DESCRIPTIONS OF DANCE CLASS LEVELS
Within all levels,
each dance class is structured with a technical warm-up, across
the floor patterns that apply to the technique used in the dance
discipline and concludes with dance choreography. Dancers
typically will spend 1 to 3 years training at each level, depending
on their dedication and ability to meet the challenges of each
class. Heartbeat Studios Artistic Director, Kristin Freya
or the instructor of the class will place you in the correct level. Throughout
the year students may be asked by their instructor to change levels
to better fit their skills.
A Beginning Level class
of any discipline covers the basic technique and vocabulary of
a dance style. Beginning
classes are structured for the absolute beginner through the second
year dance student. Classes are taught to clearly instruct
students on correct body alignment, build muscular strength and
flexibility, and to teach students the basic dance patterns rooted
within the dance discipline.
A Beginning/IntermediateLevel class
of any discipline re-enforces the basic technique, alignment
and vocabulary of a dance style as well as challenge students’ minds
and bodies with more complex patterns, multiple turns, developing
leaps and faster footwork. Beginning/Intermediate classes
are structured for the second year beginning student who is preparing
to move into an Intermediate level of dance.
An Intermediate Level class of any discipline
is for students who have accomplished the basic technique, alignment
and vocabulary of the particular dance style and are capable of
handling challenging complex patterns, multiple turns, leaps and
fast footwork. Intermediate classes are taught at a much faster
pace for the student who is preparing to move into an Advanced
level of dance.
An Intermediate/Advanced Level class
of any discipline is for Intermediate level students who are
ready for challenging choreography, physical endurance and flexibility. Intermediate/Advanced
classes are taught at a fast and demanding pace. Instructors
may demonstrate dance patterns only once or twice for the students
and will move on quickly to the next pattern. Intermediate/Advanced
levels are for those who are preparing to move into an Advanced
level of dance.
An Advanced Level class
of any discipline is for accomplished dance student who is ready
for the ultimate challenge of tackling professional level choreography,
physical endurance and flexibility. Instructors will move on quickly from one pattern
to the next using all special levels. Advanced levels are
for those who are preparing
to move into a professional level of dance.