y Becky Seamster Dance Studio: Rules & Policies

Rules & Policies of the Studio

Observation of Classes

We are one of the very few dance studios who allow parents to watch classes any time they wish. Therefore, we ask that you please show your appreciation for this privilege by observing the "No food or drink allowed" rule and by keeping the noise level to a minimum and making sure young children are supervised and well-behaved at all times. Brothers and sisters are certainly welcome however please keep in mind the reception area is not a recreation or visiting center.


Recital Rules

All parents must sign and date a copy of the rules, stating that they have read and agree to all of the rules for the auditorium during rehearsals and recital, and that they will not hold Becky, the Studio or its representatives, or IUPUK responsible for any accidents. To see the rules click here.

Dancewear Requirements

Pre-D 1 & 2, and Beginning 1-4 classes

Leotard - any color or style Ballet slippers - full sole Bloch or Capezio
Tights - any color Tap shoes - Black patent buckle
     (tie-up Capezio if wide width)
Skirts are optional
Beg. 4 only - tan Capezio tie-up or Bloch pull-on jazz shoes


Level 1

Leotard - any color or style Ballet slippers - split sole Bloch
Tights - any color Tap shoes - Tan Capezio Mary Jane
Skirts and jazz pants are optional Jazz shoes - tan split sole Bloch pull-on
Jazz pants are optional


Level 2-4

Leotard - any style solid color Ballet slippers - pink split sole Bloch
Tights - pink Tap shoes - Tan Capezio Mary Jane
Placement belts required;
skirts, jazz pants and crop tops are optional
Jazz shoes - tan split sole Bloch pull-on
Musical Theater - tan character shoes with 1.5 inch heels
Hip Hop - split sol dance sneakers and knee pads


Level 5 through Advanced

Leotard - any style solid color Ballet slippers - pink split sole Bloch
Tights - pink adapt-a-toe tights and knee pads Jazz shoes - tan split sole Bloch pull-on
Placement belts required; skirts,
jazz pants and crop tops
are optional
Tap shoes - Black Bloch jazz taps
and maybe tan Capezio character
with taps and 2 inch heels
Musical Theater - tan character shoes with 1.5 inch heels
Hip Hop - split sole dance sneakers and knee pads

Modern classes

Adapt-a-toe or convertible tights. Solid color leotards, jazz pants are optional

Pointe classes

Solid color leotards, pink tights, pointe shoes of dancers preference.

Boys classes

Any comfortable clothing acceptable as long as dancer can move. Boys over 10 yrs. Old in ballet class MUST wear dance belt.

Class Leveling

Our leveling system has been designed to accommodate the ability and ages of our dancers, and to be clear to parents. We have developed a syllabus for each class. This has changed from the leveling we had in the past so please do not be concerned with the "name" of your level or the names of the other dancers in your class. Careful evaluation of past performance, ability, and attendance as well as age have gone into all decisions of class placement.

Although we try very hard to accommodate each student's needs, sometimes our schedule may conflict with your other activities. Please be aware that students will NOT be allowed to change to a higher-level class due to an outside time conflict. Should a conflict exist, students will need to adjust their personal schedule or drop to a lower level class. Parents or students who question their placement should make an appointment with Becky for an evaluation and an opportunity to discuss concerns. Teachers will not hesitate to move a student up or down if their ability and performance in class suggests the need. It is our desire to have each student placed in the best possible class for their individual learning needs. Any student who wishes to take additional classes should see Becky for scheduling.

Click on the class level to view its syllabus

Pre-D to Beg 3 Level 2 Advanced 1
Beginning 4 Level 3 Advanced 2
Level 1 Level 4 Advanced 3


Pre-Dance to Beginning 3

Pre-Dance
Pre-Dance classes build on the creative movement idea with basic ballet and tap moves introduced in a "fun" way. Students will also learn the discipline of staying in line and working together as a group as well as developing the patience for "take your turn time" each week. Skills for balance and coordination will be our focus while building self-esteem and confidence.
Pre-Dance 1
This level is for 3-4 year-olds with no previous dance experience.
Pre-Dance 2
This level is for 4 year-olds with previous dance experience.


Beginning 1

Beginner 1 classes focus on building the students attention span and motor skills as we begin to practice new steps and combinations.

