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GPAC Ballet Program

GPAC classes are designed to offer high quality ballet instruction in a non-competitive and nurturing environment. Students develop rhythm, coordination, flexibility, creative expression and self esteem while learning ballet technique appropriate for their age.

Fall 2016 Dance Classes

Pre-Ballet 1    Ages 3-4   Wed 4-4:30   $210   Christina McKinney

Pre-Ballet 2   Ages 4-5   Tues 4-4:30   $210   Katie McIntyre

*Ballet 1   Ages 6-8   Tues 4:45-5:30   $260   Katie McIntyre

*Ballet 2   Ages 8-11   Wed 4:45-5:45   $300  Christina McKinney

*Must have approval from Emily Hefley, Programming Manager


Pre-Ballet 1 and 2 students continue to build upon basic ballet steps by learning longer sequences of movement, remembering their place in space and developing stretched legs and pointed feet. Students work on building strength, flexibility, musicality, self awareness while still enjoying games, dance stories, and creative play. 

Ballet 1 and 2 bridges the gap between pre-ballet and more serious ballet studies. Students are introduced to an increased level of more formal training through ballet barre exercises, center work, traveling steps and choreography. Students focus on correct posture, alignment, feet and arm placement in order to develop a strong foundation for classical ballet training.  If you are unsure which class to place your child in, please contact Emily Hefley directly at 901-751-7665. 

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GPAC classes will be held in the Black Box Studio Theater located in the back of the building. Parents may wait outside of the studio or in the lobby of GPAC.

Tuition Policy: 

Tuition is due the first day of the semester. A $25 deposit is due upon registration to hold your space and will be applied to your tuition.  Payments can be cash, check, or credit card.  Tuition is non-refundable unless your child has a major illness that can be verified by a doctor.  Discounts are available for siblings.Payment plans can be arranged on an individual basis.

Class Attire:

Girls:  Pink leotard, pink tights, pink leather ballet shoes (NO isotoner slippers), hair in ponytail or bun

Boys: White T-shirt tucked in, black shorts, white ballet slippers

Attire can be purchased at Cordova Dancewear located at 7990 Trinity Rd in Cordova. Please let them know you are a GPAC dance student and they will fit you in the appropriate shoes.

Make Up Policy:

Please contact Emily Hefley at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or 751-7665 if you know that your child will be sick or out of town. Students can take make up classes during another class time.  Make up is limited to 3 classes per semester and must be arranged within 48 hours of the class time.  The last day for make ups is November 2, 2016.

Important Dates for 2016

August 16 - Classes Begin
October 4-5 - Parent Observation
October 11-12 - No classes due to Fall Break
November 22-23 - No classes due to Thanksgiving
December 7 - Last day of regular classes
December 12 - Fall Recital at 5:30pm


Guitar Lessons

GPAC offers private guitar lessons to students of all ages with singer/songwriter Josh Threlkeld. Through one-on-one sessions, students will sharpen techniques, learn compositions and understand different genres. Lessons are scheduled Mon-Thurs between 2-7 pm.

To receive a registration form contact Emily Hefley at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


1801 Exeter Road
Germantown, TN 38138