Dance Styles

Classical Ballet

This class is recommended for students age 5 years and above. The traditional art form of Classical Ballet reinforces posture including core stability, suppleness, stretching, balance, alignment, strength and vocabulary. Straight ballet classes are on offer from age 5 years when the student has developed concentration and focas. Optional entry into the Borovansky syllabus for exams in August which includes compulsory attendance during the last week of the July school holidays for a four day holiday programme.

Examination

Dance Central enters students in an Australian credited dance exam syllabus through the Australian Institute of Classical Dance.

The ballet syllabus is called Borovansky. Edouard Borovansky first came to Australia in 1929 to accompany Anna Pavlova with the Ballet Russes. He stayed on and formed the Borovansly Ballet Company, commencing in 1940. It evolved into the Australian Ballet Company in 1962, as we know it today.

Dance Central holds a Classical Ballet Holiday Programme for exam candidates prior to the Exams. It is usually in the second week of the July School Holidays.

2019 Examinations TBA.

See holiday program info, for dates and times of the August Holiday Program.

 

Uniform

The ‘Primary’ to ‘preparation grade 5’ uniform consists of a pink Sansha leotard, pink Sansha chiffon skirt, pink/flesh ballet tights and pink ballet shoes. It doesn’t matter if they are canvas or leather shoes but their feet grow so fast you are probably best in canvas shoes at $25 to $35 instead of $50 leather shoes.

The ‘grade 5 upwards’ lunar blue leotard, chiffon skirt, flesh dance knickers, pink ballet shoes and pointe shoes. Character skirt- uniform at Dance Central:  a navy three quarter length skirt and black character shoes, check which grades. Grooming for all Classical ballet class includes hair tied back in a neat classical bun.

The boys wear black ballet tights, a white t-shirt, white socks and black ballet shoes (with white elastics)

Classical Jazz Combo

This class is recommended for students aged 4 – 5 years. This class is more structured than a “Creative Dance’ class, as they are now older and ready for more class content. It supports the foundation of both classical ballet and jazz ballet. An excellent introduction to dance with both slow and controlled technique for those who like move lyrically and also the faster rhythms of boppy jazz ballet, for those who like to move at a faster pace and work on their rhythm and funky style.

Once again if it’s a stepping stone from Creative Dance, we have established that “learning is fun” which includes that the class is run in an orderly manner with educational structure but yes, it is definitely fun !.

It requires good listening skills so that they can process and interpret instructions, working towards building their dance technique and enhancing their co-ordination. It helps develop their concentration and focus.

We continue to work on their dance technique and importantly their posture –  which serves them well for when they need to be able to have strong back and abdomen muscles- to aid sitting up at a desk in school.

In term 4 the students get introduced to some ballet barre exercises, dipping their toes in the water for if they choose to go into a straight Classical Ballet class at age 5 or 6. We also explore more diversity with their stretching, which supports good safe dance practise.

Uniform

For Classical/Jazz Combo the girls wear a Sansha pink leotard, pink chiffon skirt, pink ballet tights, flesh knickers and pink ballet shoes.Grooming for all Classical ballet class includes hair tied back in a neat classical bun.

The boys wear black ballet tights, a white t-shirt, white socks and black ballet shoes (with white elastics)

Creative Dance

This class is recommended for students aged 3 – 4 years.

The students need to be out of nappies and feel comfortable to participate with out Parents in the class.

Parents are most welcome to watch the first class so as they also feel comfortable. We have Parent Watching week on the last day of term 1 and term 4.

The Creative Dance class is a lovely introduction to Classical and Jazz movements, creating a lovely outlet for dancing  toddlers.

 Whilst the emphasis is on “learning is fun” the class is run in an orderly manner with educational structure but it is definitely fun.

It requires good listening skills so that they can process and interpret instructions, working towards building their dance technique and enhancing their co-ordination. It helps develop their concentration and focus.

We cover the very first steps in ballet, they do a little Jazz (boppy) dance to help with rhythm, they do some imaginary work and some games that enhance their gross motor skills.They start working on their posture which serves them well for when they need to be able to sit up at a desk in school.This thirty minute class will be one of the highlights of their week.

