Class & Levels Syllabus

       This is the Syllabus for all our classes.  Students should be able to demonstrate listed skills before moving onto the next level for each genre. Use this syllabus as a guideline to assess the skills of current students.  Teachers will test students out to progress to the next level when they are ready. Level changes will only happen at the beginning of a new quarter. Level changes will NOT happen mid quarter.

       All prerequisites, required supplementary classes and recommended supplementary classes may vary in availability. Students are held accountable only for what is offered quarterly.

      Overall we recommend hair that is shoulder length or longer be pulled back in a low bun for the entirety of their class time at OLLDA. Hair should not be a distraction during class.If it is not pulled back from the beginning it distracts the student and takes time away from their training. Hip Hop students can wear a low or high ponytail. 

      The Required Attire is so that the student can move freely and without distraction of loose, too tight, or “trendy” clothing. Ollda will be strictly enforcing dress codes beginning our Winter Quarter 2021. All of the required attire is listed per class below. OLLDA apparel is allowed.

 

Main points for ALL levels:

-Musicality: Know your counts, rhythm and music.

-Emotional Intelligence: Beyond movement skills. Critical thinking approach to training.

-Appropriate performance: Full out always unless asked to mark.

-Have fun!: We train hard and seriously so that we can ALL enjoy the experience.

 

 

 

 

BALLET CLASSES

 

Pre-K Ballet

Suitable for students ages 2.5 to 5.5 years old with little or no previous experience in Ballet or dance. Attendees must be potty trained. Unless it’s the child’s first class, parents are not allowed to watch from inside of the classroom. This class introduces the basics of ballet technique with an emphasis on learning dance and spacial awareness concepts through fun dance lessons. The study of ballet improves technique, spatial awareness, direction understanding, musicality, posture, general health, and coordination. There is NO work done at the barre.

Required Attire: Anything that makes your little one feel their best and comfortable. Flexible shoes, grippy socks or ballet shoes.

Hair: pulled back and neat. If hair is shoulder length or longer it must be pulled back off of the face.

Prerequisites: None

Recommended Supplementary Classes: PreK Ballet/Hip Hop, PreK Ballet/Tap, PreK Acro

Skills necessary to advance to next level:

  • Knowledge of direction

  • Knowledge of level changes

  • Understanding of tempo differences

  • Can follow directions with ease

  • Basic stretching

  • Ballet feet and arm positions (Jazz 1st, 1st, 2nd)

  • Plie

  • Chasse 

  • Tendu and Flex

  • Pique

  • Degage

  • Battement 

  • Passe in parallel    

  • Releve on two feet

  • Chasse (side and front)

  • Sautes (emphasis on Plie, Saute, land Plie, stretch in 4 counts)

  • Bourree Turns (introduce concept of spotting)

  • Ballet walks (specifying toe, ball, heel)

  • Ballet runs

  • Marches

  • Pas De Chat (parallel)

  • Ballet curtsy/bow

 

Ballet Level 1

Suitable for students ages 5.5 to 10 years old with little or no previous experience in Ballet or dance. This class introduces the basics of ballet technique with an emphasis on learning dance and spacial awareness concepts through fun dance lessons. The study of ballet improves technique, spatial awareness, direction understanding, musicality, posture, general health, and coordination. Ballet I will further students’ technique, body alignment, and begin to link the relationship between ballet technique and other genres of dance. There is NO work done at the barre.

Required Attire: Females: Black or pink leotard, pink tights, pink ballet shoes. Males: Black fitted stretch pants/tights, white short sleeve fitted shirt, ballet shoes. 

Hair: pulled back and neat. If hair is shoulder length or longer it must be pulled back into a bun.

Prerequisites: None (if 5.5 or older)

Recommended Supplementary Classes: Jazz 1, Hip Hop 1, Contemporary 1, Turn Technique 1, Acro 1, Tap 1-2

Skills necessary to advance to next level:

  • All skills listed in PreK Ballet

  • Basic full Ballet Barre

  • Pas de Cheval

  • Demi Ronde Jambe (Progressing to full Ronde Jambe when ready)

  • Developpe

  • Coupé

  • Fondu a Terré

  • Introduce 3rd Position of the feet, not forcing turnout

  • Grand Battement

  • Pas de chat

  • Grand Plie ONLY in First, Second, and Third

  • Small jumps out center (First, Second, Echappe and Changement ONLY when ready)_

  • Single en dehors pirouette

  • Chaine Turns

  • Grand Jetes

  • Improv to Waltz music incorporating skills acquired

 

Ballet Level 2

Suitable for students age 8 and up with some previous experience in Ballet, this class works off of the basics of Ballet technique, and application of those skills to learning new movements. Students in this class develop detail, proper placement, and classical discipline. Students will learn a full and proper barre regiment and begin to strengthen techniques learned in Ballet 1 and work on these skills in the center. 

Required Attire: Females: Black or pink leotard, pink tights, pink ballet shoes. Males: Black fitted stretch pants/tights, white short sleeve fitted shirt, ballet shoes. 

Hair: pulled back and neat. If hair is shoulder length or longer it must be pulled back into a bun.

