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.

2016 Examinations

ClassDayDate
Grade 5 BalletFriday12th August
IntermediateWednesday17th & 18th August
Grade 6 BalletWednesday17th August
Advanced 1 BalletThursday18th August

Uniform

‘Primary’ to ‘preparation grade 5’ pink leotard, chiffon skirt, tights and pink ballet shoes. ‘grade 5 upwards’ lunar blue leotard, chiffon skirt, flesh dance knickers, pink ballet shoes and pointe shoes. Character skirt, black three quarter length and black character shoes. Grooming for all Classical ballet class includes hair tied back in a neat classical bun.

Classical Jazz Combo

This class is recommended for students aged 5 – 6 years. This class is more structured than a “Creative Dance’ class, as they are now older and ready for more class content. It is a 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.

Uniform

‘Primary’ to ‘preparation grade 5’ pink leotard, chiffon skirt, tights and pink ballet shoes. ‘grade 5 upwards’ lunar blue leotard, chiffon skirt, flesh dance knickers, pink ballet shoes and pointe shoes. Character skirt, black three quarter length and black character shoes. Grooming for all Classical ballet class includes hair tied back in a neat classical bun.

Creative Dance

This class is recommended for students aged 3 – 4 years. It is a fun introduction to classical and jazz movement for toddlers introducing young children to different music and movements, enhancing their co-ordination and spacial awareness. Whilst the emphasise in on “learning is fun”, the class is run in an orderly fashion with an educational approach to learning.

Uniform

‘Primary’ to ‘preparation grade 5’ pink leotard, chiffon skirt, tights and pink ballet shoes. ‘grade 5 upwards’ lunar blue leotard, chiffon skirt, flesh dance knickers, pink ballet shoes and pointe shoes. Character skirt, black three quarter length and black character shoes. Grooming for all Classical ballet class includes hair tied back in a neat classical bun.

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

This class is recommended for students generally age 11 upwards (except in the case of an all boys hip-hop class, which is more in the B Boy style) 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 child’s age. The class builds on strength and increased fitness with the hottest new 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.

Contemporary

This class is recommended for students generally age 11 upwards (except in the case of an all boys hip-hop class, which is more in the B Boy style) 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 child’s age. The class builds on strength and increased fitness with the hottest new dance moves.

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.

Tap & Jazz Combo

This class combines both Tap and Jazz technique. The warm up will be using the Jazz technique and choreography. Half way through the class the children will pop their Tap shoes on and work through the elements of Tap.

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.