Basics about the Hirschl School:
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   Since 1972, the HSDA has been run as a place of education. Our success is defined by the accomplishments and satisfaction of our Patrons: HSDA students and parents. Our purpose & goal is to provide development of individual potential in a professional, yet positive environment. Equal emphasis, attention and respect is given to all- regardless of talent, age, level, potential, physique, or reason for taking. We provide the opportunity to have students become the best version of themselves using proper guidance and mentorship with integrity. We see students, not as they are now- but as they shall become- at their fullest possible potential.
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   Equal emphasis, attention and respect is given to all students, regardless of talent, age, level, potential, physique or reason for taking.
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   For whatever reason they take, all students should dance for the enjoyment. Over the years, HSDA students have learned from us, and then joined directly with numerous prestigious groups: Pittsburg Ballet, Joffrey Ballet, Long Beach Ballet, Stuttgart Ballet, New York City Ballet, School of American Ballet/New York, San Francisco Ballet, Houston Ballet and Princeton Ballet. Many have also used our methodology and teacher training on to become reputable teachers in their own right. All HSDA students receive the same quality of education, no matter why they are taking dance.
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   Choosing the right school is an IMPORTANT DECISION. It is an investment of time, effort and money. The right teacher and school can produce a physically and emotionally enjoyable experience, filled with many positive side effects that will be enjoyed for a lifetime.
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   We understand the SIGNIFICANCE of what we do. Whether you pursue dance as a career or simply for the joy of the art, HSDA standards will not vary. Students get a sense of accomplishment from each lesson as well as the long-term of the training process.
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   We include "thinking" in the process. Our teachers do more than teach the steps to “appear” correct. (Like a sculptor shaping his piece of marble to take its form: The marble has no mind of its own, so the teacher would not need to explain the process.) At the Hirschl School, we include the why & how, with complete explanations of how to think each step through. HSDA students learn how steps are executed correctly by engaging and correctly using the right sets of muscles.
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   We take dancing “EN POINTE” very seriously, with important factors taken into consideration. Information is available to the public at no cost or obligation.
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   Progression: Students are moved up by individual evaluation & assessment. They get moved up when they have mastered the curriculum of that level according to HSDA standards, rather than by class or age.
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   New students with prior experience are put into classes they will get the most value and challenge, rather than starting anew. This is done with placement evaluation and assessment and is done free of charge or obligation at HSDA.
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   A student begins a “formal” dance education between 6 and 7 years old. All training started earlier provides a valuable & solid foundation for their future education in the dance arts. Students learn to explore their own individual levels of capacity but are not pushed beyond safe or realistic boundaries. They are guided to their highest potential dependent upon level of commitment and are enlightened to the many valuable extra benefits of a proper education in the dance arts. After the “preparatory” levels in dance, teaching a “combination lesson” would only serve to skim highlights & not do justice to full curriculum of either form.
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   Our resident performing group, the SUNRISE BALLET was founded in 1987 & became a California non-profit 501-C3 organization in 1989. The SB has & open-to-the-public auditions. It uses talented local dancers for all parts in productions, and does not need to “hire out” for lead roles. (Why should the best parts be taken away from aspiring & deserving dancers?) The SB enriches with entertainment & education, and gives back to the community with donations to worthy causes. Visit the Sunrise Ballet web site for more information.
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   Competitions: HSDA is highly competitive. We stimulate our students to strive for self-improvement. We believe anyone who loves to dance and has chosen to do so is already a winner! We do not participate in “competitions”, but we do have students & teachers from competition-based studios that take with us to enhance their abilities in their competition events.
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   We treat dance as a physically demanding art form rather than a competitive athletic event.
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   At the Hirschl School of Dance Arts, we follow, and meet or exceed the Physical Education Model Content Standards for California Public Schools grades Kindergarten Through Grade Twelve and the and Performing Arts Content Standards for California Public Schools (Dance Content Standards) as Adopted by the California State Board of Education January 2001.
The Best Dreams of a Dancer will be had
by waking up and Dancing
What we are,
and what we are not.
If we're the kind of school you're looking for, then welcome!
If not, then please find another studio that will fulfill what you want and need.
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The Hirschl Ballet is a “serious recreational” school. We invite students of any age or level to take with us. The primary desire for someone to take ballet is for the artistic pleasure. It’s also of self discovery, and of self expression. Dancers get to know their instrument (their body) in great intimate detail. They explore and discover its’ wonders, beauty and capabilities.

If a student is pursuing the dance art with us and at some point has aspirations of looking to dance professionally, they will have had decent and appropriate training to give them that opportunity.

We do not, however, press or direct students into becoming professional ballet dancers. We believe this art should be of intrinsic value to the individual, physically, spiritually and emotionally, and to be an end in itself.

