Toddler Time is a fun weekly class that allows parent and toddler to safely explore movement! During this class, music, story time and parachute games are intermixed with free time and a circuit course for your child's large motor development and socialization skills. This class uses gymnastics equipment so toddlers can climb, hang, and balance with the aid of their parent.
This program was specially developed as a supplement
to the student’s pre-school education. The highly
developed curriculum is based on studies proving the
benefits of movement for young student’s language
acquisition, physical development, and creative
problem-solving. This 2 ½ hour morning or afternoon
offers 2 ½, 3, 4 and 5 year-old’s a joyful way to
explore movement through music, develop physical skills,
channel energy, stimulate imagination and promote
creativity. Story-time, crafts and other stimulus divide
the directed movement time.
Drawing from our Creative
Movement Program, developed and refined over the past 24
years, Extended Movement offers children:
- A Form of Self-Expression
- Develops Storytelling Skills
- Enhances Music and Art Interpretation
- Improves Muscle Development
- Develops Problem Solving Skills
- Increases Body Awareness and Self
- A Form of Communication
- Enhances a Positive Self-Esteem
- Enhances Social and Emotional
For Preschool & Kindergarten
Creative Dance classes are the most rewarding and educationally stimulating classes for young students. DDC&G teachers are trained to use the creative teaching philosophy; children are encouraged through verbal imagery, the use of props, and age-appropriate themes
Teachers use creative tools to reach and engage their students in learning the basics of the art form. The safe and supportive classroom environment allows children to learn early social skills, to cultivate their imagination and develop cognitive thinking routines. The physical activity throughout every class promotes a healthy lifestyle and builds confidence and strength in young bodies. Creative Dance classes are based on ballet technique that is suitable for young, developing muscles and minds. Basic terminology and steps are presented and incorporated into creative choreography.
Each of these classes includes a full body warm-up
appropriate for the age group and their physical
maturity. Basic floor gymnastics such as rolls,
headstands, handstands, cartwheels, round-offs and more
are taught. Loco motor skills and basic leaps, jumps and
turns are practiced. Creative Dance is incorporated so
students may explore basic elements of dance through
personal imagination and individual expression. Creative
Gymnastics classes safely integrate basic floor, tramp,
vault, and bar skills for young children.
Creative Ballet & Gymnastics
The best of both! This stimulating class takes place in the gym. Teachers present basic ballet terminology and steps and incorporate creative choreography. Basic floor gymnastics such as rolls, headstands, handstands, cartwheels and more are taught. Leaps, jumps and turns are practiced. Teachers use creative tools to reach and engage their students in learning the basics of each art form. The safe and supportive classroom environment allows children to cultivate their imagination and develop cognitive thinking routines while developing strength and coordination.
Creative Ballet & Tap
This class exposes children to more than one art form. Ballet fundamentals encourage movement detail, control and discipline. Creative Dance allows guided individual movement expression. Tap fundamentals emphasizes rhythmic skills and weight transferring skills. This class offers the young student a good variety of dance styles in which each style aids the other. (For 5's / 1st / 2nd) Please see Ballet and Tap for more details.
Creative Ballet & Hip-Hop
This dynamic class combines the fundamentals of ballet and hip-hop. Teachers present basic ballet terminology and steps and incorporate creative choreography. Children participate in creative games and practice combinations that develop the child's rhythmic knowledge, physical coordination and mental stimulus. From the control and structure of ballet to the energetic rhythm of hip-hop, children can explore a variety of movements and art forms.
This class is geared to the younger student and is
taught through a creative process. Creative Dance,
fundamentals of Modern Dance concepts, plus basic Jazz
and Hip Hop Dance skills are introduced. Creative Hip
Hop/Jazz is fun, energetic, and age appropriate.