Prerequisites: Ballet 1

Recommended Supplementary Classes: LET 2, Jazz 2, Contemporary 2, Hip Hop 2, Strength & Conditioning 1-2, Turn Technique 1-2, Acro 1-2 or 2, Tap 1-2

Skills necessary to advance to next level:

  • Skills listed from Level 1

  • Introduce subtle and basic epaulement 

  • 4th Position of the feet, introducing grand plie only when ready 

  • Develope

  • Frappe

  • Pique arabesque

  • Double en dehors pirouette

  • Single en dedans

  • Pique turn

  • Small jumps at the barre

  • Glissade, Jeté, Assemble

  • Saut de chat & Grand jeté

  • Rond de jambe

  • Fondu en l’air 

 

 

Ballet Level 1-2

Suitable for students with previous experience in classical ballet, this class works off of the basics of Ballet technique while adding epaulement and character to one’s dancing. The study of ballet improves posture, general health, and coordination while giving the students the necessary tools to learn how to express and communicate through music and movement. Students in this class develop detail, proper placement, classical discipline, and elegant strength. Focus will be on progressing technically and artistically, 

Required Attire: Females: Black or pink leotard, pink tights, pink ballet shoes. Males: Black fitted stretch pants/tights, white short sleeve fitted shirt, ballet shoes. 

Hair: pulled back and neat. If hair is shoulder length or longer it needs to be pulled back into a bun.

Prerequisites: Ballet 3, Stretch & Conditioning 1-2

Recommended Supplementary Classes: Ballet 3, Pointe, Stretch & Conditioning 3-4, LET 3-4, Turn Technique 3-4, Hip Hop 2 or 3, Jazz 2 or 3-4, Contemporary 2 or 3-4, Acro 2 or 3-4, Tap 3-4

Skills necessary to advance to next level:

  • All skills listed in Level II

  • Rond de jambe en lair

  • Grande rond de jambe

  • Attitude & arabesque balance

  • Triple en dehors pirouette

  • En dedans pirouette

  • Attitude turn

  • Entre quatre, royale, small jumps with beats

  • Coupe jete turn

  • Tour jete

  • Fouette turns

 

Pointe Open Level

Suitable for students ages 12 years and older with teacher approval. This class introduces the basics of pointe technique with an emphasis on strengthening the feet and correcting alignment to set the dancer up with a strong foundation for future pointe work. Correctly fitted pointe shoes and resistance bands required.

Required Attire: Females: Black or pink leotard, pink convertible tights, correctly fitted pointe shoes. Males: Black fitted stretch pants/tights, white short sleeve fitted shirt, correctly fitted pointe shoes. 

Hair: pulled back and neat. If hair is shoulder length or longer it needs to be pulled back into a bun.

Criteria to be eligible for pointe:

  • At least 12 years old

  • Minimum 2 ballet classes weekly

  • Weekly attendance to Stretch & Conditioning 3-4

  • Minimum 3 1/2 consecutive years of classical ballet training

  • Understanding and advanced awareness of body alignment, strength & flexibility

  • Must be able to fully point feet with correct alignment, with middle toe in line with knee

  • Must be able to hold a balance on one or two feet while maintaining a high releve in correct placement of the pelvis and spine

  • Must be able to execute strong consecutive releves nonstop with and without barre on demi pointe

  • Demonstrate proper use of foot articulation in plies, jumps, landings, eleve and weight transfers

Technique Focus:

  • Plie to Releve with one and two feet

  • Bourrees

  • Echappes (with and without barre)

  • Chaine Turns

  • Single Pirouette

  • Fouette Turn Prep on Barre

  • 16 Count Variation in Center

 

 

 

 

JAZZ CLASSES

Jazz Level 1

Suitable for beginner students ages 6 and older with little to no previous experience of Ballet or Jazz.  This class introduces the basics of Ballet and Jazz technique with an emphasis on fun and enjoyment. The study of ballet and jazz improves posture, general health, and coordination. Students will gain the foundational vocabulary and movement necessary to advance in many different genres. 

Required Attire: Females: Black leotard, tan convertible tights, tan jazz shoes. Males: Black fitted stretch pants/tights, black short sleeve fitted shirt, tan jazz shoes. 

Hair: pulled back and neat. If hair is shoulder length or longer it needs to be pulled back into a bun. 

*Ooh La La apparel allowed.

Prerequisites: none

Required Supplementary Classes: Ballet 1 (if on contract)

Recommended Supplementary Classes: Turns Technique 1, Ballet 1, Stretch & Conditioning 1-2, Acro 1, Musical Theatre 1-2, Lyrical 1, Hip Hop 1, Tap 1-2

Skills necessary to advance to next level:

  • Jazz positions

  • Stage directions

  • Direction, level and tempo changes

  • Isolations (hips & chest)

  • Basic stretching knowledge

  • Basic alignment knowledge

  • Pas de Bourree

  • Kick Ball Change

  • Grapevine

  • Pivot Turn

  • Single Pirouette

  • Front, Side and Back Battement

  • Heel Stretch 

  • Chases (To the front and to the side)

  • Right & Left Leg Leaps

  • Right and Left Surprise Leap

  • Chaines Turns

  • Piqué Turns 

  • Needles (penche w/hands)

  • Improvisation in appropriate style for 2 sets of 8 counts

 

Jazz Level 2

Suitable for students ages 8 and older some previous experience of Ballet or Jazz.  This class builds on jazz technique learned in Jazz 1. The study of Jazz improves posture, general health, and coordination. Students will increase their technical skills, flexibility, and strength. 

