Ballet Technique Policy
At SESD, a proper understanding of and the ability to execute correct technique is our highest priority. Just as you cannot build a sturdy house on sinking sand, you cannot build strong dancers without a strong foundation. Dancers will neither perform to their highest potential nor develop individual artistry if they are not confident in their training. Ballet is the most technical of all dance forms, and is the building block from which all other dance forms grow. Ballet training helps dancers understand their bodies and use their muscles most effectively. Therefore, we require all dancers in level 2-4 to enroll in Ballet class if they wish to enroll in Jazz or Modern classes. Acro dancers are strongly encouraged to enroll in a Ballet technique class. Hip Hop dancers are not required to enroll in an additional technique class. Intro to Acro should be taken in addition to Ballet/Tap/Jazz 1.
We understand multiple classes can place financial strain on families who have multiple dancers enrolled in our program. We are happy to offer multiple class discounts as well as sibling discounts, and scholarships are available on an at-need basis. Please send scholarship inquiries to our director at [email protected] or call (336) 509-8154 for more information.
Each dancer learns and grows at his or her own pace. Ages listed on our schedules and class descriptions are a general guideline that helps us initially place dancers. When placing students, whether new or returning, we first take the following things into consideration: physical development and strength, emotional maturity, work ethic, comprehension, and ability to correctly demonstrate level-appropriate technique. Age is a secondary consideration. Sometimes, dancers may be asked to attend a placement class prior to completing registration.
It is not uncommon, in fact it is expected, that students spend 2-4 years in any given level. There are only four levels of each technique (after “Foundations”), making it virtually impossible for a dancer to be promoted each passing year. New students can learn from those who have already completed one or more years of a level, which gives more experienced students a wonderful opportunity to be a positive example and leader in class! Promoting a dancer too quickly could result in physical harm, emotional distress, and persistent injuries.
We appreciate you trusting us with your child’s dance education and understanding that we have their best interest, and safety, in mind when making decisions considering class promotions.
Explanation and Expectation of Levels 2-6:
- Level 2: Beginner level for ages 7.5-10(ish). New students 7 or older are placed here. Dancers learn the importance of correct technique and begin to understand and practice concepts like alignment and controlled movement. Combinations are straightforward so dancers may focus on correct placement and alignment.
- Level 3: High beginner/low intermediate level for ages 9-11(ish). Dancers in level 3 should have at least 1 year experience and have shown they understand and can display correct technique. They should be able to perform a bit more complex combinations without sacrificing alignment or correct technique.
- Level 4: Intermediate level for ages 10-12(ish). Dancers in level 4 should have at least 2-3 years experience and consistently exhibit correct technique, control, and coordination. Class combinations become more complex and dancers are encouraged to explore their own artistry in greater depth.
- Level 5: High intermediate/low advanced level for ages 11-Teen. Dancers in level 5 should be able to perform complex combinations without sacrificing correct technique, control, and artistry. Advanced steps and ideas are introduced. Pointe work is introduced as dancers become strong enough.
- Level 6: Advanced level for ages 13-Teen. Dancers in level 6 consistently show they understand and can perform correct technique. Dancers learn complex/advanced steps and combinations and can execute these combinations without sacrificing technique, control, and artistry.
Fall 2020-Spring 2021 Schedule
Registration will open in May 2020~Classes Begin August 17
Registration closes at the end of November 2020
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