Beginning 1 New
This level is for 5-6 year-olds with no previous dance experience.
Beginning 1 Experienced
This level is for 5-6 year-olds who have completed Pre-Dance 2.


Beginning 2 and 3

Beginning 2 classes introduce more difficult combinations to challenge the student. Dancers will begin to learn to correct terminology of the steps and be encouraged to practice at home. At this age level we see dramatic improvement in the attention span as well as in the coordination level. Hopefully we will begin to see the dancers "listen" to the music more so they will develop a sense of rhythm without so much help from the teacher. Beginning 3 adds to and hones the skills learned in Beginning 2 and prepares the student for the added challenges of Beginning 4 which include an extra half hour of class time.

Beginning 2 New
This level is for 6-7 year-olds with no previous dance experience.
Beginning 2 Experienced
This level is for 5-7 year-olds who have completed Beginning 1 classes.
Beginning 3
This level adds some jazz to the existing ballet & tap.
Beginning 3 Experienced
This level is for students who have completed Beginning 2 classes.
Beginning Ballet/Tap for ages 7 and up
This level is for students with no previous experience. If we have sufficient enrollment in this class we will offer another class and break the ages down more. This level will be able to concentrate more seriously on basic ballet and tap techniques since this age group is more attentive.

Beginning 4

To Complete Beginning 4 Class, the dancer must be at least age 7 and accomplish the following skills as well as demonstrating reasonably attentive behavior in class:

A. Ballet - (Student must be able to execute each movement successfully without coaching as well as know proper terminology.)

  1. Plies in 1st, 2nd, & 5th position
  2. Tendus en croix
  3. Degages to 2nd position only
  4. Rond De Jambe a terre
  5. Frappes to 2nd position only
  6. Grand Battements en croix
  7. Sautes in 1st & 2nd positions
  8. Echappe Saute
  9. Basic balances
  10. 3-step turns
  11. Pas de bourree

B. Jazz

  1. Head, shoulder, & hip isolations
  2. Jazz square
  3. Kick-ball-change

C. Tap - (all steps must be done correctly with music)

  1. Shuffles & shuffle-ball-change & shuffle-hop-step
  2. Flap & flap-ball-change & running flaps
  3. Flap-heel-heel
  4. Waltz Clog Time Step
  5. Cramp Rolls

**Students should remain at this level until all these movements are accomplished properly.

Level 1

To Complete Level 1 Class, the dancer must accomplish the following skills in addition to required skills for previous levels:

A. Ballet - (Student must be able to execute each movement successfully without coaching as well as know proper terminology.)

  1. Degages en croix
  2. Petite Battement
  3. Echappe Releve
  4. Retire
  5. Maintain proper balance in alignment in 1st position releve
  6. Port de bras
  7. Correct placement in 1st arabesque
  8. Beginning glissade
  9. Beginning Jete
  10. Beginning Assemble
  11. Beginning Pique
  12. Chaine turns (must be able to spot)

B. Jazz

  1. Proper kicks
  2. Improved flexibility
  3. Co-ordination of arm movements with basic kick, walks, etc.
  4. Tuck jumps in parallel passe

C. Tap - (all steps must be done correctly with proper timing & clear sounds)

  1. Buffalo
  2. Irish
  3. Maxie Ford
  4. 3-step turn with toe-heels

**Students should remain at this level until these movements are accomplished properly. Time spent at this level is expected to be 2 seasons but it is not uncommon to take longer.

Level 2

To Complete Level 2 Class, the dancer must accomplish the following skills in addition to required skills for previous levels:

A. Ballet - (Student must be able to execute each movement successfully without coaching as well as know proper terminology.)

  1. Plies in 4th position
  2. Passe
  3. Develope to 2nd position only
  4. Pas de bourree turn
  5. Pique turn
  6. Improved technique & placement on all previously learned movements
  7. Balance & proper alignment in 5th position releve
  8. Entrechat quatre
  9. Echappe releve & passe releve

B. Jazz

  1. Improved flexibility
  2. Beginning split leaps (saut de chats)
  3. All combinations becoming sharper with more "attitude" & feeling.

C. Tap - (all steps must be done correctly with proper timing & clear sounds.)

  1. Flap-heel turns
  2. Preparations for wings
  3. Flap-hops
  4. Roll-shuffles
  5. Shim-Sham
  6. Back essence
  7. Scuffles

**Students should remain at this level until these movements are accomplished properly. Time spent at this level is expected to be 2 seasons but it is not uncommon to take longer.


