Class Descriptions

GDT Class Descriptions
Dance Year 2022-2023

Creative Movement (ages 3-4)   This class will encourage self-discipline and confidence while working on rhythm, coordination and spatial relations. Basic ballet steps will be introduced.  

Just Dance (ages 5-6):  This class includes developmental dance, motor skills, music, and fitness. Beginner ballet techniques will be taught. Emphasis will be on building self-esteem through movement along with spatial relations.

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

Ballet 2: Students must demonstrate proper execution of Level 1 ballet syllabus, along with the advancement of ballet vocabulary, technique and musicality. Students continue to build strength and alignment at the barre. An array of jumps is introduced, and students will work towards their mastery. Students continue to focus on pre-pointe exercises to build appropriate foot, ankle, and body strength for future pointe work. Large poses at 90 degrees are introduced and practiced in exercises and in adagio. Students will continue using resistance bands while maintaining the proper alignment required for pointe work.

Ballet & Pointe 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. Special focus will be on grade allegro. Students will begin Pointe work at the barre and progress to center and across the floor work.

Ballet & Pointe Technique for Level 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. Students will continue to train more intensively on Pointe.  Self-expression and artistry will be emphasized.

Ballet & Pointe Technique (Wednesdays):  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.

Pointe Technique & Ballet Variations:  This class will have special focus on pointe technique and students will work to improve body placement and alignment while en pointe.  The instructor will also teach variations (the soloist’s choreography) from a variety of famous classical ballets.

Turns & Leaps Technique:  This class will focus on developing the skills necessary to perform a variety of turns and leaps. The dancer will work on the proper alignment and on their foundation for leaps to get higher off the ground. Cross Training with weights and yoga blocks will used.  Designed for dancers in Ballet Levels 2-5.

Adult/Teen Ballet & Pilates:  This class will explore ballet fundamentals in combination with Pilates principles to sculpt your muscles while having fun. We will use body weight and resistance to work each muscle group of the body at the barre and on the mat. A yoga mat is required for class. Ballet shoes are optional.

Contemporary Technique (Intermediate & Advanced):  These classes 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. The two levels of this class, intermediate and advanced, are designed for dancers in Ballet levels 3-5.  Please contact the office if you need clarification on which level is right for your student.

Beginner Jazz & Modern:  This is a combo class that will introduce dancers to the fundamentals of both styles. We will explore movement that is both sharp and precise while working on timing in our Jazz class. The Modern portion of class will explore movement that is more grounded and free flowing while expanding on the student’s knowledge of ballet.

Jazz (Intermediate & Advanced):  In Jazz, the dancer will focus on strength, flexibility and conditioning technique and progressions including turns, kicks and leaps.  The class is a combination of classical ballet and modern dance technique with a contemporary influence.  There will be a strong emphasis on energy, rhythmical accuracy and style.  The dancer will learn many fun and trendy dance steps through choreography to current, age-appropriate music, along with classic styles of jazz from previous decades.  Enrollment in Ballet and Modern is encouraged.  Please contact the office if you need clarification on which level is right for your student.

Modern (Intermediate & Advanced):  This dance style challenges the more structured technique of classical ballet and will utilize a range of styles emphasizing contraction/release, articulation of the spine, use of gravity and floor work.  Students will learn technique (dance steps and combinations) through inventive, original choreography that is designed for each age and ability level. The class will focus on dance expression, rather than following a rigid set of postures or technical positions.  Core strength will be emphasized. Previous training in both Ballet and Modern are required, and the student must be currently enrolled in Ballet.  Please contact the office if you need clarification on which level is right for your student.

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

Intermediate/Advanced Tap: This class is for the intermediate and advanced tap student.  Emphasis will be placed on more complex tap choreography and sounds.