Class Descriptions

Preschool Dance Classes

Preschool classes are a great way to introduce your little one to express him or herself through movement.

Introduction to Creative Dance

This introductory class is for our youngest dancers. Our newest students will learn the basics of balance and movement through imaginative games, songs, music and rhythmical patterns while developing a brief understanding of dance and how dance classes are held. We hold our two-year olds to a very specific routine and schedule to prepare them to move into our 3 year old creative dance class.

Creative Dance

Creative Dance blends movement, music, improvisation, and basic dance steps while providing an excellent introduction for the future study of all dance techniques. Students learn dance fundamentals while improving motor skills, self-expression, confidence, imagination and social development. Dancer must be fully potty trained, no pull-ups.

Pre-Ballet and Tap 1, 2 and 3

This program takes the basics of ballet technique and through the use of props and imagination, gives the children a fun and educational class. Large motor skills are highlighted as well as stimulating the brain’s coordination. The tap portion of class explores rhythms and smaller motor skills.

Pre-Jazz

Jazz is a more funky form of dance. The body is used in many different ways and is not as restricted as in ballet. This is an introductory class with jazz basics to fun and kid-friendly music. Dancers will learn the beginning steps of jazz and work on picking up choreography sequences that fuse style and technique.

Student Division Dance Classes

This division is a graded-training program. Age is used as a guideline for class placement; however a student’s individual ability becomes more important. It is typical for a student to remain at the same level for 2 years. For the students’ safety, as well as their confidence, promotion to the next level does not occur until the student has mastered the current level syllabus.

Ballet

As students grow, they naturally begin to dance as a form of expression and imagination. We capture this enthusiasm and incorporate it into our ballet program – emphasizing proper ballet technique with a focus on developing strength, alignment, musicality, and the grace that is inherent in the form. As students mature and their bodies develop strength, we transition to a more serious study of ballet technique that will prepare them to be both confident and technically proficient artists.

Hip-Hop

Hip-Hop evolved out of street and break dancing and is characterized by its athletic and bouncy style. Hip-Hop is set to a strong, contemporary beat, builds stamina, and emphasizes body isolations, attitude, coordination, free-style movement, and rhythm. This form of dance is seen in music videos.

Jazz

Jazz dance is an upbeat and performative style that is often seen in Broadway productions. While exploring many different stylistic preferences, students focus on principles such as syncopated rhythms, body isolations, precise technical skills, and choreography. Students will be exposed to various styles of jazz such as Broadway, Street and Contemporary to help develop a well-rounded dancer.

Lyrical

Lyrical is a fusion of ballet and jazz dance techniques. Lyrical dance challenges dancers to use motion to interpret music and express emotion. Lyrical jazz is a very passionate and emotional dance style. It portrays certain emotions and tells a story through every movement made.

Modern

Modern Dance develops strong creative dancers through the study of technique and improvisation with a focus on musicality, dynamics, floor-work and artistic expression. The class provides students the opportunity to create their own explorative movement within a structured class. Classes with composition focus on problem-solving skills and the tools needed to create unique dances for a group or individual.

Tap

Tap Dance focuses on developing coordination, precision, rhythmic skills, and musicality within both the Broadway and contemporary Rhythm-Tap styles. As students’ progress they further develop skills, focusing on clarity of sounds and increasing speed as well as dynamics and musicality.

For more information, please contact Dance Director Meghan Reimers at (847) 223-7529 or mreimers@glpd.com.