|The Academy at
The Academy of Ballet at Grebel Dance, under the
direction of Stevan and Debbie Grebel, focuses on
quality technical training in classical ballet and other
styles of dance. Students are exposed at an early age
through the years the strength, line and flexibility of
classical technique. Self-discipline and dedication to
work, along with a love and appreciation of dance as
an art form, are nurtured in each child.
Ballet - ages 2 1/2 - 3 1/2, Creative Movement - ages 3 - 4 and
Pre- Ballet - age 5. The curriculum is designed to introduce the
younger dancer to music and dance forms and prepare them for
further training in the Elementary Division; this is accomplished by
fostering and stimulating the young dancers’ natural desire to
"move". Classes are structured so children have a fun enjoyable
experience while moving through a curriculum that improves
physical coordination and musicality. Children ages 2 - 6 will enjoy
their fun- filled classes while learning the physical basics, discipline
and etiquette needed for the next levels of dance, as they continue
to learn about and love to dance.
from one technique class a week to 2 or possibly
3. lLevels I - IV, or ages 7-12, will have more child
receives the maximum benefit from the child
receives the maximum benefit from the training.
They are encouraged to take the lyrical training.
They are encouraged to take the lyrical class
along with ballet to involve more movement.
Whether the child looks at dance as a fulfilling
extra-curricular activity or dreams of a career on
stage, the child’s needs are addressed and each
child receives the personal attention young
dancers need to learn and appreciate classical
III-VI who have become members the Alabama Youth Ballet
Company. Company class meets 3-4 times per week with
additional classes in pointe, variations, modern, jazz, yoga and
pilates. There is a yearly fee to be a part of the company. You
but members pay highly discounted fees for classes.
It is our mission to nurture the arts in our community through the
performance of classical and contemporary ballets. leadership
and training. They are invited to attend master classes and
workshops to further their training and exposure to the dance
development, college programs, auditions, competitions and
summer intensive training.
Modern and contemporary classes are
Emphasized is movement and
technique. Movements are less Modern
and contemporary classes are
structured than classical ballet, great
Emphasized is movement and control is
required to maintain off center
expression, suspend and release
positions and seemingly unbalanced
turns, jumps, and extensions. Students
are placed according to age, ability, and
Classic jazz is based on the teachings of Luigi, Giordano, Cole and Fosse. However,
floors and choreography.
Ballet technique is the foundation for all dance movement. A strong technical foundation
enables a dancer to focus on the stylistic and performance aspects of dance.
Technique is essential for leaps and turns, where correct posture is essential to
properly execute such moves. Also, jazz dancers' strong and sharp movements are
movement emphasizes the upbeat of music, jazz dance emphasizes the downbeat.
Center control is important in jazz technique. The body's center is the focal point from
which all movement emanates, thus making it possible to maintain balance while
executing powerful movements.
Jazz classes require some form of moderate intensity stretching in order to warm up
the muscles and help prevent injuries. Some techniques used in the warm up consist of
elongating leg muscles and strengthening the core.
Most jazz dancers wear leather jazz shoes, either black or beige, to help them move
smoothly when executing turns (e.g. pirouette). Although jazz dance can be performed
its traditional form, it is often influenced by other dance styles such as acro, ballet,
contemporary, lyrical, and hip hop. In turn, many other dance styles are influenced by
Classic jazz dance moves include:
* Ball change
* Split Leap
* Switch Leap/Swish Split
* Stag Leap
* Pas de bourrée
* Piqué passé
* Pivot step
* Toe Rise
* Touch step
* Chaîné Turns
* Posé Turns
* Step-ball Change
* Turning Pas de bourrée
* Step-Tuck Chassé
* Jazz Runs
* Step Ball Change
* Centre Split Leap
* Lame Duck Turn
* Illusion Kick
Pilates has an emphasis on breath and core
development (abdominal and lower back muscles),
combined with leg exercises to lengthen muscles,
upper body and arm strengthening movements,
Pilates is predominately non-weight bearing it is
often an acceptable and safe way for those with
injuries to stay fit. All Pilates exercises can be
modified to be more or less challenging, so it is
appropriate for beginners as well as experts.
Adult classes are taught on Tuesday morning at 8:30
Yoga is offered for the dancer on Wednesday
evenings at 7:30 and is a great way to learn
relaxation, concentration, as well as for strengthening
and flexibility. The focus is on mental and physical
well-being and developing the connection between
mind, body and spirit for a balanced life.
*Yoga and Pilates is also an excellent additional
training tool for dancers!
CHARACTER DANCE CLASSES
character shoes. Not tap, shoes but heels are worn
in this dance.