Dance Classes and Workshops

From ballet to tap; hip hop to aerial, movers and shakers of all ages and skill levels will find something they enjoy at the Gunnison Arts Center School of Dance! All classes are held in the GAC Dance Studio at 102 S. Main St.

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Cancellation and Refund Policy:
The Gunnison Arts Center will issue a full refund for the price of class or workshop registration, minus a $5 administration fee, until the class has begun and will only issue Gunnison Arts Center credit after the class has begun.

Enrollment:
All classes have a minimum enrollment of 4 students unless otherwise noted. If the minimum is not met the decision to cancel a class will be made. Some classes have limited enrollment. Students are considered registered only after full payment for the class has been received. GAC active members will receive a 15% discount on class tuition. Pre-registering for a class helps ensure that the course will run.

Scholarships:
Scholarships are available for all dance classes, both adult and youth. Visit the Education Tab and scholarships page for more information and how to apply.

Payment Plans:
The GAC offers the option of creating a payment plan to pay for classes throughout the duration of the semester. Please contact Alysa at the GAC to set up a payment plan that works for both your needs and the GAC’s needs. Classes must be paid for in full before the last day of classes.

Rules of the Studio:
There are no street shoes allowed in the studio, only dance shoes that have never been street worn. No food, gum or drinks in the studio (water is okay in a secure container). Please leave jackets, dance bags, shoes/boots, etc. in the bathrooms; there are cubbies in the bathrooms for personal use. The GAC is not responsible for lost/stolen items.

Dress and Shoe Attire:
No street shoes allowed in the Dance Studio. Shoes and dance attire is up to the class’s instructor. Student should come prepared with dance shoes. and the GAC does not have dance shoes or dance clothing for sale.

Spring Dance Classes
To register – click on the class title.

Youth Dance

M&M pic 2First Steps Dance Class ~ Ages 2 – 4
Fridays, 10:00 – 10:45 am.
Session 2: March 31 – May 5.

Get your little guy or gal moving in the right direction in this fun, early childhood dance class. Parents are welcome to stay and even join in! Dancers will get to perform in the spring dance showcase. Instructor: Victoria Goedjen. $80/session.







tap dancingBallet / Tap ~ Ages 4 – 6:
Mondays 4:15 – 5:15 pm.
Session 2: March 29 – May 1
Instructor: Sophia Kemper. $80/session.

Ballet / Tap ~ Ages 7 – 10:
Wednesdays, 4:15 – 5:15 pm.
Session 2: March 29 – May 3.

This combo dance class will introduce your little dancers to basic ballet vocabulary and techniques for a half hour and fun tapping repetition and combos the last half hour. Dancers will get to perform in the spring dance showcase.
Instructor: Jen Myhr. $80/session.




teen hip hop 2Hip Hop Troupe ~ Ages 5 – 10:
Mondays, 5:15 – 6:15 pm.
Session 2: March 27 – May 1.
Instructor: Sophia Kemper. $80/session.

Hip Hop Troupe ~ Ages 11 – 15:
Wednesdays, 6:15 – 7:15 pm.
Session 2: March 29 – May 3.

Students will learn various beginning hip hop dance moves in a fun filled encouraging group environment while building self-confidence! Basics of all styles of hip hop will be incorporated such as street hip hop, break-dancing, poppin’ and lockin’. All levels of dancers can join! This troupe will get to perform in the spring dance showcase.
Instructor: Jen Myhr. $80/session.






Teen and Adult Dance Classes

tap shoesAdult Tap Level 1
Session 2: Tuesdays, 7:30 – 8:30 pm.

Have you always wanted to learn to tap? Here is your chance in this beginning adult tap class. Learn the essentials and basics of tap dancing while exploring combinations and routines. Open to dancers ages 16 – adults. Instructor: Jen Myhr. $80/session.


Adult Tap Level 2
Session 2: Wednesdays, 7:15 – 8: 15 pm. March 29 – May 3.

Take your tapping toes to the next level in this intermediate tap class. Learn intricate rhythms and combos while having a great time dancin’ and making new friends. Open to dancers ages 16 – adults. Instructor: Jen Myhr. $80/session.





IMG_8734Adult Hip Hop
Session 2. Wednesdays, 8:15 – 9:15 pm. March 29 – May 3.

Have fun in this energetic and lively style of dance. Learn various beginning hip hop moves to your favorite hip hop songs. Open to dancers 16 – Adults. Instructor: Jen Myhr. $80/session.




















c700x420Merengue
Tuesdays, 7:30 – 8:30 pm. March 30 – April 20.

Learn the Dominican style of merengue dance and music. Feel the vibes and lively beats of this popular Latin American dance style. Stay tuned for a Salsa dance class this summer! Spanish speakers welcome.

WHAT IS MERENGUE?
Origin: Merengue is a traditional folk dance originated in Dominican Republic and was brought to the U.S. by Dominican musicians in the early 1900s.

Music: Merengue is in 2/4 time (1-2-1-2), which gives a marching feel to it. These days, Merengue has been influenced by Hip Hop, R&B and other pop music. Some well known Merengue artists include Juan Luis Guerra, Elvis Crespo, Wilfrido Vargas, Eddy Herrera and Los Vecinos.

Steps: The basic dance step (similar to marching) is quite simple in Merengue. Dancers keep their knees slightly bent and feet in contact with the floor throughout. It’s a wonderful dance for beginners and a great way to practice the Cuban motion (hip motion).

Characteristics: Lighthearted, festive, casual, social, hip motion.
Instructors: Fabrianna and Frank Ayala. $75/couple, $50/individual.


Zumba

This class will be canceled – we are finding a morning time for Zumba, stay-tuned!

Tuesdays & Thursdays, 12:15 – 1:00 pm. January 24 – May 4. (No Classes 3/20 – 3/24.)
Zumba is perfect for everybody and every BODY! Each class is designed to be a total body workout, combining all elements of fitness, through fun Latin and world rhythms and dances. Boost your energy and build your balance and strength for a serious dose of awesome each class. Instructor: Barron Farnell.
Punch card available and can be shared.
$8/drop-in, $35/5 class, $50/10 class, $65/20 class.


Buti Yoga winter poster copyButi Yoga
Wednesdays, 5:15 – 6:15 pm. Ongoing every week.

Start your transformation today! Tribal dance + primal movement + dynamic yoga. Transform your BODY + SOUL. Sweat with intention. Be brave with your life. Buti Yoga at the Gunnison Arts Center Dance Studio. Wednesday evenings at 5:15 pm with Buti certified instructor: Tarah Taylor. $10/drop-in or $40/5 class punch card. Purchase at class from Tarah.

















Dance AND Series Events

Events coming this summer! Stay tuned.