Words Of Wisdom

Words of Wisdom
Regarding Registration and Participation

  1. Invest your time and money into technical dance classes, as they instill technique and help your dancer develop a strong dance foundation.

  2. Genres of dance that may provide an opportunity in high school or higher education are classes where money is well spent.

  3. Dancers who want to dance for recreation, hip-hop is a good class to take as it is a "street style" of dance which does not require knowledge or training in classical technique.

  4. Dancers who want to increase their technique and intensity should add a ballet and/or jazz intensive class to their schedule.

  5. Dancers who want to receive their pointe shoes and dance on pointe should add UDA’s prepointe class to their schedule when they are in the 6th grade.

  6. Dancers in Teen A and B levels are only required to take ballet and/or jazz classes once a week. Teen dancers who want to increase technical training, for possible advancement into the intermediate levels, should add a second teen ballet and/or jazz technique class to their weekly schedule. *This is a requirement for teen dancers who participate in the Ensemble Performance Program.

  7. Dancers who want to increase their performance opportunities, technique, artistry and commitment should consider participating in a UDA Program: STARS, Ensemble, Varsity or Conservatory.

  8. Dancers the 1st-6th grade who want more performing opportunities without the added cost and intensity of competitive dance are encouraged to participate in UDA’s STARS Performance Program. *For more information regarding this program, read program descriptions in this Performance Program Guide.

  9. Dancers in the 7th – 12th grade who want more performing opportunities without the added cost and intensity of competitive dance are encouraged to participate in UDA’s Ensemble Performance Program. *For more information regarding this program, read program descriptions in this Performance Program Guide.

  10. Dancers in the 1st – 12th grade who want to compete and have the goal to participate on high school dance company or drill team are encouraged to participate in UDA’s Varsity Competitive Program. *For more information regarding this program, read program descriptions in this Performance Program Guide.

  11. Dancers in the 2nd – 12th grade who want to compete and plan to continue dance in higher education or as a profession are encouraged to participate in UDA’s Conservatory Competitive Program. *For more information regarding this program, read program descriptions in this Performance Program Guide.

  12. Dancers who are in 9th – 12th grade and have aspirations to choreograph and teach dance are encouraged to participate with UDA’s Artists in Training Program (AIT).