Jazz, Modern, Hip Hop, Tap and Contemporary Dance
Jazz, Modern, Hip Hop, Tap and Contemporary dance are important offerings at the GWDC. A solid foundation in ballet augmented with high level training in these other Dance forms makes a versatile and well-rounded dancer. The GWDC is committed to ensuring that all dance techniques are taught with a sensitivity to age appropriateness. Dancers may begin training in Jazz, Modern, Hip Hop and Contemporary dance at age 8. Tap is taught beginning age 4 to help develop the young dancer's rhythm and timing. Individual tap classes may be added to the dancer's schedule beginning age 8. Acknowledging that ballet is the foundation for all other dance forms, Lower and Upper Division dancers are highly encouraged to be concurrently enrolled in a ballet class in when enrolled in jazz, modern, hip hop, tap or contemporary classes. Dancers in the Pre-professional Division are required to be concurrently enrolled in ballet.