Level 3

To Complete Level 3 Class, the dancer must accomplish the following skills in addition to required skills for previous levels:

A. Ballet - (Student must be able to execute each movement successfully without coaching as well as know proper terminology.)

  1. Develope en croix
  2. Cambre forward & back
  3. Single pirouette en dehors
  4. Arms & head coordinating with previously learned movements
  5. Royals
  6. Pas De Chats
  7. Coupe Saute

B. Jazz

  1. Single pirouettes en dehors (parallel position)
  2. Fan kicks
  3. Beginning Lay-outs
  4. Improved flexibility & co-ordination & style

C. Tap - (all steps must be done correctly with proper timing & clear sounds)

  1. Basic Time step
  2. Wings
  3. Preparations for double pick-ups
  4. Draw backs adding heels & shuffles (Cincinnati)
  5. Tack Annie
  6. Maxie Ford Turn
  7. Suzy-Q
  8. 3-tap riff
  9. Riffles

**Students should remain at this level until these movements are accomplished properly. Time spent at this level is expected to be 2 seasons but it is not uncommon to take longer.

Level 4

To Complete Level 4 Class dancer must accomplish the following skills in addition to required skills for previous levels:

A. Ballet - (Student must be able to execute each movement successfully without coaching as well as know proper terminology.)

  1. Grand rond de jambe
  2. Rond de jambe en l'air
  3. Press up releve to balance with correct placement in all positions including retire. CORRECT BODY PLACEMENT - no arched backs or rolling ankles, knees and feet - no protruding or dropped chins
  4. Double pirouette en dehors
  5. Single pirouette en dedans
  6. All combinations MUST have proper usage of arms and head
  7. Tour Jete (Grand Jete En Tournant)
  8. Saut De Basque
  9. Grand jetes
  10. Pas de basque

B. Jazz

  1. Lay-outs
  2. Double pirouettes endehor in parallel position
  3. Split leaps (Saut de chats)
  4. Axles
  5. Styled jazz walks
  6. Pick up combinations quickly. Perform with the whole "body" rather than just "marking" steps.

C. Tap - (all steps must be done correctly with proper timing & clear sounds)

  1. Toe-stands
  2. Double wings
  3. Double pick-ups
  4. Bombershay
  5. Traveling time step
  6. Cramp roll turns
  7. Front essence
  8. 5-tap riff
  9. Single-, double-, and triple-time steps and breaks

**Students should remain at this level until these movements are accomplished properly. This is a "fine tuning" level. Students will spend longer at this level than at any other level to achieve proper technique and physical strength to move on to more difficult work. Classes at this level will be divided according to age and ability. Serious dancers will obviously progress more quickly than the recreational dancers, HOWEVER there is nothing wrong with being a recreational dancer! Some students choose to make dance their main activity, while others choose to pursue other areas as well as dance, and we certainly respect this. That is why more classes in this level will be offered.


About Point Shoes:
  • The dancer's age and physical maturity, strength, and build must be considered before going on to pointe.
  • IT IS NOT NECESSARY TO DANCE ON POINTE TO PROGRESS TO UPPER LEVEL CLASSES!!!!!
  • Some students will never dance on pointe because they do not have the proper body types and ankles and feet to successfully do pointe work. This is certainly nothing to be upset about. Just like some of us have curly hair and others have straight hair, some of us have the proper bodies for pointe work and some do not.
  • Dancers who are not suited for pointe work who are allowed to do so anyway are subject to injury and future health problems as well as dealing with the frustrations of not being able to keep up with the others in class.
  • It is the teacher's job to make this decision in the best interest of each dancer individually. It is our hope that parents will respect and trust our decisions, which will in turn help the students to accept these decisions.
  • Proper body placement is crucial to pointe work. An arched back or protruding tummy demonstrate weakness in the abdominal area which is the "power house" or "control center," you might say, of all movement. Ankles that are not properly "open" will not allow the dancer to get fully onto the pointes without bending the knees.
  • Students under the age of 12 have not physically developed the muscles and cartilage in the food, and could be severely damaged through strenuous pointe work.
  • Dancers who are allowed to go on to pointe must be prepared to dance several hours a week to progress just as any athlete must train to gain strength and do well at their sport.
  • Pointe shoes are expensive. They have to be an exact fit with no growing room allowed, and they do not last long as wear breaks the show down and it no longer has proper support for the dancer. So, you can expect to buy more than one pair per season!!!
  • If you have questions about pointe shoes or would like a student evaluation, please speak directly to your teacher.


