Hyde Park School of Dance is dedicated to a progressive curriculum that allows each dancer to properly develop his or her skills and interest in dance.
Level Recommendations: Creative Movement and Pre-Ballet
Our younger dancers will be evaluated in class by their instructors and receive a certificate at the end of the Winter/Spring Session indicating the level for which he or she should register in the Fall.
Level Evaluation Classes: Ballet I-VI and Modern I-IV
Each year at the end of the Winter/Spring Session, instructors complete written Level Recommendations for their students with appropriate placement for the upcoming year. These level recommendations are e-mailed out to each individual family over the summer.
The school offers free Level Evaluation Classes for those enrolled in Ballet I and up, and all levels of Modern. Students are encouraged (although not required) to attend the Level Evaluation Classes. During these classes the artistic staff will evaluate each student and explain the syllabus. Parents are strongly encouraged to observe these classes.
May 2018 Level Evaluation Class Schedule:
Tuesday, May 22 (Studio 1)
- Ballet I - 4:00-5:00 pm
- Ballet II - 5:30-6:30 pm
- Ballet III - 7:00-8:15 pm
Wednesday, May 23 (Studio 1)
- Ballet IV (A & B) - 4:30-6:00 pm **Pointe Shoe Readiness Physical Exam takes place during this time, and the written exam takes place after Ballet IV (see below for details)**
- Ballet V/VI - 6:30-8:00 pm
Thursday, May 24 (Studio 1)
- Modern I - 4:00-5:00 pm
- Modern II - 5:30-6:30 pm
- Modern III/IV - 7:00-8:30 pm
Pointe Shoe Readiness Exam
May 23, 2018
4:30-6:00pm in Studio 1 - physical evaluation (during Ballet IV (A & B) level evaluation class)
6:30 - 7:30 pm in Studio B - written test
Dancers in Ballet IV and up who are interested in going en pointe must attend the Ballet IV Level Evaluation Class (May 23 from 4:30-6:00 pm in Studio 1) to be evaluated for physical readiness. Dancers must also pass a written exam of ballet terms in order to begin pointe training. The written pointe shoe exam will be administered from 6:30 - 7:30pm on May 23 in Studio B.
Students who are approved to start pointe work are required to take a minimum of three 90-minute ballet technique classes in addition to a 30 minute pointe class each week. This requirement is to ensure that dancers maintain the appropriate physical strength for pointe work. Please direct any questions about going en pointe to firstname.lastname@example.org.