 

Uniform

For Creative Dance class the girls wear a Sansha pink leotard, pink chiffon skirt, pink ballet tights, flesh knickers and pink ballet shoes.Grooming for all Classical ballet class includes hair tied back in a neat classical bun.

The boys wear black ballet tights, a white t-shirt, white socks and black ballet shoes (with white elastics)

Jazz Hip Hop

This class is recommended for students age 6 years and above. It is a high energy class with groove and funk elements that also include traditional jazz movements combined with the the latest hip-hop moves. The Jazz component includes a well structured class incorporating a whole body warm up, isolation work, stretching, turns, progressions and leaps building to a choreographed routine. Jazz has a structured yet diverse technique and includes classic jazz moves from legendary musical theatre and cabaret choreographers. The Hip-Hop component includes moves relevant to the child’s age and builds on strength and increased fitness with the hottest dance moves.

Uniform

Dance Central 3/4 length leggings. Dance Central Singlet top – either spaghetti strap or racer back style. Tan jazz shoes. Hair tied back in a pony tail.

Hip Hop

Hip Hop is a collective term for the latest dance styles as seen in video clips and commercials etc Hip-Hop is an awesome workout with a well structured class in keeping with current dance trends, with moves relevant to the student’s age. The class builds on strength and increased fitness with the hottest new dance moves.

Containing styles of Hip-Hop, Waacking, Vogueing and Dancehall, this jam-packed class will push students to increase fitness, strength and musicality. The class will also include basic grooves to assist with free-styling and hip-hop progressions. Set to popular music, performance is the main goal of the class and individuality is encouraged.

Uniform

Dance Central 3/4 length leggings. Dance Central T-Shirt. White joggers. Hair tied back in a pony tail.

Contemporary

Contemporary Dance.  One of the class goals is to prepare the mind and body of the dancer for a wide range of movement possibilities: forms, qualities or dynamics.

It combines the strength and control of legwork and the flexibility of the torso. It also employs contract-release, floor work, fall and recovery, creating light and shade through movement. Unpredictable changes in rhythm, speed, and direction are often used.

We also combine some Lyrical Dance  movements which are characterized by fluidity and grace, flowing seamlessly from one move to another, holding finishing steps as long as possible. Leaps are exceptionally high and soaring, and turns are fluid and continuous.

Lyrical blends some basic elements of ballet and jazz dance. Lyrical  is generally a little more fluid and less relaxed than ballet – although not as rapidly executed as jazz dance. 

 

Uniform

Dance Central 3/4 length leggings. Dance Central Singlet top – either spaghetti strap or racer back style. Shoes : tan Sansha ballet shoes. Hair tied back in a pony tail.

Tap Dance

This class is recommended for students age 6 years and above. The class promotes rhythm and frequent use of syncopation where the feet produce a percussion sound. It has a structured technique which uses building blocks for improved and advanced technical steps in accordance with age and agility. The choreography lends itself in part to the original Vaudeville style, the smooth graceful moves from legendary musical theatre and cabaret choreographers and or the fresh funky moves from modern tap dance styles seen commercially such as Tap dogs .

Uniform

Dance Central 3/4 length leggings. Dance Central Singlet top – either spaghetti strap or racer back style. Shoes : tan Tap shoes. Hair tied back in a pony tail.

Uniform

Dance Central 3/4 length leggings. Dance Central Singlet top – either spaghetti strap or racer back style. Shoes : tan Jazz shoes . Tan Tap shoes. Hair tied back in a pony tail.

Stretch Class

This class is recommended for dance students from age 9 years and upwards. The class is designed to increase flexibility and helps prevent injury. Through out the class a specific skeletal muscle ( or muscle group) is deliberately elongated. The results of stretching increases muscle control, flexibitlty and range of motion. The class is structured with floor mat exercises, barre work and isometric exercises. Uniform : Comfortable clothing for warmth and ease of movement. No feet ware necessary.