Ever wonder how dancers are placed in levels? Read these 5 factors dance teachers consider when assigning dancers to levels. Use this as a tool in preparation for the upcoming dance year!
1. Age & Development
Although age is not the ultimate determinant of a dancer’s ability, it does play a minor role in level placement. The age of a dancer indicates their stage of physical and emotional development that can help to place them in a specific dance level. Keep in mind, however, that age is not the ultimate determinant, but rather a starting point for placing dancers in levels.
The maturity of a dancer refers to an advancement of their mental and emotional development. A dancer who is mature approaches situations with a sense of composure, poise, and grace. Maturity in dance indicates that the dancer is ready for the next challenge and an increase in independence and responsibilities.
3. Work Ethic
The work ethic of a dancer is possibly the most significant factor in determining their dance level. For older students, a dancer who has a strong work ethic takes corrections from their dance teachers and shows maturity and independence when working towards their goals. This dancer also consistently works to their fullest potential in class. For younger students, they can practice this skill by focusing in class and behaving with a positive demeanor towards their teachers and fellow dancers.
Dance is a unique blend of artistry and athleticism. The athletic side of dance requires a dancer to have some physical abilities. Some dancers are more naturally inclined in the athletic side of dance, while others have to work harder to achieve it! All dancers progress at their own pace.
Perhaps the most important factor in a child's dance training is consistency. Attendance is a bit out of a dancers control and more in the hands of the parents. Being present and receiving corrections, along with reassurance will help the dancer grow at a more rapid rate than one who has poor attendance.