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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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As you progress through the Ripple levels you will develop technique and artistry that produce an ever-increasing level of performance quality.
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.
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+
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 students are introduced to advanced level technique while continuing to hone their intermediate skill set. Students spend two years in Ripple 4.
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."
A $20 enrollment fee reserves your child's place in class.
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.
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.