It’s Checkout Week here at Fred Astaire Morristown, and while some of us are very excited, some of you might also be wondering….what exactly is a “Checkout?”
Simply put, a Checkout is a review given to advance, or “graduate” a student from one level of a program to the next.
There are many levels of accomplishment that a student can achieve with his or her dancing. In order to better understand Checkouts, it helps to first have a good understanding of the Fred Astaire Trophy System.
In an academic setting, we begin learning in Preschool and proceed through grade school, middle school, high school and even College.
In the same way, in dancing we begin learning in our Introductory Lesson, continue with our Beginner Program, proceed through Social Foundations to Bronze, Silver, and even Gold.
We all aspire to accomplish good things from our dancing endeavors. As a student, your program chart is like a road map to ensure that you are on track, and so we schedule Progress checks & checkouts to act as checkpoints along the way to make sure you are heading exactly where you’d like to go with your dancing.
In this way the Trophy System gives the student the opportunity to learn to dance at a chosen standardized level of accomplishment while also ensuring that the program meets the student’s needs and abilities & reflects his or her individuality and tastes.
Your checkout will be conducted by our very own Gaby, who is certified and familiar with dance requirements and experienced with procedures.
Depending on the checkout your instructor has planned for you, you’ll demonstrate your dancing skills in two different ways:
Solo, dancing the steps on your own,
and Freestyle, danced full out with your instructor
For example, a student completing a Preliminary Bronze Standard checkout will dance step 1 in each dance solo, followed by two steps in each dance.
Objective aspects of dance include elements you may learn in your classes such as proper posture, footwork, coordination, & technique. These elements are what your examiner is looking for during the Solo portion of your checkout.
Dance is also subjective, so the Freestyle aspect of your checkout is your opportunity to put feeling into the steps, move to the music, show your confidence, and express yourself and your personal style!
So what are you waiting for! Talk to your teacher now to schedule your checkout and perhaps you’ll find yourself with a diploma in hand at our upcoming Trophy Ball!