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Dance Gallery’s Curriculum

 

DANCE PROGRAMS

Classes are offered in all phases of dance from Beginner to Advanced levels and are on a syllabus basis. It is highly recommended that once the students reach the Intermediate level, they participate in a minimum of two, one hour classes per week, one of which should be in ballet, in order to maintain and advance in the level.

Pre-School Combination Classes:
˝ hour tap and ˝ hour ballet
Pre-School: a budding dancer in the family? This class for the dancer aged 3-5 yrs is designed to develop rhythm, creative ability, motor skills, co-ordination and musical appreciation, as well as introducing dancers to basic dance technique. Once students go into first grade, they will then take one full hour of any subject they wish.

CLASS DESCRIPTIONS

Acrobatics:
Strictly floor work, cartwheels, tumbling, etc., set to a musical performance. No bars/beams.

 

 

Ballet Classes:

Offered to dancers from Beginner to Advanced levels.  These classes develop poise, grace, correct body placement and alignment and discipline. 

Barre Classes:

Ballet Barre Workouts will tone your entire body, with precise movements, a simple routine, with low impact for the aesthetic benefit of lengthening muscles – without the impact and injuries dancers endure. This motivational class is set to upbeat music, which begins with a warm up and various upper-body exercises utilizing a fixed handrail. Barre combines various ballet moves to make your morning workout fun and efficient.   These classes develop poise, grace, correct body placement and alignment and discipline. 

Belly Classes:

This is a Western name for an Arabic style of dance developed in the Lebanon area. Some American devotees refer to it simply as "Middle Eastern Dance". It incorporates traditional Lebanese dancing as it helps to strengthen the core muscles.  

Bootywork Classes:

This is the ultimate total body workout that mixes body sculpting movements with dance steps using the upbeat sounds of hip hop and pop. The dance routines feature aerobic training that focuses primarily on the gluteus maximus, abdominal core, quadriceps, hamstrings, and the heart. This is a class that will get you sweating and keep you moving - now let’s get “Poppin”.  

Contemporary:

This dance style was developed during the middle portion of the twentieth century and has since grown to become one of the dominating performance genres for formally trained dancers throughout the world. Contemporary has many individualized Ballet based styles which develop body strength, flexibility and coordination for all students. Originally formed by borrowing from classical, modern and jazz styles, it has since come to incorporate elements from many styles of dance, and is often perceived as being closely related to modern dance, ballet and other classical concert dance styles. Contemporary dance technique tends to utilize controlled legwork of ballet and modern dance's stress on the torso, and also employs contact-release, floor work, fall and recovery, and the improvisation characteristic of modern dance.

 

 

Flamenco:

This Spanish art form has roots deep in Andalusia in Spain's southern region. Flamenco combines acoustic guitar playing, singing, chanting, dancing and staccato hand clapping. The flamenco dancer performs with passion, fervor, even tortured expressions, but always striving for grace and dignity.

Hip Hop:

Incorporates jazz, street dance and funk - a great energetic and fun workout. It is a music genre and cultural movement initiated in New York, often with African and Latin influence. This dance is very popular with young people of any nationality, and can include a wide spectrum of freeform dance.

Jazz Classes:

From  the Beginner to Advanced levels.   These classes are fast paced, energetic and jam packed with techniques to develop strength, flexibility, and coordination.  Dancers get exposure to various styles of jazz.

Lyrical:

A dance form that tells a story to the words of the song.  An extension of ballet which helps to develop poise, flexibility and coordination. 

 

Piano & Voice:

Private instruction offered to students 6 thru adult.

Pointe:

For this class, students must be at least 12 years of age with a minimum of 3 years of ballet training and must be recommended by their ballet teacher.

Tap Classes:

These classes are offered to develop coordination, concentration, rhythm, speed and a broad knowledge of the standard tap technique.   Students will progress according to their development and at the teacher’s discretion. 

 

 

Private Instruction:
(BEGINNER-ADVANCED) ˝ hour classes. Private instruction is offered in voice, piano and all forms of dance. These lessons are by appointment only.