Class Descriptions

GDT Class Descriptions 2019-2020

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 or twice 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)

Introduction to Ballet/Ballet Level 1A: The class is designed for students with at least one full year of Intro to Ballet completed. Continued foundational work will be emphasized. (1 hour/once per week)

Ballet Level 1A: 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/once or twice per week)

Ballet 1B: Students will continue to work on proper alignment and placement. Emphasis will be placed on body awareness and expansion of classical vocabulary. (1.25 hours/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 4/5: 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 for Levels 3-5: 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.  It is intended for dancers in Ballet Levels 3-5.  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 with 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 3-5. (1 hour 30 min./once per week)

Introduction to Modern/Modern 1:  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.  (1 hour/once per week).

Modern 2:  This class will continue to work on articulation of the spine, balance and floor work.  Emphasis will also be place on self-expression through more complex choreography.  Two years ballet training required, plus must be currently enrolled in ballet.  (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.  Modern 1-3 are pre-requisites, along with three years of Ballet training and be currently enrolled in a ballet class.  (1.25 hours/once per week).

Introduction to Tap/Tap 1:  This class is for the beginner tap student.  It will focus on basic tap sounds, rhythm, and coordination.   (45 min./once per week).

Tap 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. (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.  (1.25 hours/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)