How are students placed in class?
Younger Students are placed according to age.
Older Students are placed according to ability. School-aged students are placed in class according to ability and age.
WHAT’S MY LEVEL?
FDC instructors are happy to answer any questions or concerns you might have about your fit in a particular class. The level guidelines below are simply guidelines- we suggest that you try out a few classes to find one that best suits your needs.
Level classes are available for students 7 – 18 years of age starting at Level 1 through Level 4. These classes are developed as a progressive curriculum. Placement is based first on a student’s ability to retain and execute the required skills for each level and then on age. A student’s ability to progress through each level successfully is based on attendance, as well as the ability to retain and comprehend technical terms.
- Level 1 (Beginner): 0-2 years of experience. No prior knowledge of dance terminology/still working on beginner skills.
- Level 2 (Beginner/Intermediate): approx. 2-6 years of experience. Basic knowledge of dance style and dance terminology. Beginner skill level has been mastered.
- Level 3 (Intermediate/Advanced):approx. 5-8 years of experience. A comprehensive knowledge of the dance style and dance terminology. Able to easily pick-up/interpret choreography. Able to recite terminology back to instructor and perform through dialogue not total demonstration.
- Level 4 (Advanced): approx. 8+ years of experience. A complete knowledge of dance style and dance terminology. Able to easily pick-up/interpret choreography; able to answer own choreography questions by watching instructor. Proficient enough in style to be self-directed at times (e.g., stretch, practice choreography, reinterpret movement spatially).
Placement is at the sole discretion of the director. The first two weeks of classes will be used for assessment. At this time, the teacher may require a student to move to a more appropriate level class depending on level and ability. All decisions are made by professionals with your child’s best interests in mind.
Pre-School (3-4 year olds)
This class is designed for 3- and 4-year olds to experience-age appropriate dance movement in a fun and caring environment. The students are able to use a variety of music, props and instruments to learn basic rhythm, body part/spacial awareness, counting, sharing, class etiquette, and following directions. Each class has pre-ballet, coordination, and rhythm instruction. Boy dancers are very welcome and encouraged to join the fun! No special shoes or clothing are required for this class, but ballet shoes are encouraged and will be needed for the recital, if the dancer chooses to be in the recital. Many of our female Pre-school students love to come dressed in their cutest ballerina wear (45 minutes).
Pre-K Combo (4-5 year olds)
For students ages 4-5, who have completed the pre-school class. This class is designed as an introduction to dance. The class will explore movement through music, stimulate students’ imagination and promote creativity. It will also give them an understanding of the classroom community, improve social skills and develop fine motor skills, all while having fun. Teaching creative movement, tap and pre-ballet, this class continues to give students a love of dance by enjoying story dances, moving as a group, and expressing themselves creatively with a variety of music. During the year, students are introduced to basic ballet vocabulary, posture, and alignment (45 minutes).
Kindergarten Combination Class (5-6 year olds)
5- to 6-year olds. New and continuing students with prior experience are instructed in: pre-ballet, tap, and jazz, according to ability and experience. These classes expose students to the joy of dance through movement games, creative exercises, exploration of dance styles and an introduction to movement vocabulary. Children flourish in a positive atmosphere of self-discovery while learning a curriculum that introduces the basic concepts of ballet, promotes musicality and rhythm, and instructs foundational and fundamental dance techniques (45 minutes).
