Skill Level Descriptions for Dance Classes
in Central Jersey

At Gotta Dance, we are proud to offer a wide range of classes for each skill level and every dance genre taught. Each level follows an educational syllabi that progresses upon each other in a pyramid fashion, leaving no gaps in the dancer’s education. Dance Educators teach the syllabi in their entirety, naturally incorporating skills into every aspect of classwork. Each of Gotta Dance’s levels, from Baby Ballet to Diamond, are taught a standardized and developmentally appropriate set of movements.

We offer all types of dance classes for children as young as two and a half all the way up to 18 years of age. Whatever your children’s interests may be, we have just the right classes for them. See the age and skill level descriptions below.


Preschool Dance

Preschool Classes at Gotta Dance are arranged by specific age groups. We do this to ensure that classes are developmentally appropriate for our youngest dancers. This also encourages preschoolers to build social skills with their peers in a fun, active and stimulating environment. No previous dance experience is required to enroll in a preschool dance class.


Preschool Classes Age
Baby Ballet 2.5 year olds (Must be 2.5 by 10/15/17)
Rainbows 3 year olds (Must be 3 by 10/15/17)
Unicorns 4 year olds (Must be 4 by 10/15/17)
Stars 5 year olds (Must be in Kindergarten in 2017)

Core Classes

The core classes at Gotta Dance are Ballet, Hip-Hop/Jazz, and Tap. These classes are fundamental aspects of a complete dance education. Our syllabus program provides dancers with an essential skill set that helps them to grow and thrive.


Dance Levels

All Gotta Dance students who are new to dance or are starting in our Preschool Program will begin in the Garnet Level. Our educators continuously assess each student’s skills throughout the year. At the end of the year, educators recommend the next level most appropriate for each dancer. This may mean progressing to the next level or repeating a level.

The grades below are general, rather than exact ranges for the composition of each class. Our syllabus is built on progression, growth, and technique rather than grade level or a dancer’s age.

If you are a new to Gotta Dance with previous experience, please contact our office so that we may find the best level for your skill set.


Level Grade
Garnet 1, 2, 3
Garnet Grades 3-5 3, 4, 5
Garnet Middle/High School 6 through 12
Topaz 2, 3, 4
Amethyst 3, 4, 5
Opal 4, 5, 6
Aqua 5, 6, 7
Pearl 6, 7, 8
Peridot 7, 8, 9
Citrine 8, 9, 10
Ruby 9, 10, 11
Sapphire 10, 11, 12
Emerald 10, 11, 12
Diamond 10, 11, 12

Street Hip-Hop Levels

Street Hip-Hop 1

For any dancers new to Street Hip-Hop 11 years old or in the Pearl level

Street Hip-Hop

(Age Divided): Dancers must complete Street Hip-Hop 1 may enroll in the age appropriate class level.

Street Hip-Hop Boys Level 1 Ages 8-11
For Boys ages 8-11, no prior dance experience needed


Adult Levels

Adult 1

(Ballet, Tap, Hip-Hop Jazz): For dancers who are 18 years of age or older with no previous dance experience.

Adult (2 & 3)

(Tap): For dancers who are 18 years of age or older with teacher recommendation.

Adult Street Hip-Hop

Open to dancers, 18 years of age or older, regardless of previous experience.


Acrobatics Levels

Acrobatics Grades 1-2

Tumblers will be introduced to the fundamental acrobatic skills including rolling, flexibility, and inverted positions.

Acrobatics Grades 3-5

Tumblers should have prior knowledge to basic skills. Level 2 focuses on developing sequential tumbling movements including, but not limited to, round off with rebound, backbend kick over, and handstand forward roll.

Acrobatics Grades Middle/High School

Level 3 focuses on strengthening advanced tumbling skills, primarily handsprings and ariels. Partner work and lifts are integrated with increasing flexibilty.


Modern Levels

Beginning Modern

Dancers must have completed a ballet or jazz class, Aqua level or higher in 2016-17 in order to enroll. Dancers must be at the Pearl level in the 2017-18 season to register for Beginning Modern.

Intermediate Modern

Previous modern experience and teacher recommendation required.

Advanced Modern

Previous modern experience and teacher recommendation required.


Contemporary Levels

Pre-Contemporary

Prerequisite: Dancers must have completed a ballet or jazz class, Amethyst level or higher in order to enroll.
Dancers must be concurrently enrolled in Jazz AND Ballet class, one being Opal level or higher while taking Pre-Contemporary. Example: A dancer may be enrolled in Garnet Grades 3-5 Ballet and Opal or Aqua Jazz and take Pre-Contemporary.

Contemporary 1

Prerequisite: Dancers must have completed a ballet AND jazz class, Aqua level or higher in order to enroll. Dancers must be concurrently enrolled in Jazz AND Ballet class, Pearl level or higher to register.

Contemporary 2

Dancers must be concurrently enrolled in a Jazz AND Ballet class, Citrine level or higher AND teacher recommendation.

Contemporary 3

Concurrent enrollment in Jazz AND Ballet, Sapphire Level or higher, AND teacher recommendation.


Broadway Levels
All students in the grade(s) listed are permitted to enroll, no prerequisites.

Broadway 1st – 2nd Grade

All students in the grades listed are permitted to enroll.

Broadway 3rd Grade – 5th Grade

All students in the grades listed are permitted to enroll.

Broadway Middle School – High School

All students in the grades listed are permitted to enroll.


Pointe Levels

Pointe 1

This is the beginner pointe class. Dancers must receive a Pointe 1 recommendation to enroll. Dancers must ALSO take two ballet classes in the year preceding pointe instruction, as well as two ballet classes while enrolled in pointe. You must take the ballet class immediately preceding the Pointe 1 class, as well as a second ballet class

Peridot Pointe thru Diamond Pointe

This is for dancers who have successfully completed Pointe 1, and who are taking two ballet classes. You must take a ballet class immediately before the pointe class. You must take two ballet classes in the preceding year in order to enroll.


Ballet, Modern, Contemporary, Tap, Street Hip-Hop, and Jazz Workshop

These are special classes for advanced students. Students are selected for workshop classes through invitation only. Dancers have the opportunity to learn variations, company repertoire and partnering.