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Leveled Program

BalletModernJazzTapHip-HopTeen/AdultTheatre Arts • Accelerated Program

The TADA upper Division program Is geared toward the dancer with experience. The Upper Division begins to take the student into more complex curriculum and challenges the student through technique and performance.


Class Levels (Advancement by recommendation of instructor only)

Level I: Little to no previous class instruction in this dance form.

Level II: Emphasizes further development and mastering of skills learned in Level I. Please consult class teacher for proper counseling on students progress, development and placement.
Prerequisite: Completion of a minimum of one year of training at Level I in dance form. Please note, two years of Level I may be recommended prior to moving to Level II.

Level III: Geared for dancers with a sound knowledge of dance technique and terminology within the discipline and ability to execute movements with ease. Dancers are challenged with increasing complexity in movement and skills.
Prerequisite: Completion of a minimum of one year of training at Level II in dance form or permission of instructor.

Level IV & V: Classes are geared for the advanced level dancer and provide instruction on perfecting skills and performance technique. Classes emphasize complex combinations and mastering dance as an art form.
Prerequisite: Completion of a minimum of two years of training at Level III in dance form or by permission of instructor.

Forms of Dance Technique

Ballet I-V
When students enter the upper division, our staff offers two pathways to fit the dancers’ needs. We want to continue to nurture your child’s love for dance. This will offer your child to choose how intensely they want to study the art of ballet. Dancers who want to continue serious study of the art will be required to take multiple ballet classes per week (see below). This will enable the dancer’s technique and coordination to progress on a faster level. Dancers will be exposed to complex vocabulary as they progress through each level. This requires the dancer to be consistent in their technique. Therefore it is important to remember that all students progress at different rates as in an academic setting. Many levels may be expected to cover more information than others. Please be patient and remember that some students may take a minimum of two years to progress through each level. TADA will only allow students to move to the next level when they feel that the student has the right level of understanding technically in order to move to the next level. We strive to know each child not only as a team player, but as an individual dancer.

Ballet I, II – minimum two or more classes per week
Ballet III, IV – minimum three or more classes per week
Ballet V & up – minimum four or more classes per week
Youth Ballet – minimum one ballet class per week

Modern Dance I - IV
Modern class is designed to build a technique balanced by correct alignment, strength, flexibility, coordination, musicality and proper articulation of the joints, which are developed through warm-up exercises, center floor work and larger locomotor combinations. Elements of movement improvisation and basic structures of composition are introduced. Students begin to explore the process of movement abstraction and the development of performance skills. Dancers will discover the connections between: breath, core to distal, head to tail, fall to recovery and homolateral and cross lateral movement. These connections are necessary for freedom and ease in creative outward expression. Through playful interaction with gravity, dancers study dynamics of energy that are the support and motivation for all movement. Creativity is encouraged in modern dance at every level.

Jazz Dance I-IV
Like the musical form for which it is named, jazz dance uses the complexities of rhythmic syncopation and translates it into isolated movement of the torso and limbs. Jazz class focus will be on the development of coordination, rhythm, strength, flexibility, alignment, balance, technique, and basic dance steps and movement combinations. Jazz dance emphasizes the development of body awareness, creative expression, and cultural and historical awareness. Dance develops a student's ability to communicate in a way that is different from the written or spoken word. This increases self-awareness and an understanding of others and the world in which we live. Dance provides an experience involving the mind, emotions and the body.

Hip Hop I (Ages 8-11) Beginning
Hip Hop II (Ages 11-16) Beg/Int.
Hip Hop III (Ages 14-Adult) Int/Adv.

A high-energy class that uses the latest sounds in Rap, Hip Hop, R&B and pop music together with movements influenced by some of today’s hottest video choreographers. Hip hop encompasses movement that has elements of poppin', locking, and breaking as well as freestyle movement to give students the opportunity to develop their own sense of style. Hip hop is urban, it’s street, it’s diverse and forever changing.

Tap I-III
Tap dancers will concentrate on refining the technique principles introduced in the beginning levels. Emphasis will be placed on having a better understanding of tap terminology, stronger technical execution, learning various rhythmic styles, accenting and shading, and a broader knowledge in presentation and performance. It is strongly recommended that students in intermediate levels of the tap program also take classes in other dance techniques to assist in creating a well rounded-dancer. Children must be proficient at a certain technical level, have a grasp of the required artistic concepts and have a determined level of understanding of tap technique before they move to the next level. This is determined at the discretion of the artistic director and tap instructor.