For ages 7 and older. The foundation for all forms of dance, Ballet is a proper beginning for dance training and a necessary addition for any serious dancer. Foundations of ballet alignment, basic positions, carriage of the arms, and class etiquette are introduced. Dancers learn about articulation of the feet and ankles, rotation of the hips (or “turn out”), and jumps. As they progress, students explore challenging barre exercises, turns, leaps, slow balances (adagio exercises), and complex combinations. Classical training with concentration on correct body posture & technique used to develop muscle strength, grace & poise. Ballet utilizes balance, extension, control, and expression. (1 hour)
Pre-Pointe, Pointe and Ballet Variations (Invitation Only)
Instructor placement is required for this class. (For intermediate and advanced ballet dancers only). Beginning pointe class can be taken on flat or in pointe shoes at the instructor’s discretion. All pointe classes are designed for students with previous ballet training. Students will utilize previously learned ballet technique while working in pointe shoes. Classes includes barre exercises, center floor work and across the floor combinations. These exercises focus on strengthening the feet and ankles. The studio becomes a stage in Variations class as students learn excerpts from classical and contemporary ballets, such as Swan Lake, Coppelia, Don Quixote, Giselle, The Nutcracker, Sleeping Beauty, etc. Our instructors draw upon their performance experience to present students with the keys for transforming technique into art. This class is recital optional at the discretion of the instructor. (1 hour)
For ages 7 and older, Jazz is a combination of stretching, turns, and progressions allowing the student to express their own personality. Moderate to fast-paced class, including sharp, dynamic movements. Jazz class will focus on learning proper dance technique, such as isolations of the body, improving performance quality, and developing complex rhythms and patterns. Students will be exposed to various styles of jazz such as Broadway, Street, and Contemporary to help develop a well-rounded dancer. Class curriculum is based on ballet technique layered with traditional jazz movement, and includes a proper warm-up, stretches, isolations, across-the-floor progressions, and combinations. (1 hour)
Ages 7 and older. Technique is taught through rhythm and coordination in an energy packed class using today’s music as well as Broadway’s most popular pieces. This form of dance involves rapid rhythmic foot motion with upbeat music. Students begin with an introduction to basic tap steps, sounds, and techniques before exploring rhythms through call and response, and repetition. As they progress, dancers learn challenging technical footwork and rhythmic sophistication in choreography and improvisation. (1 hour)
Beginner Combination Classes: Ballet, Tap and Jazz (7-9 year olds)
Ages 7 and older. The class provides a foundation for three forms of dance: ballet, tap, and jazz. These classes are designed for recreational dancers, who cannot yet choose which styles of dance they want to learn. This class offers the very fundamentals of the three dance styles. It provides very basic instruction for dance students and serves as a great precursor for ballet, jazz, or tap classes. FDC offers these beginner combination classes for students, who do not want to take more than one class each week, but who cannot decide on one style of dance to learn. Obviously, by taking a combination class, students will learn a little about each of the dance styles, yet will learn less vocabulary and technique than taking the equivalent traditional beginning classes for each style. (1 hour)
Ages 6 and older. A combination of street dancing and funky freestyle movement set to today’s most popular music. Students learn a wide range of Hip Hop movements including popping and locking, krumping and jerking, and emerging dance styles. Students build strength, flexibility, endurance, and balance. Dancers create choreography as they work towards proficiency and ease in improvising with style. Classes are available with or without previous dance experience. (Level 1 Hip Hop Classes: 45 minutes; Level 2 and up: 1 hour)
Boys Only Hip-Hop
Ages 6 and older. In Boys-Only Hip Hop, students learn movements that have elements of popping, locking, and breaking, as well as freestyle movement, to give students the opportunity to develop their own sense of style. Taught by Mr. Ricky, classes offer a creative, athletic experience while developing coordination, dance and motor skills, and rhythm through movement and music. Classes promote fitness and positive self-esteem, as well as building confidence to perform. Choreography will be taught to develop team work, teach spatial awareness through formations, and help build memorization skills. (Level 1 Hip Hop Classes: 45 minutes; Level 2 and up: 1 hour)
For ages 10 and up this class combines techniques and skills from ballet, jazz and modern. Students will also explore how lyrical dance emphasizes interpretation of music lyrics to tell a story with movement that can be fluid or abstract. Lyrical allows students the chance to freely express themselves and their emotions. Ballet is a pre-requisite. (1 hour)
