Classes

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Joy of Movement II-III

Our Joy of Movement classes for dancers ages 3-6 use curriculum based on the Royal Academy of Dance syllabus, along with SCD’s belief that imagination is key in dance! Using poems, stories, creative props and music these classes are a wonderful introduction for children to the structured and expressive world of dance. Choose the one (1) class meeting time that is appropriate for your child and best for your family.  Students may enroll in more than one class if desired and available.

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Threshold

building on the same principles of the Joy of Movement classes, the Threshold class for dancers yes 6-8 uses curriculum based on the Royal Academy of Dance syllabus, along with SCD’s belief that imagination is keying dance! Using poems, stories, creative props and music, these classes are a wonderful introduction – or continuation- for children to the structured, expressive world of dance.

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Elementary I (7+)

Continuing the principles of our pre-ballet syllabus, our Elementary I classes encourage students to bring their curiosities and imaginations with them as they begin classical ballet technique.  These classes create a strong basis for excellent ballet technique by emphasizing correct and safe placement of the body as dancers gain strength and develop greater use and control of proper muscles.  Choose the one or two (1 or 2) class meeting times that are best for your dancer and family.  Students are encouraged but not required to attend both ballet classes per week as well as Intro to Dance.  Typically, students spend two (2) years of training at this level in order to master the movement vocabulary of the Royal Academy of Dance Grade 1 and 2 Syllabi.

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Elementary II (9+)

Building on the skills learned in Elementary I, Elementary II classes encourage students to continue to bring their curiosities and imaginations with them as they delve ever more deeply into classical ballet technique.  At this level, we continue to build the foundations of excellent ballet technique begun in Elementary I by emphasizing correct and safe placement of the body as dancers gain strength and develop greater use and control of proper muscles.  Musicality and performance can now be studied more in depth and foot, ankle, core and back strength are stressed as students prepare for pointe work, which begins in the next level.  Students wishing to progress to pointe shoes in Intermediate I are required to attend a minimum of two (2) class meeting times each week, preferably both at the Elementary II level.  An attendance record of 90% or better is expected.  Students should plan to spend a minimum of two (2) years of training at this level in order to master the movement vocabulary of the Royal Academy of Dance Grades 3 and 4 Syllabi; some students may spend more than two (2) years should the teaching staff feel that is what would best serve the overall development of the dancer.  The two (2) year minimum is usually met by those students who consistently attend at least two (2) classes each week as well as attend classes in the Summer Dance Workshop (or equivalent program).

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Intermediate I(11+)

 With solid technique now well in place, students are able to dive even more deeply into more technically advanced ballet vocabulary and explore their own unique movement qualities as class work becomes both more difficult and encourages an understanding of performance and consistent application of musicality and interpretation.  Continuing strength development remains a priority as pointe work is now regularly studied for students who meet pointe work standards.  Students wishing to dance on pointe are required to attend three (3) ballet classes each week, preferably with at least two (2) at the Intermediate I level.  An attendance record of 90% or better is expected.  Students should expect to spend a minimum of two (2) years of training at this level in order to master the movement vocabulary of the Royal Academy of Dance Grade 5, Grade 6 and Intermediate Foundation Syllabi as well as the foundational training for pointe work; some students may spend more than two (2) years should the teaching staff feel that is what would best serve the overall development of the dancer.  The two (2) year minimum is usually met by those students who consistently attended at least three (3) classes each week (and usually more) as well as attended classes in the Summer Dance Workshop (or equivalent program).

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Intermediate II (13+)

With solid technique now well in place, students dive ever more deeply into more technically advanced ballet vocabulary and explore their own unique movement qualities as class work continues to become both more difficult and encourages an understanding of performance and consistent application of musicality and interpretation.  Strength development remains a priority as pointe work is regularly studied for students who meet pointe work standards.  Students wishing to continue on pointe are required to attend four (4) ballet classes each week, preferably with at least three (3) at the Intermediate II level.  An attendance record of 90% or better is expected.  Students should plan to spend a minimum of two (2) years of training at this level in order to master the movement vocabulary of the Royal Academy of Dance Grade 7, Intermediate and Advanced Foundation Syllabi; some students may spend more than two (2) years should the teaching staff feel that is what would best serve the overall development of the dancer.  The two (2) year minimum is usually met by those students who consistently attend at least four (4) ballet classes each week (and usually more) as well as attend classes in the Summer Dance Workshop (or equivalent program).

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Advanced (15+)

Students strive to develop mastery of advanced ballet technique and vocabulary and are able to assess and work on their individual strengths and goals as well as work with peers to gain experience dancing as a core unit.  Dancers continue to explore their personal responses to music and choreography to encourage the unique development of each individual dancer.  Students wishing to continue on pointe should attend a minimum of four (4) ballet classes each week, preferably all at the Advanced level.  An attendance record of 90% or better is expected.  Students should plan to spend a minimum of two (2) years of training at this level in order to master the movement vocabulary of the Royal Academy of Dance Grade 8, Advanced I and Advanced II Syllabi; some students may spend more than two (2) years should the teaching staff feel that is what would best serve the overall development of the dancer.  The two (2) year minimum is usually met by those students who consistently attend at least four (4) ballet classes each week (and usually more) as well as attend classes in the Summer Dance Workshop (or equivalent program).

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Hip Hop

With Influences from Jazz, Swing, Latin, African,and Modern music, our Hip Hop classes are a great way to get your body warmed up, heart pounding, learn choreography, and even make new friends.Taught by Solano County’s, Joey Dominguez, Hip Hop I and Hip Hop II offer a fun and upbeat dance experience for all ages.