Friday Social Dance Classes: No partner necessary! Instructor Brennen Renteria will teach you the basics in this friendly, fun class for all levels. Students will partner with each other and will change partners throughout class. This is not a drop-in class — these are 5-week sessions and the class builds week to week. Students should plan to take all five classes. Styles vary for each 5-week session. Typical styles offered include Rumba, Bachata, Jitterbug Swing, Waltz and Salsa. Check the schedule page for the current offerings.
Advanced Beginner Ballet: For advanced beginners who have a strong foundation in basic ballet terminology and technique. Dancers in this level should be comfortable learning combinations more quickly both in barre and in center, doing combinations facing away from the barre, and are working towards the intermediate level.
Ballet Basics: Designed for students with very little to no experience in ballet technique, or for those that are coming back to ballet. In this class, dancers spend a majority of time at the ballet barre working on posture, strength, and body awareness.
Beginning Ballet: Designed for students with minimal experience in ballet technique. Students in this class should be familiar with basic French ballet terminology, have good posture, and are further developing their sense of musicality.
Ballet Stretch & Strengthen: This all level class focuses on enhancing the specific muscles needed for ballet class, including the legs, core, and back. Dancers in this class will focus on floor and center exercises based in Pilates, yoga, and barre method fitness. Dancers should be prepared for minimal high impact exercise, but options for low impact or more fundamental forms will always be given.
Beginning Contemporary: Those new to dance will enjoy this accessible and engaging class. GDS instructor Amy Williams focuses on incorporating technique, and always explains the purpose and mechanics of basic movements. Ample time and space is left for questions and clarification. The main focus of class is the quality of movement, feeling rhythms and patterns, and emoting through choreography. As much as technique, these things are essential to a dancer’s foundation.
Intermediate Contemporary: This class is for students who have some previous experience or training in contemporary dance, or with other related dance styles such as ballet, modern and jazz. Click here for a class preview video to get an idea of the kinds of exercises and choreography you might encounter.
Beg/Int Contemporary Jazz: Expand your dance vocabulary with emphasis on both jazz and contemporary styles. The class includes technique training, warm up exercises, across the floor combinations, and choreographic variations. Students with prior beginning experiences in jazz, modern, contemporary, or ballet styles will be best prepared for the class.
Beginning Hip Hop: Dancers focus on rhythm, stamina, and style. This class breaks down the four major elements of break dance, but focuses more heavily on the first two: top rock (standing footwork), down rock (floor work utilizing hands and feet equally), freezes, and power moves. Dancers will be challenged with footwork and groove sequences that will ultimately culminate in a short class combination. Each class will include freestyles to encourage dancers to express and explore their own unique style!
Beginning Tap: This class is appropriate for beginning level tap students. The class starts with a basic warm up and moves on to learning technique and tap combinations. Tap shoes are required but there are some loaner tap shoes available for new students.
Intermediate Tap: This class is designed for students with some tap experience, focusing on clean sounds, learning variations of rhythms, and working towards learning more complex tap combinations and choreography.
Intermediate Modern: This class is a blend of the classic codified techniques of Graham, Humphrey and Limon fused with the instructors own innate sense of movement. An emphasis is placed on the initiations and connections of movement, musicality and a sense of weight, all while focusing on an intelligent awareness of alignment and core structure. Classes typically begin on the floor then progress to warming up the upper back/arms, then moving on to the feet, legs and hips. Classes finish with a group combination that incorporates all the elements that were worked on throughout the class. Technique exercises are usually kept and developed throughout 3 weeks while combos are developed throughout 4-6 weeks.
Performance Workshop: This is an opportunity for dancers to spend a quarter learning a piece of choreography. There will be no warm-up, so dancers who have not recently taken class will have the chance to warm themselves up at the beginning of class. After the first two weeks of the session, this class is no longer drop-in.
BeMoved®: This class is a dance fitness experience for people of all movement abilities. The Warm-Up infuses breath and movement through choreographed, artistic sequences that activate core strength and balance while improving flexibility and coordination. The Genre section of class uses continuous, engaging dance combinations to inspire anyone from first-time dancers to professionals. Finally, the Cool Down brings your workout full circle, leaving you balanced in mind, body and soul and feeling rejuvenated.
Music Video: Learn original choreography fit for a music video! This class gives you the experience of learning the hottest moves and grooves to chart topping songs. Feel free to wear heels for this class if you are feeling extra fierce! All levels are welcome, but those with beginning to intermediate level dance experience will be best prepared for this class.
Musical Theatre: This choreography-focused class is designed for students new to dance as well as experienced dancers who are interested in exploring the different styles of movement incorporated in Broadway musicals, with influences from jazz, contemporary, modern and ballet. Dancers in this class typically spend 3-4 weeks working on a single piece or dance, with the last week focused on staging.
Super Basic Dance: Learn beginning-level choreography in this fun class designed for students with no dance experience who are interested in learning the basics of dance and, critically, learning how to learn basic dance choreography. The class starts immediately with learning choreography, there is new choreography every week in a variety of styles.