Creative Movement, a dance, learning and play class for ages 3-4, spotlights ballet- and jazz-specific technique. Curriculum integrates exercises that develop listening and motor skills, while cultivating preparation for dance classroom structure and discipline. Students perform in class at the conclusion of the Fall session and on stage at the June Recital at the conclusion of the Spring session.
Ballet is a classical and artistic dance form characterized by grace and precision of movement. It uses clear-cut and highly formalized sets of steps, positions, poses and gestures. Often a theatrical presentation of group or solo dancing with musical accompaniment, ballet is usually complemented with elaborate costuming and scenic effects in order to convey a story or theme.
Pointe is the part of classical ballet technique that concerns pointe work in which a ballet dancer supports all body weight on the tips of fully extended feet. A dancer is said to be en pointe when the dancer's body is supported in this manner. Additionally, a fully extended vertical foot is said to be en pointe when touching the floor, even when not bearing weight.
Technique within the ballet and jazz programs involves instruction in turning, jumping and leaping through across-the-floor exercises and center-floor combinations. With regards to our tap program, education in speed, articulation, clarity and improvisation are the main focus. Our Acro technique program centers around safety, body control and acrobatic skills. All classes are taught with an emphasis on strength and correct body placement, and in a progressive manner. Please note: these classes are non-performing as the focus lies in teaching the art of dance through the aforementioned components versus a choreographed piece.
Jazz dancing is fast and energetic! It can be performed with any type of upbeat music from rhythm-and-blues to rock-and-roll and consists of learning basic turns and steps while incorporating the individual choreographer's style.
Contemporary dance is a compilation of different techniques founded upon modern dance. It takes the rules of jazz dance, then breaks them. Contemporary requires an emotional connection with the dancer and choreography. Improvisational dance skills are often used in a contemporary dance form where each dancer uses whatever they feel at that moment to express the mood of the piece itself.
Musical Theater is a style of jazz that uses Broadway or show-tune music. You generally see this particular genre in musical productions with an emphasis on jazz technique. It is a very fun and energetic style that requires the student to not only dance, but also act and sometimes sing.
Tap, characterized by the use of shoes with metal plates attached, is not only a style of dance, but also a style of music. Using shoes as percussive instruments, tap creates rhythmic-based sound, while still appealing to the eye with choreographed movements. There are two major variations within this genre: rhythm tap and Broadway tap. Broadway tap focuses more on the choreography of the dance. It is widely performed within musical theatre productions. Rhythm tap focuses more on musicality, and most often, improvisation, either via solos or groups.
Hip hop refers to street dance styles, primarily performed to hip-hop, rap, or pop music . It includes a wide range of styles, including breaking, locking, and popping. What distinguishes hip hop from other forms of dance is that it is often "freestyle" (improvisational) in nature. Hip hop is a very high energy style of dance, both with the extreme physicality of the moves and the intensity of the music.
GDSC's Breakdance class, instructed by our breakin' expert, Walt Sullins, is offered to beginning/intermediate students who are 12 and up. The hour will be dedicated to the fundamentals of breakdancing mixed with the structure to improve freestyle skills. With a warm-up to start, students will be prepared for an open-floor instruction on top rock, get-downs and floor work in general. Class will finish with a freestyle session that embodies the culture of breakin'/freestyle where students show-off the skills they learned in a circle of peers cheering them on.
Just like the technique classes, our Competition Team and Performance Company classes are designed for the serious dancer. Those who are looking to advance, train in multiple styles of dance and compete/perform are well-suited for this program. For students interested in GDSC's competition and/or performance programs, please click here.
Acro is a form of dance that combines lyrical and traditional/contemporary forms of jazz with gymnastics, tumbling and acrobatic partner stunts. This class builds strength, flexibility and endurance. (Students should be prepared to do required strength and conditioning classes.)
Tumbling introduces little ones to basic body and spatial awareness, as well as expose them to the body shaping and terminology that is used in the tumbling and Acro worlds. They will unknowingly build strength, self-esteem and courage, all while playing fun games and moving to age-appropriate music. Our safety-certified instructor has years of preschool gymnastics under her belt, so every thing is done with positivity, creativity, imagination and, above-all, safety. Please note: Tumbling is considered a technique class, and therefore, does not perform.
Bollywood dance fuses classical and traditional Indian/Hindi dances with western genres like jazz, hip hop and modern dance. By itself, Bollywood is the American "Hollywood" of India. Add the word "dance" and you enter America in the 1940's where movies were about singing and dancing--similar to what is currently taking place in India now. Enter into one of GDSC's Bollywood classes and you'll learn hand technique, posture and poses, along with facial gestures--very common and crucial within Bollywood performance.
West African offers the visitor and/or dedicated dancer a tribal and spiritual feel when he/she enters the dance classroom. Music and dance are inseparable, especially when live drumming is involved. Drummer and dancer develop an artistic relationship, communicating/expressing through movement and rhythm. In the GDSC classroom, you will not only learn about West African movement, but also about West African culture, as the specific dances are meant for particular rituals and/or traditions.
This class is a parent/child music and movement class for ages newborn to four. In Ms. April's Learning Groove classes, you will learn or experience the following: rhythm, pitch and melody, language skills, motor coordination, preschool readiness, creative expression, imagination, cultural awareness and interpersonal skills. Prepare to bond with your child and make new friends! To register for this class, please contact Ms. April directly. Her information can be found here.