For Preschool, Primary and Secondary we place by age, Intermediate and Advanced by ability. Our curriculum is designed for a student to be in a level for 2-3 years before advancing; however, students may advance at any time if they are really ready for the next level. NOTE: these are guidelines only and exceptions may be made for older beginners or extremely gifted students.
Class Requirements and Minimums
ALL SDA-One ballet class per week required to enroll in any other classes. Secondary Pre-pointe: 2 ballet classes for at least 12 weeks (one trimester) with director approval after evaluation. See Path to Pointe tab under 'Dancer Info'. Secondary and Intermediate Pointe: 2 ballet and 1 pointe Advanced Pointe: 2 ballet and 2 pointe
Performing Group Requirements
NUTCRACKER-**NEW* for 2019** ALL SDA Levels may participate! 1 ballet classes required plus scheduled Friday practice for Preschool, Primary and Secondary and Saturday practice for Intermediate and Advanced. Recommended regular class attendance: 2 ballets for Secondary and Intermediate, 3 ballets for Advanced.
ACE-Academy Competition Ensemble; Secondary, Intermediate and Advanced Levels: 2 ballet classes plus at least 2 other dance styles: contemporary (Intermediate/Advanced only) lyrical and or modern plus Thurs ACE class. More styles means more dances to compete. Pointe also required for Intermediate/Advanced. No audition necessary, all dancers interested may join, you must submit an email for further acceptance requirements.
YCD-Youth Community Dancers; Primary and Secondary Levels: 1 ballet class plus 1 other dance style: jazz, lyrical or modern plus Friday YCD class (class begins late Mar thru May). 2 additional classes preferred but not mandatory.