LEVELS

Offering Classes in...

Absolute Beginner

Beginner

Advanced Beginner

Intermediate

Advanced Intermediate

Advanced

Open Level

GENERAL DESCRIPTIONS

Absolute Beginner

- no dance experience required

- offering accommodations for old injuries

- introduction to dance and movement

Beginner

- little dance experience required

- great for someone looking to learn how to dance and improve skills

- will learn dance basics & how to care for your body as a dancer

Advanced Beginner

- some dance experience required

- great for someone looking to expand on their basic dance knowledge and improve skills

- will learn traditional terminology, increase muscle strength, and begin to work on flexibility

Intermediate

- dance experience required

- for the dancer who is looking for more of a challenge & learning more "tricks"

- understands basic dance terminology, can complete basic turns & floor work

Advanced Intermediate

- extensive dance experience required

- for the experienced dancer looking to expand their skill base

- understands dance terminology, can complete turns, floor work & basic "tricks"

Advanced

- extensive dance experience required

- for the experienced dancer looking to perfect their skill base

- can execute & retain longer pieces of choreography in shorter amounts of time

Open Level

- for beginner to advanced dancers

- offering options for individuals to challenge themselves no matter what level they are

STRUT LEVELS

See below for a thorough description of level expectations, requirements and class curriculum.

BEGINNER

REQUIREMENTS

  • Willingness to learn

EXPECTATIONS

  • Can count music

CURRICULUM

  • How to spot

  • Overall flexibility and post dance body care

  • Weight transfers & pas de bourrée

  • Head rolls into whips

  • Basic dance terminology

  • Proper plie

  • Ankle strength & foot placements

  • Balance exercises

 

ADVANCED BEGINNER

REQUIREMENTS

  • Can spot head

  • Head whips

  • Proper plie & foot placements

  • Pas de bourrée

  • Rib/Hip isolations & rolls

EXPECTATIONS

  • Working on drag turns

  • Can pas de bourrée into turn prep

  • Working on double time head whips

  • Can hold eye contact with self in mirror

CURRICULUM

  • Hinges from knees

  • Floor work & changing levels (moving to the floor & back up)

  • Kick prep

  • Drag turns

  • Half side lunges

  • Performance 

  • Core strength

INTERMEDIATE

REQUIREMENTS

  • Clean drag turn (both sides)

  • Kicks with straight leg

  • Double time head whips

  • Hinge variations

  • Quicker weight transfers

  • Comfortable with floor work

EXPECTATIONS

  • Working on single pirouettes

  • Working on figure 8 head whips

  • Working on kicks at 90

  • Can transition between levels quicker (floor to standing)

  • Understands dance terminology

  • Performance 

CURRICULUM

  • Pirouette prep

  • Flexibility, working for splits

  • Standing hinge

  • Side lunge

  • Candle sticks

  • Shoulder rolls

  • Alignment

  • Expanding on terminology

  • Upper body strength

ADVANCED INTERMEDIATE

REQUIREMENTS

  • Clean single pirouette (both sides)

  • Kicks at 90

  • Figure 8 head whips

  • Splits, at least 1 side

  • Hinge from standing

  • Comfortable transitioning levels (floor to standing)

  • Comfortable with floor work

EXPECTATIONS

  • Working on double pirouettes

  • Working on double time figure 8 head whips

  • Side lunge

  • Candle sticks

  • Shoulder rolls

  • Quick pas de bourrée & weight transfers

  • Working on single leg splits

CURRICULUM

  • No hand hinge

  • Double pirouette prep

  • Speed & retention

  • Flexibility & strength

  • Increasing difficulty of floor work

  • Increasing difficulty of transitions

ADVACNED

REQUIREMENTS

  • Clean double pirouette

  • Kicks above 90

  • Double time figure 8 head whips

  • Splits Left & Right

  • No hand hinges

  • Can perform candle sticks, side lunges and shoulder rolls

  • Upper body strength (ie. can hold a 45 sec plank)

EXPECTATIONS

  • Beginning to retain & pick up choreography quicker

  • Working on middle splits

  • Can handle all types of floor work and transitions to floor

CURRICULUM

  • Working towards a professional level (ie. auditions & paid performances)

  • Increased difficulty of choreography, length of choreography and expectations of performance & retention