The key to an enriching dance experience is proper
class placement based on experience, skill level and age. That's why we put a
lot of energy and expertise into giving personalized recommendations to each and
every one of our dancers, new and returning.
At the end of each semester, instructors fill out a class-specific checklist
for each dancer. The checklists are tied to the All That Dance curriculum, which
is designed to help each student progress in skill development for the type of
dance they are taking. Each checklist is tied to the student's type of dance and
level. After completing the checklists, instructors work with faculty department
leads to make class recommendations for each dancer for the next semester.
This system, which we have continued to refine
over the past 15 years, enables us to create an environment in each class in
which all dancers develop their skills while being appropriately challenged --
and having fun! This system, coupled with our studio's high enrollment, enables
us to place dancers closely together based on age and skill level, essential for
creating an optimal learning environment.
This is different from many studios where classes
are made up of students with an extremely wide range in age and skill level. In
fact, this system is a great strength of All That Dance, and one of the many
reasons we are Seattle's leading dance studio for Kids, Teens and Adults.
For dancers who come to us with experience at other studios or who have
skipped a semester or two with us, we ask a few questions to learn more. Then an
All That Dance staff person will consult with instructors and/or department
faculty leads and contact you with recommendations and/or a plan for a
trial/placement class. In some cases (often for more experienced dancers), an
instructor or faculty department lead will work with you.
Each dancer and each situation is different, which
is why tailor our response to create truly personalized recommendations.
All students are eligible to sign up for age-appropriate beginner level