Ballet classes, 1 Jazz class, and 1 Jazz Jumps & Turns class. If you want more work on your technique, private lessons or additional classes (in Ballet, Jazz, or Jazz Jumps &Turns) are the way to go.

Note to our most advanced students:
Most of our elite students are in 6-12 hours of classes each week depending on which style they’re focusing on. If you spent at least a year taking the 4 core classes and you want to do more, please let the front desk know so our curriculum director will get back to you with a customized training plan.

A Note on Company
Our Elite company programs are private audition based and require a high level of commitment.  Please let us know if you are interested in setting up an audition during our Pre-registration period. Find out more info on our Dance Company page!

 

 

 

 

 

 

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