Winds – Open

Open Class groups are an exciting branch of the Winds family.  They are enthusiastic with a strong desire to grow and explore.  They are open and eager to test their skills in a more challenging arena.  Most will have achieved the level of training set in Class A and welcome the challenge of greater creativity.  There should be sound development in a logical growing progression of challenges while maintaining the premise that growth requires new and additional training.

The average age of Open Class groups varies, especially in the Independent Class.

The Scholastic Open Class is where the intermediate student explores new challenges through performance and realizes a greater sense of achievement as each more complex skill is learned.  They experience a freedom in their process as creativity takes on a greater importance in their development.  There may be a tendency to overwrite in this growing stage.  They should maintain strong standards of excellence in these important developing years.

Scholastic Open Class is consistently aged 14 through 18.  Unlike Scholastic A Class, these groups have discovered a much stronger personality and are not usually similar to one another.  The depth of their training and skills are still comparable in many cases, primarily due to the similarity of their age and the similar number of hours put into their development.  Their programs are often freshly unique and original.

Independent Open Class still contains a wide range of age and some skill difference.  Performers within one group can range from 12 to 22+ years of age, as their is no age limit.  There is greater consistency in the range of skills and physical development.  Programs are unique.  A few individuals will demonstrate a high level of skills.  Some advanced challenges will exist.