We highly suggest our students take enough classes to achieve their goals in a realistic and timely manner. We do not pressure anyone into taking more classes than they are able to commit to. We have a considerable following of highly academic students. (Instead of pursuing ballet professionally, most of our students go on to get degrees in bioengineering, etc. Many keep dancing into adulthood for the pure enjoyment it gives them.)

We work with each student to find a schedule that works effectively for artistic progress... without hindering academic progress. If enough time can’t be invested, it only means the progress will be slowed. The quality remains the same.

We do not engage in competitions. We treat dance as a physically demanding art form rather than a competitive event. We train our students to be self-competitive, to enjoy the process of self-challenge and self-improvement.

We train everyone with equity, not just the ones with inherent talent and potential. They only requirement is that they love to dance.

Do you have an inner desire to learn to be a dance artist? Is it for the art, the joy, the exercise, or the self-expression it allows? You want decent quality training, but you don’t want to be involved in the stress and pressures of competitions or professional dance? We could be the right school for you.

Dance is supposed to let you breath freely,
not give you an asthma attack.

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What makes us Unique
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Knowledgeable teachers with the right purpose: Our Teachers are educators, not glorified demonstrators. We teach from an academic as well as artistic standpoint.
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Open for regular lessons year-round: We don't close for the summer.
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We use a "build-up" rather than a "tear-down" method emotionally & physically, using curriculum and methodology that challenges, yet stays within safe, realistic and individual boundaries. This includes building a positive self-confidence and a healthy self-image.
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Short and long-term goals and objectives are asseesed and worked towards.
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Well organized and well planned recitals and productions to provide a happy and memorable experience to students, parents & audience.
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Security cameras for each dance floor and separate television monitors for each in the lobby.
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All dance floors professionally built cushioned sub-floors beneath Stagestep dance floor material for safe and healthy dancing.
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Each floor has its own air-conditioning unit and is fully soundproofed.
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Lessons that start and end on time: We respect you and understand that your time is valuable. We will be punctual with lessons, rehearsals and events. 
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The dance arts are beneficial to academics with the ability to think quickly, logically and effectively. It has been proven that people that pursue an education in the dance are notably more successful in academics.
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A student begins a formal dance education between 7 and 8 years old. Earlier training provides valuable preparatory work and a foundation for future education in the dance arts. In the preparatory levels, students learn to explore their own individual levels of capacity but are not pushed beyond safe or realistic boundaries. Students are brought up to their highest potential dependent upon their level of commitment. After the beginning levels of dance, teaching a combination lesson would only serve to skim highlights & not do justice to full curriculum of either form.
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The right teacher can produce a physically and emotionally enjoyable experience filled with many positive side effects that will be enjoyed for a lifetime. We understand the importance of what we do. What we impart goes beyond just teaching dance steps: body awareness, self-confidence, self-esteem and stress reduction are only some of the valuable by-products.
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Whether you pursue dance as a career or simply for the joy of the art, HSDA standards will not vary. Students get a sense of accomplishment from each lesson as well as the long-term of the training process. No matter how serious you are about the art, it's always supposed to be an enjoyable experience! Prove it to yourself: Observe any class, speak with any teacher, student, or parent.
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Theres SO much more than just learning dance steps at HSDA
Here are some valuable extras:
— Improved cognitive function for better academics, clearer mental process & cognitive function.
— Proper body posture and alignment
— Eye-hand/eye-foot motor coordination & spatial cognition
— Learning safe physical potentials and limitations
— Working on strength, balance and flexibility
— Musicality, rhythm and timing
— Learning a positive work ethics in ALL learning situations
— Self-confidence and a positive body awareness
— Working effectively with peer groups and partners
— Working effectively in a disciplined classroom atmosphere
— Lengthening attention span
— Learning & practicing patience as a life virtue
— Stress and anxiety relief
— Positive and effective teacher/student relationship
— Proper lesson etiquette in ALL classroom situations
— Learning that it's enjoyable & fulfilling to do & be your best
— Exposure to the classical arts, music & dance
— Learning responsibility to commitments
€   Learning Positive Life Core Values
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Students learn the enjoyment of dance and how to express themselves in a positive and constructive manner. These assets will help the student in many aspects of life, far beyond the dance class. Everything worthwhile takes patience and dedication.
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There is a strong symbiotic relationship between a proper dance arts education and an academic education. One feeds, enhances and balances the other. We have been serious professional educators in the dance industry since 1972. The contribution we make goes far beyond simply teaching dance steps. We will make a valuable, enjoyable and memorable experience and a worthwhile & rewarding investment for all our students!
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At the Hirschl School of Dance Arts, we follow, and meet or exceed the following: Physical Education Model Content Standards for California Public Schools grades Kindergarten Through Grade Twelve and the Visual and Performing Arts Content Standards for California Public Schools (Dance Content Standards) As Adopted by the California State Board of Education January 2001.

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