Ages 9 and up
We offer a wide range of commitment levels for dancers age 9 and up. Whether your child wants to take one class a week or ten, we cater to all! Every student matters. Every child's dance education is important - no matter their experience or commitment level.
There is often a misconception that dancers have to "get serious" and take tons of classes and join a competitive team once they hit this age - that is absolutely NOT the case at DDA! We have many dancers who never join one of our dance teams and love taking a class or two a week - whether they are elementary age or teenagers. And guess what? That is OK.
My child is age 9 or older and new to dance: The best thing to do is come in to do a free trial class and evaluation! Or, enroll for a combo class for ages 7-9. That is usually a perfect option for dancers that age starting out. We also have non-leveled Pre-Teen/Teen classes for ages 11 and older.
My child is age 9 or older and a current DDA student: Every dancer progresses at a different pace. Your dancer should continue to take their current level classes until you receive written notice that they should move up a level. Some dancers need one session of a particular level, while some take more than one year. If your child has mastered the skills and technique needed to progress to the next level - they will then move up a level. Mastering is so much more than execution of the step - they need to be able to execute it at the proper pace with no help, on a regular basis. Trust the process (and your instructor).
We also have non-leveled Pre-Teen/Teen classes for ages 11 and older. These have proved highly successful since we started them in 2019!
Our instructors follow the same structured lesson plans for all class levels (Pre-School through Level 7) to ensure accuracy and consistency throughout our program. To move to a level 2 or higher, dancers must have certain skills and technique mastered. When they are ready, a notice will come in written form from the studio.