The Gallery Dance Collective offers classes to children between the ages of 2 1/2 and 18. Classes are offered in the form of a bundled core curriculum or select drop-in classes.
The Gallery Dance Collective is 100% committed to the development of its students. Because the faculty at The Gallery Dance Collective believes in building a well-rounded and technically sound dancer, we require that all students enroll in ballet, tap, jazz, and modern. Upon enrollment, please call the studio to schedule a date and time to evaluate your child, so that we can place him/her in the class level that is best suited to nurture his/her growth.
- Ballet – All levels of Ballet, within The Gallery Dance Collective, will impart the fundamentals of classical ballet. Class will focus on basic ballet technique, proper body alignment, French terminology and musicality. Students will be introduced to elementary barre and center work. This class is offered twice a week. At the more advanced level, the student will focus on the positions of the arms, directions of the body, increased movement, and see an increase in difficulty in barre and center work. Dancers working toward dancing en pointe must be able to master combinations that contain multiple pirouettes, fluidity of port de bras, as well as the intricacies of small and large jumps.
- Tap – Tap is a rhythmic discipline that enables the dancer to create percussive sounds with their feet. In each tap class, dancers will focus on rhythm, musicality, and timing. More advanced tap classes will also learn improvisation skills, which will aide them in their professional development. All classes will devote a portion of each session learning terminology; intermediate and advanced classes will discuss the history and culture of tap dance. As the dancer progresses, greater emphasis will be placed on developing the dancer’s personal style, increasing his/her speed, and fine-tuning the articulation of steps and phrases.
- Jazz – Jazz class will focus on learning proper technique, such as isolations of the body, improving energy and endurance, as well as developing complex rhythms and patterns. The advanced jazz student will be expected to take risks exploring his/her own unique styles, as well as master the technique, speed of the movements, musicality, and flexibility.
- Modern – Modern is described as an immersion into the physicality, principles, and aesthetics of contemporary concert dance, with influences from Graham, Dunham, Limón, Horton, and Cunningham techniques, as well as consistent practice of movement improvisation. The course will improve the student’s movement potential, body awareness, and musicality. Emphasis is placed on increasing strength, flexibility, balance, coordination, speed, phrasing, and proper alignment.
In addition to the classes in the core curriculum, students have the option of enrolling in several elective classes. These classes were added to enhance the dancer’s skill set and provide him/her with the opportunity to be exposed to other disciplines. Electives can either be added to the dancer’s core curriculum or purchased as a drop-in class. Please see the fee schedule for more information.
- Hip-Hop – Hip-hop uses the latest sounds in rap, R&B, and pop music together with movements influenced by some of today’s hottest video choreographers. Hip-hop encompasses movement that has elements of popping and locking, and breaking, as well as freestyle movement to give students the opportunity to develop their own sense of style.
- African – This dance class is an active, vivacious rhythmic dance experience and is designed for everyone who loves to dance. The class combines body, mind and spirit in an energetic union of the music, dance and oral tradition of the people of West Africa and is sometimes accompanied by live drumming.
- Conditioning – This class will give dancers the opportunity to strengthen their bodies to compliment their technical and stylistic dance training and prevent injuries. Conditioning typically targets cardiovascular exercises, flexibility exercises, strength exercises, core/abdominal work, arm/back/leg work.