Step One

To bring more dancers who have similar desires in dance together to train and learn together
To keep the level of commitment to a low level while advancing at a faster pace
To give children the experience of dance
competition and extra performance opportunities
2. Time: Participating in 1 subject takes from 2 – 2 ½ hours per week and then each additional subject adds ½ hour. All 6 subjects would be 5 ½ 6 hours per week. All Step One students must take Jazz or Ballet as a technique class.
Jazz students take either level III or company one ballet and jazz classes as well as the ½ hour class where they learn their performance routine.
Hip Hop students may follow the same plan as the Jazz students or they may replace the ballet class with a Hip Hop Class
Ballet: Students may also follow the same plan as the Jazz Students or they may replace the Jazz class with a 2nd Ballet Class.
Tap Students take a ½ hour tap technique class and are required to take ballet or jazz class as well.
Tumbling students take a tumbling class, a ballet or jazz class and the tumbling Step One line.
Students may participate in the subjects they are currently studying(2022-2023) and can be in one - six subjects (ballet, tap, jazz, tumbling, contemporary &hip hop.)  Each subject has a separate Step One dance. You must have been in Step One Ballet and Jazz this season to do Contemporary next year

3. Ages:  Geared to 1st – 3rd grade students.  There are some 4th and 5t-grade students who may be suited for this program as well.

4. Travel:  We will attend one regional competition during the school year.  This will be within a four-hour drive of Columbus.  We will not attend a national with these lines.  After several years of attending many different competitions, our parents have helped us to decide that it is more important to select a competition for its positive qualities than it is to select by location.  This is why we often travel outside of Central Ohio for a regional competition.  This year we went to Cincinnati, OH.  Some families did not spend the night, others spent one/two nights.  

5. Performance:  We feel performing in front of an audience is one of the greatest benefits of dance.  We try to find many venues for our step one and ensemble members to participate and we like to see them take advantage of them. They are not required, but students are encouraged to participate in the Christmas for the Generations.  We try to give as much notice of performances as possible, but there are times that they come up at the last minute.

6. We include the Step One students in our big/little sis program where they are given an older ensemble dancer to encourage them and be a support to them throughout the year.

7. Should I do Step One! If your child wants more than just coming to class once or twice a week and loves to perform and be a part of something where they are having fun, learning to be great dancers and experiencing a team activity, this is the perfect opportunity for you.

8. Am I good enough: If you are unsure of your skill level, we would recommend you ask your teacher if they think you are ready or if it might be best for you to spend one more year training before doing Step One. In the area of Tap, it is very important to have your skills at a certain level before coming into Step One and your teacher will be able to help you decide. If you would like us to follow up with your teacher, we would be happy to do that for you!

A. Tap: Students must have taken at least 2 years of tap to be eligible for Step One Tap. 3 years is preferable. You can make up for that by taking 2 classes per week one year

B. Jazz: Students need at least one year of Jazz.

C. Hip hop: Students need at least one year of Jazz or Hip Hop

D. Ballet: Students need at least one year of Ballet, however, 2 years is preferable.

E. Tumbling Students: Student must be able to do a cartwheel and a front or back walkover to participate.

F. Contemporary: Students must be a 2nd year Step One Dancer and participate in both Step One Ballet & Jazz this year as well as last year.

G. Additional Training. Sometimes a student may need some additional training to reach the desired level in a group. We will let you know if we see that need.

9. Please let us know if you have any questions. You may contact us by leaving a message for us at the desk or you may e-mail Angie at[email protected].

Samples: If a students only does one subject, they can do it all in one day. There are also combinations that can be done in one day, but if you were to do all four, you would likely come on Tuesday and Thursday, however it could be 3 days depending upon how you schedule it.

SO Tap SO Jazz SO Ballet SO Hip Hop SO Acro
Step One Tap TechniqueJazz III or C. Jazz IBallet III or C.Ballet IBallet or Hip HopAcrobatics
Ballet III or C. Ballet IBallet III or C.Ballet IJazz or 2nd BalletJazz III or C. Jazz IBallet or Jazz
Step One TapStep One JazzStep One BalletStep One Hip HopStep One Acro

Technique classes count for multiple subjects, so if you are doing Step One Tap, Jazz and Ballet, You dont have to take 3 ballet classes, you take one ballet technique, tap tech, jazz tech and the step one classes. So you would have a total of 6 classes.

Dance and Faith

Thank you so much for everything. I can't even begin to tell you how happy I am that Maggie dances at your studio. Your staff is so kind and you teach not only a solid dance curriculum, but a valuable lesson in faith (which is hard to come by in today's society). I look forward to Maggie dancing with you for a very long time.



Dear Angie and Cindy,

I just wanted to take a minute to thank you both for running such a wonderful dance studio. After attending the dance competition at Louisville last year, and the one in Mason today, I continue to be thankful that Generations is a performing arts center that focuses on keeping the integrity and innocence of our girls (and boys) at the heart of costuming, music, and routine selections. I continue to be amazed at the talent of the young people at Generations, and am so happy and thankful that Madelyn has an opportunity to grow as a dancer and as a person at Gen-Pac.


Tami Hinz


I love that you use the older girls as big sis/mentors for the younger girls.  The older girls set a positive example and are responsible girls who handle themselves very well.

Favorite thing as a parent...

My favorite thing as a parent about Generations is that you value and teach each girl as an important person, not just a number or one of many dancers in your studio. I truly appreciate how you hold the girls to task, hold them accountable, and make them work hard but you do it in a loving and kind way. Your values as Christians really show through and we love that! I can't think of a better way for my daughter to spend her time. She is learning dance, but also learning valuable life lessons. I had been meaning to send you a note after the Mason competition about this. It was our first experience in a competition and I cannot tell you how impressed I was with our dancers and your choice of costumes, appropriate choreography, and rules of conduct. I was completely shocked to see how some of the other dance studios had their girls dressed, the dance moves they used, and their attire when walking around the hallway. It was quite a contrast to Generations dancers. It made me so happy as a parent. I truly want you to know how much I appreciate you! I will support Rachel dancing with you as much and as long as she desires! You are helping to raise great kids.

We are relatively new to dance and we LOVE Generations! You do a wonderful job with the girls. We chose Generations because 2 of Rachel's friends were students there. She was interested for a while, but we actually signed up for summer classes after Elizabeth brought Rachel to 'bring a friend to dance' day one May. Summer classes were a nice way to get started with a short commitment to see if she liked it. (She did!)

Absolutely fantastic place to send your children to learn dance! Very well organized programs for all ages. Our oldest daughter has been going here for a few years and every instructor has been very caring and talented. Can't wait to see our next daughter join in!