Tap IV
Tap dancers in the advanced levels of tap are technically proficient, obtain a vast knowledge in rhythmic style, are experienced in the areas of performance and presentation, and have developed a sense of individualized style and pride of accomplishment in his or her tap ability. Students will be exposed to a broader range of tap technique, focusing more class time on choreography, style and presentation. Students will also have a greater opportunity to experience class from guest teachers, attend tap festivals and possibly take more than one tap class a week.

Teen/Adult Classes

Beg/Int Ballet
This ballet enrollment class introduces the fundamental principles of Ballet and will build week to week. Basic positions of the feet and arms, proper alignment, ballet vocabulary, barre exercises and center work will be taught and reviewed in depth. This class will break down the steps and provide students with exercises that build strength, increase flexibility and provide a foundation that can be applied to all dance styles. Classes focus on overall body alignment and awareness with emphasis on proper usage of feet and legs and execution of turnout. Carriage and usage of upper torso and arms are also stressed. Traditional barre work, center work and combinations are included in all classes.

Beg/Int Jazz
Jazz is an exciting and ever evolving dance form full of rhythm, syncopation, passion and life. Steeped in the rhythm of jazz music, a true American art form, jazz dance brings energy and life to all those who dance it. Classes explore body isolations of the head, shoulders, ribcage, feet and arms and encourage individual expression and the development of personal style. Jazz can be powerful and percussive or expressive and lyrical. Ever evolving, jazz dance is taught with the music of today together with the classical jazz of yesterday.

Beg/Int Tap
Tap dancers will concentrate on refining the technique principles introduced in the beginning levels. Emphasis will be placed on having a better understanding of tap terminology, stronger technical execution, learning various rhythmic styles, accenting and shading, and a broader knowledge in presentation and performance. It is strongly recommended that students in intermediate levels of the tap program also take classes in other dance techniques to assist in creating a well rounded-dancer.

Theatre Arts

Pre-Theatre Arts (Ages 4-6)
Theatre Arts II (Ages 7-9)
Theatre Arts III (Ages 9-11)

Theatre Arts IV (Ages 11-13)
Theatre Arts V (Ages 14-18)
This is an introductory course of theatre basics in technique and terminology. The course material includes improvisational theater games, skill building exercises, and related acting exercises. Students will expand and perfect age-appropriate acting techniques such as voice and body development, group dynamics, stage movement, character development, memory and concentration. Within this course, students will be exposed to musical theatre by learning and performing a scene from a Broadway show. Students will apply their techniques through performance opportunities in the studio and in the community.

ACCELERATED PROGRAM

jrcompany The Accelerated Program is a pre-professional division that offers an intensive study in ballet, pointe, pas de deux, variations, modern, and jazz.  Students are selected to participate in this program either through invitation or audition only.  Students are selected based upon their work ethic, maturity, potential for the craft, strength in technique and flexibility, coordination, and attitude.  This program is designed to prepare dancers for performing careers in the professional dance world and acceptance into the country’s finest dance programs as well as careers in teaching and choreography.  Students from these programs have been accepted into various summer programs including American Ballet Theatre, School of American Ballet, Boston Ballet, Chautauqua Ballet Institution, Pacific Northwest Ballet, and Miami City Ballet.  Students have also been selected to participate in the Youth America Grand Prix Regionals placing in the Top Twelve Classical and Contemporary categories.  Alumni have gone on to perform with various companies and universities including Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre, Texture Contemporary Ballet, Paul Taylor Dance Company, Sarasota Ballet, Central Pennsylvania Youth Ballet, Indiana University, and Florida State University.  Many dancers participating in the accelerated program are also members of our performing company Tampa Bay Dance Theatre. 

Accelerated A

Participation in this level is based upon technique and is not age based.Taylor

Requirements:
2 ballet classes per week
1 modern and/or jazz per week
1 stretch and conditioning class per week

Accelerated B

Participation in this level is based upon technique and is not age based.

Requirements:
2 ballet classes per week
1 modern and/or jazz per week
1 stretch and conditioning class per week

Accelerated C

Participation in this level is based upon technique and is not age based.ainsley&jayden

Requirements:
3-4 ballet classes per week
1 modern and 1 jazz per week
1 Pre-pointe or 1 pointe (if the students meets the requirements)
1 stretch and conditioning class per week

Accelerated D

Participation in this level is based upon technique and is not age based.

Requirements:
4-5 ballet classes per week
2 pointe classes per week
1 modern and 1 jazz per weekCompany
1 pas de deux and variation per week
1 stretch and conditioning class per week

Accelerated E

Participation in this level is based upon technique and is not age based.

Requirements:
5 ballet classes per week
3 pointe classes per week
1 modern and 1 jazz per week
1 pas de deux and variation per week
1 stretch and conditioning class per week

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