Class Levels, Guideline Ages & Descriptions

For age requirements by class level, please go by your dancer’s age at the time of registration.

Students are placed according to their age at time of registration, however teachers will move them according to their ability, if necessary.  Class size can range from 7 to 25 students, depending on enrollment.  However, we always have assistant teachers for the larger classes. Any class with 6 or less students enrolled will drop from schedule.

We do not offer private dance lessons for recreational students at this time.

 

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You must use a credit/debit card to register online in order to complete your registration. Otherwise, your registration will cancel out at the end of the night.

PRESCHOOL COMBO & KINDER COMBO

    • Preschool Combo: 3.5-4 yrs (must be 3.5 yrs at registration)
    • Kinder Combo: 4.5-5 yrs (Kindergarten)

Introduction to tap, jazz, and ballet in a fun-filled 45 minute class. Choreography in one of these styles will be offered. No experience necessary. Kinder Combo is essentially the same but is for for Kindergartners.

LEVEL 1 COMBO

Level 1: 6-8 yrs (1st through 3rd grade)

L1 Combo is a 1 hour class, with the first half focusing on tap and the second half focusing on jazz. Only one dance/style will be in the show.

JAZZ (LEVEL 2)

Level 2: 9-11 yrs (4th through 6th grade)

Jazz dance is comprised of bold, dramatic, and rhythmic movements. Class begins with extensive warm-up and stretching working on increasing ones flexibility. Introduces leaps, turns, and stylized movement to upbeat current music. Technique and choreography are both offered in this class.

CONTEMPORARY JAZZ (LEVELS 3-4)

  • Level 3: 12-14 yrs (7th through 9th grade)
  • Level 4: 15 yrs & Up (10th grade and up)

This is a fusion of both Contemporary and Jazz dance styles. Contemporary dance is a personalized and experimental style which focus on fluid movements and floor work. Jazz dance is comprised of bold, dramatic, and rhythmic movements. Only one dance will be performed in the dance show, and it will likely incorporate both styles.

TAP (LEVELS 2-4)

  • Level 2: 9-11 yrs (4th through 6th grade)
  • Level 3: 12-14 yrs (7th through 9th grade)
  • Level 4: 15 yrs & Up (10th grade and up)

Tap dance is a series of tap skills, combinations, timing, and rhythms of which primarily uses the foot and ankle strengths. Technique and choreography are both offered in this class.

HIP-HOP (LEVELS 1-4)

  • Level 1: 6-8 yrs (1st through 3rd grade)
  • Level 2: 9-11 yrs (4th through 6th grade)
  • Level 3: 12-14 yrs (7th through 9th grade)
  • Level 4: 15 yrs & Up (10th grade and up)

Hip-Hop dance is comprised of funky, sharp, isolated movements done to dance music or clean rap music. Choreography is offered in this class.

BALLET (LEVELS 1 & 2)

  • Level 1: 6-8 yrs (1st through 3rd grade)
  • Level 2: 9-11 yrs (4th through 6th grade)

Ballet dance is a formal dance style which focuses on graceful, precise steps and gestures to convey emotions or tell a story. Ballet is the foundation for all dance styles. It will develop strength, flexibility, balance, grace, poise, and discipline. Barre work and center floor work will be taught along with terminology. This is a cultural and educational class which every student should experience. Choreography is offered in this class.

LYRICAL BALLET (LEVEL 3 & 4)

  • Level 3: 12-14 yrs (7th through 9th grade
  • Level 4: 15 yrs & Up (10th grade and up)

This is a fusion of both Lyrical and Ballet. Lyrical dance focuses on using movement to express strong emotions. Ballet dance is a formal dance style which focuses on graceful, precise steps and gestures to convey emotions or tell a story. Only one dance will be performed in the dance show, and it will likely incorporate both styles.

COMPETITIVE DANCE

Our competitive dance team, Water Street Dance Company, is an audition team. You must attend the appropriate class or Intensive for your age and then receive an invitation to join.

  • Apprentice: Ages 7-12 (by invitation only & based on ability in regular classes throughout the year and Apprentice Summer Intensives)

For younger experienced and dedicated dancers interested in competitive dance. Members are required to rehearse, compete, and it is expected they participate in all disciplines of dance classes. Apprentice prepares dancers with the knowledge, skills and experience to eventually audition for our Junior Varsity and Competitive distinctions.

  • Senior Competitive: Ages 13+  (by invitation only & based on ability & participation in our Advanced Summer Intensive)

For the very experienced and dedicated dancers 13 years old and up.  Members are required to rehearse, compete, and it is expected they participate in all disciplines of dance classes. The goal is to offer an outlet to perform and compete for those looking to intensify their dance training and to gain more experience in pursuit of a dance career.