LEVEL GUIDE

We know it can be difficult navigating which class & level is best suitable for your dancer, especially if you're new to our studio! Use the Level Guide below to help get a better idea of where your dancer belongs!

A few things to know ...

1.) The below level descriptions are just a base guide. Your dancer will be learning & working on

significantly more in class!

2.) Level changes must be approved by your dancer's instructor. Evaluation & Instructor approval is required for dancer's who would like to be placed in anything above a Level I. *If your dancer danced with us in Spring 2020, their class level placement can be found in your Parent Portal*

3.) Not all studio levels are created equal : -) If you were a Level III at another studio, this does not necessarily mean you will be a Level III at our studio! We recommend trying out a lower level class to be evaluated by an instructor and placed in your appropriate level.

Choose your dancer's (presumed) level!

NO EXPERIENCE - BEGINNER

BEGINNER - INTERMEDIATE

INTERMEDIATE

INTERMEDIATE - ADVANCED

 
 LEVEL I  

DANCERS SHOULD BE ABLE TO EXECUTE & PERFORM ALL SKILLS BEYOND THEIR LEVEL BEFORE ADVANCING

JAZZ

LEARNING & IMPROVING: Jazz terminology, Counting music, Proper technique, Flexibility & Strength, Basic Jazz Steps/Footwork, Chasse’s, Chaine Turns, Pirouettes, Leaps, Battements, Jazz Choreography

ACRO

LEARNING & IMPROVING: Basic flexibility, Strength, Proper technique, Cartwheels, Backbend, Forward roll, Handstand, Valdez, Limber up

HIP HOP

LEARNING & IMPROVING: Basic movements, understanding musicality & rhythm, freestyling, choreography

LYRICAL

LEARNING & IMPROVING: Terminology, Ballet/Jazz based Steps, technique, counting music, flexibility & strength, performance, expressing emotions through movement, basic choreography

 

MUSICAL THEATRE

LEARNING & IMPROVING: Terminology, Basic Jazz Steps & Technique, Footwork (weight changes, direction changes, combining steps, pivot turns, etc), Performance

TAP 

LEARNING & IMPROVING: Counting music, Tap terminology, Flap variations, Shuffle variations, Stomps, Stamps, Dig variations, Heel Variations, Ball Changes, Shuffle Hop Cross, Cramp roll variations, Buffalos, turning steps & MORE

BALLET

LEARNING & IMPROVING: Basic Ballet Terminology & Movements, Proper Technique

 
 LEVEL II 

DANCERS SHOULD BE ABLE TO EXECUTE & PERFORM ALL SKILLS AND TECHNIQUE BEYOND THEIR LEVEL BEFORE ADVANCING

JAZZ

MUST HAVE: Basic jazz footwork & across the floor steps, know jazz terminology, nice technique base, a solid single Pirouette, proper leaps, proper battements & body placement

IMPROVING: Jazz terminology, flexibility & strength, basic Jazz steps & footwork, Chasse’s, Chaine Turns, Pirouettes, Leaps, Battements, Pattaboure’s

LEARNING: More advanced Jazz steps & footwork, double pirouettes, leap variations, combining steps, additional technique & body placement

ACRO

MUST HAVE: All Level I skills with clean & correct technique

IMPROVING: Perfecting Level I skills - view Level I skills

LEARNING: Kick overs, Limber ups, Handstand walks

HIP HOP

MUST HAVE: An understanding of musicality, basic movements, rhythm, confidence in movement & performance

IMPROVING: Rhythm, musicality, performance, precise movements, confidence, learning choreography

LEARNING: More intricate movements & choreography, incorporating different styles of hip hop

LYRICAL

MUST HAVE: Terminology, knowledge of basic Ballet & Jazz based Steps, proper technique

IMPROVING: Technique, Performance, Ballet & Jazz steps, expressing emotions

LEARNING: More advanced steps, combining steps together, harder choreography, floor work.

MUSICAL THEATRE

MUST HAVE: Execution of footwork (ex: Chasse's, Grapevines, Jazz Squares, Pivot turns, Kick variations, etc), Basic Jazz steps, proper technique & arm placement, performance

IMPROVING: Footwork, Jazz Steps, Technique, Choreography & Performance

LEARNING: More intricate steps & arms, Combining steps, Jazz skills & technique

TAP

MUST HAVE: All Level I Tap Skills & Terminology, Clear sounds, Be able to stay on count

IMPROVING: Tap I skills, Combining Level I steps together, understanding rhythm - view Level I skills

LEARNING: Tapping faster, longer combinations, learning steps such as; Flap shuffle hop, Buffalos with a flap, Brush heel step, Brush heel shuffle step, Maxi ford turning, Forward cramp rolls, Flap ball change turning, Riff walks, time steps & MORE

BALLET

MUST HAVE: Knowledge of basic Ballet Terminology & Movements, Proper Technique

 
 LEVEL III 

DANCERS SHOULD BE ABLE TO EXECUTE & PERFORM ALL SKILLS AND TECHNIQUE BEYOND THEIR LEVEL BEFORE ADVANCING

JAZZ

MUST HAVE: All level II skills, down/almost down in Right, Left & Middle Splits, a solid double pirouette, Right & Left leaps, Proper technique in all steps, Correct Body Placement - view Level II skills

IMPROVING: All Level II basic jazz skills, Pirouettes, Leaps, Battements

LEARNING: More advanced Jazz steps & footwork, triple pirouettes, half stags, leg extensions, additional technique & body placement.