Required Attire: Females: Black leotard, tan convertible tights, tan jazz shoes. Males: Black fitted stretch pants/tights, black short sleeve fitted shirt, tan jazz shoes. Hair: pulled back and neat. If hair is shoulder length or longer it needs to be pulled back into a bun. 

*Ooh La La apparel allowed.

Prerequisites: Correct execution of skills listed in Level 1 Jazz & Ballet in front of instructor and enrollment in required supplemental classes

Required Supplementary Classes: Ballet 2 (if on contract)

Recommended Supplementary Classes: Stretch & Conditioning 1-2, Turn Technique 2, L.E.T 2, Acro 1-2, Hip Hop 2, Contemporary 2, Tap 1-2, Musical Theatre 1-2

Skills necessary to advance to next level:

  • Skills from Level 1 Jazz & Level 1 Ballet

  • Double Pirouette 

  • A la seconde turns understanding

  • Splits R, L & Center

  • Right & Left Center Leap

  • Reverse Leap

  • Tilt Kick

  • Fan Kicks

  • Hinges

  • Leg Holds to front & side

  • Heel Stretch on Releve 

  • Illusions

  • Penche

  • C Jump

  • Improvisation in appropriate style for 4 sets of 8 counts.

 

Jazz Level 3

Suitable for students 10-18 with intermediate experience of ballet or jazz.  This class expands  with the basics of ballet and jazz technique. Class will focus on continuing proper dance technique while learning more advanced skills, isolations of the body, as well as improving performance quality, and developing complex rhythms and patterns. Students will begin to implement these skills into choreography. They will learn to piece several skills together as they work on mastering fluid transitions between them. 

Required Attire: Females: Black leotard, tan convertible tights, tan jazz shoes. Males: Black fitted stretch pants/tights, black short sleeve fitted shirt, tan jazz shoes. 

Hair: pulled back and neat. If hair is shoulder length or longer it needs to be pulled back into a bun. 

*Ooh La La apparel allowed.

Prerequisites: Skills from Jazz 2 and previous enrollment in required supplemental classes from Level 2. 

Required Supplementary Classes: Ballet 2 or 3-4 and LET 2-4 or Turn Technique 2-3 

Recommended Supplementary Classes: Stretch & Conditioning 3-4, Acro 2 or Acro 3-4, Hip Hop 2 or 3, Musical Theatre 3-4, Contemporary 2-3 or 3-4, Tap 3-4

Skills necessary to advance to next level:

  • Skills from Level 2

  • Triple Pirouette

  • Skater Turns

  • Leg Hold Turns

  • A la seconde Turns & variations

  • Layouts

  • Calypso / Single Stags

  • Center Leap / Turning Disk 

  • Switch Leaps

  • Turning C Jump

  • Double Stag

  • Axel jumps / turns

  • Improvisation in appropriate style for 30 seconds.

 

Jazz Level 4

Suitable for students 13-18 with advanced experience of ballet or jazz.  This class expands with the basics of Ballet, Jazz, Hip Hop technique. Class will focus on continuing proper dance technique while learning more advanced skills, isolations of the body, as well as improving performance quality, and developing complex rhythms and patterns. Students at this level have mastered fluid transitions between several skills. They will expand their knowledge and strength as well as begin to stylize their movement in choreography. 

Required Attire: Females: Black leotard, tan convertible tights, tan jazz shoes. Males: Black fitted stretch pants/tights, black short sleeve fitted shirt, tan jazz shoes. 

Hair: pulled back and neat. If hair is shoulder length or longer it needs to be pulled back into a bun. 

*Ooh La La apparel allowed.

Prerequisites: skills from Jazz 3 and previous enrollment in required supplemental classes from Level 3

Required Supplementary Classes: Ballet 3-4, and Turn Combos 3-4 or LET 3-4 Recommended Supplementary Classes: Stretch & Conditioning 3-4, Hip Hop 3, LET 3-4, Turn Tech. & Combos 3-4, Acro 3-4, Tap 3-4, Musical Theatre 3-4, Pointe, Contemporary 3-4

Skills necessary to advance to the next level:

  • Skills from Level 3

  • Quadruple Pirouette

  • Spike or scorpion

  • Advanced Leap Combinations

  • Advanced Turning Combinations

  • Improvisation in appropriate style for 1 minute.

 

 

MUSICAL THEATRE CLASSES

Musical Theatre 1-2

Suitable for students ages 7 to 13 years old with little or no previous experience of Musical Theatre.  This class introduces the basics of dance technique with an emphasis on Jazz dance, fun and enjoyment. Dancers focus on applying and bringing together the disciplines of acting, and dancing, to create an effective presentation of technical skills. Dancers should be exposed to different musicals and begin growing their knowledge of different productions catalogues. 

