GEM STONE CLASS RANKINGS

**NEW** GEMSTONE TECHNIQUE RANKINGS! COMING FALL 2016!

WHICH GEMSTONE RANKING ARE YOU? IMPROVE YOUR TECHNIQUE AND COLLECT ALL THE GEMSTONES!

note: these are not competition team names, but a way to keep track of technique level. Levels are based on ability, not age.

Beginner Levels:

OPAL LEVEL

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Single Pirouette, Regular Leap, Split, Chaine Turns, Hold leg a la second to 90 degrees.

ONYX LEVEL

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Double Pirouette, Chaine Leap, Upside Down Split, Pique Turns, Hold leg to 90 degrees a la second on Relevé .

Advanced Beginner Levels:

JADE LEVEL

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Triple Pirouette, Side Leap, Front Leg Grab on Relevé, turning coupé jumps across the floor, 1 fouetté a la second with a single turn.

AMBER LEVEL

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Ice skater turns: double pirouette into double ice skater firebird jump, side leg grab on Relevé, double Chaines, 2 fouettés a la second with a double turn at the end.

TURQUOISE LEVEL

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Quadruple pirouette, reverse leap, tilt holding leg, double pique turns, 4 fouettés a la second ending in a triple turn.

Intermediate Levels:

AQUAMARINE LEVEL

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5 pirouettes, calypso leap, inside leg grab turn, double pique ! ! ! attitude turns, fouetté doubles.

TOPAZ LEVEL

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6 pirouettes, switch leap, outside leg grab turn, triple piques, box ! ! ! turn fouettés in the first direction.

SAPPHIRE LEVEL

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7 turns using ice skater turns, tilt jump leap, scorpion leg grab, triple ! ! ! pique attitude turns, box turn fouettés in the second direction

Advanced Levels:

EMERALD LEVEL

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7 turns without using ice skaters, side switch leap, double inside leg ! ! ! grab turn, quadruple pique turns. fouettés into a leg grab.

RUBY LEVEL

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8 turns with an ice skater, reverse firebird leap, double outside leg ! ! ! grab turn, quadruple pique attitudes, Italian fouettés

Diamond Dancer Levels:

DIAMOND LEVEL

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8 turns without ice skaters, switch leap arabesque, needle, ! ! ! pique double passé into double attitude into double arabesque !!! 16 fouettés a la second.

RED DIAMOND LEVEL

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9 turns with ice skaters, chaine switch leap, triple inside leg grab ! ! ! turn, tour jeté, 16 fouettés, 16 Italian Fouettés

BLUE DIAMOND LEVEL

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9 turns without ice skaters, switch leap firebird, triple outside leg ! ! ! grab turn, tour jeté with a beat, double float turn.

Platinum Dancer Levels:

PLATINUM LEVEL:

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10 pirouettes, reverse switch leap firebird, leg grab scorpion/needle ! ! ! turn, tour jeté kick your head, triple float turn.

How do we keep track of the gem stones?

Each student will be given a chart in September that they can cover with stickers as they reach each achievement.

What classes should I take to help me improve my technique?

Technique is worked on in Jazz, Lyrical, Ballet, and Jumps & Turns Technique classes. All of these classes are available for all students ages 6 & up! Non-company students are invited and encouraged to take the appropriate age level of Ballet, Company Workout, and Jumps & Turns classes with our competition team members to stay on top of your technique! Please ask about these classes at the front desk as not all of them are on our general schedule. Don’t be shy! You are welcome in technique class!!

GEM STONE RANKING PERKS:

2018 will be our 10th anniversary!!!! There will be extra special dances in the recital for each Gem Stone category to participate in beginning in 2018! For now, students are encouraged to work on their technique in their jazz, lyrical, ballet, and jumps & turns classes. However, coming in Fall 2017, there will be Gem Stone technique classes that target that level specifically!

AWARDS TO BE GIVEN OUT AT RECITAL:

Most Improved Gem Stone Award! The student that collects the most gemstones between Sept and June! Gem Stone Graduation Awards! Students that graduate to the next gemstone will receive a certificate award honoring their achievement along with their participation trophy.