CLASSES OFFERED AT G.O.D

 

 

Contact us for the most recent schedule - amandaklotz@giftofdancesa.com

 

HIP HOP:

Hip Hop has a different meaning to everyone!  But as a teacher I can tell you the hip hop classes are by far our most popular classes at the moment, and the kids just LOVE it!  These classes are fun and energetic.  Classes include a warm up of cardio plus stretch and strengthen exercises that are very important with any physical activity.  This year we will be working on Set dance solos, as well as exam work and always technique in the Hip Hop classes.  Every 2nd year we alternate between concert work, and DanceCor exam work.  2018 is an exam year, but we will also do a small showcase at the end of the year. 

 

*COMPETITION HIP HOP – 2018 crews have already been selected and have begun their routines at the end of last year.  2018/2019 season auditions will be held later this year (April or May)  Selections are based on several requirements some of which will be taught in classes with Amanda/Shameelah/Brandon, and hopefuls will be expected to practice these requirements for the 2019 crew auditions.  Selections are also based on the style of the dancer and whether or not he/she is confident and fits in with a group of other dancers, not just tricks.  

 

**UNIFORM - Black/white Takkies/sneakers, Black hip hop pants or leggings.  Gift of Dance T-shirts available for order.  WP dancers will be required to order a t-shirt for the WP competition, unless they already have one from last year. Hair tied in ponytail.  Caps may also be worn (and are actually encouraged in Amanda’s classes).  

 

***MORE INFO ON T-SHIRT ORDERNING TO COME SOON! PLEASE CHECK OUT OUR "GIFT GEAR" TAB IN THE MENU AT THE TOP OF OUR PAGE TO VIEW OUR 2016 LINE. LIMITED STOCK AVAILABLE. 2018 LINE COMING SOON.  

 

MODERN:

 

I often have people enquire about “Contemporary Dance”.  In my opinion, this is a very vague term and the definition differs depending on who you ask.  I think the TV show “So You Think You Can Dance” is an example that the kids will know, of the variety of styles that can fall under the heading of “Contemporary”…but also perhaps contributing to part of the confusion, as they showcase everything from Lyrical, to traditional modern dance, various style concept pieces etc., all underneath the heading of Contemporary….  A choreographer’s personal style has much to do with their definition of Contemporary Dance.  Basically it all stems from MODERN dance which stems from BALLET.  The words “contemporary” and “modern” just mean “current” or “now” dance.  Modern dance was originally a break away or rebellion against the social structures of the 1880’s and there was a need for a type of dance that offered something more than the rigid, structure of ballet.  Dancers wanted more freedom of expression, so interpretive modern dance was born.  This eventually turned into set curriculum which were known as “modern dance” syllabi (Martha Graham/Lester Horton whose techniques are still taught the world over, for example).  Nowadays the term Modern dance encompasses so much, as does “contemporary”.  The best ways for me to explain the two are: A dance style which is ever-evolving and constantly changing. 

 

SO… To elaborate on what WE DO at GIFT….

 

Our modern classes cover a variety of styles/categories including Contemporary, Jazz, Lyrical, Body conditioning, and on occasion, Musical theatre and African.  These classes are wonderful for technique, posture, strength, control and artistry.  Our modern requires ballet based technique and the Gr 2 and older dancers will be required to take a minimum of 2x modern classes per week.  One class a week is not enough to really develop technique and flexibility.  We also need to work on Eisteddfod and exam work and cannot sacrifice technical training to work on choreography alone. As with Hip Hop, every 2nd year we alternate between concert work, and DanceCor exam work.  2018 is an exam and showcase year!

 

**UNIFORM – Black leggings/tights and Black leotard with our studio logo will be available for order very soon!  No loose fitting clothes.  Hair must be tied off the face in a pony tail or bun (bun is best for technique classes as we need the hair secured when practicing turns).  Girls may wear the fitted Gift of Dance vest during practices with hot pants or leggings, but will need a leotard for the exams end of the year.  

 

TAP:

 

Tap classes have in the past been very small and not as well attended as the large Hip Hop classes.  I would love to encourage the kids to come and try a tap class or two this year and get excited about this classic dance style where we get to use our feet as instruments and create not just a wonderful VISUAL dance but also something that appeals to our AUDIO senses!  Tap was always my strength growing up and I really wish the kids will be encouraged to appreciate it and get excited about it. 

TAP IS COOL!  I PROMISE!  Of course the tap students will also be working on technique plus Eisteddfod and exam work.  

**UNIFORM – Black jazz pants/tights, fitted t-shirt or GIFT tank top (black leotard for exams), tap shoes!  Hair tied in a ponytail.

***MORE INFO ON T-SHIRT ORDERNING TO COME SOON! PLEASE CHECK OUT OUR "GIFT GEAR" TAB IN THE MENU AT THE TOP OF OUR PAGE TO VIEW OUR 2016 LINE. LIMITED STOCK AVAILABLE. 2018 LINE COMING SOON.  

MUSICAL THEATRE:

This discipline includes dancing, singing and Acting!  We are offering this from Grade 1-7 this year.  It is LOADS of fun and the kids just love it!  If your child is constantly putting on plays, performing for the relatives, this is DEFINITELY a class for them! We will also be doing exam/assessment work in this class as well as the option of a set dance solo in the eisteddfod.  

BALLET & ACRO:

We are offering ballet at the studio this year, one day a week..  Acro-Dance will also be introduced purely as a supplement to add on to the modern dancer's training. We are now a certified Acrobatic Arts studio!    

 

Contact us to be kept in the loop with regards to these disciplines.  amandaklotz@giftofdancesa.com 

 

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