Required Attire: Females: Black leotard, tan convertible tights, tan jazz shoes. Males: Black fitted stretch pants/tights, black short sleeve fitted shirt. Black fitted stretch leggings, pants, capris or biker shorts allowed. Black fitted stretch tanks, shirts and sweaters allowed. Tan Jazz shoes. 

Hair: Pulled back and neat. If hair is shoulder length or longer it needs to be pulled back into a high or low bun. 

*Ooh La La apparel allowed.

Prerequisites: Basic knowledge of Ballet & Jazz technique

Required Supplementary Classes:  If on contract Ballet 1, 1-2 or 2 are required at least once weekly. If not on contract there are no prerequisites. 

Recommended Supplementary Classes: Jazz 1-2*, Stretch & Conditioning 1-2, Acro 1-2, Hip Hop 2, Contemporary 2, Tap 1-2, Ballet 1, 1-2, or 2.

Skills necessary to advance to next level:

  • Character development and performance confidence

  • Knowledge of classic Broadway shows & songs

  • Appropriate facial expressions

  • Single Pirouette

  • Right & Left leg Leaps

  • Center Leap

  • Surprise Leap

  • Right, Left & Center Splits

  • Front, Side and Back Battement

  • Chaines Turns

  • Leg Holds

  • Needles

  • Improv across the floor

 

Musical Theatre 3-4

Suitable for students ages 11 years with intermediate or advanced experience Jazz.  This class builds off of Jazz and Ballet technique with an emphasis on acting while maintaining a high standard of technical movement. Dancers should have well-rounded knowledge of different musicals and subsequently, their catalogues. Jazz shoes required. 

Required Attire: Females: Black leotard, tan convertible tights, tan jazz shoes. Males: Black fitted stretch pants/tights, black short sleeve fitted shirt. Black fitted stretch leggings, pants, capris or biker shorts allowed. Black fitted stretch tanks, shirts and sweaters allowed.

Shoes: Jazz shoes. 

Hair: Pulled back and neat. If hair is shoulder length or longer it needs to be pulled back into a high or low bun. 

*Ooh La La apparel allowed.

Prerequisites: Can successfully demonstrate skills from Ballet Level 2, Jazz Level 2 and Musical Theatre Level 1-2.

Required Supplementary Classes:  Ballet 3-4 and Jazz 3 weekly (if on contract). 

Recommended Supplementary Classes: Jazz 1-2*, Stretch & Conditioning 1-2, Acro 1-2, Hip Hop 2, Contemporary 2, Tap 1-2, Ballet 1, 1-2, or 2.

 

Skills necessary to advance to next level:

  • Advanced character development and performance confidence

  • Advanced knowledge of classic Broadway shows & songs

  • Dancing with props

  • Double Pirouette

  • Axel Jumps

  • Tilt kick

  • Leg Hold Turns

  • A la seconde Turns

 

 

LYRICAL/CONTEMPORARY CLASSES

Lyrical Level 1

Suitable for students ages 6 years and older. It is recommended that they also be taking at least one appropriate level Ballet class weekly. This class will incorporate technique and choreography that is a fusion of Modern, Jazz, and Ballet. Students will learn to improvise, improve isolations, and work on fluidity of movement between technical skills. 

Required Attire: Females: Black leotard, tan convertible tights, tan jazz shoes. Males: Black fitted stretch pants/tights, black short sleeve fitted shirt. Black fitted stretch leggings, pants, capris or biker shorts allowed. Black fitted stretch tanks, shirts and sweaters allowed.

Shoes: Split Sole shoes or barefoot

Hair: Pulled back and neat. If hair is shoulder length or longer it needs to be pulled back into a high or low bun. 

*Ooh La La apparel allowed.

Prerequisites: None

Required Supplementary Classes: None    

Recommended Supplementary Classes: Ballet 1, Ballet 1-2, Jazz 1, Jazz 1-2, Stretch 1-2, Acro 1-2, Musical Theatre 1-2, Hip Hop 1

 

Skills necessary to advance to next level:

  • Single Coupé Pirouettes

  • Right & Left leg Leaps

  • Pique Turns

  • Right, Left & Center Splits

  • Front, Side and Back Battement

  • Arabesque

  • Chaines Turns

 

Contemporary Level 2

Suitable for students ages 8 years and older with previous experience of Ballet, Jazz and Contemporary. This class will incorporate choreography that is a fusion of Modern, Jazz, and Ballet. Students will build on their improvisational skills, master isolations, and continue to expand their fluidity of movement between technical skills. Students in Contemporary 2 will also focus on different movement qualities/textures.  

Required Attire: Females: Black leotard, tan convertible tights, tan jazz shoes. Males: Black fitted stretch pants/tights, black short sleeve fitted shirt. Black fitted stretch leggings, pants, capris or biker shorts allowed. Black fitted stretch tanks, shirts and sweaters allowed.

Shoes: Split Sole shoes or barefoot    

Hair: Pulled back and neat. If hair is shoulder length or longer it needs to be pulled back into a high or low bun. 

*Ooh La La apparel allowed.

