Dance Instruction Philosophy

Great South Bay Dance is dedicated to teaching a diverse, curriculum-based dance program to students of all ages in a non-competitive atmosphere. With emphasis on disciplined technique as well as fun, we encourage students to challenge themselves while dancing from their hearts.


Updated March 18, 2019

Class Curriculum

Acrobatics
Acrobatics combine ballet, jazz, and contemporary with skills including contortion, inversion balances, and tumbling. Flexibility, strength, and balance are highlighted throughout class, producing focus, disciplined acrobats as a result.

 

Ballet
Ballet classes for the beginner through intermediate and advanced levels develop strength, balance, coordination and poise, as dancers learn the basic fundamentals of classical ballet technique and terminology. Emphasis is placed on developing correct body alignment through progressive barre and studio work. All students are encouraged to study ballet, as it is the foundation for all other dance forms and is important to the development of a well-rounded dancer.

 

Modern
In this exciting class, dancers explore the basic movement theories of Martha Graham, José Limón, and Lester Horton. Emphasis is placed on developing core strength and control through floor and studio exercises. Structured improvisation plays an important role in developing the dancers’ own artistic expression, as they explore space, shape, time, and motion. Students are challenged to incorporate the use of breath and dynamics in their dancing. Live percussive accompaniment gives the dancers heightened sense of musicality, as they learn to connect to the music and express their joy through movement.

Hip Hop
This pulsating, dynamic class trains dancers in various hip-hop techniques and combinations. Aerobic warm-ups get the dancers moving, while building stamina and strength. Familiar popular music adds to the excitement of learning “street” dancing. Always age appropriate and always fun!

 

Tap
Make music with your feet! Dancers explore this American dance form focusing on clarity of sound, rhythm, and syncopation. Both classical Broadway tap and contemporary rhythm tap are studied through structured, progressive studio and across-the-floor combinations.

 

Jazz

In this fun, high-energy class, dancers explore the stylistic movement and rhythms of classical jazz. The class encompasses a wide range of movements, including concert, theater, and modern jazz. Careful attention is paid to developing correct bodyline and increasing flexibility, musicality, and stamina.

 

Performance Ensemble
Divided into three age-based ensembles, the Great South Bay Dance Performance Ensemble performs at local events. Members learn choreography for upcoming performances at weekly Performance Ensemble rehearsals, and are required to take weekly dance classes including ballet, jazz, and more. Share your passion to dance with audiences across Long Island in a positive atmosphere!
    — Petit Ensemble – Ages 6-8
    — Junior Ensemble – Ages 9-12
    — Dance Ensemble – Ages 13-18

 

Tiny Tutu Club / Dance with Me:
An exciting introductory class for dancers ages 18 months through 2-years old plus a caregiver, the Tiny Tutu Club includes creative movement exercises, free play, tumbling on mats, and a story. The use of props, nursery rhymes, and imagination make for a warm, exciting class.

 

Ages 3-4 Ballet
Tiny dancers are introduced to basic movement principles and dance vocabulary in this fun, nurturing class. Props and creative games create an exciting atmosphere to explore music, coordination, and motor skills. Children in this supportive environment develop basic ballet skills as well as memory skills, patience, and cooperation.

 

Kindergarten Ballet & Tap
A lifetime love of dance is instilled in our young dancers as they learn the basic vocabulary of ballet and tap in a creative, fun atmosphere. Through structure and repetition, young dancers develop a sense of accomplishment and pride as they begin to master the exercises and skills they learn from week to week. Props and creative games facilitate the development in an exciting, engaging way.

 

Dino Dudes Dance for Boys:
Created with boys in mind, Dino Dudes is an introductory class for dancers ages 3-5 and includes creative movement exercises, free play, tumbling on mats, and a story. The use of props such as dinosaur tails and superhero capes, as well as nursery rhymes, and imagination make for an energetic, fast-moving class.

 

Winter Yoga & Art Workshop:
Spend cold weather months stretching and sketching! Our annual Yoga & Art Workshop teaches children basic yoga stretches and meditation principles through exciting games and exercises, and ends with creative craft-making.

 

Dancers at Work Summer Workshop:
The Dancers at Work six-week summer workshop is for Level II dancers ages 10 and older. In this exciting class, students learn basic improvisation and dance composition techniques. Selected students use these techniques to choreograph dances for their peers. In addition to learning the tools of choreography, all students explore concepts in lighting, staging a dance, costuming, and music selection. Dancers At Work class and rehearsals are held twice per week. Participants in Dancers At Work are also required to take Ballet & Modern/Contemporary class throughout the summer as part of their curriculum. The Dancers At Work summer workshop culminates with a Student Choreography Showcase for which tickets must be purchased.

 

ChoreoKids Dance Summer Workshop:
The six-week summertime ChoreoKids Dance Workshop exposes dancers ages 6-10 to the techniques of ballet, jazz, and hip hop.  Students are also introduced to improvisation through games and exercises that cultivate a sense of creativity and fun. The ChoreoKids Dance Workshop ends with a Student Choreography Showcase at Great South Bay Dance. This is an informal showcase of short dances created by the students.

 

Dance Camps
Dance campers spend each 2-hour session enjoying ballet, tumbling on mats, creative movement exercises, free play, and a story.  Dancer campers should bring their own snacks to camp, and get ready for summer filled with dancing fun!

 

Musical Theater
Musical Theater introduces students to the songs of Broadway Musicals. Classes consist of warm-up, learning the repertoire of Broadway show tunes, acting, dancing, and staging techniques.

 

Special Ballet
Dedicated for dancers with special needs, Special Ballet encourages the development of strength, balance, coordination, and poise in dancers. The basic fundamentals of dance are explored through ballet, creative movement exercises, and games.

 

Dance Workshops & Private Lessons

Join Great South Bay Dance for its dance workshops. These limited-time classes are open to all dancers and feature unique genres, guest teachers, and exciting themes. Register for as many workshops as you want — no year-long commitment required. Also, private lessons are available to dancers wishing to improve, expand, and perfect their technique. Half-hour and one-hour lessons available