We take many factors into consideration when determining placement and take the time to insure that dancers are accurately, comprehensively and effectively placed for their long term progress and success.
Is the basis of all dance fundamentals. The ability to properly and correctly execute dance skills. It includes things such as placement, flexibility, strength, musicality, and the ability to pick up choreography and movement. It can be measured in straightforward ways.
This is purely what dancer’s know and understand. This includes terminology and specific skills.
Class work is the dancer’s ability to take class. Are they focused? Do they come into class prepared? Do they remember choreography from week to week? Do they work hard regardless of teacher observation? Are they a supportive, respectful, and friendly classmate? How do they take and apply teacher corrections? How do they deal with adversity? How do they deal with success? Are they an enthusiastic learner? All questions we ask when we are evaluating a dancer’s class work.
The nuances of performance. It includes the ability to engage and command an audience. The capacity to emote feeling and execute dance beyond just the technique or choreography
I evaluate each dancer with the help of my teaching staff. Once we have done that, we start to look at the “collective.” Essentially we try to balance the good of the whole class with the progress of the individual. In every class there will be students that excel and students that struggle. The goal is to blend the class into one where all students have the ability to progress, are “comfortably uncomfortable”, help each other, and grow as a collective, along with attaining personal goals.
As you can see there are a lot of components of a dancer’s evaluation. We take many factors into consideration when determining placement and take the time to insure that dancers are accurately, comprehensively and effectively placed for their long term progress and success.
To complicate the task, most dancers are not consistent across the board. So for instance, a dancer may have excellent flexibility but lack the strength and control to coordinate that flexibility. Often times students may have the knowledge of technique but have not honed the execution. This is a very important distinction. A dancer may know what everything is, and understand the terminology and ideas, but that does not mean they are executing them properly.
If a dancer is lacking in technique they might make up for it in class taking ability – this can result in a placement that might be above their technical level, but with the idea that their aptitude for hard work will help them progress. Conversely, if a dancer has solid technique but lacks motivation, drive or enthusiasm they might result in a plateau with their placement.
Dance studios are not structured like public schools. Can you think of a single dance studio that has 12 levels of dance classes? Therefore dancers will not automatically move into a new level each year. In fact, dancers may end up staying in the same level for multiple years. This is OK! If we are doing our jobs as teachers and directors, those class levels will be collectively progressing.
Dancer Strong is devoted to developing physical strength, mental strength and grace through the proper training and sound education of today’s dancers.
Educated, Experienced, Creative & Fun Instructors
Our educated, experienced instructors are committed to providing a dance education that is second to none. We believe that dance is much more than learning “steps”. Dance requires a commitment of time and effort, so we want our dancers to view Dancer Strong as their creative home away from home.
New to dance?
Don’t worry. Dancer Strong has a place for you at any age.
Creative Movement : Creative Movement is a 30-Minute introductory class for dancers as young as 2 years old Pre-Dance Combo (Ballet/Tap) : Pre-Dance Combo a 1-hour Ballet Tap combination for dancers as young as 3 years old Primary Level Classes : For dancers 5 years old and up Level 1 Classes : For beginning dancers dancers 7 years old and up
Boys Only classes taught by a male instructor are available to help introduce young male dancers to the athleticism of dance. Boys have the option of attending any of the co-ed classes as well.
Adults of all ages and skill levels are able to enjoy Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Hip Hop, Contemporary/Lyrical and Ballroom classes weekly.