Find My Child’s Level

Leveling Progression in The School at the Mark Morris Dance Center


Level Name
Age Range
Experience Level Recommendation
Description
Parent & Toddler Movement
18 mo. – 2 yrs. None For Caretaker and child; this class introduces the dance classroom structure and engages participants in activities that cover age specific movement and music skills while encouraging child and caretaker bonding. No experience necessary to take this class.
Parent & Toddler Movement
2 – 3 yrs. None For Caretaker and child; this class introduces the dance classroom structure and engages participants in activities that cover age specific movement and music skills while encouraging child and caretaker bonding. No experience necessary to take this class.
Parent & Toddler Movement
3 – 4 yrs. None For Caretaker and child; this class introduces the dance classroom structure and engages participants in activities that cover age specific movement and music skills while exploring partnered and solo activities for the child. No experience necessary to take this class.
Creative Dance
4 yrs. None Our first drop-off class! This class introduces children to typical dance class structure and engages them in basic dance concepts to prepare them for all different techniques through the lens of play-based activities. No experience necessary to take this class.
Creative Dance 5 – 6 yrs. None This class builds upon understandings of dance class structure and teaches children basic dance skills and concepts to prepare them for all different techniques through the lens of play-based activities. No experience necessary to take this class.
Technique Fundamentals A 
(ex. ‘Ballet Fundamentals A’)
6 – 8 yrs. None Children in Fundamentals A will focus on learning the beginner level skills, concepts, and musical ideas in a particular technique area (Ballet, Jazz, Modern, etc.). No experience necessary to take this class.
Technique Fundamentals B
(ex. ‘Modern Fundamentals B’)
7 – 9 yrs. 1+ years Children in Fundamentals B will build on their knowledge of beginner level skills, concepts, and musical ideas in a particular technique area. Children enrolling in this level already know the basic structure of a dance class and have some understanding of basic vocabulary, skills, and concepts in this technique.
Beginner Teen Technique
(ex. ‘Beginner Teen Hip-Hop’)
13 – 18 yrs. 0-3 years Teens in this class will focus on learning the beginner level skills, concepts, and musical ideas in a particular technique area, while having the opportunity to study with students their own age. No experience necessary to take this class.
Technique Level 1 
(ex. ‘West African Level 1’)
8 – 10 yrs. 2+ years Children in Level 1 will be expected to recall previous learning and hone understandings of beginner level skills, concepts, and musical ideas in a particular technique area. Children enrolling in this level are experienced with basic vocabulary, skills, and concepts in this technique.
Technique Level 2 
(ex. ‘Tap Level 2’)
9 – 12 yrs. 3+ years Children in Level 2 will focus on learning the intermediate level skills, concepts, and musical ideas in a particular technique area. Children enrolling in this level already have extensive understanding of basic vocabulary, skills, and concepts in this technique and are now considered intermediate level dancers.
Technique Level 3 
(for example: ‘Jazz Level 1’)
10 – 14 yrs. 3+ years Children in Level 3 will build on their knowledge of intermediate level skills, concepts, and musical ideas in a particular technique area. Children enrolling in this level already have some experience with the intermediate vocabulary, skills, and concepts in this technique.
Technique Level 4/ Intermediate Teen Technique
(ex. ‘Music and Singing Level 4’)
13 – 18 yrs. 4+ years Children in Level 4 will be expected to recall previous learning and hone understandings of intermediate level skills, concepts, and musical ideas in a particular technique area. Children enrolling in this level already have extensive experience with the intermediate vocabulary, skills, and concepts in this technique.
Technique Level 5/Advanced Teen Technique
(ex. ‘Modern Level 5’)
13 – 18 yrs. 4+ years Children in Level 5 will focus on learning the advanced level skills, concepts, and musical ideas a particular technique area. Children enrolling in this level already have extensive understanding of intermediate vocabulary, skills, and concepts in this technique and are now considered advanced level dancers.