Dance Classes

Glens Falls Ballet and Dance Center
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Me and My Shadow: Introductory movement class for children and their parent/guardian. (18 Months –3 years) This class will explore early movement patterns, imagination, and music appreciation. Prince and Princess Ballet: Creative Rhythm & Movement: This exciting environment will allow for students to explore their creativity and imagination through the introduction of movement, improvisation, creative dance, elements of dance, and music appreciation. (Ages 3 and 4) Triple Threat!
Phase One: students begin by learning the basic fundamentals of singing, movement, and confidence. Students will be introduced to basic theatre terminology and stage direction. As they progress, students will be taught to sing as part of an ensemble, basic acting, creative expression and ballet-based training, with emphasis on jazz, tap, partnering, and other musical theatre styles.

Phase Two: students build confidence as vocal soloists, and learn about auditioning, song selection, ensemble singing, and acting. They will begin learning choreography basics, and developing the skills of singing while dancing. Students will be introduced to basic theatre history. As they progress, attention will be paid to musical performance and auditioning, including enhancing musical skills, improving vocal production, deepening interpretation of lyrics, optimizing the use of physical movement, and expanding repertoire. A deeper understanding of musical theatre history will be observed.

Phase Three: The focus will be on performance, including makeup, hair, and proper theatre etiquette. Dress rehearsal and final performance observed.
Pre-Ballet: Introduction to the basics of ballet (ages 5 & 6). Children learn foot and arm positions and concentrate on proper alignment. Ballet A: The dedicated study of ballet now begins. Children are taught the fundamentals of ballet as well as emphasis on correct body placement and the proper development of muscles. Ballet B-D: Students continue training, concentrating on strengthening their alignment and balance while incorporating steps into combinations, also covering space with big jumps and turns. Pointe: Work begins only after a strong comprehensive basic technique has been developed. As a rule, pointe is not taught at the school before two or three years of preparation in academic ballet classes. Prerequisite two ballet classes weekly. Jazz: Isolations of head, shoulder, ribs and hips. Strengthening and working on flexibility of the spine, as well as working on turns and jumps. Classes work on Jazz progressions which build into choreography. Tap: Involves strengthening of ankles and feet through repetition of working on time steps and rhythms. Class includes perfecting of timing and technique. Beginner Hip Hop: This class focuses on teaching fundamental hip hop movements including basic body isolations and control, ground work and basic foot work patterns. Aaron focuses on helping each person find their own flow and helps them become comfortable with freestyling as well as nailing choreography. Students encouraged to wear "stylistic" clothing to optimizes their individual growth. HIP HOP: This Class focuses on the use of dynamics found in the music. Students will be taught everything from footwork patterns, spins, freezes, drops to the floor, lockin', threading, tracing, body awareness and personal performance. Students will gain the skills needed to become a stronger more versatile dancer.

If you ever thought of being a dancer on tour with your favorite recording artist, you need to have a strong foundation in all types of dance. This class will give you that foundation and allow your personal style to emerge and develop. Students encouraged to wear "stylistic" clothing to optimizes their individual growth.
Musical Theater DanceModern/Contemporary: This class offerscontemporary and modern dance technique, improvisation, the study of choreographic principals, and the exploration of various modern dance artists/genres. Musical Theater DanceMusical Theater Dance:This class introduces students to basic vocabulary of the Broadway dance number. Students will learn the qualitative elements that help an actor or beginning dancer move with ease and presence on stage. Basic warm-up and stretching exercises develop coordination, while "across the floor" and "center movement combinations" provide technique, stamina and improves body awareness.

Are you interested in a class that will prepare you for a working career on stage? If you have a love for hard work, like to try new combinations and be challenged weekly, then this theater dance class is for you. All I ask is you bring an open-mind and a good sense of fun. I can't promise it will be easy, but I can promise you'll learn.

Feel free to warm up in whatever you like but all warm-up clothes should be removed afterwards. Black theater hats are provided but you are encouraged to purchase your own: i.e. fedoras, bowlers, and pork-pies.

Class combinations are always varied, FOSSEE, Contemporary and Traditional.
Hip Hop & Tumble
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