ACRO

MUST HAVE: All Level II skills with clean & correct technique - view Level II skills

IMPROVING: Perfecting Level I-II skills

LEARNING: Front & Back Walkovers, Dive Rolls, Touch and Go Limber Ups, Side Aerials, Valdez variations

HIP HOP

MUST HAVE: A strong understanding of musicality, execution of intricate movements, rhythm, confidence in movement & performance

IMPROVING: Rhythm, musicality, performance, precise movements, confidence, learning choreography

LEARNING: More intricate movements & choreography, incorporating different styles of hip hop

LYRICAL

MUST HAVE: Terminology, knowledge of basic Ballet & Jazz based Steps, proper technique

IMPROVING: Technique, Performance, Ballet & Jazz steps, expressing emotions

LEARNING: More advanced steps, combining steps together, harder choreography, floor work.

 

MUSICAL THEATRE

MUST HAVE: Execution of combinations of footwork & arm placement, Intermediate Jazz steps, proper technique, strong performance qualities

IMPROVING: Footwork, Jazz Steps, Technique, Choreography & Performance

LEARNING: More intricate steps & arms, Combining steps with more jazz skills & technique, harder choreography

TAP

MUST HAVE: All Level I-II Tap Skills & Terminology, Clear sounds, Staying on count - view Level II skills

IMPROVING: Level II skills, Combining steps together, Rhythm

LEARNING: Faster movement, longer combinations, additional tap steps such as; Single & Double Pick Ups, Grab offs, Step scuff cramp roll turning, Step leap riff heel, Toe jumps, Toe rolls, Wings, Leap toe turning, Time steps & MORE

BALLET

MUST HAVE: Knowledge of intermediate Ballet Terminology & Movements, Proper Technique

*must be evaluated before official placement*

 
 LEVEL IV 

DANCERS SHOULD BE ABLE TO EXECUTE & PERFORM ALL SKILLS AND TECHNIQUE BEYOND THEIR LEVEL BEFORE ADVANCING

JAZZ

MUST HAVE: All level III skills, Right, Left & Middle Splits, Triple pirouette, Right, Left & Center leaps, Proper technique in all steps, Correct Body Placement - view Level III skills

IMPROVING: All basic skills, Pirouettes, Leaps, Battements, Half Stags, Leg Extensions

LEARNING: More advanced Jazz steps & footwork, 3+ pirouettes, Reverse Leaps, Jump variations, A La Seconde turns, additional technique & body placement.

ACRO

MUST HAVE: All Level III skills with clean & correct technique - Front & Back Walkovers, Dive Rolls, Touch and Go Limber Ups, Side Aerial on stacked mat w/ no spot, Valdez w/ lifted leg - view Level III skills

IMPROVING: Perfecting Level I-III skills

LEARNING: Front and back switch walkovers, Continuous dive rolls, Aerials on floor, Handstand walks, Back Handsprings

*Please see below for Acro Levels V-VI*

HIP HOP

MUST HAVE: A strong understanding of musicality, execution of intricate movements, rhythm, confidence in movement & performance

IMPROVING: Rhythm, musicality, performance, precise movements, confidence, learning choreography

LEARNING: More intricate movements & choreography, incorporating different styles of hip hop

LYRICAL

MUST HAVE: Terminology, Knowledge of intermediate Ballet & Jazz Steps, Proper technique

IMPROVING: Technique, Performance, Ballet & Jazz steps, expressing emotions

LEARNING: More advanced steps, combining steps together, harder choreography, floor work, incorporating more technical steps

 

MUSICAL THEATRE

MUST HAVE: Execution of combinations of footwork & arm placement, Intermediate Jazz steps, proper technique, strong performance qualities

IMPROVING: Footwork, Jazz Steps, Technique, Choreography & Performance

LEARNING: More intricate steps & arms, Combining steps with more jazz skills & technique, harder choreography

TAP

MUST HAVE: All Level I-III Tap Skills & Terminology, Clear sounds, Strong understanding of rhythm - view Level III skills

IMPROVING: Level III skills, Combining steps together, Rhythm

LEARNING: Faster movement, More intricate steps/sounds, advanced variations of steps

BALLET

MUST HAVE: Knowledge of Intermediate-Advanced Ballet Terminology & Movements, Proper Technique

*must be evaluated before official placement*

ACRO V

MUST HAVE:  front and back switch walkovers, Limber up- touch and go w/ secured feet shoulder width, Continuous dive rolls, Aerials on flat mat w/ no spot, Back handspring, Handstand walks - 6+ steps

LEARNING:  Valdez kick over from elbows, Front aerials, Handstand balancing, Back tuck, Round off back hand spring

ACRO VI

SHOULD HAVE/WORKING ON:  Valdez kick over from elbows, Front aerials on floor with little/no spot, Handstand balancing, Back tuck on floor with little/no spot, Round off back hand spring, Spider rolls, Valdez kick over from elbows w/ straight legs, Acrobat/Contortion based movements & balances.

 

Do you think you are beyond the Level IV level? We recommend checking out our Company Program! This program is geared towards the Intermediate - Advanced dancer looking for a more advanced training atmosphere!

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