THE CAROLINA STRUT offers classes in Tap, Ballet, Lyrical, Pointe, Pre-Pointe, Jazz, HipHop, Contemporary, Acro/ Cheer dance, Musical theatre, Conditioning, and Get the Wiggles Out! Our only requirements that students wishing to take Jazz and Lyrical must take Ballet and pointe students must take two Ballet classes.
Get the Wiggles Out
We begin taking students as young as 18 months. These dancers are our Get the Wiggles Out students, a class developed by our previous owner Ms. Melanie Marcott.. Get the Wiggles Out is designed to not only teach the very basic dance steps, but also body awareness, how to stay on your spot and follow the leader. This is a wonderful introduction to the class room. Get the Wiggles Out students also have the option of performing a recital dance. This class is often imitated but never duplicated, the original is only offered at The Carolina Strut.
Our 3-5 year old dancers take a 1 hr or 1.5 hour long combo class of Tap, Ballet and Tumbling. These students will begin to learn terminology and how to put steps together in combination. These classes perform a Ballet and Tap dance in our annual spring recital.
Dancers 6 and up who have a certain amount of experience or are aged out of combo classes will be placed in one of our level classes. These dancers are offered a full repertoire of classes ranging from Ballet to Hip Hop and can choose which classes they wish to take. The Carolina Strut teachers will determine what level each dancer is placed based not only on on dance ability but a combination of that, maturity, age, and most importantly Ballet technique. Level classes are intended to offer our dancers a clear set of goals and stepping stones to follow in thier dance education. You cannot move onto a higher level until have successfully completed your current one. On average a dancer will spend two years in a level before moving onto the next, this will of course vary from child to child.
Older Beginner Students
The Carolina Strut sets aside a level for our older beginner students. This is a place for pre-teens and teenagers to begin thier dance education without being intimidated by more seasoned dancers thier age or placed with younger dancers.