Required Core Classes: 3 ballet classes. Jazz class is highly recommended at this level if the student is wishing to pursue ballet as his/her central activity in Junior High and High School, but it is optional. In addition, there is an optional fourth class on Saturdays. In the Fall Semester, the Monday class will rehearse for Nutcracker.
FALL- Level 3A will perform one jazz dance in Rudolph at the Lobero, and one ballet part in Nutcracker with State Street Ballet Company and live orchestra at the Granada Theatre. The dancers may be in one or more performances of Rudolph and Nutcracker. Detailed Information on parts and shows will be posted by September.
SPRING-Level 3A will perform a minimum of two ballet and one jazz dance in Tina the Ballerina at the Lobero. They may dance in one or more performance.
Studio Rehearsals: Weekly Rehearsals for Rudolph will be done in Jazz class on Thursdays starting in October. Weekly Rehearsals for Nutcracker will be done in Level 3A class on Mondays starting in October. Starting in February, weekly rehearsals for Tina the Ballerina will be done in Monday, Thursday and Saturday classes (for those taking Saturday classes).
Theatre Dress Rehearsals: Spacing and Dress Rehearsals are mandatory for all three school performances. We especially cannot make any exceptions for the Nutcracker since it is a collaboration with the professional company, State Street Ballet, and incorporates an orchestra at a fully professional Union theatre.
Level Expectations: All previous level requirements plus, but not limited to the following:
Proper alignment & placement at barre & center with demonstrated control of center
Proper foot and knee placement (no rolling)
Proper position of Sur le coup de pied and retire
Proper execution of plié, tendue, degage, ron de jambe, developpe and grand battement at the barre
Knowledge of and ability to make 1 and 3 arabesque
Clean single pique turns
Clean endehors and endedans pirouette preparation, and working on clean single pirouettes
Simple sautés and changement properly executed
Echappe battu properly executed
Glissade, Jete, Assemble and Pas de Chat properly executed
Ability to execute combinations of steps in sequence
Grand jete properly executed
Dress Code (includes ballet and jazz): Light Blue Leotard-Any Style, Pink Tights, Pink Leather Ballet Shoes, Skirt is optional and only to be worn center floor, Hair secured away from face in a neat bun. Black Jazz Pants and Tan Jazz Shoes. Jazz Shorts are ok for jazz class, but if pants are needed for a costume, the student will need to purchase jazz pants. Tan tights may also be needed for a costume. Nude leotard for under costumes. Yoga Mat and Theraband for Tuesday conditioning.
No Jewelry (Small earrings ok), clear or light pink nail polish only. No street clothes over dance clothes in class. Warm-ups are only to be worn if necessary and must be designed for dance and be form fitting.
Policies for Level 3A
*Any schedule conflicts need to be given in writing, in advance. Please know that casting may be changed if a significant amount of classes or rehearsals are missed for any reason.
*Keep your email and phone numbers current with our office and notify us if you have not received weekly emails.
*If you are too sick to attend class and/or rehearsal, please contact the office BEFORE 3pm and give a legitimate reason for your last minute absence.
*Classes can and should be made up.
*Dancers may not miss any classes or rehearsals the two weeks prior to any performance. If illness keeps one from attending class, the class must be made up before the performance.
*If you are well enough to actively observe class or rehearsal (no fever), which can be a valuable experience, you will not be marked absent. Actively observing means paying attention- not talking, reading, sleeping or lounging.
*If you do not take class, you may not participate in rehearsal unless you have done a proper self warm up. (We have warm up guidelines for you to follow if needed.)
*Please be sure to let the teacher know if you are taking a make-up class so he/she can mark it down properly.
*The dress code must be adhered to at all times, including proper hair, shoe elastics need to be sewn on, no jewelry. NO STREET CLOTHES are to be worn, and no shoe Booties to be worn during class or rehearsal. If you have a specific reason for being out of dress code, please let your instructor know before class begins.
* We expect good behavior from all students, including respect shown to all teachers, staff, younger and older dancers and parents, as well as all property of Gustafson Dance, State Street Ballet, all theatres and other dancers’ belongings.
*Dancers need to have hair supplies and makeup for performances.
*We expect supportive, appropriate and positive conversation among dancers and parents. If you need or want to express concerns or frustrations, please do so outside of the studio, or make an appointment to meet with Allison or Nicole. We do not tolerate any inappropriate or negative comments regarding the studio, any teacher, staff, dancer or parent on public Social Media sites.
*There is to be no eating in the bathrooms, or inside the dance studios. This is SMELLY, UNCLEAN, and RAT INVITING! Please eat outside!