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Core Program (8.5 - 18 yrs)
The Core Program of The School at Peridance is a unique pre professional dance training program known for providing students with the necessary tools for a potential professional career in dance. The program is divided into age appropriate tiers of study, which enables students to progress according to their talent and ability. The aim of this program is to nurture well-rounded and versatile dancers who are proficient in all dance styles while developing their technique and artistry in a challenging and rewarding classroom environment .

This program trains young students at an accelerated pace, focusing on proper Ballet technique, strength, flexibility and body alignment. Additional attention is given to musicality, movement quality and anatomically correct work. Classes in the Core Program gradually increase in quantity throughout the levels and eventually include other techniques such as Jazz, Modern, and Contemporary, in addition to multiple Ballet classes a week. There are seven levels in the Core Program, with the last two levels being the Junior and Senior Youth Ensembles, which are student repertory companies that regularly perform throughout NYC (more info here). All students are required to audition every year, and acceptance into higher levels are contingent upon technical progress throughout the school year as well as the end-of-year audition.

Program Levels:

The program offers seven levels of study:

  • Core I Ages 8.5-9.5 (2 required Ballet classes per week)
  • Core II Ages 9.5-10.5 (3 required Ballet classes per week)
  • Core IIIA Ages 10.5-11.5 (3 required Ballet classes and 1 required Jazz class per week)
  • Core IIIB Ages 11.5-12.5 (3 required Ballet classes, 1 required Jazz class, and 1 required Modern class per week)
  • Core IV Ages 12.5-14.5 (3 required Ballet classes, 1 required Jazz class, 1 required Modern class, and 1 required Rehearsal per week)
  • Core V Ages 13.5-15.5 (3 required Ballet classes, 1 required Jazz class, 1 required Modern class, and 1 required Rehearsal per week)
  • Junior Youth Ensemble Ages 14-18 (4 required Ballet classes, 1 required Contemporary class, 1 required Modern class, and 1 required Rehearsal per week)
  • Senior Youth Ensemble Ages 14-18 (4 required Ballet classes, 1 required Contemporary class, 1 required Modern class, and 1 required Rehearsal per week)




Level & Placement Note:

Please note these ages are guidelines for average placement; however students may be placed above or below these indicated age brackets based on prior experience and technical readiness. Especially in the upper levels of the program, age overlap may vary as students move through the program based on their individual performance and progress. Placement into the program is finalized after the annual auditions each year in June. To match the technical requirements of the Core curriculum, acceptance into the Core IV and V levels becomes more selective, and acceptance into the Ensemble levels becomes increasingly selective. Acceptance at the Core I level is not guaranteed placement for the duration of the program, as students must audition annually and progress through the levels to maintain placement. For information or questions regarding this process please contact the program coordinator.



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