DSD is devoted to educating in a nurturing/positive atmosphere, therefore all placements for the first month are tentative to ensure the best class for your child.
Ages 3-5 (by November 1st). 30-45 minute classes.
An introduction to the dance experience focusing on structured play and stylized movement that links exercise, feelings and imagination. These classes do not participate in the recital, but have their own performance in the studio at the end of the year.
Ages 5-6 (by November 1st). 45 minute classes.
An introduction to ballet consisting of basic barre work and beginning terminology with continued creative movement activities.
Age 7 and up. 45-90 minutes classes
A highly stylized form of dance using intricate steps and expressive gestures that promotes strength, flexibility and discipline. Progressing through these levels may take more than one year to master.
* Ballet I - Ages 6 and up. 60 minute classes.
* Ballet II - Ages 7 and up. 60 minute classes. Pre-requisite Ballet I or equivalent. Two ballet classes a week are recommended.
* Ballet III - Ages 8 and up. 75-90 minute classes. Pre-requisite Ballet II or equivalent. Ballet III dancers should be taking two or three ballet classes a week.
* Pre-Pointe/Pointe - Ages 10 and up. Pre-requisite Ballet II or equivalent. Pointe is a component of classical ballet training and places even greater demands on the dancers’ body. It is necessary for dancers wanting to progress to this more advanced level to take a minimum of two ballet classes a week, and as they progress increasing their ballet classes to at least three a week.
* Ballet IV - Ages 12 and up. 90-120 minute classes. Pre-requisite Ballet III or equivalent. Ballet IV dancers are required to take a minimum of three ballet classes a week.
Ages 9-13. 60 minutes classes
For tween dancers who are new to ballet.
Ages 14 and up. 60 minutes classes
For older dancers new to ballet or not current in the fundamentals of classical ballet.
Prerequisite Ballet III and up. 45 minutes
Stretching and strengthening using EBAS (Elemental Body Alignment System) for experienced dancers.
Age 7 and up. 45-75 minute classes.
An expression through movement of feelings created by modern music that promotes rhythm, flexibility and strength. It emphasizes basic jazz movements with music ranging from Broadway to video that is appropriate to the age group.
Ages 12 and up. 60-75 minute classes.
Interpretive dance based loosely on ballet and incorporating other forms of movement.
Teens ages 15 and up and Adults. 60 minute classes.
A form of conditioning that integrates the mind and body to achieve core strength, balance, flexibility, and coordination.