Level B

(10 - 12 year olds)

Pre-Teen Classes

Our intermediate classes stimulate the mind and body with more challenging technique and choreography. The classes provide more discipline and an elevated level of instruction. Vocabulary is expanded and dancers continue to work on increasing flexibility, strength and control. The atmosphere is still fun and inspires confidence and social skills. 

For your convenience The DanceLife Center offers our dance families an online account management software system. Families are able to log in to their account to view and print their schedule, track their absences and makeups, update credit card or bank account information, and more! To sign up to use the customer portal, you first have to register for a class for either this summer or next year's dance season. Current classes and accounts are not available.

Returning Customers:
If you participated in last summer's dance session, this dance season (whether active or have dropped), or have registered for this summer's dance session - you will click on Customer Portal Login.

New Customers:
If you are new and do not fall in one of the above categories, please view "Class Registration" below where you will see our class schedule organized by each day of the week. Click on the day you are interested in coming to dance to see the offerings for that day arranged by time. This makes it easy for you to view classes that start before and after each other for families who like to stack their schedule with multiple classes in one day.

  1. Find the class you are interested in registering for and click the red word "Enroll" listed to the left of the class name.

  2. Fill out the information requested (fields with asterisks are required.) From there you will also be able to choose additional classes and add additional students.

  3. A credit or debit card or a bank account is required in order to register.

  4. In the event that a class is full, you will see the word "Waitlist" instead of "Enroll." To be entered on the waitlist, please click that button and proceed. You will be required to enter payment information, however no payment will be made on the account unless a spot becomes available. If a spot becomes available, we will contact you regarding enrolling in the class.

After you are enrolled in a class, you will be able to use the Customer Portal. You will create a Customer Portal account by entering the email address you provided at registration time and clicking the button that says "I don't have or don't know my password." A temporary password will then be emailed to you. Use that to log in to your account. From there you can change your password-just make sure it has a minimum of 8 characters, 1 of which must be a number.

Please click on genres below for class descriptions:

Charleston Level B Classes

Charleston Level B Classes

Mattoon Level B Classes

Effingham Level B Classes

Mattoon Level B Classes 

Effingham Level B Classes

Ballet B

9 - 12 year olds

Exploring of the art of classical ballet, students will dance a full barre and center, working towards(for qualified students) a pointe barre and either center pointe work or coaching in a classical variation. These classes will focus on building strength, increasing working turnout and extension, and refining the dancer's classical technique.

Ballet B1

9-10 year olds

This class focuses on continued development of ballet technique lengthening and straightening all parts of the feet, legs and upper body. 

Ballet B3

11-12 year olds

Ballet experience is required. Students must demonstrate preparedness, focus, and commitment and must take a minimum of 2 classes/week. Three times a week is strongly recommended especially if Pointe is the desired outcome. Placement is determined by the instructor.

Ballet B2

10-11 year olds

Designed for continuing students, this class , introduces students to more ballet terminology and technique. 

Ballet B4

12-13 year olds

Ballet experience is required. Students must demonstrate preparedness, focus, and commitment and must take a minimum of 2 classes/week. Three times a week is strongly recommended especially if Pointe is the desired outcome. Placement is determined by the instructor.

More Genres

10 and up

Modern B

Modern Dance is rooted in the movement explorations of modern dance pioneers José Limón and his teacher/mentor Doris Humphrey. Modern emphasizes the rhythm of fall and recovery, use of breath, and the interplay between weight and weightlessness. This expressive style encourages the use of breath to create movement in the torso which in turn informs the movement of the limbs. 

In this class, focus is on the use of the torso and emotional expression. Dancers will work on balance, floor work and improvisation. Ballet is recommended.

Lyrical B

Lyrical combines vocabulary from ballet and jazz to create a highly technical and expressive dance style.  Lyrical is deeply rooted in the use of emotive music selections that engage students to marry technique and theatricality to tell a story through movement.

This class will focus on combining classical Ballet technique with Modern and Jazz dance choreographed to contemporary music with a strong emphasis on self-expression and interpreting the story of the song. Focus is on building both a technically and artistically strong dancer.


Jazz B

Jazz is an American art form stressing technique and style, while introducing Theatre Dance, Contemporary, Funky, African, and many more. 

For students with dance experience. Students should demonstrate skill achievement and have good understanding of dance vocabulary. Focuses on building both technical and performance skills. The class will begin with a warm-up, followed by center work, floor work, stretching, and progressions across the floor. Students will explore choreographic styles ranging from theatrical to contemporary.

Hip Hop B

Dancers can come and have fun doing hip hop moves to various types of music(age appropriate).  Various combinations will be taught throughout the year.  Dancers work at various levels and the instructor will accommodate to all levels.

Hip Hop B (Boys)

For continuing students. 

Express yourself and your attitude to today’s music through high energy and fun-filled choreography. Discover the history and culture of hip hop through trends that shaped the form as we know it, both past and present. (All music and movements is specifically chosen to be age appropriate.)

Emphasis on combining various forms of hip hop, including breakdancing, old school and new school. 

Contemporary B

This popular genre of dance incorporates elements from many styles of dance. It tends to utilize both the legwork from ballet and the stress on torso from modern dance. Ballet is recommended.

This class focuses on combining lyrical, jazz, modern and ballet technique while pushing boundaries and discovering new ways to move your body.