Greater Lansing Academy of Dance
Official School of the Greater Lansing Ballet
Greater Lansing Academy of Dance strives to bring professional dance instruction to Mid-Michigan. We believe in nurturing a complete dancer, supporting them through each step of life and dance. A strong foundation in ballet, through the Vaganova method, allows the dancer to take leaps and bounds in other dance idioms including Modern, Tap and Jazz. Faculty provides a disciplined classroom where students can become artists. We hope to share with you a passion for the arts that will last a lifetime.
Classical Ballet is the foundation of GLAD’s dance training program, and serves as the base from which we sculpt students into well rounded and disciplined dancers. Starting from a young age, dancers begin to learn the fundamentals in a structured environment that introduces them to movement vocabulary they’ll need for the rest of their dance lives. As dancers progress through a Russian ballet syllabus with an emphasis in the Vaganova method, they are challenged to grow, not only as technicians, but as artists and as people. In the higher levels, dedicated students train at a pre-professional level to facilitate a future career in the dance world. We also have an active and energized adult ballet program, helping to extend the ballet experience into the later years of one’s dance life. We strive for all our dance students to have a passion and appreciation for the art of ballet.
Modern and Contemporary dance techniques are essential additions to a versatile dancer’s training, and GLAD classes provide a diverse experience for dancers starting after they have achieved a grasp of ballet fundamentals. Approached with a technique-emphasized syllabus, students learn the elements and emphasis of many different styles, from the classics of Graham and Horton to the contemporary improvisations of Gaga and release techniques. Students are encouraged to explore the sensation of movement and are given the tools to better articulate themselves as dance artists.
Jazz, Hip Hop, and Musical Theatre technique classes look to broaden a dancer's genre range. Students learn fundamental concepts and are exposed multiple Jazz styles, such as Classical, Musical Theatre, Hip Hop, and Contemporary. Students are encouraged to explore Jazz styles in the safe and positive working atmosphere of the GLAD classes. Along with warm up, floor progressions, and choreography, students will also be involved in group discussions. It's important for growing artists to be able to express ideas and develop strong verbal communication. The development of confident artists is crucial in Jazz Technique.
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