Dance Styles & Levels

CLASSICAL BALLET

Classical Ballet is the most important training technique used to assist in dance development. Classical Ballet strengthens and improves technique and overall dance quality in all styles of dance. A student learning ballet will gain poise, grace, body alignment, flexibility, musicality, skill, discipline, creativity and  confidence. Students with a sound classical training can pick up most other styles of dance with great ease.
Exams usually begin when the child is in grade one at school. In order to undertake examinations in either RAD 1-5 or SFD 2 -5 Ballet, it is essential to participate in two classical classes per week. Students move on to Pre-elementary studies and major exams after completing RAD Grades (generally at high school age).  This requires 3 classical classes per week.

JAZZ

Jazz is a mix of  styles, from commercial jazz, with the latest moves and the latest music to musical comedy, a more theatrical style. A basic understanding of classical technique will assist in jazz progression. Students commence exams in at Level 1 (generally when they are in grade one at school). After Level 6, students begin more advanced open classes where they learn the latest dance trends. Higher exam levels are offered as additional classes through to Level 10.

TAP

Tap is blend of old and modern styles of dance with metal plates on shoes. Students commence exams in at Level 1 (generally when they are in grade one at school). After Level 6, students begin more advanced open classes where they learn the latest dance trends. Higher exam levels are offered as additional classes through to Level 10.

CONTEMPORARY

As performed by many professional companies today, this is modern dance with a classical base, demonstrating lyrical qualities. This mature style involves a combination of jazz and classical styles and requires some classical experience and or conditioning. Classes are available for students Gd3 and over.

Conditioning

Specialised pilates based exercises to help support classical, contemporary & jazz technique. Students to work on flexibility and strength, with personalized and specific exercises for individual students. Ideal for students in higher grades to majors.

EBC (Elite Body Conditioning and acro)

Following the Acrobatique syllabus, this is a fun and safe class taught on specially designed tumbling mats. This class is ideal for students looking to enhance their dance performances by adding new tricks, flips & flexibility to their dance routines. Ideal for students doing troupe and solo competitions from Jun to senior level.

PREP DANCE   – Students are in Prep at school

For students just starting school. Classes are offered as a combination of Jazz, Tap and Ballet in 30min blocks to allow the student opportunity to do all 3 or just 1-2 styles. There are no formal exams at this level, but students are able to participate in our end of year concert.

PRE-SCHOOL DANCE – 4/5 yrs

For Pre schoolers aged 4-5 years old. A combination of Ballet, Jazz & Tap. These classes are excellent for co-ordination, balance, use of space, confidence, developing motor skills, musicality, creativity and broadening the attention span. This class provides a vital stepping stone to the child’s dance training. There are no exams in this class, but students do take part in our end of year concerts.

TINY TOES 2/3 yrs

We are now offering specialised classes suited to toddlers and preschoolers aged 2-3 years old in a fun and more relaxed environment. Students are introduced to jazz, and ballet dance styles, and the use of basic gymnastic equipment supplements their dance development and improves coordination. Classes are set to a combination of classic nursery rhymes and popular songs the students.

Below is a rough guide to the levels:

Grade 1-2   Sub Junior
Grade 2-3   Junior
Grade 3-4   Junior Advanced
Grade 4-5   Sub Inter
Grade 5-6   Intermediate
Grade 6-8  Sub Senior
Grade 9-11 Senior
Grade 12 + Advanced (by invite only)