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/Tap 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. Flip Flop Hip Hop should be taken in addition to Foundations or 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.
Fall 2019-Spring 2020 Class Schedule
Registration for Levels 2-5 closes November 30th.
Registration for Creative Movement, Foundations, BTJ1, and Flip Flop Hip Hop is Open through the end of January 2020.
Monthly Tuition and Special Discounts Listed Below
Fall 2019-Spring 2020 Monthly Tuition and Special Discounts