Prerequisites: Lyrical 1, Ballet 1, Jazz 1

Required Supplementary Classes: Ballet 2 (if on contract)

Recommended Supplementary Classes: Hip Hop 2, Jazz 2, Turn Techniques 2, Stretch and Conditioning 1/2

Skills necessary to advance to next level:

  • Understanding of movement initiation 

  • Double Coupé and Pencil Turns in correct placement

  • Pique Turns & Double Pique turns

  • Front, Side and Back Battement

  • Leg Hold

  • Fan Kick

  • Penché

  • Calypso

  • Floorwork: Fish flops, Shoulder rolls, Split roll

  • Toe rise

  • C Jump

  • Improvise for at least 30 seconds

 

 

Contemporary 3-4

Suitable for students ages 13 years and older with intermediate/advanced experience of Ballet and Contemporary. This class will incorporate choreography that is a fusion of Modern, Jazz, and Ballet. Students will master their improvisational skills, master their fluidity of movement between technical skills, and be able to fluctuate between different textures of movement. Level 3 choreography will emphasize artistry, dynamics, and self-expression. Students in Contemporary 3 students will master initiation of movement from the core, back, and head.  

Required Attire: Females: Black leotard, tan convertible tights, tan jazz shoes. Males: Black fitted stretch pants/tights, black short sleeve fitted shirt. Black fitted stretch leggings, pants or capris allowed. NO shorts. Black fitted stretch tanks, shirts and sweaters allowed.

Shoes: Split Sole shoes or barefoot.

Hair: Pulled back and neat. If hair is shoulder length or longer it needs to be pulled back into a high or low bun. 

*Ooh La La apparel allowed.

Prerequisites: Ballet 2, Contemporary 2, Hip Hop 1/2

Recommended Supplementary Classes: Ballet 3, Jazz 3, Turn Techniques 3, Hip Hop 3, 

Skills necessary to advance to next level:

  • Advanced Ballet knowledge and technical skill 

  • Floorwork (shoulder rolls, fish flops, etc, on both right and left sides)

  • Floorwork combinations

  • Triple Coupé and Pencil Turns

  • Leg Hold Turns (en dedan AND en dehors) 

  • Fouette Turn variations

  • Penché

  • Illusion (standard and reverse)

  • Improvise for at least a minute nonstop

  • Turning C Jump

  • Toe rise (As ready. Consideration taken very seriously)

 

HIP HOP CLASSES

Hip Hop Level 1

Suitable for students ages 6 years and older with little or no previous experience of hip hop.  An introduction to Hip Hop with beginning development of hip hop concepts including rhythm, coordination, spatial awareness and a specific focus on class etiquette. Students will learn how to demonstrate isolations with quick tempo beats and keep their center of gravity down. Students will learn the proper introductory movement vocabulary and movement execution. 

Required Attire: Black fitted stretch leggings, pants, capris or biker shorts allowed. Black fitted stretch tanks, shirts and sweaters allowed.

Shoes: Sneakers/Tennis Shoes designated for indoor use only. 

Hair: Pulled back and neat. If hair is shoulder length or longer it needs to be pulled back into a high or low ponytail or bun. 

*Ooh La La apparel allowed.

Prerequisites: none

Recommended Supplementary Classes: Ballet 1, Jazz 1, Contemporary 1

Skills necessary to advance to the next level:

  • Rhythm/staying to the beat of the music 

  • Counting music

  • Kick ball change 

  • Snakes/body rolls 

  • Isolations 

  • Step Touch

  • 3-Step Turns

  • Top Rock

  • Nay Nay

  • Grooves

  • Picking up Choreography

 

Hip Hop Level 2

Suitable for students ages 8 years and older with some previous experience of hip hop.  An introduction to Hip Hop with beginning development of hip hop concepts including rhythm, coordination, spatial awareness and a specific focus on class etiquette. Students will learn how to demonstrate isolations with quick tempo beats and keep their center of gravity down. Students should begin to learn different techniques from various hip hop styles and how to identify them including but not limited to: popping, locking, house, dancehall, b-boy, etc. Students will learn the secondary movement vocabulary and movement execution. Basic history and origin of Hip Hop. 

Required Attire: Baggy solid color t-shirt and/or sweater and sweatpants recommended to put over other dance clothes. 

Shoes: Black & white high top converse style shoes with laces.

Hair: Pulled back and neat. If hair is shoulder length or longer it needs to be pulled back into a high or low ponytail or bun. 

*Ooh La La apparel allowed.

Prerequisites: Hip-Hop 1

Recommended Supplementary Classes: Ballet 2, Jazz 2, Contemporary 2, Acro 1/2

Skills necessary to advance to the next level:

  • Skills listed in Level 1

  • 6-Step 

  • Moonwalk

  • Quickly learn Choreography

  • Different movement textures

  • Basic Knowledge of Hip Hop History

  • Knowledge of Hip Hop Styles

    • Krumping

    • Breaking

    • Locking

    • Popping

    • House

  • Freestyle (combining moves learned in class)

 

Hip Hop Level 3-4

    Suitable for students ages 11 and older with previous experience in hip hop. Permission from the instructor to participate in the class is required. Focus Dancers are encouraged to push themselves to explore new movements and to understand the elements of choreography, music, and performance. These students will have mastered isolations, different movement textures, and will venture out by stylizing routines given to them. These students will have a wide range of hip hop vocabulary and skill, and are comfortable freestyling in this genre. 

