Ripple Program

Program

Ripple program students make progressive development in their chosen dance styles. Students may train in ballet, jazz, tap, musical theatre, hip hop, and MCL Swirl, where dancers explore modern, contemporary, and lyrical styles. Classes meet once per week for an hour, and it's easy to design a convenient personalized schedule based on your interests and abilities.

Progression

Students progress in each style of dance as they move through a sequence of Ripple levels. There are a total of five Ripples, comprising a seven-year course of study beginning at age seven. Ages are minimums for each Ripple. Attained ability and experience are more important than age when considering level placement. Continuing students are leveled up each summer when they have consistently demonstrated proficient skill development at their current level. Transfer students will be assessed and placed in the proper level by the instructor.

Older beginners (ages 10+) may start in Ripple 1, or they may take a series of private catch up classes in conjunction with Ripple 2 classes. 

Parental Involvement

Parents are invited into the classroom at set times during the year to observe your child's progress. You are encouraged to watch class on the monitors occasionally and engage your child in conversation about what they are working on. Each week The Navigator email communicates a few details of the overall monthly objectives and movement concepts being presented; this is a great tool for discussion starters. Important dates, events, and other pertinent information are also highlighted in The Navigator. Please read it faithfully. Teachers make a point to connect with parents, though this can be tricky with back to back teaching schedules. If you would like to chat with a teacher or the CEO, please consult our Welcome Concierge and she will be happy to set up a meeting for you.

Performance

Each May students perform in an enchanting stage production. Students enrolled as of 12/31 will perform the following May.  Siblings and students in multiple classes may be cast in different shows. Students must attend the required rehearsals in order to perform. Parents are not permitted backstage, & all audience members over 2 years old must purchase a ticket. A fabulous costume is included in your simple class fees, plus a video file of the show!

Charting Your Path

You control your dance destiny! Ages 7 and older can choose from a variety of styles that will challenge you and help you soar to new heights of achievement.

Choose Your Favorites:

  • Beauty of Ballet
  • Pizzaz of Jazz
  • Hype of Hip Hop
  • Tightness of Tap
  • Melody of Musical Theatre

As you progress through the Ripple levels you will develop technique and artistry that produce an ever-increasing level of performance quality.

Ripple 1 | Year 1 | Beginner | Ages 7-9

Beginning students ages 7 and up carefully build a foundation to lay the groundwork needed for more complex skills in the upper levels. Enroll Ages 7+

Older beginners (ages 10+) may opt to start here, or they may take a series of private catch-up lessons to begin in Ripple 2.

Ripple 2 | Years 2-3 | Beginner/Intermediate | Minimum Age 8

Students spend two years in Ripple 2, mastering beginning level technique while being introduced to and honing intermediate skills. 

Older beginners (ages 10+) may opt to start at this level by taking a series of private catch-up classes in conjunction with their weekly group class. Transfer students ages 10+ will be assessed for proper placement; to begin, please enroll in the Ripple Level that most accurately reflects the student's age and experience. Enroll Ages 10+

Ripple 3 | Year 4 | Intermediate | Minimum Age 10

Students in Ripple 3 have mastered beginning technique and are tackling the more complex movements, patterns, and skills presented at the intermediate level.

Ripple 4 | Years 5-6 | Intermediate/Advanced | Minimum Age 11

Ripple 4 students are introduced to advanced level technique while continuing to hone their intermediate skill set. Students spend two years in Ripple 4.

Ripple 5 | Year 7 | Advanced | Minimum Age 13

Ripple 5 students have mastered intermediate skills and are now perfecting their advanced technique. Students spend one year in Ripple 5. At the conclusion of Ripple 5, dancers graduate from the Ripple program and enter the Grad Collab, a group known as "The Entertainers." 

 

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Super Simple All-Inclusive Pricing

Enrollment Fee

A $20 enrollment fee reserves your child's place in class. 

Pro-Rated First Month's Payment

You may enroll at any time. If you enroll after the class start date, we will gladly pro-rate the remainder of the current monthly fee. An invoice will be provided upon enrollment.

Super Simple Monthly Fees

Monthly class fees include most required items, making payments simple and predictable for families. On the first of each month, your $78 Super Simple Monthly Class Fee will be auto-collected. All of the following is included:

  • Tuition | Tuition for weekly classes.
  • Top Every class has a required leotard or t-shirt. Each student receives theirs on the first day of class. Continuing students receive one new leo or t-shirt annually.
  • Class Materials | Students receive age-specific materials to enhance their development as a dancer. Students need to bring their class materials to class weekly.
  • The Navigator Weekly Email Update | Parents want to know what's going on in their child's classroom and within the studio. Weekly email updates share current objectives, important dates & events, and other pertinent studio information.
  • Performance Package | The real icing on the cake of your super simple monthly fees is that they are inclusive of your child's performance package. Students are eligible for the Performance Package in May of the calendar year following their initial enrollment. Students must enroll by 12/31 to perform in the show at the end of the current school year.

    • T-shirt | Students receive a keepsake performance t-shirt that may be worn to classes that allow PDW t-shirts as part of the dress code. 
    • Costume | A beautiful or handsome costume, including tights if needed, and all accessories. 
    • Rehearsal Fees Performance and rehearsal fees are covered under your monthly payments.
    • Video File | A video file of the performance to enjoy with family and friends for years to come.

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