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OUR CLASSROOM

Developmental Program

Preschool Ballet & Creative Movement Classes

Ages 2 - 5

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PETITE BALLERINAS

3 & 5 YEARS OLD

The Petite Ballerinas class introduces a structured environment while allowing children to recognize their own individuality and body mobility. The focus is on coordination and rhythm, which is introduced using stories and props. 

Students must be a minimum of 3 by August 1, 2021.  

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BLOOMING BALLERINAS

4 & 6 YEARS OLD

The Blooming Ballerinas class is the second year of our Preschool Program and the curriculum builds from the Petite Ballerinas level. It progresses into basic ballet steps, positions, creative movement, classroom etiquette, and starts an introduction to beginning ballet technique.  One year in Petite Ballerinas is recommended if 4 years old.

Students must be a minimum of 4 by August 1, 2021, unless teacher recommended.

Early Elementary Classes
Kinder,1st & 2nd Grades

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PRE-PRIMARY BALLET

KINDER, 1st & 2nd GRADES

The Pre-Primary Ballet class is our beginning ballet class. Pre-Primary Ballet is suggested for two years as dancers begin learning simple combinations, understand proper ballet arm and foot placement, body control, and work across the floor developing coordination

Students must be currently enrolled in kindergarten, first or second grade, not TK.

Students must be a minimum of 5 by August 1, 2021, unless teacher recommended

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PRE-PRIMARY & TOTALLY TAP
"BUNDLED CLASS"-Two classes back to back

KINDER, 1st & 2nd GRADES

Once dancers begin in the Pre-Primary tier of classes, we suggest they begin exploring additional dance styles. Totally Tap introduces dancers to the rhythm and movement of tap, created by metal taps on the heels and toes of dancers' shoes.  Totally Tap is a great way for dancers to develop their rhythm and timing.  

Students must be currently enrolled in kindergarten, first grade second, not TK.

Students must be a minimum of 5 by August 1, 2021, unless teacher recommended

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PRE-PRIMARY & JAZZ FUNK
"BUNDLED CLASS"-Two classes back to back

KINDER, 1st & 2nd GRADES

Once dancers begin in the Pre-Primary tier of classes, we suggest they begin exploring additional dance styles. Jazz Funk is an intro to jazz where students learn to turn, leap and expand on their range of movement!  Jazz Funk is great for well coordinated dancers as movement gets faster and more complicated.

Students must be currently enrolled in kindergarten, first grade second, not TK.

Students must be a minimum of 5 by August 1, 2021, unless teacher recommended

Beginning Classes
2nd- 5th Grades

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PRIMARY BALLET

1st - 5th GRADES

The Primary Ballet progresses into a beginning classical ballet class. Primary ballet focuses on posture, alignment, controlling movement and most importantly, developing a strong technical foundation. If older dancers are new to ballet, we strongly suggest they begin in Primary Ballet to help establish a foundation

Students must be a minimum of 7 by August 1, 2021, unless teacher approval.

At least two years of formal dance training suggested if 7 years of age.

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PRIMARY BALLET & BEGINNING JAZZ
"BUNDLED CLASS"-Two classes back to back

1st - 5th GRADES

The Primary Ballet & Beginning Jazz Bundle is a progression from our Pre-Primary & Jazz Funk classes. These back to back classes will challenge dancers with increased technical development by expanding their strength and flexibility.

Students must be a minimum of 7 by August 1, 2021, unless teacher recommended

At least two years of formal dance training suggested if 7 years of age.

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PRIMARY BALLET & BEGINNING TAP
"BUNDLED CLASS"-Two classes back to back

1st - 5th GRADES

The Primary Ballet & Beginning Tap Bundle is a progression from our Pre-Primary & Totally Tap classes. These back to back classes will challenge dancers with increased technical development by expanding their strength and flexibility.

Students must be a minimum of 7 by August 1, 2021, unless teacher recommended

At least two years of formal dance training suggested if 7 years of age.

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BEGINNING HIP HOP

1st - 3rd GRADES

This popular class will introduce young students to the basic vocabulary, rhythm, and style of hip hop. Bring attitude and passion to move!

Students must be a minimum of 7 by August 1, 2021, unless teacher recommended

(No Kinder)

Intermediate Classes
Grades 4th - 8th
Levels 1 & 2 are based on technical proficiency

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BALLET LEVELS 1 & 2

4TH - 8TH GRADE

Our Level 1 & 2 ballet classes provide a progressing technical foundation for our emerging dancers.  Dancers focus on barre work with a strong emphasis on body alignment and proper placement.  At least three years of ballet training is strongly suggested for placement.

*class evaluation is required for new/trial students

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TURNS & LEAPS LEVELS 1 & 2

4TH - 8TH GRADE

Level 1 & 2 Turns and Leaps is a new class for our Developmental Program for the 2021-2022 season. This class will be a 45 min class once a week with Miss Anneliese that focuses on developing strength, power and technique in ballet and jazz turns and leaps.  This class can only be taken along with enrollment in a Level 1 or 2 Ballet and or Jazz Tech classes.

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JAZZ LEVELS 1 & 2

4TH - 8TH GRADE

Our Level 1 & 2 jazz classes provide a progressing technical foundation for our emerging dancers.  Students will focus on combining more complicated movements in the center and across the floor, including jumps and turns.  At least two years of jazz training is strongly suggested for placement.

*class evaluation is required for new/trial students

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TAP LEVELS 1 & 2 

4TH - 8TH GRADE

Our Tap 1 & 2 expands on the fundamentals of Beginning Tap.  Students learn more tap-rhythms, sounds, and combinations. Students progress with riffs, pullbacks & time steps. Students will demonstrate the ability to build speed while keeping the clarity of their taps clean.

At least two years of tap training is strongly suggested for placement.

*class evaluation is required for new/trial students

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HIP HOP LEVELS 1 & 2

4TH - 8TH GRADES

Our Hip Hop 1 & 2  classes are high energy classes for older hip hoppers who are ready to take their groove to the next level. Each class includes learning more complex hip hop choreography and rhythm at a faster pace.

At least two years of hip hop training is strongly suggested for placement.

*class evaluation is required for new/trial students

SMDC Junior Company Program
Ages 8 - 18
Audition Placement Required

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COMPANY PERFORMING GROUPS

BALLET & JAZZ

Company Ballet & Jazz performing groups are our ballet and jazz core classes.  Weekly cohort classes work on developing technical skill and choreography. Students are required to participate in studio productions, such as The Nutcracker and Spring Production.

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COMPANY BALLET TECHNIQUE

BALLET

Company cohorts are required to take weekly ballet technique classes that refine technique and enhance their ballet proficiency. 

HIP HOP PERFORMING GROUPS

TRIBE & CREW

These audition only hip hop groups are our hip hop performing group and meets in bi-weekly classes.  They participate in local showcases and city events.

STRETCH & STRENGTH

STRENGTH & CONDITIONING

All SMDC members are required to take weekly 30 minute S&S classes that focuses on building athletic dancers.