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DANCE DYNAMICS COMPETITION TEAM

DANCE DYNAMICS CLASS PLACEMENT

GENERAL GUIDELINES.

NOVICE

  • Recommended for Recreational Dancers
  • No competition experience
  • Limited knowledge of simple technical skills but not yet mastered
  • Limited understanding and execution of body lines, placement, flexibility, control, stage presence and timing
  • Limited execution of simple choreography

TECHNICAL SKILL SET:

  • Dance skills - executes single pirouettes, simple leaps, elevations and extensions
  • Tumbling - executes basic tumbling skills such as floor rolls, cartwheels, roundoffs, walkovers
  • Tap - simple understanding and execution of timing, accuracy and musicality

PRIMARY

  • Recommended for Dancers Age 8 & Under
  • Minimal to no competition experience
  • Basic knowledge and mastery of simple technical skills
  • Basic understanding and execution of body lines, placement, flexibility, control, stage presence and timing
  • Clean execution of simple choreography with beginning level performance quality

TECHNICAL SKILL SET:

  • Dance skills - executes clean single and double pirouettes, simple leaps, elevations and extensions
  • Tumbling - executes basic tumbling skills such as floor rolls, cartwheels, roundoffs, walkovers, single aerials, single back handsprings
  • Tap - executes simple tap choreography with timing, accuracy and musicality using some accents, simple tap combinations, flap heels, shuffle ball changes, shuffle hop steps

SECONDARY

  • Recommended for Dancers Age 9-11
  • Moderate competition experience
  • Progressive knowledge and mastery of technical skills
  • Progressive understanding and execution of body lines, placement, flexibility, control, stage presence and timing
  • Developed spacial awareness, performance quality and clean execution of moderately difficult choreography

TECHNICAL SKILL SET:

  • Dance Skills - executes clean double and triple pirouettes, leap and elevation sequences, sustaining leg extensions and leg hold turns, beginning more complex turn combinations including simple fouettes and/or a la second combinations
  • Tumbling - executes tumbling passes including layouts, tucks, aerials, front aerials, multiple back handsprings
  • Tap - executes progressive tap combinations with clarity, timing, accuracy and musicality, beginning intricate footwork and rhythms, basic time steps, maxi turns, cramp roll turns, paddle turns, pullbacks, wings

INTERMEDIATE

  • Recommended for Dancers Age 12-14
  • Moderate to significant competition experience
  • Developed knowledge and mastery of technical skills
  • Developed understanding and clean execution of body lines, placement, flexibility, control, stage presence and timing
  • Mastery of spacial awareness and executing advanced choreography with developed performance quality
  • Developed understanding of style and quality of movement

TECHNICAL SKILL SET:

  • Dance Skills - executes triple pirouettes or more, continuous turn sequences with developed skills of fouettes and/or a la second combinations, turn combinations using arm variations, ambidexterity and developed skills of turns, elevations and extensions, multiple leg hold turns
  • Tumbling - cleanly executes multiple round-off back handsprings, tumbling passes, layout combinations, tucks, aerials, front aerials
  • Tap - cleanly executes progressive to advanced tap combinations with clarity, timing, accuracy and musicality, displaying intricate footwork such as pullback sequences, time step sequences, wing combinations, intricate quick rhythms executed in syncopation

ELITE

  • Recommended for Dancers Age 14-19
  • Significant competition experience
  • Advanced knowledge and mastery of technical skills
  • Advanced understanding and execution of body lines, placement, flexibility, control, stage presence and timing
  • Advanced mastery of spacial awareness and executing intricate choreography
  • Professional, sophisticated and polished quality of movement and style
  • Experienced and refined elements of performance quality

TECHNICAL SKILL SET:

  • Dance Skills - cleanly executes numerous pirouettes, continuous turn sequences with mastery of fouettes and/or a la second combinations, mastery of turn combinations using arm variations, ambidexterity and advanced mastery of turns, elevations and extensions, multiple leg hold turns, mastery in sustaining all movements while projecting professional expression and intent
  • Tumbling - accurately executes multiple roundoff back handsprings, tumbling passes, layout combinations, tucks, aerials, front aerials
  • Tap - accurately executes complex tap combinations with clarity, timing and musicality, displaying mastery of intricate footwork such as pullback sequences, various time step sequences, wing combinations, intricate quick rhythms executed in syncopation

*The performance skills and Technical Skill Sets are characteristic of, but not limited to, the average performer within each level. Levels should be determined based on the number of non-rehearsal technical based classes per week, however, keep in mind that there is more than just class hours that define a dancer's placement. Levels should be determined by the dancer's overall ability in accordance with the Leveling Guidelines as well as the Technical Skill Set guidelines. Please refer to all of these guidelines when determining level placement. *Please keep in mind that other variables may affect level placement such as, the years of dance experience and/or competition experience, the magnitude, as well as the dancer's capacity of individual ability, retention and work ethic.