Classes at the Joan Harris Centre are decidedly structured and designed to help each dancer reach his or her maximum potential.
Class size is limited to ensure a low student to teacher ratio. To keep classes consistent and organized, each student is evaluated by one of a select group of instructors and then placed in a class according to several criteria including; age, skill level, training and maturity.
At the beginning of each season, a class is examined and then given a syllabus of steps, terms and dances that must be completed by year’s end. Three times annually, three master instructors from the centre test the different classes, and evaluate each and every student in the school to gauge their progress. The results are relayed to faculty administrators who then recommends the next stage of the class’s development.