Kids Program

Kids Programs

Gotta Dance! believes dancers will experience a higher level of progress in their training and technique as they study and train several dance disciplines. When choosing a dance class, remember ballet is highly recommended as it is the foundation for all contemporary dance styles. Dancers show a significant amount of success in their all-around technique and performance when enrolled in a ballet program.

Preschool/Kindergarten “Tiny Tots” Ballet and Tap Program

 

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These are thirty to forty-five minute introductory dance classes for ages 3-5 containing ballet, tap and creative movement. Students are introduced to basic ballet and tap vocabulary, while exploring movement and music in a fun, creative way. This class focuses on rhythm and coordination; mixing in lots of creative ideas to keep the children interested and having fun. Our instructors use imagination games, upbeat age-appropriate music and props like scarves, hula hoops, crowns and bean bags to inspire and excite students about dance. Students will also work on classroom skills such as following directions, listening and waiting their turn. This class is a positive and fun first dance experience for all! (We ask that children who participate in this class are fully potty trained and able to be in the classroom without their parents.)

Leveled classes are an opportunity for students aged 5-18 and ranging from level 1 to 4.  This program is designed to aide students in developing both technically and performatively through a progressive curriculum.  Placement is at the discretion of the school director and is not necessarily aged based or moved through in the same fashion as academic classes. (With 4 levels, dancers do not move levels yearly.)  Students must demonstrate a strong knowledge of the technical vocabulary, body awareness, musicality and stylistic components expected within each level in order to progress to the next.

Intro to Classes

Class Length: 1 hour

Description:  These are the foundational classes in the variety of dance styles.  They introduce a young student to the basic vocabulary and stylistic components of each kind of dance.  These classes are a wonderful opportunity for children ages 5-7 to explore dance and begin developing a knowledge of the art form.

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Ballet Levels 1-4

Class Length:  1 to 1.5 hours, 1 to 3 times a week

Description:  Students will learn technical vocabulary, proper placement and classical choreography situated within the American Ballet Theater and Cecchitti methods of ballet.   Students will progress through levels as their understanding of classical complexities and nuances are strengthened both physically and mentally.  The expectation is that students will devote more time to training, including attendance at more ballet classes per week, as they move up through the levels.

Pre-Pointe

Class Length:  45 minutes, 1 time a week

Description:  This class is designed to strength a dancers' feet and help them gain the particular muscle understanding and control needed for pointe work.  Dancer must be in two ballet classes a week in addition to pre-pointe. We are very focused on our dancers' safety. The proper training and care of our students takes priority over a dancer's desire for pointe shoes. Dancers with the technique, strength, discipline and work ethic will be invited into Pre-Pointe or Pointe class when ready.

Lyrical Levels 2-4

 

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Class Length: 1 hour

Description: Lyrical is strongly rooted in ballet technique while blending jazz and modern styles.  Lyrical dance is characterized by sustained extensions, dynamic movement, and expressive presence. Students will explore how lyrical dance emphasizes interpretation of music lyrics to tell a story with movement that can be fluid or abstract. As students progress through each level the curriculum will become increasingly more complex and intricate. Students must take this class in conjunction with ballet.

Musical Theater Levels 1-4

 

Class Length: 1 hour

Description: These classes center around movement that develops theatrical performance quality and an understanding of Broadway dance. Our focus is on Broadway musicals old and new. The concepts explored are age appropriate for students within each level.

Jazz Levels 1-4; Broadway Jazz

 

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Class Length: 1 hour

Description:  This progressive set of classes builds on the establishment and understanding of both classic and stylistic jazz technique.  As students strengthen their technical ability and choreographic complexities they will work their way through the four levels.  At the higher levels, dancers will begin to explore varieties of dance that fall within the umbrella of jazz technique including Broadway jazz, precision jazz, and pop jazz.  The concepts explored are age appropriate for students within each level.

Hip-Hop Levels 1-4

 

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 Class Length: 1 hour

Description: A style of dance rooted in rhythm, athleticism, experimentation and body formation.  Students progress as their mind body connection improves and their ability to facilitate more complex combinations advances.

 

Tap Levels 1-4

 

Class Length: 1 hour

Description:  These classes are designed to introduce and then advance student's abilities through both Broadway and rhythmic tap techniques.  Vocabulary, form, clarity, classic choreography, and tap history are all components of this program.

Turns and Leaps

 

Class Length: 45 minutes

Description: This is a technique class designed to assist students in focusing on the leaps, jumps and turns that dancers perform in Ballet, Jazz and Hip Hop. Leaps & Turns classes focus on the most basic of turns (chaine, pique, pirouette) through the advanced turns (attitude, arabesque, coupé, fouetté, à la seconde, multiple pirouettes) and variations of all of the above. Leaps & Turns also progresses from basic leaps and jumps (grand jeté, saut de chat, sauté, glissade, jeté, assemblé, pas de chat, sissonne), to advanced leaps and jumps. The student's goal is to execute a series of complicated turn or leap patterns technically correct and safely.

Flexibility

 

Class Length: 45 minutes

Description: A vital supplement to any dancer, gymnast, ice skater, or athlete's training regimen, this class focuses on improving flexibility of various muscular groups throughout the torso and legs to increase a wider range of movement and lessen the risk of injury. This course is a great warmup when taken as a pre-cursor to classes in other styles of movement.  Students are encouraged to stretch at home as well throughout each week to see the greatest benefit.