Required Attire: Baggy solid color t-shirt and/or sweater and sweatpants recommended to put over other dance clothes. 

Shoes: Black & white high top converse style shoes with laces.

Hair: Pulled back and neat. If hair is shoulder length or longer it needs to be pulled back into a high or low ponytail or bun. 

*Ooh La La apparel allowed.

Prerequisites: Hip-Hop 2, Jazz 2, Ballet 2, Contemporary 2

Recommended Supplementary Classes: Ballet 3, Jazz 3, Contemporary 3, Acro 3, Specialized Hip Hop Classes 

Skills necessary to advance to the next level: 

  • Master Choreography

  • Add stylization to Choreography

  • Attention to Detail

  • Identify different Hip Hop Styles

  • Comfortable in Freestyle

 

 

TAP CLASSES

 

Tap 1

Suitable for students ages 6 years and older with little or no previous experience of Tap.  This class introduces the basics of Tap and rhythm.  Tap is a traditional style of dance using the shoes with metal plates on the bottom striking the floor, creating rhythmic choreography. Tap focuses on musicality and percussion. 

Required Attire: Black fitted stretch leggings, pants, capris or biker shorts allowed. Black fitted stretch tanks, shirts and sweaters allowed.

Shoes: Slip-On Tap Shoes (low heel).

Hair: Pulled back, secure and neat. If hair is shoulder length or longer it needs to be pulled back into a high or low ponytail or bun. 

*Ooh La La apparel allowed.

Prerequisites: none

Recommended Supplementary Classes: Jazz 1, Hip Hop 1, Ballet 1

Skills necessary to advance to next level:

  • Execute and understand the difference between a flap, slap and shuffle

  • Execute and understand the difference between step, stamp and stomp

  • Execute and understand the difference between heel digs and heel drops, toe taps and toe drops

  • Cramp Rolls

  • Basic Paradiddle

  • Flap Ball Change

  • Flap Heel 

  • Shuffle Ball Change 

  • Time step #1 and #2 (with strong arms)

  • Maxi-Ford (Stamp stuffle jump knock)

  • Buffalo (across the floor, step shuffle 4)  

  • Irish (across the floor, shuffle hop cross)

  • Basic knowledge of toe pops

  • Hop Shuffles  

  • Jump Clicks 

  • Improvisation in appropriate style for 2 sets of 8 counts

 

Tap Level 2

Suitable for students ages 8 years and older with previous experience of tap.  This class introduces the basics of tap and rhythm.  Tap is a traditional style of dance using the shoes with metal plates on the bottom striking the floor, creating rhythmic choreography. Tap focuses a lot on musicality and percussion. Tap Shoes are required.

Required Attire: Black fitted stretch leggings, pants, capris or biker shorts allowed. Black fitted stretch tanks, shirts and sweaters allowed.

Shoes: Slip-On Tap Shoes (low heel).

Hair: Pulled back, secure and neat. If hair is shoulder length or longer it needs to be pulled back into a high or low ponytail or bun. 

*Ooh La La apparel allowed.

Prerequisites: Tap 1 or 1-2

Recommended Supplementary Classes: Jazz 2, Ballet2, Hip Hop 2

Skills necessary to advance to next level:

  • All skills listed from level 1

  • Counting and Rhythm exercises

  • Time Steps #3 and #4 (with strong arms)

  • Cincinnati (pull heel shuffle heel step) across the floor 

  • Buffalo with a flap 

  • Buffalo Turn 

  • Cramp roll Turn

  • Basic 3 count riffs

  • Shirley Temple (flap heel heel pull heel toe heel)

  • Pull Backs (with both feet, and one foot at a time)

  • Basic Paradiddle

  • Paddle

  • MaxiFord with a pull back (stamp shuffle pullback knock)

  • Wings

  • Double toe pops 

  • Double pull backs

  • Double wings

  • Toe wings 

  • Rif

  • Improvisation in appropriate style for 4 sets of 8 counts.

 

Tap Level 3

Suitable for students ages 10 and older with a good amount of previous experience of tap. This class continues the basics of  tap and rhythm at a  higher level. Tap is a traditional style of dance using the shoes with metal plates on the bottom striking the floor, creating rhythmic choreography. Tap focuses a lot on musicality and percussion. Tap Shoes are required.

Required Attire: Black fitted stretch leggings, pants, capris or biker shorts allowed. Black fitted stretch tanks, shirts and sweaters allowed.

Shoes: Tap Shoes (low heel).

Hair: Pulled back, secure and neat. If hair is shoulder length or longer it needs to be pulled back into a high or low ponytail or bun. 

*Ooh La La apparel allowed.

