Technical Advice for Level 1-4 Dancers

Dancers in Level 1 - Level 4 Classes

The two most important classes for dancers at this age: Tap and Classical Ballet.

  • Tap is essential as it is a dance form that helps the young dancer with coordination, rhythm, timing and musicality; giving a child a music foundation which is essential for all forms of dance.

  • Classical ballet provides the necessary technical foundation, quality of movement and artistry that supports most genres of dance. In addition to the many physical benefits of classical training (impeccable technique and a beautiful sculpted body), ballet helps develop the mind and attitude of the dancer with discipline, focus and an appreciation of structure which are critical attributes for continued and successful dance education. Ballet training is essential for any dancer who wants to excel in jazz and contemporary styles as the technique and vocabulary for these disciplines come from ballet.
    • In ballet levels 1-4, we focus on developing technical foundation, body alignment and posture of the dancer.
    • In ballet levels 5 and up we focus on quality of movement and developing artistry.

  • Ballet classes are held twice a week for levels 1 and up. Dancers can intensify their technical training by adding Ballet Intensive to their schedule; this will add one more additional ballet technique class each week.

  • At this age it only benefits a child to add other genres to their training (such as jazz, tumbling and hip-hop) if they are already taking tap and ballet classes.

  • If a dancer trains in tap and ballet until the fourth grade, technically they will be ready for level 5 jazz without ever taking a jazz class. This is because they will have developed a proper technical foundation (from ballet) and the intricate skills in musicality and coordination (from tap).

  • Additional dance classes that are available for dancers at this age: Ballet Intensive, Jazz, Jazz Technique, Acro/Tumbling, Hip-Hop and Pre-teen Ballroom (for 4th graders).

  • Programs available for dancers at this age; PEEPs Ballet and Jazz Performance Programs, the Varsity Competition Jazz Program and the Conservatory Competitive Jazz Program (for 3rd and 4th graders; by special invitation only).