Class Levels and Descriptions
Our progressive program offers training in dance technique grounded in Ballet, Modern and Jazz Dance, while including Tap and Hip Hop styles of dance. It is important as a dancer to have a well-rounded education in many different forms of dance. Our schedule and curriculum allow each and every student to learn and grow in many different genres of dance.
Ballet- a classical dance form demanding grace and precision and employing formalized steps and gestures set in intricate, flowing patterns to create expression through. Ballet helps develop strength, flexibility, musicality, and provides the foundation for the other forms of dance.
Jazz- a form of dance that showcases a dancer's individual style and originality. Jazz dancing is energetic and fun, consisting of unique moves, fancy footwork, big leaps, and quick turns. To excel in jazz, dancers need a strong background in ballet, as it encourages grace and balance.
Modern-a compliment to ballet classes, it is a form of contemporary theatrical and concert dance employing a special technique for developing the use of the entire body in movements expressive of abstract ideas.
Divisions and Levels
Midwest Performing Arts dance training program moves the student from the Pre-Dance levels, through the Student Division, and into the Pre-Professional Program. These three categories allow the school to give each individual dancer the focus on training they are seeking, from introduction to dance, to the recreational dancer, and to the professionally focused student.
Evaluations of each student's progress will be done each year in order make appropriate placement suggestions, making sure each student is placed for optimal growth. Students should master the skills of their level before being advanced to the next level.
Below are the level divisions for the 2014/2015 School Year Session. The level divisions for the 2014 Summer Session will follow the level guide from the 2013/2014 School Year
Pre Dance Division –
The Pre-Dance Division is an exciting introduction to the world of dance designed especially for the young beginner. The main goal of the primary program is to help the young student enjoy the process of learning dance by keeping it fun and encouraging.
Pre-Ballet 1 – for students 3 to 4 years old
Pre-Ballet 2 – for students 4 to 5 years old
Intro to Jazz – for students 4 to 5 years old
Fancy Feet – Ballet and Tap combination class for students 4 to 5 years old
Ages 6 to Adult
The Student Division lays the groundwork for all future dance training. Beginning level classes are taught slowly and carefully in order to emphasize proper posture and placement, while upper level student division classes work on the coordination of the full body in jumps, turns, and leaps. This division is divided into sub-categories to ensure that each student is paced for optimal growth.
Junior 1- for students grades K-1
Junior 2 – for students grades 2-3
Junior 3 – for students grades 3-4
Junior 4- for students grades 4-6
Senior 1 – for students with 0-2 years
Senior 2- for students with 3-4 years
Senior 3 for students with 5 or more years
Ages 10 - Adult
The Pre-professional Division challenges the dedicated advanced level student both technically and artistically. This division requires each student to be enrolled in ballet, modern and jazz. This division’s requirements are designed to prepare the dancer for the potential next step in their training, either in a college program or in a professional setting.
Pre-Professional 1 - by instructor recommendation only
Pre-Professional 2 - by instructor recommendation only
Pre-Professional 3 - by instructor recommendation only
Pre-Professional 4 - by instructor recommendation only
Our staff is here to help and can give you personalized guidance in deciding which program and classes are right for you.