There are many factors that determine which age grouping and level is best for a child – personality, natural ability, and experience broadly describe some of them. Students thrive in widely differing situations. We encourage you to trust the instructor’s recommendation and allow your child’s skills to unfold at a natural pace.
Young Children’s Dance
Dance Explore 1 (for new 3 y.o. & 4 y.o.):
A fun, 45-minute class designed to teach elements of dance that are appropriate for this age. Each class consists of warm-up exercises to develop coordination and body awareness. Children learn basic traveling steps and practice moving as part of a group pattern. Tap dance is included to develop rhythm and counting. Time is also set aside for creative, movement games. (Children must be 3 by September 1)
Dance Explore 2 (for experienced 4 & new 5 y.o.):
This hour long class is designed to expand on the natural joy of movement and creativity of four and five year olds. After basic warm-ups, isolations, and stretches, students practice steps across the floor and in patterns. Special lessons and class themes are designed to build imagination and expressiveness in the students’ movement. Rhythm and music skills are taught through specific exercises and tap dance.
Dance Works (for experienced 5 & all 6 y.o.):
This class offers young students the opportunity to explore more than one dance form in a single class. Tap, ballet, and basic jazz are included. Class work consists of more complex and detailed movement than in previous classes, while still allowing time for fun, creative exercises.
Youth and Teen Classes
Depending on such things as natural ability, learning style, focus and attendance, students move through the levels 1 (beginner) through 7 (advanced teens) at varying rates. For all classes Level 2 and up, you must be recommended for that level by an SCD teacher.
Recommendations are sent to all current students within 1 week of the release of the upcoming season’s schedule. If you are new to SCD, please contact us to discuss your level and arrange an evaluation. A student may remain in a level for up to 3 years and may advance only upon faculty recommendation.
Classical Ballet (ages 7 & up):
This centuries old dance form, known for it’s grace and beauty, actually requires tremendous discipline, strength, and flexibility. Based on clearly defined positions of the body, training requires patience and repetition or many years to acquire the strength and refinement necessary to master this beautiful art form. SCD teaches both classical and contemporary variations.
Pointe (by permission / audition):
Pointe work is an essential part of upper level ballet training. Because of the demand for strength and alignment, pointe students must attend at least 2 ballet classes per week and all pointe classes offered each week at their level.
Jazz (ages 7 and up):
Jazz classes expose students to the many forms that make up this diverse genre of dance. Students will study classic jazz technique, musical theater, lyrical jazz, contemporary/modern jazz movement and hip-hop influenced styles. Jazz classes consist of warm-up, center work, and traveling progressions, which are all designed to increase flexibility, strength, and technique. Classes will also include learning pieces of choreography, developing performance skills, confidence, and expression.
Hip Hop (ages 7 & up):
Hip hop is a high energy street dance that evolved in urban areas across the country in over the past 30 years. Class includes a warm-up, development of hip-hop movement vocabulary and a combination. Offered for youths and teens, both the music selections and the choreography are tailored for the respective ages.
Tap (ages 7 & up):
The style of tap dance taught at SCD is jazz tap, also called rhythm tap. Classes teach technique aimed at achieving good, clear sounds, while encouraging individual expression through rhythm. Dancers learn about musical structure and develop improvisation skills.
Modern Dance (ages 7 & up):
Modern Dance developed as a contrast to classical ballet, focusing on highly expressive and creative movement incorporating ethnic dances from around the world. Modern dance at SCD explores a wide range of movement to a wide variety of musical styles. Classes include improvisational techniques and partnering.
Acro (ages 5 & up):
Acrobatics classes teach dancers how to use their bodies upside down and through the air. Skills taught will include rolls, handstands, walkovers, hand springs and side aerials.
Boys’ Dance (ages 7 & up): (Not on the 2016-17 schedule as of yet, but it will be back!)
Think Patrick Swayze, Hugh Jackman, and Gene Kelly! This class will teach jazz dance with a classical foundation. Class will consist of warm-ups focused on strength, flexibility and balance followed by traveling steps that will lead to dynamic leaps and jumps. Great for musical theater performers and boys who want to check out the power and challenge of dance.
For Aerial Dance information, visit our Aerial Dance page.
For Ballroom Dance information, visit our Ballroom page.