Class Descriptions

GDT Class Descriptions:  Summer 2021

Mommy and Me Dance Class (ages 3-5): This class features Creative Movement and basic Ballet moves taught with a grown-up present.  Students enjoy princess dances, freeze dances, and beginning Ballet moves, all while listening to music, using fun props, and learning about rhythm and coordination.  This class pairs parent and child in a fun dance class.

Just Dance (ages 3-5): This class includes developmental dance, motor skills, music, and fitness. The program provides children with the opportunity to be creative and express themselves through movement while building strong muscles and social skills.

Introduction to Ballet: The class is designed to introduce fundamental body positions and establish proper ballet body alignment.  Students will be introduced to basic barre and across the floor exercises.

Ballet Level 1: Students are expected to learn fundamental ballet vocabulary as well as proper execution of the movement. Level 1 students will build onto their barre and across the floor exercises. Proper body alignment and the expansion of classical vocabulary will be emphasized.

Ballet Level 2A: Students must demonstrate proper execution of Level 1 ballet syllabus, along with the advancement of ballet vocabulary, technique and musicality. Emphasis will be placed on strength, balance, port de bras and overall body coordination at the barre and center.  At this level students will be introduced to the proper alignment required for pointe work.

Ballet Level 2B: Dancers will begin class in the center with TheraBand exercises to strengthen the ankles, feet, and the leg in for pre-pointe work. They will then go to the barre to work on basic technique, as well as learn detailed combinations, involving port de bras (use of upper body, head, and arms).

Ballet Technique for Level 3: Students must demonstrate proper execution of Level 2 ballet syllabus, along with expanded knowledge of ballet vocabulary and beginning pointe technique. Advanced combinations will be introduced along with increasing tempo at the barre and center, with special focus on allegro and injury preventing technique for work on pointe.

Ballet Technique for Levels 4-5: This class is designed to advance the dancer’s knowledge of ballet technique and its kinetic breakdown, bio-mechanical awareness and analysis of the movement.  The overall emphasis is on vocabulary, technique and understanding of motion and placement. Working on advanced combinations as well as an increased tempo throughout the class will be incorporated. Self-expression and artistry will be emphasized.

Ballet Variations: This class will focus on ballet variations from different ballets. (A ballet variation is a solo from a ballet.)  Each variation may have minor changes to suit the dancer, but the choreography does not vary much from when it was originally set by the choreographer, often many years ago.

Pointe Technique: This class is designed for students with previous ballet training. Students will utilize previously learned ballet technique while working in pointe shoes. Each class includes barre exercises, center floor work and across the floor combinations. These exercises focus on strengthening the feet and ankles.

Contemporary Technique:  This class will exercise and hone creativity, artistry, and contemporary dance technique.  Emphasis will be on musicality, choreography, and personal expression.  Improvisational prompts will be introduced to encourage artistic decision-making.  This class is for advanced students in Ballet Levels 3-5.

Jazz 1/2:  In this class, focus will be placed on rhythm, musicality, and proper vocabulary.  Technique will be taught through across the floor combinations and expanded upon in center choreography.

Jazz 3/4:  This class will focus on isolations, rhythm, musicality, and classic Jazz placement. Students should have previous Ballet training and are strongly recommended to continue classical training to support this style of dance.  Students must have significant Jazz training to enroll in this level.

Modern 1/2: This class will introduce proper placement and alignment in beginner Modern training.  Emphasis will be placed on core strength, musicality, and expressive movement. One year ballet training required, plus currently enrolled in ballet.

Modern 3/4:   This class will utilize a range of styles emphasizing contraction/release, articulation of the spine, use of gravity and floor work.  Musicality, athleticism, and personal expression will be incorporated into choreography.  Modern 1/2 is a pre-requisite, along with three years of ballet training and be currently enrolled in a ballet class.

Intro to Tap:  This class is for the beginner tap student.  It will focus on basic tap sounds, rhythm, and coordination.

Tap 1/2:  This class is for the tap student with at least three years of tap training.  Emphasis will be placed on more complex tap choreography and sounds.

Deep Stretch & Conditioning:  Focus will be on building upper and lower body strength, flexibility, and core control.  Exercises will be designed to build endurance.  This class is suited for dancers in Intro to Ballet and up.