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.
Ballet Technique Philosophy & Policies
We strongly encourage dancers in Levels 2-6 sign up for Ballet if they take Jazz, Modern, or Acro.
At SESD, an understanding of and the ability to execute correct technique is our highest priority; and ballet technique class does just that! A sturdy house cannot be built on sinking sand, and strong dancers need a strong technical foundation too. Dancers will neither perform to their highest potential nor develop individual artistry if they are not confident in their training and abilities. Ballet is the most technical of all dance forms, and is the building block from which all other dance forms grow.
With that in mind, only dancers who are enrolled in Ballet technique classes will be invited to participate in “extra” opportunities throughout the season (exception: Grasshopper Games and Christmas parades). We do not intend to “penalize” dancers who do not participate in ballet class, but rather encourage dancers to take their training to the “next level!”
“Extra” opportunities could include community performances, choreographed dances in Christmas parades, solo/duo/group pieces in the year-end Showcase, competitions, etc.
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.