Description of Class Levels and Classes

Jul 21, 2018

Denise Sabala Dance Studios

Description of Class Levels and Classes

Level 1 = Beginner/7-11
Level 2 = Intermediate/9-12
Level 3 = Advanced Intermediate/10-14
Level 4 = Advanced/14-18

Tumbling Levels based on skills
Important Notice: All Students will be placed according to their degree of accomplishment, strength and ability. The correct class is most important for proper advancement of each individual student.Ultimately it is the teacher’s decision where the dancer belongs, class placements can change.

Ballet/Pointe: Technique class covering barre and center floor work, combinations and routines. Ballet is the foundation.

Hip Hop: Combination of jazz technique and street funk movements. Many of these movements are seen in music videos.

Jazz: Technique class including warm-up stretches, techniques across the floor, combinations and routines.
Lyrical: These classes are based on a strong ballet background. Movements are executed to lyrical music with a strong jazz flare.

These classes incorporate a variety of techniques that focus on correct alignment, fall, recovery, centering and proper articulations through warm-up exercises, center floor work and larger locomotors combinations, and newer philosophies of movement that depart from classical dance techniques.
Move, Wiggle & Shake: A Mommy & Me class for ages 18 months – 2.5 year olds.

Musical Theater (including Jazz technique): These classes are based on Broadway Musical Theater Productions. Technique, style, and routines will be covered. Acting & Theater Production study included.

Rhythm & Musicality: This is the class that will give students the ability to create their own choreography and steps in real time as well as a grounding in the principles of music, including rhythm, phrasing and history. Students should be prepared to play rhythm and music games to help them grasp concepts, as well as listen to music in a deep and active manner. One note: dancers who study improvisation almost always learn faster and dance with greater facility than those who don’t! If your son or daughter loves dance, this class will make them better while giving them the skills and tools to express themselves.

Street Jazz: Can be considered hip hop by most, but it has a certain amount of Jazz technique.  Usually dancers who have training in ballet and jazz would understand easier than a dancer who doesn’t.  Think of it as having a Fred Astaire vibe with Nike’s on!

Tap: Tap technique and combinations.

Triple Threat Performance Skills: This class focuses on dance performance, acting and voice articulation

Variations: Variations class focuses on artistry as students learn excerpts from Classical and Contemporary Ballets.

Description of Combination Classes ~Please use age and experience as a “guideline” or Teacher Recommendation.

Combo 3-5 (ages 3-5) Tap/Pre-Ballet/Tumbling A one hour combination class ~ Black tap shoes and pink ballet shoes required.

Combo 5-6 (ages 5-6) Tap/Ballet/Jazz-Hip Hop A one hour combination class ~ students should have at least 1 -3 years experience. Black tap shoes, pink ballet shoes, jazz shoes optional.

Combo 6-7 (ages 6-7) Tap/Ballet/Jazz-Hip Hop A one hour combination class ~ students should have at least 4 years experience. Black tap shoes, pink ballet shoes, jazz shoes optional.

Dance Party: A 45 minute class catered to special needs students.  We will explore our body’s space around us through rhythm, music, socialization and dancing!

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