Find the right level for you

The levels applied to our classes give you an indication of how much prior experience you’ll need to have the right amount of challenge and comfort.

It is just an indication though, because individuals vary in how comfortable they are being challenged and how quickly they pick up new movement.

In addition to the levels (which describe previous dance experience) we also offer two categories of class:

  • regular
  • 50+ (designed for people aged over 50, or those who require a more low impact class)

Need more guidance?

If you are not sure which level suits you, or if you should go higher or lower than what is recommended based on how much dance experience you have, please get in touch with Anne, our Client Relationship Officer on info@movethroughlife.com.au or call her on 0408 240 772.

Outline of levels

Beginner levels

L1 (Complete beginner)

Suitable for complete beginners. No previous experience required.

Our L1 classes are offered as 12 week courses. Sign up for a L1 beginner course

L2 (Experienced beginner)

Suitable for people who have done at least 3 months to 2 years in that dance style.

Minimum experience required:

  • Taken class regularly recently for at least 3 months
  • Haven’t danced for 5-10 years but danced for 2 years before that
  • If you’ve had a longer break from dance this level may be fine, or you might like to start at L1 and then switch after a few months.

Intermediate levels

L3 (Early intermediate)

Suitable for people who have done at least 3-4 years in that dance style.

Minimum experience required:

  • Taken class regularly recently for at least 3-4 years
  • Haven’t danced for 5-10 years but danced for 4-5 years before that
  • If you’ve had a longer break from dance this level may be fine, or you might like to start at L2 and then switch after a few months.

L4 (Experienced intermediate)

Suitable for people who have done at least 4-5 years in that dance style.

Minimum experience required:

  • Taken class regularly recently for at least 4-5 years
  • Haven’t danced for 5-10 years but danced for 6-7 years before that
  • If you’ve had a longer break from dance this level may be fine, or you might like to start at L2 and then switch after a few months.

Advanced levels

L5 (Pro-Am)

Suitable for people who have done at least 6-7 years in that dance style and have achieved a high standard, such as preparing to audition or being accepted into a tertiary dance course (Diploma level of above) or entered the higher levels in a technical training syllabus for that dance style.  Pro-am is a contraction of ‘professional amateur’ and refers to the pursuit of dance at a near professional level by people who have another job or career, and aren’t pursuing dance as a profession, but may be professional dance teachers or educators.

Minimum experience required:

  • Taken class regularly recently for at least 6-7 years
  • Haven’t danced for 5-10 years but danced for 8-9 years before that

If you’ve had a longer break from dance this level may be fine, or you might like to start at L3 and then switch after a few months.

L6 (Professional)

Suitable for people who are pursuing dance as a profession and have achieved a level required to perform in a professional context.  Dancers will have done at least 8 years in that dance style and have achieved a high standard, such as graduating from a tertiary dance course (Diploma level or above) or completed highest levels in a technical training syllabus for that dance style.

Note: we do not currently have any L6 classes available

Minimum experience required:

  • Taken class regularly recently for at least 8 years
  • Haven’t danced for 5-10 years but danced for 10 or more years before that
  • If you’ve had a longer break from dance this level may be fine, or you might like to start at L4 and then switch after a few months.

Categories

Regular

The Regular category will be suitable for people who:

  • are able to participate in the more high impact and strenuous aspects of class, such as jumps and floor work
  • generally, people aged in their 20s, 30s and 40s participate in these classes, although this is only a guide, and people aged over 50 who have the physical capacity to jump and move in and out of the floor (relevant mostly for contemporary and to some extend jazz) are welcome in the regular classes.

50+

The 50+ category will be suitable for people who:

  • are aged over 50 and feel more confident in a class with others in the same age range (age is not a hard and fast rule, of course, as some people under 50 might prefer a 50+ class, and someone over 50 may be super fit and perfectly suited for the regular class).
  • finds the regular classes too strenuous for their body, for example, if you have knee or ankle problems, the elevation in regular ballet and tap classes may be off putting, but in the gentle class there will be fewer jumps, grand plies, and any movement that puts strain on those joints
  • already does Mature Dance, and wants to focus on a particular technique, but with people in the same age group
  • want to ease into danceand build up their strength, flexibility and fitness before going into our regular classes
  • pregnant or returning to dance after having a child

Move Through Life Dance Studio offers dance classes to adults of all ages in ballet, contemporary, jazz, tap, dance conditioning/stretch, and mature dance.  We pride ourselves on offering you a place to indulge your love of dance, whether you’re a complete beginner, had a long break from dance, or danced all your life.  Our classes have a broad mix of ages, and our philosophy is that you are never too old to dance, it is never too late to start, and you can dance forever!

If you have any questions, get in touch with Jo on 0402 070 021 or email jo@movethroughlife.com.au

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