Class Descriptions

GDT Class Descriptions 2017-2018

Creative Movement:  This class will encourage self-discipline and confidence while working on rhythm, coordination and spatial relations. Basic Ballet steps will be taught.  Designed for 3-4 year olds.  (45 min./once per week)

 Kinderdance:  Beginner Ballet and Tap techniques will be taught.  Emphasis will be on building self-esteem through movement along with spatial relations, patterning and rhythm.  Designed for 5-6 year olds.  (1 hour/once per week)

 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.  (1 hour/once or twice per week)

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 will be emphasized.  (1 hour 15 min./once or twice per week)

Ballet Level 2: 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.  (1 hour 30 min./twice per week)

Ballet Level 3: Students must demonstrate proper execution of Level 2 ballet syllabus, along with expanded knowledge of ballet vocabulary and 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.  Class is 1.5 hours of ballet followed by 30 minutes of pointe.  (2 hours/twice per week)

Ballet Level 4: Students must demonstrate proper execution of the Level 3 ballet syllabus, along with an expanded knowledge of ballet technique.  Working on advanced combinations as well as an increased tempo through out the class will be incorporated. Self expression and artistry will be emphasized.  Class is 1.5 hours of ballet followed by 30 minutes of pointe.  (2 hours/twice per week)

Ballet Technique Open Class: 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.  It is intended for dancers in Ballet Levels 2-4.  The overall emphasis is on vocabulary, technique and understanding of motion and placement.  (1 hour 30 min./once per week)  Class members who are on pointe should register separately for Pointe (30 min./once per week) which immediately follows the Ballet Technique class.

Contemporary Ballet w/Pointe:  This class will incorporate elements of classical Ballet and Modern dance. Emphasis will be on musicality, choreography and personal expression. This class is for advanced students in Ballet Levels 3-4. (1 hour 30 min./once per week)

Intro to Modern:  This class will introduce proper placement and alignment in beginner Modern training. Emphasis will be placed on core strength, musicality and expressive movement. Continued training in classical Ballet required.  (45 min./once per week).

Modern 1/2:  This class will focus on articulation of the spine, contraction/release and use of gravity.  Students are required to have two years of Ballet training and be currently enrolled in a ballet class.  (1 hour/once per week).

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.  Students are required to have three years of Ballet training and be currently enrolled in a ballet class.  (1 hour/once per week).

Tap 1/2:  This class will focus on rhythm, coordination and clarity of beginner tap sounds.  Students will learn beginner tap combinations through across the floor and center combinations.  Self-expression and musicality will be emphasized. (45 min./once per week)

Tap 3/4:  This tap class will continue to emphasize rhythm, coordination and clarity of sound.  More intricate steps and combinations will be taught through across the floor and center choreography.  Musicality and performance will be emphasized.  (1 hour/once per week)

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.  (1 hour/once per week)

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 prior Jazz training to enroll in this level.  (1 hour/once per week)

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.  (30 min./once or twice per week)

Contemporary Ensemble:  This choreography-based class incorporates Modern, Jazz & classical styles of dance.  Students will work on performance-based pieces to be showcased in local venues.  For advanced students; by invitation of the Executive Director.  (1 hour 30 min./once per week)

Youth Contemporary Ensemble:  This choreography based class incorporates Modern and Jazz techniques. Emphasis will be on self-expression and performance; by invitation of the Executive Director only.  (45 min./once per week)