Contemporary Dance 4 (10th – 12th Grade)
Dancers entering Dance IV continue on the path laid out in Dance III with even greater levels of complexity being added into classes to increase body awareness, movement patterning, and continually challenge students to grow. As most of our faculty are also dance professionals across the Salt Lake valley, movement/choreography from professional projects may be incorporated into class. More advanced ballet and modern dance concepts are introduced with longer exercises being taught to students.
Efforts are made to build strength in a dancer’s core. To do this, more conditioning work more traditionally found in exercise workout may be introduced including sit ups, push up, lunges, etc.
Dancers will be pushed to showcase more rhythmic accuracy in their dancing and will be expected to understand the basic and intermediate concepts of dance performance including: focus, intention, reach/stretch, qualitative changes in movement, directional changes, weight changes, emotion, and nuance of movement.
Advanced elements of contemporary dance will be introduced along with strengthening exercises to allow the student to work upside down. Using the body’s momentum to create force and flow is a primary focus as more complicated turns in the air, into and out of the floor are taught. Inversion and more acrobatic skills increase in complexity and push the dancer to develop skills that allow increased body awareness. Because of this increased complexity, Dance IV are considered the most advanced of the SVCD students and will understand how to take class, be active learners, watch and observe the teacher, when to practice, and when to ask questions to facility learning.
Dancers who are fearful, uncomfortable asking questions, or lacking confidence may be asked to stay in Dance III – with the Dance III teacher spending particular time with the student to help develop these skills.
Once students are placed in Dance IV, they are usually kept at this level until graduation. Along with placement in this class comes the recommendation to take classes else where including Repertory Dance Theatre Young Dancer workshops, company class, and other professional-level experiences that will help augment and increase the student’s training.
Dancers who are ready to move to Dance IV will be able to showcase the following skills:
- comes into class without being asked and starts to warm up on own
- comfortable asking questions and seeking clarity from the teacher
- moves at the largest range of motion without having to be reminded and travels through space with power
- can demonstrate various movement qualities/textures and understands how to incorporate them into movement through observation
- Asks appropriate questions and is a self-learner
- uses focus as a performance tool without being reminded
- An expressive and supple back/torso
- showcase a clean and clear flat back vs. curved
- take weight into the hands in a front, side, and back inversion
- transfer weight into the hands and arc one leg around to the R or L
- able to do a cart wheel – both sides
- able to do a monkey/glide on the floor
- able brush, stag, back-stag, and double stag leaps
- shows attention to rhythm and rhythmic patterning when dancing
- jete, frappe, glissade, tombe, contre temps, balance
- tours jete, fouette, entrechat, sisonne, esemble,
- demonstrate a clean and clear single & double pirouette from 3rd or 5th
- execute jumps in all positions with proper alignment
- be able to generate a solo/duet/trio/group work using any number of games or techniques taught in class
- be able to speak about this work and the inspiration articulately including theme and structure
- is comfortable teaching and leading other dancers in choreographic endeavors without issue or shyness
- regularly uses classical choreographic elements in works including: cannon, fugue, unison, and counterpoint
- is comfortable developing partnering movement as a counterpoint to pure movement
- can select and pick appropriate music for the dance and can justify why music is appropriate choice
- able to give constructive feedback to other choreographers and can express ideas in a supportive and clear fashion
How do I register?
Use the table below to access the online registration form. Once you fill the form out, select your classes, and input your information the enrollment will be sent to the studio. If you have issues or questions regarding this process, please get a hold of the studio.
Can we try a class first?
Absolutely! We’d love to offer you a FREE trial class to come and experience, first hand, the magic of what we do at South Valley Creative Dance Studio.
Please use the table below and select “TRIAL” enrollment on the form. This will let the studio know that you are interested in learning more but not enrolling for the full semester/year just yet. If you have questions, please feel free to reach out to the studio.
What fees do you charge?
Monthly tuition rates are found in the class table below. In addition to tuition, we ask all families to pay a one-time $60 costume and production fee per student in the spring. This covers the cost of costuming ($30) and producing ($30) our show. Using the costume fee, the studio will purchase a leotard that your dancer will wear for the performance AND that you can keep afterwards. Using the production fee, the studio will pay for a videographer to shoot and record the show and will provide a digital download to you.
Do I need to enroll for the whole year?
We highly suggest that you enroll for the entire year. Our Fall semester is spent in the studio dancing and building skills, while our Spring semester is used to choreograph and prep for an end-of-year recital. We don’t want anyone to miss out on enjoying and being a part of our amazing production.
If you can only enroll for part of the year, we recommend dropping from classes at the Winter/Holiday break. Please see below for more information about our withdrawal policy.
What if we change our minds?
Every effort is made to make sure you love your dance class and want to keep coming – not only all year but for years to come! If you have issues with the studio or teacher, please feel free to bring them to the attention of the studio owner – we will make every effort to make a place for you at this studio.
If, however, you must leave classes we require a 30-day written (email is fine) notice of your withdrawal, after which time no more tuition will be due. This policy is strictly followed and will be enforced – it’s also a part of the legalese when you register – so you’ll see it again as a reminder!
Tuition shown in the table below is charged monthly.