An introduction to skills in acting, singing and dancing. No previous training or experience is required. This is a performance-oriented class with regular attendance required, in addition to learning lyrics and reviewing choreography at home, if necessary. This class will focus on learning proper dance and theatre techniques. Students will explore various dance styles used in Broadway shows. Class curriculum is based on ballet technique layered with Broadway style jazz movement. Emphasis will also be placed on learning performance skills, such as connecting with the audience, telling a story through dance and facial expressions. Children will act out their favorite musical numbers in a comfortable and loving environment. Stage direction, self-expression, and singing are just a few of the skills that they will practice weekly. Children will learn to sing, dance, and act; a real triple threat. (1 hour)
For our more advanced tap dance students, these upbeat classes teach Broadway-style choreography, show-stopping stage presence, and acting, with a focus on learning song-and-dance numbers from a variety of musical productions, past and present. Tap Dance is a timeless art that combines dance and percussion. Tap dancers in musicals inspire us with their infectious rhythms. Broadway tap teaches dynamics, phrasing, and musicality. The goal is to develop tap dancers that are equally strong musicians, dancers, and performers. (1 hour)
Ages 6 and older. Acrobatics teaches flexibility, balance, strength, muscle control, discipline and concentration. This class will focus on fundamental acrobatic technique. Students will learn such things as handstands, chin stands, elbow stands, cartwheels, back bends, walkovers, balance, and contortion tricks. Acro is not the typical tumbling or gymnastics class. This class is great for students looking to enhance their agility, flexibility, & strength. This class is a style of dance that combines classical dance technique with precision acrobatic elements. It is defined by its athletic character, its unique choreography, which seamlessly blends dance and acrobatics, and its use of acrobatics in a dance context. (1 hour)
This class instructs students to use free-flowing, expressive, and interpretative movements. Modern Dance appeals to the creative, artistic soul in everyone because of its expressiveness and freedom of individuality. Modern Dance introduces students to elements of modern and improvisational dance techniques, including fundamental principles of contraction/release, spiral, and shift of weight. The students focus on movement from the inside out, encouraging use of breath, energy, and connection. Classes include traditional floor work, standing work, travelling phrases across the floor, and movement phrases that explore dynamic possibilities. A strong foundation technique, modern prepares students to use creativity, imagination, breath, opposition, and strength that carries over into other disciplines. Ballet is a pre-requisite. (1 hour)
An extremely popular and energetic dance form, these classes combine aspects of both Poms and Hip Hop. It will prepare you to “bring it on,” and have the proper confidence and energy to perform. This class focuses on the lines of the body and working in complete unison with other dancers. Cheer dance will drill kicks, leaps, turns, and tricks as well as focus on flexibility and pom choreography. (1 hour)
Ages 7 and up. Glee class gives kids of all ages the chance to build their confidence by learning to sing, dance, and perform onstage in an environment that’s friendly, supportive and nurturing. Our Glee classes give your kids something new and exciting to look forward to every week! Glee classes focus on group vocal lessons with basic dance moves, similar to the style of song and dance in the popular television show. This is a good way to receive vocal instruction in a fun setting without paying for private voice lessons. (1 hour)
Leaps and Turns
Dance for the Older Beginner (Entry-level age-appropriate classes for the Older Child)
This class offering is unique to FDC as not many Delaware County schools offer this option. Some older children decide they want to dance at a later age (10+), but find themselves in beginner classes with 5-year olds. This can be intimidating and frustrating to an older child who wants to learn in a classroom of peers. Even if your child didn’t start dancing at the age of 3, there’s a place for your pre-teen or teenager at Fireworks. Recital and non-recital class options for the older student. These are accelerated classes that focus on dance language and technique. Typically, within 6-9 months of this type of class, students are “caught up” and are at the level to join our standard classes with dancers at their age level. Many of our more advanced dancers began as older beginners. (1 hour)
Competition Classes (Invitation Only)
Students selected for our Competition team study jazz/lyrical or hip hop styles at an accelerated pace with numerous opportunities to perform. Those invited to participate on our competition team exemplify a high standard of performance, technical advancement, artistic expression, maturity, and willingness to work. FDC Competition Team members are chosen based upon a dancer’s ability, stage presence, work ethic, and passion for dance. Competition dancers are selected not necessarily because they are the “best dancers,” but because they show enthusiasm and spirit for their dance and are team players. Participation in Competition requires additional fees and commitment. (1 hour)
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