Mommy & ME! (Age 2-3)
What joy! Two and three year-olds spend an hour bonding with a parent, or other significant adult, together exploring the fun and magic of dance. Sessions held throughout the year.
Early Childhood Programs (Ages 3-6)
The early childhood program promotes the love of dance through the joy of movement combined with music. Simple dance concepts are taught beginning with the identification of body parts, coordination skills, and movement patterns. The basics of ballet are introduced along with the development of critical rhythm skills, strength, and the ability to follow directions. These creative and imaginative classes broaden every young child’s love of dance and the performing arts. At this age, children typically take one hour a week although a few choose to take more frequently. We offer Saturday and evening classes for working parents.
Primary Ballet (Ages 6-10) & Secondary One Ballet (Ages 7+)
At this age children are taught the basics of the ballet barre and center work. One to two ballet classes and one jazz class a week are recommended. Some students opt for an additional tap or hip-hop class.
Intermediate Ballet (Ages 7+)
A further expansion of the basic barre techniques. Increased centre work to develop a dance vocabulary. Two ballet classes a week are required and one jazz class is highly recommended. Students in the Intermediate III level go en pointe in January.
Advanced Level Classes
Enrollment in advanced level classes is based on a placement class. Membership in the Junior and Senior Company is by audition only. Please call the studio for more information.
Dancers in the Junior Company take class three to four times a week and usually rehearse one to two nights a week. Participation in the annual summer intensive is required. Junior Company members are ten and older.
Senior Company dancers typically take class four to five times a week and rehearse three to four times a week. Participation in the annual summer intensive is required.
The Gainesville School of Ballet is excited to begin weekly tap lessons this year with Miss Carly, exclusively for Intermediate Level Students (this includes students placed in Intermediate One through Intermediate Three levels).
Tap is one of many uniquely American dance styles strongly rooted in Vaudeville and Musical Theater. Students who take tap will learn the most basic tap steps at the start of year and gradually progress to more intricate vocabulary at an appropriate pace. Miss Carly has been tapping since the age of 4. It is one of her most favorite styles of dance to perform and to teach to young children because of its pattern and rhythm based skill building; not to mention the chance to dance to fun, catchy music of many different eras!
Jazz (Ages 6 & up)
Adult Beginners Ballet