Technical Advice for Teen Dancers

Dancers in Beginning 1 & Beginning 2 Classes

The most important classes for dancers at this level: Classical Ballet, Jazz/Turns and Leaps and Contemporary.

  • The focus of UDA’s Beginning 1 and 2 Classes, for novice dancers, is to strengthen their technical foundation, body alignment and posture, to provide a strong foundation for continued dance education.

  • Beginning Ballet 1 or 2 is a recital class held once per week. If a beginning level dancer is serious about mainstreaming into the UDA intermediate and advanced ballet levels they are strongly encouraged to add the Beginning Ballet Intensive 1-2 class (as a second technical ballet class each week).

  • Beginning Jazz 1 or 2 is a recital class held once per week. If a beginning level dancer is  serious about mainstreaming into the UDA intermediate and advanced jazz levels they are strongly encouraged to add the Turns & Leaps Class ( level 5-6/ Beginning 1-2/Int A) as a second technical jazz class each week. 

  • Beginning Contemporary (Level 5/6 – Beginning 1 or Beginning 2) is a class that is important to add if the dancer wants to be on high school dance company or a competitive dance team as these programs are typically contemporary/modern based

  • Additional classes available for dancers this level: Tumbling, Hip-Hop, Tap, Ballroom, Improv and Musical Theater.

  • Programs available for dancers this level: Stars Ballet and Jazz Performance Programs (for 5th and 6th graders), and Elite Performance Group (for dancers in 7th grade and above).