Prerequisites: 

Recommended Supplementary Classes: 

Skills necessary to advance to next level: 

  • All skills listed from Level 2

  • Single leg wings

  • Double winges 

  • Double Pull Backs

  • Single Leg Pull Backs

  • Shiggy Bops 

  • Rhythm Turns

  • Rhythmic and Swing Combinations

  • 8-sound rif walk (touch scuff HEEL dig toe SPANK STEP stamp or brush scuff HEEL dig toe SPANK STEP stamp)

 

ACRO CLASSES

PreK Acro

Suitable for students ages 2.5 to 5.5 years old with little or no previous experience in Acro or dance. Attendees must be potty trained. Parents are not allowed to watch inside of the classroom. Students will learn basic body awareness and build strength required for acrobatics. Along with learning basic skill concepts, the student will learn how to execute those skills safely and with good form.

Required Attire: Black fitted stretch leggings, pants, capris or biker shorts allowed. Black fitted stretch tanks, shirts and sweaters allowed.

Shoes: Barefoot or grippy socks

Hair: Pulled back, secure and neat. If hair is shoulder length or longer it needs to be pulled back into a low to mid ponytail or bun. 

*Ooh La La apparel allowed.

Prerequisites: none

Recommended Supplementary Classes: Prek Ballet, PreK Hip Hop, PreK Ballet/Tap

Skills necessary to advance to next level:

  • Cartwheel

  • Donkey Kicks

  • Forward roll

  • Stretching 

  • Straight Jumps

  • Tuck Jumps

  • Jumps from nuggets

 

Acro Level 1

This class is for students with basic knowledge/skill in acrobatics. Students will learn basic body awareness and build strength required for acrobatics. Along with learning basic skill concepts, the student will learn how to execute those skills safely and with good form. 

Required Attire: Black fitted stretch leggings, pants, or capris allowed. NO shorts. Black fitted stretch tanks, shirts and sweaters allowed.

Shoes: Barefoot or Grippy Socks

Hair: Pulled back, secure and neat. If hair is shoulder length or longer it needs to be pulled back into a low to mid ponytail or bun. 

*Ooh La La apparel allowed.

Prerequisites: 

Recommended Supplementary Classes: 

Skills necessary to advance to next level:

  • All skills listed in PreK Acro

  • Bridges variation 

  • Round-off

  • Cartwheel

  • Back-bend & kickover

  • Head stand 

  • Handstand walks

  • Front limber (handstand, stand up out of the bridge)

  • Front walkover

  • Back walkover

 

Acro Level 2

This class is for students who have participated in level I Acro and/or are able to execute those skills safely. Students will learn the concept of and how to execute more advanced acrobatic skills along with proper technique. 

Required Attire: Black fitted stretch leggings, pants or capris allowed. NO shorts. Black fitted stretch tanks, shirts and sweaters allowed.

Shoes: Barefoot

Hair: Pulled back, secure and neat. If hair is shoulder length or longer it needs to be pulled back into a low to mid ponytail or bun. 

*Ooh La La apparel allowed.

Prerequisites: Acro 1, Stretch & Conditioning 1-2, Ballet 2

Required Supplementary Classes: Ballet 2, Stretch & Conditioning 1-2

Recommended Supplementary Classes: Contemporary 2, Jazz 2, Hip Hop 2

Skills necessary to advance to next level:

  • All skills listed in Level 1

  • Back walkover variations (switch leg, to handstand, to splits, to stomach, etc.)

  • Aerial/concept of an Aerial (ex. hot hands)

  • Back handspring & back handspring step out

  • Front handspring

  • Headstand & headstand variations

 

Acro Level 3

This class is for students who have participated in level I/II Acro and/or are able to execute those skills safely. Students will learn how to do advanced acrobatic skills as well as proper technique and form. 

Required Attire: Black fitted stretch leggings, pants or capris allowed. NO shorts. Black fitted stretch tanks, shirts and sweaters allowed.

Shoes: Barefoot

Hair: Pulled back, secure and neat. If hair is shoulder length or longer it needs to be pulled back into a low to mid ponytail or bun. 

*Ooh La La apparel allowed.

Prerequisites: Acro 2, Ballet 2 or 3, Stretch & Conditioning 3-4

Required Supplementary Classes: Ballet 3, Stretch & Conditioning 3-4

Recommended Supplementary Classes: LET 2-4, Contemporary 2-4, 

Skills necessary to advance to next level:

  • Aerial/aerial variations

  • Front aerial

  • Back handspring series

  • Round off back handspring

  • Cartwheel back handspring step out

  • Valdez

 

LEAPS, EXTENSIONS & TECHNIQUE

Leaps, Extensions & Technique Level 1

A supplementary class for those students taking Ballet, Jazz, or contemporary at the Level 2 or higher levels. Will provide further understanding of technique to provide more power and freedom to safe execution of movement.

Required Attire: Black fitted stretch leggings, pants, capris or biker shorts allowed. Black fitted stretch tanks, shirts and sweaters allowed.

Shoes: Half Sole Shoes or Jazz Shoes

Hair: Pulled back, secure and neat. If hair is shoulder length or longer it needs to be pulled back into a low to mid bun. 

*Ooh La La apparel allowed.

Prerequisites: Ballet 2, Jazz 2, Contemporary 2

Required Supplemental Classes: Ballet 2, Stretch & Conditioning 1-2

Recommended Supplementary Classes: Ballet 1, Ballet 1-2, Jazz 1, Jazz 1-2, Lyrical 1, Lyrical 1-2, Stretch 1-2.