Creative games and practice combinations develop the
child's rhythmic knowledge, physical coordination and
Ballet experts everywhere in the world agree that
children under eight years old should not do pure ballet
technique classes for physical and psychological
reasons. Creative Ballet fundamental classes combine
creative movement and basic ballet moves to prepare the
young student for ballet technique classes in a safe,
appropriate way. An introduction to basic ballet fundamentals and simple terminology allow young children to experience enough discipline and structure to challenge them without frustration. This builds a sense of physical achievement and teaches an awareness of the art of ballet and the body.
Free Tuition for Boys in Ballet. Ages 5 years to Adults
Ballet technique classes require high levels of
concentration and discipline in order to execute the
movement detail properly. Each class is divided into
barre work, port de bras, centre barre, adagio, and
allegro. Strengthening and stretching exercises are
balanced. The ballet class builds a strong foundation of
coordination, discipline and appreciation of art and an
expressive achievement which are great assets for any
Free Tuition for Boys in Ballet. Ages 5 years to Adults
Gymnastics concentrates on floor skills that develop
strength, coordination, balance and flexibility. DDC&G
runs a noncompetitive, recreational program including
tumbling and floor exercises, beginners through
advanced, learn mat skills according to individual
capabilities. Jumps, leaps, and conditioning are all
reinforced in gymnastics.
Gymnastics/Cheerleading is a popular choice for young
gymnasts who wish to concentrate on their Cheerleading
skills. Tumblers in this class focus on leaps and jumps
relevant to cheerleading. They also work on tumbling
passes that most schools request from their
cheerleaders. Teamwork is emphasized in this fun,
noncompetitive class and taught by instructors with
College and/or Professional Cheer background.
Acrobatics (or Acro) is about flexibility and control. This technique is a popular choice for students bridging the gap between skills in the gym and the dance studio! The class focuses on leg extensions, holds on the floor (headstands, elbow stands, and chest stands), and partnering tricks. The class will also work on gymnastics fundamentals; a majority of acrobatic tricks evolve from basic skills such as handstands and bridges.
Tap & Irish
The art of Tap involves the whole body. Good
Tap-dancing is performed with control, speed and
smoothness. Movements of the arms, legs and body are
incorporated with the tap steps. In tap technique
classes, the exercises and combinations directly develop
a sense of coordination, body control, the rhythmic
sense and detailed development of the feet.
The success of River dance and Lord of the Dance has
placed Irish dance on the international stage. Thanks to
people like Michael Flatley and others, Irish Dance is
seen on television, on tour, and locally at festivals
and celebrations. At DDC&G traditional steps, complete
with traditional music, terminology, and respect for the
rich culture of Irish Dance is explored in a
Hip-Hop, Jazz & Break Dance
Hip Hop has evolved from African dancing, street
dancing traditions, tap, and jazz. At DDC&G Hip Hop is
taught emphasizing jazz technique as well as popular Hip
Hop moves and style. Students learn syncopated pop
movements to up-beat music and incorporate performance
attributes into choreography. The Hip Hop classes at DDC&G strive to be fun, energetic, and age appropriate. (See Hip
Jazz is a dramatic experience that encourages
rhythmic movements, gestures and mimicry. Music
stimulates the movement, accompanies it and motivates
it. High energy, exhilaration and freedom of movement
are all inherent in Jazz. Techniques taught include
isolations of the body, polycentric’s (coordinate 2 or
more centers), movements of tension with spontaneous
relaxation, loco motor actions, use of level changes and
counter movements such as twisting. Jazz style is
intense and charged and students are taught to fully
feel and illustrate the movement.
Very popular in the 1980’s, Break Dancing has
reemerged better than ever! This extreme dance-sport
uses tremendous upper-body strength for tricks and poses
and combines the fundamentals of Hip Hop in
choreography. At DDC&G, Break is taught from the
beginning stages in a safe and positive environment.
Individual choreography is encouraged in the true spirit
of movement. This art-form is especially suited for
boys, but also great for girls!
Modern and Ministry
Dance Ministry is a Christian based movement class.
