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Dance Styles


BALLET // JAZZ // TAP // CONTEMPORARY // ACROBATICS // LYRICAL

// HIP HOP// VOCAL COACHING

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Dance Styles


BALLET // JAZZ // TAP // CONTEMPORARY // ACROBATICS // LYRICAL

// HIP HOP// VOCAL COACHING

CLASSICAL BALLET

Royal Academy of Dance Syllabus Kindy & Pre-Primary, Primary, Grades 1-8 & Vocational Study, Adult Open The Royal Academy of Dance is the largest education and examination body of Classical Ballet in the world. Taught in over 85 countries its qualifications and standards are high and qualifications world recognised. The syllabus is designed to carefully develop the student from primary to professional level and is assessed each year by external RAD examiners. The syllabus also incorporates national and contemporary dance giving the student an all round vocabulary of traditional and modern styles Classical Ballet, Mime, Character.  

Clothing: please refer to uniform page. 


MUSICAL THEATRE - Jazz and Tap

As in most forms of dance, technique is the foundation for all modern jazz and tap dance movements and adds versatility and breath to dance students education. In particular, jazz dancers benefit from a sound working knowledge of ballet technique. Also known as modern or jazz ballet, it’s performed in musicals, commercials and music videos. The performance style of jazz dance was popularized to a large extent by Bob Fosse's work for Broadway such as Chicago and Cabaret. Modern jazz dance continues to be a dominant element of musical theatre and competitive dance. Our Jazz program is offered to students of 4 years to Adult.

Tap dance is a form of dance characterized by using the sound of one's tap shoes hitting the floor as a percussive instrument. As such, it is also commonly considered to be a form of music. Broadway tap focuses on the dance, and is widely performed as a part of musical theater. Choreography typically starts on the eighth or first beat count. Another aspect of tap dancing is improvisation. This can either be done with music and follow the beats provided or without musical accompaniment, also known as acappella dancing. Our Tap program is offered to students of 5 years to Adult. 

Clothing: please refer to uniform page.


CONTEMPORARY

Contemporary is a very interpretive style of dance and is considered unconventional because it shifted away from classical ballet and lyrical dance forms. Unlike classical ballet, contemporary dance does not have fixed movements, instead it is a search for new forms and dynamics. It focuses on oppositional movement, alignment, raw emotion, and systematic breathing. A creative and innovative style it allows the dancer to explore the natural use of gravity, working with body weight in terms of fall, rebound, recovery and suspension. This genre requires strength and expression and is encouraged and offered to CDS and non CDS dancers at intermediate and senior level. 

Clothing: Dance wear with toe thongs or bare feet. 


LYRICAL

Lyrical dance has been defined as a dance style that embodies various aspects of ballet, jazz acrobatics and contemporary while still maintaining its autonomy. This style strongly associated with clearly displayed emotional moods, fast-moving choreographic strategies, emphasis on virtuosic display, illustration of song lyrics, and, in group form, exact unison. The style is usually danced at a faster pace than ballet but not as fast as jazz. The term “lyrical” dance has been recorded as being used only in the realm of dance competitions, and briefly on the popular television show So You Think You Can Dance.  

Clothing: Dance wear with toe thongs, bare feet , turning shoes or socks. 


ACROBATICS

Acrobatics Dance is a style of that combines classical ballet technique with precision acrobatic elements. It is defined by its athletic character, its unique choreography, which seamlessly blends dance and acrobatics, and its use of acrobatics in a dance context. It is a popular dance style in competitive dance as well as in professional dance theater and in contemporary circus productions.

Clothing: Dance wear with bare feet.


STRETCH / LIMBER / CONDITIONING

Also know as Floor Barre, this non-impact class uses stretch & strengthen techniques suited for all dance styles that will assist dancers to develop & strengthen core muscles while at the same time develop, maintain & improve flexibility. This class is suitable for students of any level from beginners to professional dancers. It is also ideal for former dance students/adults who want to maintain suppleness and grace.

Clothing: Dance wear with canvas/leather ballet shoes, socks or bare feet.


HIP- HOP

The most famous of all urban dance styles, HIP-HOP, refers to dance styles primarily performed to music that has evolved as part of hip-hop culture. It includes a wide range of styles notably breaking, locking, and popping which were made popular by dance crews in the US. A typical class will include learning technique that teaches dancers to move different parts of their body separately and at the conclusion, a short routine is performed using distinctive choreography to the music chosen for that set. 

Clothing: Running/Street shoes and comfortable clothing that you can move easily in.

VOCAL COACHING

Group or private coaching. Voice gives us vocal skills, singing, music theory, history, composition and musical appreciation that accompanies dance.