As the student's physical, emotional and mental abilities develop, their class time and frequency increases. This gradual progression allows for each dancer to develop a greater understanding of alignment, coordination, control, centering (mind & body) and precision. Emotional maturity and mental stamina also are developed along the way in order to tailor success. Grades are progressive and students will be promoted according to their progress, ability, and readiness rather than age alone. Skills in dance forms, dance concepts, musicality and artistic expression are all part of the training process. Students will also explore improvisation and student created choregraphy.
Inside every dance class (ages 5+), age-appropriate stretch and conditioning exercises are included to ensure dancers use safe and effective practices.
As dance is a performing art, it is essential for all dancers in our graded levels to participate in our annual productions. Participation offers artistic, technical and emotional growth opportunities, both individually and as a team. Students enrolled in our pre-professional Dance Elite program are also expected to participate in our examinations and Special Skills workshops.
An interview and/or placement class is necessary In order to enroll into our graded classes
Please trust our judgment with regard to your class placement. There are many factors we look for to place a dancer in the correct class, that you may not see by just watching. We understand that you see different classes you might want to be in, whether it be because of carpooling, time preference, back to back classes, friends, and/or the dancer's parent's perception of where they should be. However, if we feel that a dancer should stay in a particular class, we will not move them. We realize this could cause drop outs or switching schools, but we would accept that rather than compromise their training at Studio Sharise. Poor technique and training leads to future injuries and physical problems, not to mention hard to break poor technique habits. All questions and concerns should be directed to us either by phone or email. We are happy to answer any questions or concerns.
This can be a major issue among many students and parents, but, the title of your class should be the least of your concerns. Student success and placing dancers in classes with fellow dancers of similar abilities is what we focus on.
A dancer will go through a series of levels basically titled beginner, intermediate, and advanced. In simple terms, each dancer must achieve proficiency in certain movements in the beginner title before moving on to the intermediate title and so on. These titles refer to Studio Sharise dancers only, which is why you could be an advanced dancer somewhere else and come here and be placed in a beginner level or vice versa. Every year dancers can progress differently resulting in dancers taking classes with different people than they were used to. This doesn't mean anyone is a bad dancer. We never move dancers back, we move them into classes with similar ability so that they will move ahead with confidence and success. Typically, it takes 2 years per level before a student advances into the next. However, students may progress at a different rate depending on number of dance classes taken, ability, and commitment to attendance and at-home practice. Classes are progressive and are designed to be taken year-long
Our director and teachers have spent a great deal of time placing their students with fellow dancers who have similar dancing ability. During the month of September (review month) we take another look to ensure that no mistakes were made and we will make all necessary placement changes, then. Please remember this is a class, not a private lesson, where dancers have similar ability, but not identical.
We truly believe an open line of communication between the faculty and parents is essential to each student's success. If you would like to discuss your child's placement and future dance goals, feel free to contact our office to set up an appointment. We're more than happy to sit down and discuss where you are and where you want to be. We also hold student evaluations in the spring.
In the Spring, we offer the opportunity for parents, dancers, and teachers to come together to discuss the current progression of their student and to set goals for the future. This is the time during which we will give the student an evaluation that assesses classroom conduct, technique, as well as artistry and performance. This is helpful to both the student and parents, as it provides an understanding from which continued progression can be achieved. Placement for the following season will be announced at this time.
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