Advanced 1

To complete Advanced 1 class, the dancer must accomplish the following skills in addition to the required skills for previous levels:

A. Ballet - (Student must be able to execute each movement successfully without coaching as well as know proper terminology.)

  1. Preparations for fouettes
  2. Penches in center floor
  3. Double pirouette en dedans
  4. Fouette en tournant
  5. Know all body positions
  6. Pick up combinations quickly
  7. Assemble battu
  8. Entrecha trois

B. Jazz

  1. Double pirouette en dedan in parallel position
  2. Execute leaps from turn combinations
  3. All combinations very sharp and styled
  4. Ability to do different styles

C. Tap - (all steps must be done correctly with music)

  1. Front wings
  2. Single wings
  3. Grab-offs
  4. Paradiddles
  5. Toe-stand pirouettes

**Students should remain at this level until these movements are accomplished properly. As in Level 4, it may take several seasons in this level before all skills are proficient for advancement to the next level.

Advanced 2

To Complete Advanced 2 Class, the dancer must accomplish the following skills in addition to required skills for previous levels:

A. Ballet - (Student must be able to execute each movement successfully without coaching as well as know proper terminology.)

  1. Fouettes
  2. Triple pirouettes en dehors & en dedans
  3. Jete battu
  4. Double pique turns
  5. Double lame ducks
  6. Proper arms & head with all movement
  7. Attitude turns
  8. Arabesque turns

B. Jazz

  1. Illusions
  2. Turning leaps
  3. Fouettes

C. Tap - (all steps must be done correctly with proper timing & clear sounds)

  1. Over-The-Tops
  2. Single pick-ups
  3. Single toe-stands
  4. Double drawbacks
  5. Perfect timing & speed on all combinations

**This is the last step before reaching the top level we offer. Although some may accomplish this level & move into Adv. 3 at an earlier age than others, some may not be able to reach the Adv. 3 level at all. The Adv. 3 level is designated for the very serious dancers who have the ability to continue in a college dance program or pursue a professional career in dance. Although it is the desire of this studio to encourage every student it is not our desire to give a student false hope. At this level teachers must adequately prepare a student to leave high school with a realistic view of his or her ability. Many students wish to pursue dance careers only to have dreams shattered. It is the teachers responsibility to help the student make the correct choices by properly evaluating the dancer & by offering counseling on dance careers and related areas that may be obtainable to him or her. Please do not hesitate to talk to your teacher when this time comes.

Remaining at this level or reaching the Adv. 3 level early & remaining in that level for consecutive years does not mean that you are "stuck" at one level. In both of these levels students will continue to grow & learn. They will become stronger as well as much better technically. They will continue to do new combinations & learn more & more. They will have more performance opportunities offered to them at these levels also.


Advanced 3

This level is designated for the very serious dancers who have the ability to continue in a college dance program or pursue a professional career in dance. Although it is the desire of this studio to encourage every student, it is not our desire to give a student false hope. At this level teachers must adequately prepare a student to leave high school with a realistic view of his or her ability.

Remaining at this level or reaching the Adv. 2 level early & remaining in that level for consecutive years does not mean that you are stuck at one level. As in any of the other levels, staying in that particular level will allow students to grow & learn. They will become stronger as well as much better technically. They will continue to do new combinations & learn more & more. The Adv. 3 level will offer more performance opportunities since the dancers in this level are the more serious dancers. preparing for dance related careers only to have dreams shattered. It is the teachers responsibility to help the student make the correct choices by properly evaluating the dancer & by offering counseling on dance careers and related areas that may be obtainable to him or her.

Not all dancers will progress to the Adv. 3 level. This should not be a disappointment to those who remain in the Adv. 2 level. Just as some students excel more than others, for instance in mathematics or science, some students may excel more in dance. Those students need to be challenged at a different level. Please feel free to talk to our teachers if you have questions about this level.