Dance Forms, Dancewear, & Hair Requirements

 

Acro

age 4 by December 31 with one year of Kinderdanzz or age 5, and must be enrolled in ballet, technique, or jazz and/or by teacher approval

 

A style of dance that combines classical dance technique with precision acrobatic elements. It is defined by its athletic character, its unique choreography, which seamlessly blends dance and acrobatics, and its use of acrobatics in a dance context. Dancers will learn the basics of bending their backs to perform tricks such as bridges, handstands, cartwheels, and walkovers.

 

Required Attire: black bodysuit and tights or black dance tight form fitted pants/shorts/capris and dance tight form fitted shirt/tank, no jewelry , no shoes

 
 
Ballet

 

age 4 by December 31 with one year of Kinderdance experience or age 5

Essential to your dance training, ballet is a complex mixture of technique, coordination, and musicality. Ballet, which dates back to the 15th century, is the basic form to which all dance forms have evolved. Ballet helps to strengthen a dancer’s core muscles, flexibility, strength, poise and discipline. Correct posture and carriage development are enhanced in our ballet classes, as well as development on balance and coordination. If a dancer wants to progress in their dance training, ballet should be taken as a necessary step in their development.

Required Attire: black sleeveless bodysuit, pink tights, pink ballet slippers (canvas split sole), Hair off face in a bun, no Jewelry.

Adult class available (pending registration) 

 
Ballet Technique

age 11+

Essential to your dance training, ballet is a complex mixture of technique, coordination, and musicality. Ballet, which dates back to the 15th century, is the basic form to which all dance forms have evolved. Ballet helps to strengthen a dancer’s core muscles, flexibility, strength, poise and discipline. Correct posture and carriage development are enhanced in our ballet classes, as well as development on balance and coordination. If a dancer wants to progress in their dance training, ballet should be taken as a necessary step in their development.

Required Attire: black sleeveless bodysuit, pink tights, pink ballet slippers (canvas split sole), hair off face and in bun, no jewelry 

NOTE: Recital is not part of this program.

 

Boys Class

age 4 by December 31 with one year of Kinderdanzz experience or age 5 up to the age of 7 & age 11+

A unique way to interest boys in dance. A mix of hip hop and breakdancing, using many styles to work kinesthetically with boys  to encourage movement and strength

Required Attire: black comfy pants (sweat pants), dance shirt/tank, no jeans, hip hop sneakers, no jewelry

 

Contemporary

age 11+ and with teacher approval

A unique and novel dance form that combines jazz technique, lyrical style, and modern movements. The contemporary style takes dance to a whole new level by introducing various ways to explore movement and pushing our bodies to new limits. Contemporary dance introduces full body movements, coordinates the body from head to toe, and also isolates individual limb performance. Emphasis is also placed on emotional execution and students will learn to tell a story through their body language and their facial expressions. Contemporary dance is a connection between the mind, body, and soul. 

Required Attire: Black Leotard & tights or black dance form fitted pants/shorts/capris and dance shirt/tank.  No jewelry

 
Hip Hop

age 4 by December 31 with one year of Kinderdanzz or age 5

A popular style of dance that teaches dancers how to isolate their body (moving a specific body part independently from others). Originated in the streets, hip hop is well known through many music videos and television dance shows (America’s Best Dance Crew, So You Think You Can Dance, etc). This style of dance is very rhythmic, and involves a lot of footwork and movement of the hips. Hip hop is primarily choreographed to hip hop music from artists such as Rihanna, Justin Bieber, Drake, and many other talented artists.

Required Attire: black comfy pants (sweat pants), black loose fitting dance shirt, hip hop sneakers, no jewelry, no jeans 

Adult class available (pending registration)

 
Jazz

age 4 by December 31 with one year Kinderdanzz or age 5

One of the most popular dance styles in the dance world and can be found in movies, music videos, TV shows, and commercials. This style of dance is high energy and fun to watch, and a good jazz class explodes with energy! Dancers will learn unique moves, fancy footwork, big leaps and quick turns. Jazz develops a dancer’s flexibility, strength, and placement through dance combinations and choreography.

Required Attire: black sleeveless bodysuit and beige tights or -  black dance form fitted pants/shorts/capris and dance shirt/tank will be permitted for class, black slip-on jazz shoes, no jewelry

Adult class available (pending registration)

 
Kinderdanzz

age 3 by December 31

Introduces the young dancer to the exciting world of dance through rhythm, music and movement. Gross motor skills, co-ordination, stamina and agility are developed and refined through this class. Many class activities include arm movements, basic rhythms, exercises in flexibility and balance, as well as coordinating steps like skips, gallops, marching, and turns. Upon completion of this class, each child will not only gain numerous skills and techniques, but will also obtain a love and appreciation for dance and music.

