We share your passion for dancing, that’s why we think it’s important we tell you a bit more about how our classes work
- Professional teachers
All classes ar taught by professional dancers with years of experience and qualifications. For our youngest students we team up with certified pedagogue Caroline. For Hip Hop we have Roger who was one of the finalists of So You Think You Can Dance 2015. Partner Class and Jazz Ballet is taught by Leen who was Belgian champion in partner dancing (and also a finalist on SYTYCD) and Gemma who’s credentials range from champion in tap dance, studying and teaching at one of the best RAD schools in England and traveling the world as a professional dancer working with the best in the industry.
- Study material
Our classes are customised and are based on techniques and teachings from the RAD (Royal Academy of Dance) and the ISTD ( Imperial Society of Teachers of Dance) to offer you the best of both!
An audition will count as a requirement to start a class at the GBSOD. We do this not necessary to test the level, but more the commitment, passion and to see if the school and you are a match for each other. Check out our Auditions page to learn more about applying.
- Small groups
At the GBSOD we follow the principle of quality over quantity. This means that the classes will be limited in the number of students, to ensure that the students have enough room to dance and that the teacher can coach each student individually.
- Our family
Our school community is one big family, we take great care in getting to know all our students, creating a positive atmosphere for all, motivating each other to reach your full potential!
- Injury prevention
we take extra care in our teaching. Making injury prevention one of the important aspects of a dancers formation. The right techniques and methods are being taught so injuries are reduced and bodies are not badly strained.
Classical Ballet and Pointes
Classical ballet is a traditional, formal style of ballet that adheres to classical ballet technique. It is known for its aesthetics and rigorous technique (such as pointe work, turn-out of the legs, and high extensions), its graceful, flowing, and precise movements, and its ethereal qualities.
Jazz dance is a form of modern dance with many different expressions from classical to funky. Combining strong movements with high kicks, jumps, turns and some clever footwork. Jazz is super fun and a great way to show your personality!
Modern Theatre dance is a rhythmic dance style which originated in America before travelling to the rest of the world. It is often seen on the stages of musical productions and is known for its theatrical qualities. Emphasizing on core strength and body extensions the style uses travelling steps, high kicks, leaps and turns which all need strength and flexibility. With a subtle influence of Jazz and Contemporary genre, this is an enjoyable and energetic dance style.
We are proud to be bringing “Portsmouth tap” to Belgium .For Gemma and many other professional dancers and dance teachers from the south of England this is where our renowned tap technique was embraced and where it all began.
In addition to the benefits which go hand in hand with all dance styles, one of the best things about tap dance is its relaxed nature. The simple action of tapping your foot to a favourite song is an almost subconscious response to a ‘beat’. With most other dance styles, executing a step requires a great deal of tension, while with tap, quite the opposite is the case – most tap steps require you to let go of the tension. That’s not to say that it doesn’t have the same strengthening and fitness benefits of other dance styles, but if you look at any video of Fred Astaire or Gene Kelly, notice how relaxed they appear, and how easy they make it look! In a way, tap doesn’t take itself too seriously, while still being incredibly fascinating to watch, and tremendously fun to do
As of September 2015, we offer Hip Hop classes for both young and old.