Students in this class may perform choreography at local
churches and events. (The adult session is scheduled
separately, please contact the office for more
Contemporary Dance builds on the technique of many
art-forms including Modern and Classical Ballet. Opposed
to traditional ballet, contemporary dance moves from the
air to the floor allows deviation of conventional
Pre-Modern (1st – 2nd grade)
Modern Dance originated as a rebellion from ballet. Where ballet is lifted and flowing, modern technique is more grounded, engaging the whole body in dramatic expression. At DDC&G, Pre-Modern is offered in order to expose dancers to different movement. Students will engage their bodies in moving large, into the ground, and using the floor
Modern Dance originated as a rebellion from ballet.
Where ballet is lifted and flowing, modern technique is
more grounded, engaging the whole body in dramatic
expression. At DDC&G, Modern is offered in order to
expose dancers to different movement forms and encourage
creativity and expression in each student’s individual
Yoga is a balance and conditioning of the body, mind, and spirit. It is an exercise that can be done by anyone at any age or level of physical condition. It builds strength, flexibility, improves circulation, lowers blood pressure, and reduces psychological stress. Students provide their own sticky mat
Fitness classes are designed to improve strength, power, agility, balance, flexibility, endurance, and coordination.
These classes are designed to introduce the basic components of fitness. Kid’s fitness will include games to show kids how to enjoy exercise while improving their endurance, strength, and overall health. Motor skills will be developed and enhanced while they learn different sports and exercises.
Strength and Conditioning
This class provides a balance between strengthening your muscles and conditioning your body to achieve maximum fitness.
Adult Circuit Training
Stations are set up in a sequence with alternating exercise for opposing muscle groups. Circuits can be designed to meet specific needs, to enhance weight loss and overall fitness.
Adult Core Strength
The core is more than just your abdominals; it includes the glutes, lower back muscles, hips muscles, and muscles of the spine. Exercises for a strong core will improve balance and coordination.
Adult Classes are a fun way to stay in shape and
explore your love of movement. Everyone is welcome in
these classes, with a dance background or without! Sign
up today and enjoy learning to dance from some of the
best instructors around! (With a few exceptions, most
classes are Adult only). See surrounding descriptions for more information.
Placement & Pre-Professional Programs
Placement and Pre-Professional Classes
These classes are specifically designed for a select
group of students at Dublin Dance Centre & Gymnastics.
Students recommended into Placement and Pre-Professional
level classes have demonstrated their commitment,
talent, and desire toward the art form and have chosen
to study it with greater intensity. Specific eligibility
into Placement and Pre-Professional levels is through
teacher recommendation. New students must be assessed in
order to enter the program.
Intensive Ballet Program
The Intensive Ballet training program is a
high-powered stratagem designed to offer aspiring young
dancers the opportunity to commence their journey
towards either the professional or collegiate level.
These special dancers are required to attend 9-12 hours
of ballet each week. They are given numerous
opportunities to showcase their craft, including 4
repertory shows in October, December, March and June.
Class work typically includes; barre, center, Pointe,
variations, pas de deux, and choreography. It is our
desire that dancers from the Intensive Level leave with
the tools necessary to succeed in any performing
environment of their choosing.
Those interested in the Intensive Ballet Program must
demonstrate their skill, desire, and commitment to the
program. A student letter of intent and teacher
recommendations begin the process. For more information,
contact the DDC&G office.
Student Performance Companies
These special student groups offer dancers and
gymnasts a performance outlet and preparation for
college and professional company work. Student companies
meet weekly for choreography and perform in annual shows
as well as artist-in-the-schools programs and community
events. Each program has specific class and level
requirements. Youth Co is for dancers in 1st-6th grade;
Ensemble is a Hip Hop/Jazz based company for 6th-12th
grades; Exhibition is for placement level gymnasts;
Repertory is for 6th-12th grades; Ballet Co is for
Intensive Ballet students. Please call the office for
more information on joining or to schedule a performance
at your event.