Nurturing a Love of Dance!
Grade 1 is mostly for students age 7 0r 8+ depending on previous training who learn classical ballet, character, jazz & contemporary dance so they receive a diverse experience that sets them up for success.. Everyone needs the foundation.
Grade 1 which where classical ballet begins.
Each exercise in this program is much longer and has tempo and dynamic challenges. It's simple enough for the first grade and challenging enough to give them a great foundation.
Benchmarks for a successful student in Grade 1:
Responsibility: Learn & memorize 11 exercises
Musicality- dancers learn 3/4 time and continued development of timing, rhythm, phrasing and dynamics.
Using plie, releve, & saute to develop the foundation of being able to rise and jump correctly.
Time: Fast/slow in the same exercise with different time signatures
Spatial Awareness: continued development of us of space, direction changes within the same exercises and learning movement on the croise position.
Path: circular, small & large, straight, diagonal, wavy, zig-zag, +semi-circle, line, moving in a square
Plus New movement:
Use of 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th positions and arms are fully classical with coordination and dynamics.
Timing, dynamic, and movement vocabulary is all classical and sets the foundation for success in classical work.
Tendu, pose, petite jete, parallel assemble with head and arms, skips with arms in opposition, jumping from one foot to the other with assemble and tempo challenge.
Children at this age also learn classroom etiquette, how to get and put away props, to follow instructions, and to work together in a classroom while building skills that help them foster their imagination & build success.
" I love the holistic approach of this studio. My daughters have learned not only solid ballet technique, but work ethic, self-esteem, and the habit of approaching the world with joy."
What makes GBT so Special?
We inspire our students to believe in themselves. Our passionate staff bring out the best in our students.
Each student has a unique ability and we strive to harness that strength and help each child fulfill their potential.
Our adult programs give you quick success with pro tips that expedite learning.
You'll surprise yourself!
Former dancers and true beginners fulfill their lifelong dream. Fast track the learning curve and build solid technique while building your fitness.
Dance builds character and we pair this with leadership training so our students build traits that will help them on and off the dance floor in school, at home, and within your family.
From the Grandparents:
"Love taking my grand daughter to Kelly's class for little ones on Saturdays. Kelly has so much energy and patience it is incredible and to watch what my grand daughter has learned from her is so much fun. Thanks Kelly for all that you are. You are very much appreciated.
-Misty Cure, grandparent
My granddaughter is thrilled about her dance class, Kelly provides lots of different activities with high energy. The entire class is happily joining in on all the fun. I loved that she does tumbling in the class too. And there are plenty of make up dates to accommodate busy schedules.
-Cheri Jensen, grandparent