Gabriela's Movement Studio offers high quality Ballet, Creative Movement and Art classes specialized for children from 2 to 9 years old. Gabriela's mission is to give children a place where they feel safe while exploring movement, dance and ballet.
Gabriela is a true believer of the many benefits that a dance education has in the development of the whole child and takes time to recognize individual personalities in order for her students to get the most out of each class.
Gabriela, who is originally from Mexico City, started dancing since the age of 5. She has a degree in Ballet from the Royal Academy of Dance. Gabriela has been teaching Creative Movement and Ballet for over 25 years. She specializes in toddlers, preschoolers and young children from 2 to 9 years old. She founded her own studio in 1990.
Besides her classes at Gabriela’s Movement Studio, she still teaches at different places in Richmond, including some Day Cares, Preschools and Montessory preschools.
Creative Movement Classes: Creative Movement explores Dance through a variety of methods including music, props and instruments. Children learn the basic concepts of Dance (space, time, energy, etc…) while developing their locomotor, non-locomotor and creative skills. At the same time, children learn to interact with others and use their own creativity. Creative Movement is an art form that is based on natural movements. The emphasis is not to imitate the teacher, but to discover the dance within each child. In the process, children learn to solve problems, express feelings, cooperate, accept individual differences and engage in activities that increase their self-esteem. Classes include rhythm, body awareness, use of space, sensory contrast, exploration, skill development and the beginning of choreography.
Crafts: After exploring the dance elements and dancing to the music, the children sit to make some simple crafts. Crafts allow children to relax while listening to music (Classical or Ethnic) and stimulate the artistic expression of the children through different media. Crafts include masks, clay, painting, multimedia, papier maché, paper flowers, etc, and are age appropriate.
Classical Ballet: Through the study of ballet, the student develops poise, balance, grace, strong muscles and coordination. Kinder Ballet is a class specifically design for the 3, 4 and 5 years old. It provides a fun, creative and nurturing introduction to ballet concepts. Although technique is introduced, it is presented in a fun manner. It teaches coordination, grace, and is perfect for movement development in general. The class is quick moving and energetic, sure to please the younger dancer.
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“…You have a very special connection with the children witch allows them all to feel comfortable and therefor enjoy their experiences.”
“Thank you for teaching Victoria this year. Our only regret is that we didn’t start sooner.”
“Thank you for your great job, passion and enthusiasm, your creativity and patience. You and your program are “magic” that has touched us in many different ways.”
Reviews of Gabriela's Movement Studio
Great classes and an excellent teacher.. my daughter is very happy and she is highly motivated
Great teacher and excellent classes.Gabriela's experience and ways with children are a great assest
Gabriela's classes are great for kids. My children love them and I am very happy with how they are developing their skills on the movement classes.
Gabriela is passionate about her job.
Thank you for your creativity and wonderful classes
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