THE BREAKING PROGRAM
The Breaking Program at School of Breaking was designed to track student’s skills and progress them from a Beginner Level to a Mastery Level. Our program provides indispensable tools that our students can use to achieve this! The Breaking Program allows you to organize your vocabulary of moves and track your development. Students can test out of each level through our annual schedule of test assessments. Test Assessments will evaluate each student’s level of progression in Breaking and will determine if a student is ready to advance in levels.
Breaking is structured into different components that molds the entire dance. Students will learn, study and practice every component of Breaking, which includes:
Toprocks – Toprocks are danced from a standing position and refers to foot movements that rely upon a mixture of rhythm, skill and most importantly, style. Toprocks are the opening display of style which transitions into the more dynamic maneuvers of Breaking.
Go Downs – Go Downs, also called ‘Drops’, are movements used to transition from a standing position and executed in a creative way to ‘go down’ to the floor.
Footwork – Footwork moves are done on the ground which places emphasis on one’s foot movement and refers to aspects related to feet.
Freezes – A freeze is a technique that involves stopping your body on beat in an interesting or balanced position. The position is hit and held with no movement, as if freezing into ice.
Power – Power moves are dynamic and rely on speed, momentum, and the force of gravity. Powermoves are acrobatic, extreme and eye-catching.
Tricks – Tricks came from the evolution of Breaking and involves very dynamic, highly technical and creative moves. Tricks are advanced moves, also called ‘Blow Ups’.
Our Breaking Program will be beneficial to students for 3 important reasons:
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How to Advance in Levels
Students will begin at the Kids or Adults Beginner Breaking Level, depending on age. Experienced students can test into the Intermediate Level, if they feel and can prove they are ready. Any student can progress their skills as fast or as slow as they need. 4 Test Assessments are scheduled throughout the season. These assessments allow students to test their skills and prove they are ready to advance to the next level. *Committing to a session of dance classes does not guarantee your advancement in levels. Students will advance only as they develop their vocabulary and skills.
Our Breaking curriculum has 4 main levels. Each level will take you further into the dance, transform your skills and bring out your full potential. Progressing from one level to another is not easy and will require you to stay committed. Committing to a session of dance classes does not guarantee your advancement in levels. Students will advance when they commit to developing their own moves and the moves within the Beginner Level curriculum.
Requirements to move up in each level can be found below:
5 annual test assessments will be provided for students throughout the season. Students will be tested to show their knowledge, development and understanding. The assessment should take about 2 hours. We will tally up your score afterwards and let you know if you are qualified to advance into the Intermediate level or if you should remain in the Beginner Breaking level. If you do not qualify to move up, after your assessment, we will be able to show you exactly what you need to work on to advance and how to pass the assessment next time.
Confirm your participation in the next skills assessment by emailing us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Your test assessment schedule for the 2019/2020 season is below:
Fall 2019 Test-In: Sunday, August 4th 2019 from 11 am – 1 pm
Fall 2019 Test-Out: Sunday, December 22nd, 2019 from 11 am – 1 pm
Spring 2020 Test-In: Sunday, January 5th, 2020 from 11 am – 1 pm
Spring 2020 Test-Out: Sunday, May 24th, 2020 from 11 am – 1 pm
Let us know if you have any questions. Join us as we travel along this incredible journey of dance, self-discovery and achievement!
Scores are used to measure each student’s understanding of Breakin’ moves and concepts. Scores are measured on a scale of 1 through 5. An average score of 4 or better is required to pass a test category. Students must earn a minimum score of 4 in every category in order to pass assessment.
5 – Can execute the move to the music
4 – Can execute the move both directions
3 – Can execute the move but more practice needed
2 – Can’t execute the move without errors
1 – Doesn’t know the move at all