WORLD-CLASS DANCE RIGHT AROUND THE CORNER
SDC’s primary goal is to provide affordable world-class training in a friendly environment. Classical Ballet is emphasized because it is the foundation for learning and understanding all kinds of concert dance, as well as many other movement styles. We go far beyond teaching “a” dance. We teach how to dance well. We are not a "recital studio" or a "competition studio." We do not use a sport team or fitness-based model for training our dancers, but instead emphasize a time-tested traditional classical foundation and personal attention. In order to best prepare our students for working with choreographers, we offers physically and creatively challenging classes in classical ballet, pointe and also classic modern and jazz techniques. SDC’s faculty has a depth of knowledge that sets us apart from other studios. For those students who are serious about pursuing a professional dance career, SDC offers many "extras" including unparalleled faculty advising, private classes and audition preparation. The many successful professional and pre-professional auditions and scholarships won by our students and alumni are a testament to the excellence of our program, as is the personal growth that takes place every day in the studio.. Dance performance opportunities are handled through our partnering Non-Profit 501c3 Dance Company in residence, COBALT (Contemporary Ballet of PA).
THOUGHTFULLY DESIGNED TO DEVELOP Excellent DANCERS
CLASSES START MONDAY SEPTEMBER 9th, 2019
Registration is available now online. The best guide to SDC dance class times is our schedule, which is color-coded by class level.
Creative Movement for Ages 3-5
Pre-Ballet for ages 5-6
These classes are organized by age and are typically 1/2 hr to 45 min in length, and held once per week. Young dancers are requested to bring a "lovey" (small stuffed animal or doll) with them to class. Parents will be notified by the teacher when little dancers may be ready to move up into harder classes. Please see the schedule for specific class times each season.
Beginning Ballet A / “ Make-A-Dance “
These classes are ballet oriented and Orff program informed. They are intended for children who are starting dance for the first time and typically in the 6-9 age range. This is a 1x per week class.
These classes have the same simple online registration process as in previous years. Please be sure to register as early as you can for these classes, which tend to fill quickly. If classes do fill, please add your student to the waitlist nevertheless. We will do our best to to add classes to the schedule with enough students on a waitlist.
An adult ballet class is offered on a “drop-in” basis. The day and time for this class is noted on the schedule. The cost is $15 payable to the teacher directly. The level of this class is Beginner-Intermediate. More advanced adult students may participate in leveled pre-professional classes on a drop-in basis.
Leveled Pre-Professional Curriculum
Registration for Pre-Professional students is now by level, not individual class and there is a single low price for inclusion in all classes of each Pre-Professional level. In this way we are able to ensure that all students in Pre-Professional levels are able to participate in a full rigorous curriculum.
Though it is still possible to sign up for a few individual classes, it is a much better value to sign up by level.
Classes are organized by level rather than by age. Dancers may typically be two or more years in the same level at SDC in order to master the material presented.
All classes classes in this program meet more than once per week and dancers have the opportunity to take classes such as Stretch & Release, Modern and Jazz along with Classical Ballet. More experienced dancers will also be able to take Pointe, Variations classes and Contemporary Repertory. Dancers in in this program progress much more rapidly and the dancers are with other students who are equally committed and excited about their dance studies. They learn from each other as well as from faculty.
ASSESSMENTS FOR LEVELED CLASSES
Dancers with significant prior experience who are new to SDC and who are age 9 or older are invited to take a free placement class prior to registering. The placement class is not an audition, it is simply a way for the faculty to determine the technique background and optimal class levels for the dancer.
Level A= "Beginner"
A minimum of two hours of classes per week are required for this level, with at least three hours per week strongly recommended. Level A Ballet is for dancers at least age 6, but most dancers are seven or older in this group. There is no upper limit on ages in the classes., though most dancers in this level will tend to fall into the 7-12 age range. This class has a full detailed syllabus of material.
Level A2= "Beginner-Intermediate"
Level A2 dancers have taken a year or more of level A classes and are ready for more!. These children have the physical stamina, focus and eagerness to take somewhat longer and harder classes. A minimum of two hours of classes per week are required for this level, with at least three hours per week strongly recommended. Level A2 Ballet is for dancers at least age 7, but there is no upper limit on ages in the classes. Most dancers in this level will tend to fall into the 7-12 age range. This class has a full detailed syllabus of dance material.
Level B= "Intermediate"
A minimum of three hours per week of classes are required for Level B, with five hours recommended for younger dancers, and six hours recommended for older dancers. Most dancers in this level will tend to fall into the above 9 age range. Please note that teens and adults meeting the hourly requirements and technique background are also welcome into B level classes. This class has a full detailed syllabus of material and concepts to be presented. Pointe work typically will begin at this level but each dancer will be assessed independently for pointe readiness.
Level C= "Intermediate/Advanced"
A minimum of five hours per week of classes are required for Level C, with seven to ten hours recommended. Most dancers in this level will tend to fall into the 11-16 year old age range. Please note that teens and adults meeting the hourly requirements and technique background are also welcome into C level classes. This class has a full detailed syllabus of material and concepts to be presented.
Level D= "Advanced"
A minimum of seven hours per week of classes are required for Level D, with 12 or more recommended. Dancers in this level love dance. Many intend to perform locally and/or audition for professional contracts or university study in dance. This class has a full detailed syllabus of material and concepts to be presented.
Level E= Advanced with Ballet Focus
This level requires participation in all D level classes plus E level ballet classes. A faculty recommendation is required.
FELDENKRAIS SOMATIC METHOD- WALKING and PAIN MANAGEMENT
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