Placement Guidelines

Due to the wide variety of curriculums taught from school to school, please refer to the General Guidelines listed below to help understand our levels of progression.

Please note: These are approximate level progressions; children may progress at different rates. Levels do overlap slightly, depending on how much training students have had each year.

Story Time Dance classes are not counted as years of experience.

Placement will ultimately be determined by directors in the best interest of your child.

General Guidelines for Level Progression and Approximate ages
* I = Beginner = 0-3 years experience (ages 5-7)
* II = Beginner / Intermediate = 3-6 years experience (ages 8-10)

* III = Intermediate = 6-8 years experience (ages 11-13)
* IV = Advanced = 8+ years experience (ages 14-18)


Class Descriptions

Berkeley Center for Dance offers classes for ages 2 to 18, by professional instructors with degrees in dance.  Classes begin in September and will end with a spring performance in June.  Placement for classes is based on age, experience and availability.  Teachers will use their discretion in the placement of students to the proper class to prevent injury.

* Story Time Dance/Creative Movement/Pre Ballet (Ages 2-4)

 The class introduces students to the basic elements of dance in a nurturing environment.  Children will work on locomotor movements (hopping, skipping, jumping), beat and time, musical rhythm, simplified ballet steps, limbering exercises, coordination skills, left and right discrimination and patterns of movement. Integrated with these physical concepts are the intellectual concepts of self-awareness, creative expression, teamwork, and self-confidence. Students will also learn the basics of classroom behavior and manners.

*Story Time Dance 30 minute class offered for $35/month. Story Time students will have the option to perform in the spring performance.

* Pre Ballet (Ages 4-6)
Introduces the fundamentals of ballet in a fun environment

* Tiny Tappers (Ages 4-6)

LET'S MAKE NOISE!  Learning basic steps in a lively setting

* Ballet (Ages 5-18)
A classical form of dance (Cecchetti Method) that provides a strong, solid technical base for all other dance forms. These very technical classes consist of barre, center floor, and progressions across the floor. 


Our Classes

* Tap (Ages 4-18)

 Offers a mix of Rhythm and Broadway style tap technique to provide students with a well-rounded dance program.  Students will work on different steps, various rhythm patterns and group routine work each class. In addition, children and teen students also work on improvisational movement and choreography for performance.

* Styles of Jazz  (Ages 5-18) 
Fun, upbeat style of dance that stems from ballet and combines today’s stylish moves with energetic, popular music. Our jazz classes take many forms from classical to theatrical to hip hop. Classes usually begin with a warm-up, followed by technique, across the floor combinations and choreography. 
*Must be registered for Ballet

* Pointe for Beginners- Placement is based on availability, age and experience. *Must be registered for ballet

* Pointe- Placement is based on availability, age and experience. *Must be registered for ballet

* Modern- A form of theatrical dancing that traces its beginning to the 1900’s. It uses ballet technique, use of fall recovery, contraction, release, locomotor movements, movements that convey a message or tell a story, use of irregular meter, music, sounds, electronic music and contemporary music.
*Level placement is based on availability, age and experience.  
* Must be registered for ballet

* Junior Lyrical- Lyrical dance is the fusion of ballet and jazz technique. Expression from the inner emotion is a primary factor in choreographing and interpreting this art form. Lyrical dance interprets music or words, showing the audience the emotion of the particular piece. A strong emphasis on stage presence is encouraged.

* Placement based on availablity, age and experience. 
* Must be registered for ballet

* Senior Contemporary-Placement based on availablity, age and experience.

* Must be registered for ballet

*Mini, junior & senior Hip Hop- Placement based on availablity, age and experience.

*Acro Dance- (Ages 5-18 Must be enrolled in a ballet technique class to take acro) Classic dance technique and the precision and athleticism of acrobatic elements. Acro dancers seamlessly blend musicality, emotional expression, line and extension with acrobatic movements in a dance context.

Dress Code

​Story Time- Fitted dancewear

Ballet and Pointe- Leotard (any color) and tights are required, along with hair in a bun

               Pre Ballet and level I- Full sole pink ballet shoes are needed

               Ballet II, III and IV- Split sole pink ballet shoes are suggested

               Skirts and fitted dance shorts are allowed

Jazz- Jazz dress follows ballet guidelines; a fitted top or shorts may be added

                     Jazz I and II Jazz- Jazz shoes are needed

                     Jazz III Jazz-Jazz shoes or dance paws, depending on dance

                     Jazz IV-Bare feet or dance paws

Hip Hop- Comfortable clothing you have free range of motion in for class.

                   Shoes worn for hip hop are clean, dance class only "tennis shoes"

                   which are NOT to be worn outside


Tap- Form fitting dancewear

                  Tiny Tappers, Tap I and Tap II- Tan Mary Jane tap shoes

                  Tap III and up- Black split sole tap shoes

Modern-  Form fitting dancewear

                    Bare feet


Lyrical and Contemporary-  Form fitting dancewear

                     Please keep tops and shorts appropriate lengths

                     Bare feet or dance paws

Acro Dance- Form fitting dancewear 

                      Bare feet


Schedules will be based on enrollment and will be mailed out in mid August.

Open enrollment will continue until November 15th.  After November 15th, enrollment will be on a case by case basis, due to availability of costumes. For more information on the classes, or for assistance with class placement for your child, please contact us.