Required Core Classes: 3 ballet classes per week (minimum) plus Pointe and 1 Jazz Class per week.
Additional Class Options: Allowed to take the following classes as makeup classes.
FALL- Level 4A will perform one jazz dance in Rudolph, 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. SSBYD dancers will also have a ballet part in Rudolph.
SPRING-Level 4A will perform a minimum of two ballet and one jazz dance in End of Year All School performance at the Lobero. They may dance in one or more performance. In addition, SSBYD dancers will perform in Celebration of Dance at the Lobero.
Studio Rehearsals: Dancers in Level 4A will rehearse for ballet parts in performances outside of ballet class on Fridays and Saturdays (with the exception of the Monday class for Tina the Ballerina in Spring). Jazz dances for Rudolph and End of Year All School performance will be rehearsed in Thursday Jazz class. Dancers and Parents must get used to checking the Friday and Saturday rehearsal schedule weekly, but should assume that there will be rehearsal most weekends. The schedule will go out each Monday and will be posted on the website, on the board in the studio and emailed. Non SSBYD dancers can expect to have few to no rehearsals on Fri or Sat in Jan/Feb but will resume rehearsals for Tina the Ballerina in March. Dancers must keep these days and times open.
Sat: 12:30-3:30pm, Some Saturdays will require staying until 4:30 or 5pm.
Occasionally Tues: 6-8pm when a show is coming up. You will be given plenty of notice for any additional rehearsals.
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 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 (mainly abs)
Proper foot and knee placement (no rolling)
Proper head and arm positions and coordination with all movements
Developpe above 90 degrees in all directions.
Penche properly executed
Double en dehors & en dedans pirouettes from fifth & fourth properly executed, including spotting
Clean single pique turns, working on doubles ½ pointe
Clean single pique turns on pointe
Ability to execute 16 consecutive releves in first centre floor with proper placement en pointe
Single pirouettes properly executed en pointe
Pique arabesque on pointe with proper placement with leg at 45 degrees or higher
Grand jete with legs at 180 degrees
Demonstrated musicality, quality of movement and able to pick up and retain choreography
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 4A
*Dancers and Parent(s) must attend a fall informational meeting or get the information given from another parent.
*Dancers and Parent(s) must be responsible to check the posted schedule and emails regularly.
*Keep your email and phone numbers current with our office and notify us if you have not received weekly emails.
*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.
*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, but rehearsals cannot be made up.
*If you have an unavoidable conflict, please let us know as far in advance as possible. We do our best to schedule rehearsals around a major conflict if possible, but we need advance notice (more than two weeks). We do, however, expect that families of and dancers in Level 4-6 will weigh heavily their commitment to dance and understand that every absence, especially to rehearsals, affects the group.
*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.)
*If attendance becomes an issue, we will need to meet with you and your parents to come up with a plan, but you may be restricted from Pointe work until attendance is regular.
*Saturdays Off- On occasion, we will give a Saturday off of rehearsal. There will always be one class that you can attend on the Saturday Off if you want to come. That class can be counted as a make-up.
*Please be sure to let the teacher know if you are taking a make-up class so her/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, pointe shoe ribbons properly sewn and tied, 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 proper foot care items such as band aids, toe tape, nail clippers, jet glue for shoes, as well as sewing kits. Dancers need to maintain proper hygiene with respect to their feet to avoid infected blisters. Dancers should wash feet with soap and water as soon as they get home from dance class.
*Dancers need to have hair supplies and makeup for performances, including fake eyelashes.
*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!
*If you have Independent PE forms to be signed, please bring them with a pen to Nicole or Allison before or after class-not during class. For Progress Reports or Letters of Recommendations, please give Allison at least two week’s notice. Remember that dancers in Independent PE are receiving school credit and/or a grade for classes. Students must take the required minimum of 7.5 hours per week in order to have their forms signed. If dancers miss classes due to illness or other reasons, classes must be made up (Rehearsals do not count as make-up classes.). If there are more than two absences without make-ups, the Independent PE liaison at the school will be called.