Skills necessary to advance to next level:

  • Single/Double Pirouettes

  • Right & Left leg Leaps

  • Center Leap

  • Surprise Leap

  • Fan Kicks

  • Chaines Turns

  • Illusions

  • Needles

  • Calypso

 

Leaps, Extensions & Technique Level 2

Suitable for students with intermediate experience of ballet or jazz. This class moves past the basics of technique and focuses on more complex skills. Combinations are taught at a faster pace and include prerequisite as well as new and advanced skills. Class will focus on continuing proper dance technique while learning more advanced skills, isolations of the body, as well as improving performance quality, and developing complex rhythms and patterns. Jazz shoes required.

Required Attire: Black fitted stretch leggings, pants, capris or biker shorts allowed. Black fitted stretch tanks, shirts and sweaters allowed.

Shoes: Half Sole Shoes

Hair: Pulled back, secure and neat. If hair is shoulder length or longer it needs to be pulled back into a low to mid bun. 

*Ooh La La apparel allowed.

Prerequisites: Turns 1, Ballet 1-2, Jazz 1-2.

Required Supplementary Classes: Ballet 2, Ballet 2-3, Jazz 2, 

Recommended Supplementary Classes: Ballet 3, Acro 2, Contemporary 2, Musical Theatre 1-2. 

Skills necessary to advance to next level:

  • All skills listed from Level 1

  • Double/Triple Pirouettes

  • Tilts

  • Scratch Turns (Skater turns)

  • Beginning Leg Hold Turns

  • Calypso

  • Back Leap

  • Illusions

  • Firebird

  • Turning C jump

  • The ability to pick up turn combinations 

 

Leaps, Extensions & Technique Level 3-4

Suitable for students with intermediate/advanced experience of ballet or jazz. This class moves past the basics of technique and focuses on more complex skills. Combinations are taught at a faster pace and include prerequisite as well as new and advanced skills. Class will focus on continuing proper dance technique while learning more advanced skills, isolations of the body, as well as improving performance quality, and developing complex rhythms and patterns. Jazz shoes required.

Required Attire: Black fitted stretch leggings, pants, capris or biker shorts allowed. Black fitted stretch tanks, shirts and sweaters allowed.

Shoes: Half Sole shoes

Hair: Pulled back, secure and neat. If hair is shoulder length or longer it needs to be pulled back into a low to mid or bun. 

*Ooh La La apparel allowed.

Prerequisites: Turns 2, .

Required Supplementary Classes: Ballet 2, Ballet 2-3, Jazz 2, 

Recommended Supplementary Classes: Ballet 3, Acro 2, Contemporary 2, Musical Theatre 1-2. 

Skills necessary to advance to next level:

  • All skills listed in Level 2

  • Triple/Quad Pirouettes

  • Leg Holds

  • Switch Arabesque Leap

  • Turning Disc

  • Switch Leaps

  • Turning C Jump

  • Cross Firebirds

 

STRETCH & CONDITIONING

Stretch & Conditioning Level 1-2

Suitable for children ages 10 and older. This class will break down the fundamentals of stretching and extending through the body. This class combines stretching and conditioning with intent to strengthen and lengthen muscles to assist with extensions of the legs and body. It will emphasize proper body alignment while stretching and implement technical aspects of dance throughout the class.

Required Attire: Black fitted stretch leggings, pants, capris or biker shorts allowed. Black fitted stretch tanks, shirts and sweaters allowed.

Shoes: Barefoot or Grippy Socks

Hair: Pulled back, secure and neat. If hair is shoulder length or longer it needs to be pulled back into a low to mid ponytail or bun. 

*Ooh La La apparel allowed.

Prerequisites: none

Recommended Supplementary Classes: Ballet 1 or 2, Acro 1 or 2

Skills necessary to advance to next level:

  • Left, Right, and Middle Splits (basic and oversplits)

  • Leg Holds (front, side and tilted)

  • Needles

  • Basic extensions (front, side and back)

  • Penché

  • Back Bends 

 

Stretch & Conditioning Level 3-4

Suitable for children ages 12 and older. This class will build on the fundamentals of stretching and extending through the body. This class combines stretching and conditioning with intent to strengthen and lengthen muscles to assist with extensions of the legs and body. It will emphasize proper body alignment while stretching and implement technical aspects of dance throughout the class.

Required Attire: Black fitted stretch leggings, pants, capris or biker shorts allowed. Black fitted stretch tanks, shirts and sweaters allowed.

Shoes: Barefoot or Grippy Socks

Hair: Pulled back, secure and neat. If hair is shoulder length or longer it needs to be pulled back into a low to mid ponytail or bun. 

*Ooh La La apparel allowed.

Prerequisites: Str

etch & Conditioning 1-2, Ballet 2

Recommended Supplementary Classes: Ballet 2-4, Jazz 2-4, Contemporary 2-4, LET 2-4

Skills necessary to advance to next level:

  • All skills listed in Level 1-2

  • Sustained tilt extensions

  • Penché

  • Moving through front, side and back extensions without dropping the leg level

  • Mastering balance and body awareness in various extensions