The most important classes for dancers at this level: Classical Ballet and Jazz. Contemporary can be added to this for specific dance goals.
- Classical Ballet should always be a part of dancers training as it provides the necessary technical foundation, quality of movement and artistry that supports most genres of dance. UDA’s ballet syllabus for levels 5 - Advanced focuses on quality of movement and developing artistry.
In addition to the many physical benefits of classical training, ballet helps develop the mind and attitude of a dancer with discipline, focus and an appreciation of structure, which are critical attributes for continued and successful dance education. Ballet training is essential for any dancer who wants to excel in jazz and contemporary styles, as the technique and vocabulary for these disciplines comes from ballet.
- Ballet classes are held twice weekly for levels 5 and up.
- In level 5, dancers should add Jazz to their dance training, as they are approaching their teen years. Jazz builds strength, flexibility, body and mental awareness and style, providing necessary skills and knowledge for possible participation in junior and senior high school extracurricular activities, such as dance company, drill team, and musical theatre. Because of technical demands in jazz, students are encouraged to supplement their jazz training with classical ballet and/or jazz technique classes.
- Recital Jazz classes are held once a week. Dancers can intensify their jazz technique by adding Turns and Leaps to their weekly schedule; providing and extra Jazz based class each week (one recital and one technique class).
- In the past decade, Contemporary has become a popular genre that combines elements of modern, jazz, lyrical and classical ballet. Contemporary promotes versatility, improvisation and dancers having freedom to explore their innermost feelings as they connect the body and mind through fluid dance movement. Contemporary is an important study for
dancers who want to be on a competitive dance team or high school dance company, as most high school dance companies are contemporary/modern based.
- If a dancer wants to take Pointe, they will want to register for pre-pointe in level 6. Dancers who register for pointe must be registered for ballet twice a week and be in ballet level 6 or higher.
- Classes that are available for dancers at this age; Ballet, Pre-Pointe, Pointe, Jazz, Contemporary, Tumbling, Hip-Hop, Tap, Leaps & Turns, Guided Improv, Master Class and Ballroom.
- Programs available for dancers at this age; Stars Ballet and Jazz Performance Programs (for 5th and 6th graders), the Varsity Competition Jazz Program (for 5th-12th graders), Elite Performance Group (for 7th-12th graders) and the Conservatory Competitive Jazz Program (for 5th-12th graders; by special invitation only).