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Our jazz class is a fun and energetic class comprised of set skills and free expression that showcases a dancer's style and originality. Dance routines and music styles range from slow and lyrical to modern uptempo, Broadway to techno. Skills learned will include combinations, isolations, and suspension. A good background in ballet is encouraged but not essential.
Requirements: Black jazz shoes, black socks, studio uniform. Shimmer stockings optional. Hair neat and pulled back from face in bun, ponytail or similar. Water bottle.
Availability: Jazz classes are available to students 3 yrs to mature.
Exams: CSTD exams are available for eligible students from age 5.
Students will enjoy creating rhythm and beats with this percussive style of dance. A rhythmical tapping sound is attained by the dancer from metal plates attached to the ball and heel of their shoes. In tap class, students will learn individual skills and choreographed dance pieces, culminating in a performance at end of year concert.
Requirements: Black tap shoes, black socks, studio uniform. Shimmer stockings optional. Hair neat and pulled back from face in bun, ponytail or similar. Water bottle.
Availability: Tap classes are available to students 3yrs to mature.
Exams: CSTD exams are available for eligible students from age 5.
Ballet is a classical dance form performed to music, employing highly formalized steps and gestures to create flowing patterns and expressive stories through movement. Students will experience formal lessons, learning technical terms and skills, and develop strength, grace and agility through dance. Ballet is the foundation to most dance styles and is an excellent starting point for younger students.
Requirements: Pink ballet slippers (ribbons for intermediate and above), ballet socks (pre-ballet to juniors), ballet tights (intermediate and above, studio leotard, black studio ballet skirt (pre-ballet to juniors). Hair in slicked back bun with pins, net, and donut. Water bottle.
Availability: Pre-ballet available from 3 to 5yrs. Standard ballet classes available from 6yrs to mature. Exams: CSTD exams available for eligible students from age 5.
Students will learn advanced techniques to dance ballet on the tips of the toes, utilizing specially designed shoes. Pointe is the next step from standard ballet classes. This class is designed for older students.
Requirements: Pink demi pointe (beginners) or pointe shoes (advanced) with ribbons, ballet tights, studio-approved leotard. Hair in a slicked back bun with pins, net, and donut. Water bottle.
Availability: Pointe class is available to students age 12 to mature, by invitation only.
“Contemporary dance is a style of expressive dance that combines elements of several dance genres including modern, jazz, lyrical and classical ballet. Contemporary dancers strive to connect the mind and the body through fluid dance movements.”Treva Bedinghaus. Students will enjoy this emotive style of dance, using their bodies to express feelings and ideas in a creative way. Using varied styles of music, combined with footwork and floor work, this class is definitely a workout for the body, mind and soul.
Requirements: Foot thongs, studio uniform. Convertible shimmer stockings optional. Hair pulled back in bun, ponytail, or similar. Water bottle.
Availability: Contemporary classes are available to students from 10yrs to mature.
Acro students have fun learning basic principals of form and movement with a gymnastic element throughout all aspects of the class. Strength, flexibility, and agility are heavily focussed upon, and form the basis to all skills learned, including bridges, cartwheels, and handsprings. Skills are learned throughout the year, and put together with dance elements to create a routine performed at end of year concert.
Requirements: Foot thongs, studio uniform. Shimmer stirrups optional. Hair neat and pulled back from face in bun, braid or similar. Water bottle.
Availability: Acro is available to students 3yrs to mature
A great style for dancers who want to expand their dance experience and ability. Funk combines elements of jazz and hip-hop, and utilises music mostly from R&B, Motown, and Disco styles with modern overtones. Generally up-tempo, this is a great class to improve speed, reflexes and technique. Students will have a blast grooving to funky tunes and performing at end of year concert.
Requirements: Jazz shoes, black socks, studio uniform. Shimmer stockings optional. Hair pulled back in bun, ponytail, or similar. Water bottle.
Availability: Funk class is available to students aged 8 to 15yrs. p.
Whether you have or have not danced before it is never too late to join our chilled out (stress-free) tap or jazz classes that offer loads of fun. Routines are performed at our end of year concert. Both Men and Women are welcome to join this group with weekly lessons being held outside of work hours. Yes, it is stressful and hard to find time for yourself when you have children, but this is a great start for doing something just for yourself.
GIVE IT A TRY!
Students will experience elements from street and new style hip-hop in this class. A great class for boys and girls who want to explore self-expression and challenge their bodies. Loads of attitude, energy and creativity, hip-hop is a great additional class for dancers who want to expand their dance ability and have fun along the way. Core classes (tap, jazz, ballet) are not essential, but are certainly a benefit for improved technique.
Requirements: Hip Hop/Jazz sneakers, black socks, studio uniform. Shimmer stockings optional. Hair pulled back in bun, ponytail or similar. Water bottle.
Availability: Hip-hop classes are available from 8yrs to mature.
MUMS AND BUB
Introduce your little one to dance with this ballet based class. Mums and Dads participate along with their children, learning dance basics and self-expression. Introductory techniques are taught in a relaxed environment, gradually putting steps together to create a dance piece for the end of year concert.
Requirements: Pink (girls) or black(boys) ballet shoes, ballet socks, ballet tights, pink studio leotard, pink studio ballet skirt. Hair in slicked back bun with pins, net, and donut. Water bottle.
Availability: Mums and Bubs class is available to students 1.5 to 3yrs, accompanied by a participating adult.
RDA offer C.S.T.D (Commonwealth Society of Teachers of Dancing) syllabus individual examinations for the below facets:
- Classical Ballet
- Modern Jazz
Exams begin as early as 5 years old and progress through various grades to teaching qualifications. Some grades can contribute to the child's Senior School Certificate. Exams are not compulsory but highly encouraged. These exams are held in May and October every year and are examined by a C.S.T.D Examiner. Each student will receive music for their exams to help with practice at home and additional workshops /seminars are scheduled throughout the year at our and other studios to perfect. Theory work is required to be learnt for higher level grades. For more information regarding the
The Modern Jazz Syllabus covers:
*Pre Modern* * Jazz* *Junior Modern Jazz* *Grade 1 through to 8* *Teaching Certificate *Teaching Diploma
The Tap Syllabus covers:
*Preliminary To Tap - Levels 1 & 2* *Elementary Bronze* *Elementary Silver* *Elementary Gold* *Intermediate Bronze*
*Intermediate Silver* *Intermediate Gold* *Intermediate Gold Bar* *Advanced Bronze* *Advanced Silver*
*Advanced Gold* *Advanced Gold Bar* *Gold Star* *Teacher's Certificate* *Full Teacher's Diploma*
The Classical Ballet syllabi comprise the Grades Syllabus and the Major Classical Syllabus.
The Ballet Grades Syllabus covers:
*Pre Ballet *Primary*Grade 1 through to 6*
The Ballet Major Syllabus covers:
*Sub Elementary* *Elementary* *Intermediate* *Martin Rubenstein Award* *Premier Danseur **Teachers' Certificate
Limited spaces are available for students to learn and perform solo work. If you express your interest to the principal then availability can be advised. The students chosen to do solo work are expected to participate in a minimum of 2 Eisteddfods per year. The teachers put a lot of hard work into choreographing routines along with weekly solo lessons, if the children are not committed with practising at home or dancing on stage then perhaps this isn't the right direction for them to take. If no practice is completed at home, each week with the teacher is used up to remember routines as opposed to perfecting them.
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