Class Information

All parents are required to follow the studio rules and regulations, both signposted and verbalised.

Prince’s and Princess’s

This is a class designed for 2-3 year olds. We focus on teaching the children a variety of gross motor skills and musicality all through music and dance. The class is based around the classical ballet style however many other styles are included. Mime is incorporated in the class also for the theatrical component. Parents are encouraged to let their little dancers dance independently. This ensures the student forms a bond with their teacher and avoids losing authority between parent and teacher and promotes a safe dance environment. Parents can stay with all new students however after a few weeks you can watch from the viewing window.

Tiny Tots and Tiny Tots Tap

This class is designed for 3-4 year olds and is similar to what we do in the Princess’s class. We again focus on teaching the children a variety of gross motor skills and musicality all through music and dance, however in this class we move at a faster pace. This class is based around the classical ballet style however we do incorporate other styles as well. Mime is incorporated in the class also for the theatrical component. Tap is a new class on offer in 2017. In this class children will learn the basics of tap. They are required to wear tap shoes. Parents are encouraged to let their little dancers dance independently. This ensures the student forms a bond with their teacher and avoids losing authority between parent and teacher and promotes a safe dance environment. Parents can stay with all new students however after a few weeks you can watch from the viewing window.

RAD Classical Ballet

RAD is a syllabus in which most dance schools over the world follow and teach. Whilst the Syllabus is continually getting updated it’s safe to say that it is a lovely style to follow.

Pre Primary and Primary is full of fun and technical exercises and mimes for the younger student. Grade One through to Eight consists of three components, Classical, Free Movement and Character and the Vocational Graded Exams are for the much more serious dancer. RAD (Royal Academy of Dance) was established in 1920 to improve standards in dance training. It helps both the student and the teacher. You can learn more about RAD by looking up their website on our home page in the links. Classical Ballet consists of soft flowing movements set to piano or classical music. Classical is the best technical style of dance for children to start with.

All Students who wish to participate in a Ballet Exam MUST attend BOTH Grade lessons on the timetable.This ensures they have the required amount of study time the RAD has set in order to prepare them for examinations.

  • Pre Primary -5 years
  • Primary -6-7 years
  • Grade One – 7-8 years
  • Grade Two – 8-9 years
  • Grade Three – 9-10 years
  • Grade Four – 10-11 years
  • Grade Five – 11-12 years
  • Grade Six – 12 years
  • Grade Seven – 13-15 years
  • Grade Eight – 14-15 years

Vocational Graded Examinations

Intermediate Foundation, Intermediate, Advanced Foundation, Advanced One, Advanced Two.

It is assumed and encouraged that Vocational Graded Examinations start at a grade 5-6 level. For example Grade 5 or 6 ballet will do both their Grade Exam as well as Intermediate Foundation. And so on…

Broadway/Jazz

We teach a mixture of both Broadway Jazz and Standard Commercial Jazz. Both originated from the mid 1950’s and originated from the African American Vernacular Dance of the late 1800’s to the mid 1900’s. Jazz dance evolved on Broadway into a new smooth style that is taught today. The difference between both isn’t huge as they both require a lot of technique however the actual dance styles consist of different steps and music styles. Jazz is a more modern style of dance set to pop music.

The different levels we offer Jazz One through to Jazz Four are based purely on age. We strongly encourage all Jazz student s to participate in a Ballet Class, and from level three onwards it becomes compulsory.

Funk /Hip Hop

Funk/Hip Hop is a more funky style of dance and is more popular these days as it is shown in most dance film clips. The typical steps learnt in this style are popping and locking and body contractions.

We start these classes at a level two class which is generally age 6 and up and strongly recommend either a jazz or a ballet class to be taken prior to engage the correct technique required.

Modern Lyrical/Contemporary

Modern Contemporary is a mixture of ballet and modern. Both lyrical, pop music and alternative music is used. These steps can be very similar to what is scene in the RAD Free Movement section. A combination of sways, leaps and emotion is what you would normally expect to see.

Tap Dance

Tap is a rhythmical style of dance where the feet create sounds and rhythms on the floor with tap shoes either with or without music.

 

Performance Troupe

Performance Troupe (PT) is a class that is offered to the student’s that wish to compete in competitions as a troupe. Currently we have a 16/under age group troupe with kids aged 11-15 and a 10/under troupe. In order to do PT, students need to do the following;

Ballet

Jazz

Contemporary

AND

Funk OR Tap

By doing all these classes it gives them a wider variety of styles and abilities they can perform in in competitions. There is a performance troupe package which hugely discounts classes. Troupe kids need to purchase a tracksuit at $135, they also pay costume hire and entry fees split between them all every competition. This is normally roughly $20-$30 per costume and $20 entry. Troupe kids need to sacrifice school holidays and some long weekends to attend these competitions. Troupe kids also need to have the ability to do their own hair and makeup for performances.

As classes are so heavily discounted , if your child misses a class due to another dance commitment (i.e eisteddfod or concert) or end of year finishes and there are still a few classes left, full payment is still expected. There are a lot of extra hours that go in to the PT group, so it evens out in the end. 

 

Singing

This class teaches children a variety of breath control and rhythm. In a class children will be required to work on their own individual song as well as a class song. Singing will not be available in 2016. Students will be referred on.

Mums and Bubs

Are you a new Mum wanting to get active and in shape? Are you looking at trying to meet new people? Are you finding it hard to find an activity in which babies are welcome? Come join our Mums and Bubs class!

This is a class designed for Mums and Bubs to work together. Our focus will be on both the Mum and Bub working together in both weight resistant exercises as well as cardio vascular work. A Dance component can be added if desired. This is open for all Mum’s of all ages, and Babies aged 0-2 years. It’s never too early to introduce your Bub to music and dance!

Adult Classes are also available

The Adults Classes are designed for you to socialise and enjoy both exercising and learning at the same time. Classes will include high impact cardio vascular warm ups and a combination of both Ballet, Jazz and lyrical styles. In 2017 this class will mix with some other styles on Thursday evenings.

Special Needs

The special Needs class is designed specifically for Adults with an intellectual and moderate physical disability.

Depending on the degree of the disability a carer may be required to stay with the client but in most cases this is not necessary. The content of the class consists of cardiovascular work to warm up and encourage co-ordination in the clients and improve circulation and stamina.

We then incorporate dance movements and combinations to stimulate both sides of the brain and work on the areas that are more difficult like cross body movements and co-ordinating both arms and leg movements working in opposition. The last part of the class is a combination of stretching and strength work where the clients are taught how to execute a series of exercises including sit-ups and push-ups. Some weeks we follow a kickboxing or Zumba DVD for 15 minute warm-up.

The class runs for approximately 1 hour from 2pm to 3pm and costs $16.00 on Mondays.

 

Please read through our terms and conditions Terms and Conditions

Refunds will only be given under the disgression of Miss Alison.

 

Please contact Alison on 0407138325 or alison@daretodancecanberra.com.au in regards to enrolling your child.

 

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