Required Core Classes: 2 ballet classes. Jazz class is optional.
Make-up Class Options:
Students at Level 1 may make up in the 2A classes.
FALL- Level 1 will perform one jazz (if enrolled in jazz) 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 1 will perform two ballet and one jazz dance (if enrolled in jazz) in End of Year All School performance at the Lobero. They may dance in one or more performance.
Studio Rehearsals: Weekly Rehearsals for Rudolph will be done in Jazz class on Mondays starting in October. Weekly Rehearsals for Nutcracker will be done in Level 2 class on Mondays starting in October. Starting in February, weekly rehearsals for End of Year All School performance will be done in Monday and Thursday 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:
Working towards proper alignment & placement at barre
Proper foot and knee placement (no rolling)
Knowledge of plié, tendue, degage, ron de jambe, developpe and grand battement at the barre
Knowledge of and ability to make 3rd arabesque
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 1
*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.
*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!