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 classesare the foundation for all dance forms. Class will focus on training basic through advanced classical ballet technique with emphasis on understanding correct body placement, proper use of turn out, coordination of the upper body and proper use of arms.
Modern dance is an ever changing, exciting form of movement where dancers explore technique through strength, use of breath, control and improvisation. Dancers will explore the concepts of shape, line and spatial awareness through the techniques of Graham and Horton all while tapping into their own artistic expression.
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!
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 dance is an up-beat style of dance that focuses on technique, strength, flexibility, and coordination. Jazz style dance has originated from many choreographers such as Bob Fosse and Katherine Dunham. It includes a variety of the trendiest social dance steps from various time periods such as the Charleston in the 1920’s and the Jazz Square (or Box Step) which is also seen in Ballroom Dancing and Country Line Dancing. A student who takes jazz class should expect to learn moves such as leaps, kicks, and turns.
Dancers are taught technique, form, and dances in the traditional style of Irish dancing. Students will learn the foundation of Irish Dance: Feet placement, Posture, Timing, and Musical awareness. We will learn dances such as the Reel, Slip Jig, Light Jig, and Single Jig; as well as some Ceili (Team) Dance basics.
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
AGES 3-4 BALLET
Have fun while learning the fundamentals of ballet through music, dance games, creative movement in a nurturing environment. Children can feel free to be themselves as they learn and develop positive self-esteem.
TINY TUTU CLUB
DANCE WITH ME
Students and Parents make friends for life in your first dance experience. Build a positive self-image through music, stories, creative movement and play. Students learn how to use their imagination in a safe and nurturing environment.
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
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.
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 @ WORK
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.
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.
BALLET & PLAY
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 Theatre 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.
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
Pointe class is designed for students with previous ballet training and are invited to advance to pointe at the teacher’s discretion. Students will utilize previously learned ballet technique in addition to new exercises while working in pointeshoes. These exercises focus on strengthening the feet and ankles.
YOGA - ADULT
Consciously linking the movement of the body to the movement of the breath, this Vinyasa class is a flowing practice which leads you through a balanced series of postures. You will strengthen and increase flexibility, while simultaneously promoting a sense of deep inner calm. Through simple movements, being present, and positive intentions, this open-level class will leave you with some freedom in both your mind and body.
YOGA - CHILDREN'S
This fun-filled class will combine yoga poses, music, games, and breathing techniques to build physical strength and flexibility in a non-competitive environment. Children will learn basic skills to help manage stress and regulate their emotions. In addition, we will cultivate the qualities of compassion, creativity, self-confidence, calm, and clarity.