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. Second Floor.

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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 27 – 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
(Young adults and adults ages 16+)


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.


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.















Summer Dance Classes
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Dance AND Series Events


Line_Dancing_150514-e1431614186330Line Dance & Colorado Beer
Friday, June 9. 7:00 – 9:30 pm.

If you’ve been wanting to get on the dance floor, here is your chance! Put on your dancing boots and be ready to learn a host of moves in this new Dance AND Series event. Crack open a refreshing brew from a selection of Colorado breweries, grab a friend and line up on the dance floor. Event includes two drinks and southern style apps. GAC Outdoor Courtyard. Instructor: Linny Ramundo. $20/person.






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Whiskey & Western Swing
Saturday, July 8. 7:00 – 9:30 pm.

Explore one of Colorado’s hottest dance styles in this exciting summer Dance AND Series event. Enjoy good company while learning country swing two-step basics and sipping on a selection of refreshing whiskey cocktails. No dance experience necessary. Couples and individuals welcome, includes two drink coupons each and southern style apps. GAC Outdoor Courtyard. Instructors: Tyler Lull and Victoria Goedjen. $20/individual, $35/couple.






salsa rueda picSalsa Rueda & Rum
Friday, August 11. 7:00 – 9:30 pm.

Enjoy a night under the GAC Courtyard lights in this fun and easy Dance AND Series event. Salsa Rueda is similar to a square dance in which dancers consistently change partners. The dancers learn and execute basic salsa moves in a circular formation while listening to a caller. This is a no pressure way to get exposed to basic salsa rhythms. Enjoy sipping on refreshing rum inspired cocktails and Latin style apps. GAC Outdoor Courtyard. Instructor/Caller: Linny Ramundo. $20/person.








Youth Dance

Toddler Art N’ Dance ~ (Ages 2 – 3 w/ caregiver)
Fridays, 9:00 – 9:45 am. June 16 – August 18.

Discover, move and create in these fun Friday morning classes for your toddler and you! One week will be a dance class and the next will be an art class. Kids will have the opportunity to experience creative lessons in a different art form each week. Art classes will be held on the outdoor courtyard (weather permitting) and dance classes will be held in the GAC Dance Studio. Parents are encouraged to join and participate. Purchase a full summer punch card or smaller punch cards. Classes begin with Art on June 16. Art Instructor: Emily Cardile, Dance Instructor: Victoria Goedjen. $85/full 10 week class, $60/6 classes, $35/3 classes or $13/drop-in.

Preschool Art N’ Dance ~ (Ages 4 – 6)
Fridays, 10:00 – 10:45 am. June 16 – August 18.

Discover, move and create in these fun Friday morning classes for your preschooler! One week will be an art class and the next will be a dance class. Kids will have the opportunity to experience creative lessons in a different art form each week. Art classes will be held on the outdoor courtyard (weather permitting) and dance classes will be held in the GAC Dance Studio. Purchase a full summer punch card or smaller punch cards. Classes begin with Art on June 16. Art Instructor: Emily Cardile, Dance Instructor: Victoria Goedjen. $85/full 10 week class, $60/6 classes, $35/3 classes or $13/drop-in.


Parent Tot Dance Class ~ (Ages sitting – 24 months w/ caregiver)
Wednesdays, 11:00 – 11:30 am. July 19 – August 9.

This class is a 30 minute Parent/Baby dance class. Young dancers and parent/guardian will learn how to follow direction and imitate movement while gaining cognitive development and early childhood social skills. Meet new friends and have a great time engaging with your new joy. $50/student, $42.50/members.


Adult/Teen 16+ Dance

Clogging ~ (Young adults and adults 16+)
Wednesdays, July 5 – 26. 6:30 – 7:30 pm.

In this four week class, students will learn a variety of basic steps that are used in clogging and will memorize actual routines. Steady attendance is highly encouraged since students keep building on what they’ve previously learned. This upbeat class is led by instructor Linny Ramundo from Lake City, CO where she taught and performed for 10 years, culminating in an appearance on America’s Got Talent. Clogging is only done to upbeat, lively music so this is a high energy class that makes you feel good! Wear hard soled shoes, tap shoes or clogging shoes. Min 4 students. GAC Dance Studio. Instructor: Linny Ramundo. $50/student, $42.50/members.


An Evening as Fred Astaire or Ginger Rogers ~ (Young adults and adults 16+)
Western Extended Studies Course #15350
Wednesday, August 9. 7:00 – 9:00 pm.

In this fun two hour workshop, instructor and dancer Karen Immerso will take students on a 1930s tap adventure. Complete with tall white gloves and black top hats, students will learn to dance like Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers. Dust off your tap shoes or find new ones, and enjoy the music, movement, and rhythms that come along with this dance form. Open to all levels of tap dancers ages 16+. Students must provide their own tap shoes. Gloves and top hats provided! Class held at the GAC Dance Studio. Instructor: Karen Immerso. Register online at www.western.edu/academics/extended-studies or by calling (970)943-2885. Pre-registration is required. $20/person.