Children are taught technique of each style in a fun atmosphere. Correct body placement and the development of a love for dance continues. The complexity of exercises, as well as, the attack, intensity, speed, and coordination of movement all increase in Level 2.
Below are the accomplishments required for most styles of dance by the end of Level 2:
Establishment of straight, aligned posture
Control of not rolling the foot in while standing turned out. Straight alignment of the foot in all aspects of movement
Maintaining and getting to a fully straight leg in all positions, and while moving in and out of them
With all the previous points accomplished and maintained, the child must use turnout to their own maximum capability.
Proper placement of basic arm positions and hand positions
Can move well through space and follow simple patterns and spacing requirements.
Be able to keep consistent focus for the whole length of class and be able to respond well to training and assimilate corrections
For Ballet only:
Development of port de bras
Moving through port de bras with correct alignment of arms
Coordination of breath with arm movements
Using head positions with movement in certain exercises
Understanding and applying different qualities of movement to ballet steps
Can coordinate arms nicely with different speeds of movement
Differentiate between petite and grand allegro, and have the strength, speed, and attack, to execute each accordingly
Can recognize and execute ballet steps to a polonaise, 6-count rhythms and familiar with using steps with different accents
Have knowledge of the French terms of learned steps
Approximately Ages 9-12
In Level 3, the expectation grows to require that students retain class corrections and show constant daily improvement.
Usually there are two years of Level 3 to accomplish the following:
Technical and artistic achievements
Steps executed at 45 and 90 degrees
Music: must hear more than beat – respond to rhythm and recognize melodic line; ability to coordinate the musical phrase
For Ballet only:
Use of demi pointe in some exercises (i.e. developpé, frappé, grand battements)
Finalizing fifth position
More port de bras and various uses of head at the barre and center and jump combinations
Complete all nine directions of the body positions