ACADEMY

ABOUT ACADEMY
The McClendon Academy is the award-winning performing arts training & development school of AREA for novices to advanced level dancers. Led by Denise McClendon with over 40+ years of experience and a track record of creating skilled technical artists, the Academy consists of 2-Program Tracks: Developmental (12-months) and Mold (10-months); and broken up into Training Levels, based upon each students skill, commitment, and next level development. Each student may be maintained at their respective Training Level at least 2-years, depending on skill and development.  Students will be advanced by the Directors recommendation, if all skill requirements are met.
HAPPY KIDDIES
Happy Kiddies Division | First Steps: We have designed our Happy Kiddies program to be the first steps in establishing a solid foundation for future arts training. In this enjoyable and introductory curriculum, students will learn basic terminology and skills, develop body control and awareness, curiosity while exploring their own creative interpretation, assist with memory, focus, and fine motor skills that will ultimately help in their overall development. Ages 2-5 years
This curriculum is the students first introduction to dance, and will learn ballet and tap terminology, and basic dance skills, integrated with the development of gross and fine motor skills. Ages 2-3 years
This curriculum is the students continuation in their first steps in training, and will continue mastering ballet and tap terminology, basic dance skills, and gross and fine motor skills. Students are assessed on execution and knowledge of technical skills learned to be promoted to next Division.  Ages 4-5 years

Saturdays:  Primary 1/2: BALLET/TAP COMBO

Primary 3/4: BALLET/TAP COMBO, KIDDIE BOP
DEVELOPMENTAL
DEVELOPMENTAL TRACK

This Track is designed for talented and gifted dancers between 5-17 to be developed for a professional career in Dance/Performance. Students are selected from our Mold Program Track classes, based upon their dance skills, commitment, physical strength, desire to improve, and coachability. These students are evaluated by the Director, and if they meet the criteria, are invited to join our Developmental Track in either the STARS & IMMERSION Programs. These Programs and their respective levels put a strong foundation into dance technique and form, with set Program class structures over a 12-month training cycle (August-July). Developmental Track involvement, is a bridge into our Trainee Professional Pathway. STARS PROGRAM | Ages 5 – 11 years Stars offers a focused program for young emerging talent who are chosen by invitation only. These students train a minimum of 170- hours a Season (12-months) in their required training classes, plus have the opportunity to participate in AREAs Performing Competition Division.   IMMERSION PROGRAM | Ages 11-17 years This structured curriculum is for focused students who have been selected by the Artistic Director to continue on a serious foundational training and development track. These students train a minimum of 340- hours a Season (12-months) in their required training classes, plus have the opportunity to participate in AREAs Performing Competition Division.

Stars Level 1 | Ages 5-7 years This structured curriculum is for focused students who has been selected by the Artistic Director to begin a serious foundational training and development track. Students must take required coursework 2-x per week for this Level, and demonstrate a mastery of beginner level skills, vocabulary, flexibility, and coordination.
Stars Level 2 | Ages 7-9 years This structured curriculum is for focused students who has been selected by the Artistic Director to continue on a serious foundational training and development track. Students must take required coursework 2-x per week for this Level and demonstrate a mastery of intermediate beginner level skills, vocabulary, flexibility, and coordination.
Level 3 | Ages 9-11 years This structured curriculum is for focused students who has been selected by the Artistic Director to continue on a serious foundational training and development track. Students must take required coursework 3-x per week for this Level, and demonstrate a mastery of advanced beginner/intermediate level skills, vocabulary, flexibility, and coordination.

Level 1 (Upper) | Ages 11-17 years This structured curriculum is for focused students who has been selected by the Artistic Director to continue on a serious foundational training and development track. Students must take required coursework at least 2-x per week for this Level and demonstrate a mastery of advanced level skills, vocabulary, flexibility, and coordination.

 Lower/Level 2 | Ages 11-7 years This structured curriculum is for focused students who has been selected by the Artistic Director to begin a serious foundational training and development track. Students must take required coursework at least 1-x per week for this Level, and demonstrate a mastery of intermediate advanced level skills, vocabulary, flexibility, and coordination.

MOLD
MOLD TRACK

This Track is designed for talented and gifted dancers between 5-17 to be developed for a strong foundation of Dance. The Mold curriculum is designed for each individual student to help them grow into distinct dancers and develop an appreciation for the Arts, and is modified for those who want to commit to a less stringent curriculum. This track allows students to explore a set Program class structures over a 10-month training cycle (August-May). RISING STARS | Ages 5 – 12 years Rising Stars offers a focused program for young emerging talent who are chosen by invitation only. These students train a minimum of 108- hours a Season (10-months) in their required training classes.   PRE-IMMERSION | Ages 12-17 years This structured curriculum is for focused Teen students who mastered all Rising Stars skills, and want to continue exploring Dance/Performance opportunities, but with a less stringent curriculum. These students train a minimum of 180- hours a Season (10-months) in their required training classes, plus have the opportunity to participate in the AREA Performance Troupe.

Level 1 | Ages 5-7 years This structured curriculum is for focused students who has been selected by the Artistic Director to begin a serious foundational training and development track. Students must take required coursework 1-x per week for this Level, and demonstrate a mastery of beginner level skills, vocabulary, flexibility, and coordination

Level 2 | Ages 8-10 years This structured curriculum is for focused students who has been selected by the Artistic Director to continue on a serious foundational training and development track. Students must take required coursework 1-x per week for this Level and demonstrate a mastery of intermediate beginner level skills, vocabulary, flexibility, and coordination.

Level 3 | Ages 10-12 years This structured curriculum is for focused students who has been selected by the Artistic Director to continue on a serious foundational training and development track. Students must take required coursework 1-x per week for this Level, and demonstrate a mastery of advanced beginner/intermediate level skills, vocabulary, flexibility, and coordination. Students also have the opportunity to participate in the AREA Performance Troupe.

Pre-Immersion| Ages 11-17 years This structured curriculum is for focused students who has been selected by the Artistic Director to continue on a serious foundational training and development track. Students must take required coursework at least 1-x per week for this Level and demonstrate a mastery of intermediate level skills, vocabulary, flexibility, and coordination.