Generally recommended for ages 24-36 months. Children should be able to take direction, handle props, and participate in a dance classroom environment for 30 minutes at a time.
Pom is a fun, upbeat style emphasizing sharp movements to a heavy beat and incorporating pom-poms. The basic concepts introduced are traditional cheer motions, kick lines, jump technique, ripples, contagions, and extensive formation changes.This style of dance is often showcased on college sidelines and in the NFL.
Imaginations soar as children use props and music to become anything they want to be! Fun, expressive movement is emphasized while introducing basic dance technique. This style is offered as part of our pre-K combo classes.
Lyrical has been described as the fusion of ballet and jazz. It is a very expressive style of dance that utilizes the music and lyrics to convey emotion. There is a strong emphasis on proper ballet technique, and many technical elements including leaps and turns are incorporated.
Beauty, flow and elegance are inherent in the elements of ballet. Ballet is a classical dance form that can be mastered by itself or used as a technical base or supplement to other dance forms. Classes focus on overall body alignment and awareness with emphasis on proper usage of feet and legs and execution of turnout. Carriage and usage of upper torso and arms are also stressed. Traditional barre work, center work and combinations are included in all classes.
Pointe is an advanced invitation-only program utilizing special ballet shoes with wooden blocks allowing the dancers to balance on their toes. Students must have mastered proper basic ballet technique and demonstrate incredible discipline to be invited into the program. Introducing unprepared dancers to pointe too early can have detrimental effects on the body.
Jazz dancing is a form of dance that showcases a dancer’s individual style and originality. Every jazz dancer interprets and executes moves and steps in their own way. This type of dancing is energetic and fun, consisting of unique moves, fancy footwork, big leaps and quick turns. To excel in jazz, dancers need a strong background in ballet, as it encourages grace and balance. We teach both classical and more contemporary jazz styles. Our jazz classes will also stress performance skills and will incorporate elements of musical theater.
Parent & Me
Ages 18 months to 3 years. Classes focus on fun, music, and interactive songs and dances. Parents must be present and participatory during class at all times, no exceptions!
There are many different forms of hip hop, but at BGDTC we usually teach a more general “studio hip hop.” Benchmarks of our classes include upbeat moves, fast and fun music, and choreography that alternates between hitting the beat or riding through the beat. As with all of our choreography- we keep our hip-hip classes age-appropriate. We believe cutting-edge ideas can be introduced while still allowing our kids to be kids.
Leaps, Tricks & Turns
Exactly what it sounds like! LTT is now offered in conjunction with movement technique. There is no recital requirement for this class.
A dance performed wearing shoes fitted with metal taps, characterized by rhythmical tapping of the toes and heels.
Focuses on flexibility, limbering, hand balancing, & tumbling skills often used in dance choreography. This is not a substitute for gymnastics instruction.
LEVEL 3 REQUIREMENTS: HANDSTAND TO BRIDGE WITH PROPER SHOULDER ALIGNMENT, BRIDGE KICKOVER
LEVEL 5 REQUIREMENTS: FRONT WALKOVER, BACK WALKOVER, BACK HANDSPRING (11 & UNDER)
LEVEL 6 REQUIREMENTS: BACK HANDSPRING, CARTWHEEL BACK HANDSPRING, SIDE AERIAL
*BGDTC is an Acrobatic Arts Module 2 certified acro studio.
Modern is contemporary dance (Graham, Horton, and other techniques are taught), which is different from ballet- i.e. generally no pirouettes, turnout is not as important- and modern is more “free” in terms of choreography.
A lot of barre time, and fine-tuning muscle memory- this is crucial for more advanced dancers who want to improve technique in all areas. This is a "technique-only" class. No recital required.
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