Required Attire: Black sleeveless body suit, beige tights, bare feet, no jewelry

 


Mini Crew

 

age 2 & 3 year olds 

Toddlers will enjoy a 30 min. class of movement and awareness as an intro to dance. Props will add to the fun for a 10 week session.                                                            

Required Attire: Black sleeveless body suit, beige tights, bare feet, no jewelry

Note: Recital is not part of this program

 
Musical Theatre

age 9+

Dancers will be taught how to properly lip-sync while dancing and acting at the same time! This fun class not only teaches the dancer how to perform, but it often allows the child to “come out of their shell” and shine their personality through. This style of dance is often performed to songs from famous musicals or musical movies

Required Attire: black sleeveless bodysuit and tights or-  black dance form fitted pant/shorts/capris and dance shirt, will be permitted, bare feet/cat paws/jazz shoes also Senior dancers may require to purchse character shoes(this will be decided by december of the dance season), no jewelry

 
Pointe

only taken by teacher approval (Dancers must pass the pointe test)

Pointe is the form of dance where dancers wear a shoe with cotton, carboard and glue, layered over and over again in the toe area, and are finished in satin. Sort of llike an extra strong version of paper mache.. This style of dance enables dancers to look weightless and allows them to dance on their toes for an extended period of time. Since Pointe tests the range of the human body, it is important for the teacher to decide when a dancer is ready. In addition to a ballet class, Pointe may be taken by those students who the teacher feels is ready and strong enough to dance on pointe. Some students may start in soft slippers and progress to pointe shoes later in the season as the teacher sees fit. Dancers are not “pushed” before they are ready and our teacher at GBSD is properly trained to develop a dancer’s technique in a safe and non-harmful way. It is extremely important to the dancer’s health and safety to not be up en pointe before their feet are done growing. A dancer put en pointe at an age where her bones have not completely ossified may develop permanent damage; even past the point of ossification, ankle injuries can result if a dancer goes en pointe without sufficient strength. Therefore, pointe can only be taken at the teacher’s discretion.

Required Attire: same as ballet, pointe shoes (teacher’s discretion), hair off face and in a bun, no jewelry

 

 
Step Dancing

age 9+

Canadian step dancing involves fast dancing to fiddle music using shoes with taps designed to accentuate the dancer’s rhythmical, drumming foot movements. Dancers generally require little dance space to perform their routines. Typically, the steps are powerful; this form of dance focuses on footwork - upper body movement/choreography is minimal.

Required Attire: black sleevless bodysuit and beige tights are a requirement - as an alternate for class, black dance form fitted pants/shorts/capris and dance shirt will be permitted, black double tap shoes, hair off face, no jewelry

 

Tap

age 4 by December 31 with one year of Kinderdanzz or age 5

An exciting form of dance where dancers wear shoes equipped with metal taps. Tap dances create rhythmic patterns through timely beats while entertaining the audience. This form of dance makes the dancer not only a performer, but also a percussive musician. Dancers will practice a series of basic steps, adding more difficult combinations as they progress. Tap builds aerobic fitness, memorization skills, muscle control, and is also an excellent form of cardiovascular exercise.

Required Attire: black sleeveless bodysuit and beige tights are a requirement -  as an alternate for class black dance form fitted pants/short/capris and dance shirt/tank will be permitted, black tap shoes, hair off face and in a ponytail, no jewelry

Adult class available (pending registration)

 
Technique

age 11+

This class has been designed to develop proper dance technique through stretch and strength training. Emphasis will be placed on strengthening the entire body to increase agility and coordination. The core muscles will be developed to enhance balance and improve pirouettes. Focus will also be placed on strengthening leg muscles to increase height during jumps and add power to our movements. The increase of flexibility is one of the main goals of this program. Through full body stretching, students will increase their flexibility, gain length to their muscles and improve their leg lines during splits, kicks, and jumps. This class will effectively strengthen each and every dancer and take their abilities to new levels.

Required Attire: Black leotard & tights or black dance form fitted pants/shorts/capris and dance tight fitted shirt/tank. Footwear is at the teacher’s discretion, no jewlery

NOTE: Recital is not part of this program.

 

Competitive Dancers

age 7+

Required Attire: Black sleeveless bodysuit, beige tights are a requirement or black form fitted pants/shorts/capris & shirt/tank will be permitted  as an alternate for class, shoes as required for style, hair up off of face, no jewellery

 

 

 

 

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