|DESCRIPTION OF CLASSES 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 at Grebel Dance is based on the Vaganova syllabus and is designed to help
dancers create a strong pedagogical foundation through movement, discussion,
and exploration. In Vaganova, each class builds on the previous classes where
combinations become more intricate with each level. Vaganova developed the
syllabus to be ever changing and focuses on the process of creativity, discipline
and self knowledge. The design of classical ballet choreography is traditionally
taken from the class so that the student understands the development of skills and
the correct combination of steps by critical and process-oriented thinking.
Ballet - ages 2 1/2 - 3 1/2, Creative Movement - ages 3 - 4 and
Pre- Ballet - ages 5-6.
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.
Levels I - IV, or ages 7-12, will have the child
move from one technique class a week to 2 or
more so he/she receives the maximum benefit
from the training. They are encouraged to take
the lyrical and jazz class. 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 ballet. Ballet is the
foundation of all dance forms. Ballet class is a
classical dance form that incorporates grace and
precision of movement. These classes focuses
on overall body alignment and awareness with
emphasis on proper usage of feet and legs.
Traditional barre work, center work and
combinations are included in this class.
receive additional classes in pointe, variations, modern, jazz,
stretch and pilates. There is a yearly fee to be a part of the
company which includes unlimited classes in ballet, pointe,
variations, modern and jazz.
It is our mission to nurture the arts in our community through the
performance of classical and contemporary ballets, leadership
and training. They are encouraged to attend master classes and
development, college programs, auditions, competitions and
summer intensive training, with at least two weeks of summer at
Grebel Summer Intensives required.
MODERN & CONTEMPORARY
Modern and contemporary classes are
movement emphasized and technique.
Modern and contemporary classes are
less structured than classical ballet.
Emphasis is on movement and control
is required to maintain off center
expression, with suspend and release
positions and seemingly unbalanced
turns, jumps, and extensions. Students
are placed according to age, ability, and
previous training. These classes are for
company members as well as for other
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
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 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 - a change on the balls of the feet
* Jeté - a throw of the leg
* Split Leap - a jete with straight legs
* Switch Leap/Swish Split - a jete changing feet
* Stag Leap - a jump from 2 feet with both knees bent, arms and head back
* 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
Yoga/Stretch/Pilates 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
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, 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.
*Yoga and Pilates is also an excellent additional
training tool for dancers!
CHARACTER DANCE CLASSES
Character dance classes are taught bi-annually for
students in the AYBC to enhance their knowledge
of the classical ballet repertoire. Character dances
are often used in these ballets and danced in
character boots for men and women and a shoe
with a slight heel for women
|Stevan and Deborah Grebel, Directors
102 Commerce Parkway, Pelham, Alabama, 35124
Shelby County's only pre-professional dance program.
Teaching Dance in the Birmingham area for 43 years!
205.987.7234 email: firstname.lastname@example.org