Level Evaluation Classes
Level Evaluation Classes are special free-to-attend classes for all Ballet 1+ and Modern 1+ dancers (usually ages 7-18 years). All ballet and/or modern dancers are encouraged, but not required, to attend the evaluation class for their current level (as of Winter/Spring 2023). Students who are new to HPSD's ballet and modern dance programs but planning to attend in the summer or fall are also encouraged to attend to get a better sense of their future leveling.
Level Recommendations, which contain the recommended placement for the Fall 2023 session along with individual feedback from each student's instructors, are sent every summer to the parents of dancers in Level 1 and up. Dancers who are not in attendance at Level Evaluation Classes will still receive Level Recommendations, but participation in these special classes offers dancers an excellent opportunity to get some more specific feedback on their Level Recommendations, and is strongly encouraged.
Dancers should check in 10-15 mins before their scheduled class start times below and be warmed up and ready to dance. Dancers with split-level placement may attend Level Evaluation Classes for each of their two levels in any one dance type. If split-level dancers are only able to attend one Level Evaluation Class per dance type, they are encouraged to attend the class corresponding with their upper level.
Level Evaluations in classes for ages under 7 years
There are no level evaluation classes for dancers in Creative Movement, Pre-Ballet, and African/Breaking/Modern/Studio Hip Hop/Tap Dance (5+ yrs.). Instead, dancers at these levels are evaluated during their regularly-scheduled classes. These dancers will receive a certificate of completion at the end of the Winter/Spring Session indicating the level in which they should be enrolled in the upcoming academic year.
All dancers should enroll in summer classes at their Winter/Spring levels. Dancers who receive recommendations to advance should not do so until the Fall session.
2024 LEVEL EVALUATION CLASS SCHEDULE
Level Expectation Forms
2023 Pointe Readiness Exams
End of May
Pointe Physical Exam
Pointe Written Exam
For current HPSD students, you must be at least 11 years old and have spent 32 weeks in Ballet IVA to be eligible to take the written and physical pointe exams.
Click the button below to sign up for for written and physical exams. The vocab list to study for the written exam can be found here: https://hydeparkdance.org/vocabulary
Pointe shoes are almost every young ballerina’s dream. However, it is important that the student not rush this important step. A dancer who is dancing en pointe is actually standing on the tips of their toes with some support from a shoe made of fabric, glue, and sometimes fiberglass. It takes a great deal of physical strength and proper technical training to do this safely. Students must be physically mature, usually between the ages of 10 and 12, when the cartilage is hard enough to work on pointe without permanent damage. Some 10 year olds have the body strength and maturity of an 8 year old; some have the body strength and maturity of a 12 year old. Ultimately, it is the instructor who decides whether a student is ready for pointe work. Most students need at least 4 years of serious ballet training before they are technically ready for pointe work (pre-ballet is not considered part of this training). In addition, students must also pass a written exam of ballet terminology. Pointe Shoe Readiness exams are normally given prior to the start of the Session I Fall semester and at the end of Winter/Spring Session II.
Students who graduate to pointe at HPSD are required to take at least three 1.5 hour non-pointe ballet technique classes in addition to pointe class. New HPSD students who have been dancing en pointe at another program should be evaluated during the first week of classes to assure proper placement.
Questions about HPSD's pointe work requirements should be directed to firstname.lastname@example.org.