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.
Spring 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 Kenesha Reed
*Ballet 1 Ages 6-8 Tues 4:45-5:30 $260 Kenesha Reed
*Ballet 2 Ages 8-10 Wed 4:45-5:45 $300 Christina McKinney
*Must have approval from Emily Hefley, Education and Outreach Coordinator
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.
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 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.
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:
Important Dates for 2016
January 12 - May 4: Classes
March 15-16 - Parent Observation
March 22-23 No classes due to Spring Break
March 30 - Last day for Make Up Classes
May 3 - Dress Rehearsal TBA
May 4 - Spring Recital at 5:30pm
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.