ADVANCED PROGRAM (Ages 9-18)
Our advanced classes are tailored for the high level dancer who is pursuing dance seriously. Whether the dancer is considering dance in college, as a career, or a path that leads to a non-dance profession, our students gain immeasurably from having studied dance with Gotta Dance!. Students develop self-motivation, self-discipline, poise, grace, physical fitness and an appreciation for the arts, which they will carry with them throughout their lives.
We have had such success with our training program that many of our dancers at this level audition for and attend summer intensives with professional ballet training programs and other summer dance programs Nation wide including, Houston Ballet Academy, Ballet Tucson, Ballet Met, Ballet Austin, Pittsburgh Ballet, Debbie Allen Dance Academy.
Our advanced dancers, with Director approval, may take the following classes at the levels of 4, 5 and 6. Ballet Technique, Broadway Jazz, Tap, Hip Hop, Lyrical, Pre-Pointe & Pointe, Variations and Choreography.
*Ballet Levels 4, 5 & 6 and Pre-Pointe/Pointe are twice per week classes.
Pre-Pointe dancers at this level will be taking a minimum of 4 hours of ballet training per week.
Pointe Dancers will be taking a minimum of 4.5 to 5.5 hours of ballet training per week.
ABOUT LEVELS: Classes are leveled 1 through 6. Progression throughout the levels is determined by the Director. Please note students do not level up each year.
BALLET TECHNIQUE: This class further advances classical ballet training. After the age of 8 or 9, dancers are placed in class according to skill, technique and experience level.
JAZZ: This class is situated in classic jazz technique revolving around rhythm, precision and aesthetics. As students progress through levels they will be exposed to stylistic sub-divisions of the style. Jazz class is a must for the child who wants to be a dancer, especially those interested in musical theater.
HIP HOP: A style of dance rooted in rhythm, athleticism, experimentation and group formation.
MUSICAL THEATER: Musical Theater Dance develops theatrical performance qualities in dancers. Simultaneous enrollment in ballet is strongly recommended. Portraying emotion and performance skills are part of this class. while singing is not. This genre of dance is similar to the dancing children see in musical movies such as Mary Poppins, Sound of Music, Newsies, Annie, etc.
TAP: Tap classes are designed to develop rhythm, style and sound. Students will learn a variety of tap styles from Broadway to Rhythm tap. Starting with Level 1, dancers will be moved up based on skill, technique and maturity. Tap is a skill that requires practice outside of the classroom if the dancer wants to progress.
FLEXIBILITY : In this class, students focus on anatomy and dance alignment while increasing flexibility and learning how to stretch safely.
PRE-POINTE/POINTE: Pre-Pointe is an invitation only class for the dancers who will be enrolled in a minimum of 4 hours of ballet per week. Readiness for pointe is based on age, growth, years of ballet training, strength and technical ability, as determined by the Director. Pointe dancers are required to maintain enrollment in 4.5 to 5.5 hours of ballet instruction per week.
LYRICAL: A combination of jazz and ballet technique with an additional focus on artistry and emotional connectivity. Previous ballet training and simultaneous enrollment in ballet classes required. Lyrical class is not offered until dancer is in Level 4 ballet. Lyrical is not offered every session.
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