Class Level Structure
|Level||Description||Recommended Classes||Recommended Weekly Hours||Leotard Color|
|Pre-Primary||A ‘pre-cecchetti’ or pre-graded level for the youngest children who aren't ready to start formal training or starting Grade 1 of Cecchetti||Creative Dance 1 & 2 and Cecchetti Gr. 1||1 to 2 hours per week||Creative & Gr. 1
Bloch Style #CL5605 or #CL5405
|Primary||Students who are ready to begin Grades 2 & 3 of Cecchetti, or those ready to start freestyle ballet or other dance styles in the Primary level of the particular class||Cecchetti Gr. 2 & 3; Primary Freestyle Ballet; Primary Jazz; Primary Character (Grade 3 only)||2 to 3 hours per week||Gr. 2 & 3
Bloch Style #CL5605 or #CL5405
|Elementary||Students who have passed the required Cecchetti grades to attempt Grades 4, 5 or 6, or those ready to advance to an Elementary level in other dance styles or freestyle ballet. Elementary level girls will work towards and prepare to go on pointe (subject to teacher's opinion of readiness)||Cecchetti Gr. 4,5 & 6; Elementary Freestyle Ballet; Character; Jazz and Tap; Body Conditioning; Pre-Pointe stretch (Grades 5 & 6 only); Pointe work prep (Grade 6 only by recommendation)||4 to 6 hours per week||Gr. 4
Gr. 5 & 6
Bloch Style #L5607
|Intermediate||Students who have passed the required Cecchetti grades to attempt Grades 7 & 8, or those ready to advance to an Intermediate level in other dance styles or freestyle ballet. Intermediate level girls will be dancing on pointe (subject to teacher's opinion of readiness)||Cecchetti Gr. 7 & 8; Intermediate Freestyle Ballet; Rep; Character; Jazz and Tap; Modern/Contemporary; Body Conditioning; Intermediate Pointe||8 to 9 hours per week||Gr. 7
Bloch Style #L5607
|Company||Dancers who have passed Grade 8 of Cecchetti or by audition will be accepted into the pre-professional company of Southern California Ballet. Classes will be of a Cecchetti Grade 9, 10 & Diploma level, or a professional level in other dance styles including freestyle ballet||Cecchetti Gr. 9, 10 & Diploma; Company Freestyle Ballet; Company Rep; Pas de deux; Company Character; Company Modern/Contemporary; Company Jazz; Body Conditioning. (Intermediate Tap can be taken as an extra if wanting to continue training)||15+ hours per week||Gr. 9 & above
*For exams, Bloch Style #L5607
*Levels in different classes do not necessarily correlate. i.e. a student in advanced modern will not necessarily be in advanced Cecchetti or freestyle ballet (This is a guideline only, all levels are at the discretion of the teacher of the student or particular class.)
Class Type Descriptions
This class prepares dancers for their grade-level Cecchetti examination.
The class will follow the structure and guidelines set by Cecchetti USA and developed by Enrico Cecchetti in order to cultivate technique and strength, as well as proficiency, expressiveness, and musicality.
The exercises are set and are repeated each week so that students learn and perfect their execution of the required exam syllabus.
Freestyle classes are classical ballet technique classes that do not follow a set syllabus, but instead have been designed by the teacher based on their personal repertoire and experience. Our expert teachers tailor each class to suit the age, level, and circumstance of the participants.
Integral to much of the classical ballet repertoire, character dance comprises traditional folk or national dance styles as well as their modern interpretations. The class often follows the same format (barre, centre, and solos) as classical ballet, but girls perform in character shoes and character skirts.
In repertoire or “rep” classes, dancers learn and perfect choreography of different ballets, with sources ranging from from classical dance masterpieces to present day choreographers. Comprised by both solos and group dances, this is a crucial class for dancers to apply techniques learned in other classes and to understand where a given technique can fit into the performance element of dance.
- Pre-Pointe Stretch
- Pointe-Work Prep
Ballet dancers use the pointe-work technique to dance on the tips of their toes using pointe shoes. It is a highly skilled technique that is not to be started until the dancer is deemed absolutely ready. The three levels of this technique exist in order to be entirely certain that a dancer possesses adequate strength before progressing to the next level. The progression through each level of pointe-work is at the full discretion of the teacher, and it is always advised that a dancer start in the pre-pointe stretch class before advancing.
It is vital that a dancer work on strength and suppleness outside of their regular dance class. Body conditioning is an all-over body maintenance class drawing on exercise practices ranging from aerobics to pilates to yoga stretches, which are applied to ballet technique. The classes will be structured on the advice of all the teachers to target any weaknesses in dancers, in turn speeding up improvement and reducing the risk of injury.
Since being developed in the mid-twentieth century, contemporary dance has grown to become one of the dominant genres for formally trained dancers throughout the world. Combining the strong and controlled legwork of ballet with a modern stress on the torso, contemporary also employs contract-release, floor work, fall and recovery, and improvisation. Unpredictable changes in rhythm, speed, and direction are often used as well.
A dance style with African roots and technical movements that has evolved into today's popular jazz styles, as seen on both Broadway stages and in theater productions around the world.
Isolations—entailing a low center of gravity and high level of energy—serve as defining characteristics of jazz dance. From Fred Astaire to Bob Fosse, George Balanchine to Micheal Jackson, this dance form is unique in its wide degree of variation in style and technique.
The sounds made by tap shoes striking the floor, thus becoming a form of percussion, characterize tap dance. It has a strong focus on rhythm and syncopation, and in the recreation of unexpected and lively rhythms, dancers begin to form one of the most standout, iconic styles in dance history.
As one of the most popular dance styles today, hip-hop materializes in forms ranging from urban street dance to the more commercial style seen in music videos. Three primary styles comprise hip-hop dance: breaking, popping, and locking. The dance style is often performed to hip-hop or pop music, and is generally fast paced and highly energetic.
This class establishes the fundamentals of dance, i.e. rhythm, creativity, movement, and a little bit of stretching. Most importantly, creative dance introduces the enjoyment of dance by way of having fun. Children will collaborate with each other to tell stories, create rhythms, get moving, and understanding the way they can use their physicality to communicate.