Class Levels

Sullivan Dance Studio assigns class placements based on age, experience, technique, classroom behavior,

and skill evaluations in line with our curriculum's syllabus. This method keeps students challenged, yet

allows students to enter dance at a level equivalent with their skill no matter their age.

The numbered levels do not correspond to a specific age. It is common for students to spend a couple of years in the same level before they have mastered the technique and skills and are ready to move on.
Students enrolled in multiple classes typically do advance more quickly.

During the first weeks of classes, the instructors will evaluate each dancer to make sure the class is

appropriate in age, level, and attention span. Sullivan Dance Studio staff reserve the right to place the

dancer in the appropriate higher or lower class level to achieve an enriching learning environment for everyone.

Monkey & Me

Minimum age of 18 months old

No experience required
Class takes place with the assistance of one accompanied adult helper per child. These classes are focused on movement, music, rhythm and exploring children's imagination through song and dance. 

Itty Bitty

Minimum age of 2 years old

Highly recommended to participate in Monkey & Me first

Dancers must be ready to leave their loved ones in the waiting area. This is an independent class.

These classes still incorporate around 5 minutes of free creative exploration time at the end of class. If your dancer is not potty trained yet please send them to class in a clean pull-up or diaper. Staff is not responsible for changes and/or clean-up.

Preschool

Minimum age of 3 years old for experienced dancers
Also open to 4 year old new dancers

Dancers can confidently enter class on their own and begin to learn the basics of dance. The majority of the class will be structured with a couple minutes of creative free time at the end of class. These classes will introduce dance classroom etiquette such as standing in line and waiting their turn. During recital performances the teacher is in front of the stage with an assistant on stage as well. Dancers must be potty trained. 

Beginning

Minimum age of 4 years old for experienced dancers
Also open to 5 year old new dancers

Dancers have almost mastered the art of standing in line and waiting their turn by this level. More of the class is now focused on dance technique and choreography with creative free time every other week at the end of class. Dancers begin to memorize their own recital choreography with an assistant on stage as a guide.  

1

Minimum age of 5 years old

Teacher placement required

Dancers continue working on their technique of the dance basics while learning flexibility, terminology and introductory skills. Short combinations are taught throughout the year to work on musicality and memorization. 

2

Minimum age of 6 years old
Teacher placement required

Dancers have mastered all of the technique and skills in level 1 and demonstrated great classroom behavior to receive the recommendation to advance to the next level. 

3

Minimum age of 7 years old
Teacher placement required

Dancers have mastered all of the technique and skills in level 2 and demonstrated great classroom behavior and consistent class attendance to receive the recommendation to advance to the next level. 

4

Minimum age of 10 years old
Teacher placement required

Level 4 is for our intermediate dancers who work hard in class to achieve great technique and master skills. These dancers have previous experience and are dedicated to learning and growing as a dancer. 

5

Minimum age of 12 years old

Teacher placement required

Level 5 is for our advanced dancers who take dance very seriously and come to class ready to work. These classes are aimed to push the limits of the dancer and equip them with the technique and skills to continue dancing after graduation. Attendance is pertinent at this level not to fall behind. Our dress code is strictly enforced in these classes. Dancers in this level consistently take classes year-round.

Elementary - NEW!

Open to 1st - 4th grade students

Recreational Classes 
Designed for newer dancers or dancers wishing to take only 1-2 classes in a recreational setting. Dancers can learn at their own pace with a group of their peers. These classes focus on a fun environment teaching dancers to express themselves in a positive environment. 

Teen

Open to middle school - high school aged students

Recreational Classes 
Designed for newer dancers or dancers wishing to take only 1-2 classes in a recreational setting. Teens can learn at their own pace with a group of their peers. These classes focus on a fun environment teaching dancers to express themselves in a positive environment. 

Busy Bee -  NEW!

Minimum age of 12 years old

Teacher placement required
Our busy bee combo class will include ballet tech, lyrical, & jazz. It is designed for dancers with many years of experience that are now busy bees in school activities allowing them to only take one class a week. The attendance policy will be more lax and videos posted in dropbox regularly to help dancers stay up to date.

The class will perform a lyrical & jazz routine at recital. 

Adult

Open to ages 18 +

No experience necessary
Adults will flourish in this relaxed classroom environment while working off those calories.

Don’t worry these are NOT recital classes.

info@sullivan5678.com

(217) 728-9111

11 E Jefferson St, Sullivan, IL 61951, USA

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