AICD (AUSTRALIAN INSTITUTE OF CLASSICAL DANCE)
The Borovansky Syllabus, which has been upgraded by the AICD to reflect the contemporary Australian dance teaching methods caters for students from primary through to solo seal. The AICD takes a holistic view of dance in its many forms. The overall aim is to foster the love of classical ballet. www.ballet.org
RAD (ROYAL ACADEMY OF DANCE)
The Academy’s patron is HM Queen Elizabeth II. RAD Membership supports the advancement of dance and includes professional dancers, students, teachers, benefactors, and friends. Established in 1920, to improve standards and re-invigorate dance training initially within the UK, the Academy helps and encourages its teachers to perfect their teaching skills and pass on this knowledge to their students. www.au.royalaceademyofdance.org
PBT – PROGRESSING BALLET TECHNIQUE
Progressing Ballet Technique (PBT) is an innovative body-conditioning and strengthening program that has been designed to enhance students’ technique in all forms of dance by focussing on training the muscle memory required in each exercise in all forms of dance.
Fun and fast-moving, jazz combines popular music with choreography inspired by video clips and recent release music. This style usually starts with an aerobic warm-up then works on flexibility, isolations, co-ordination, turning and travelling skills. We study the Asia Pacific Dance Association (JazzAddict) (APDA) syllabus, an exciting and theatrical style of jazz that incorporates musical theatre, lyrical routines and encourages students to build on their choreographic techniques. Teacher Qualifications are available. We also study the International Dance Technique (IDT) which has more focus on flexibility, turns, kicks & leaps.
Fun and aerobic, tap has co-ordination and musicality challenges. This is a technique class that starts with simple steps and traveling patterns then builds up to more complex rhythms. Our syllabus is one of the most modern with challenging combinations, stomp amalgamations, student choreography options, and musical theatre amalgamations. Examinations are available through the Asia Pacific Dance Association (TapEvolution) (APDA) and Teacher Qualifications are available.
Contemporary dance is a movement using the body’s natural lines and energy, allowing a greater range and fluidity of movement than conventional dance techniques. We now give our students the option to participate in examinations through the Asia Pacific Dance Association (Lucidity syllabus). Teacher Qualifications are available.
For ages 7-18. Hip Hop uses isolations, popping, and freestyled movement. These upbeat urban dance classes are great fun and will develop technique and self-confidence for boys and girls. Students have the option to participate in exams through the Asia Pacific Dance Association (Urban Ignition Hip Hop). Teacher Qualifications available.
There’s nothing like the satisfaction of learning a new skill and Acro classes will increase student’s strength and flexibility. These classes will include beginner to advanced training systems and increase their tumbling and gymnastic floor skills to include a vast array of tricks and skills.
After 12 years of teaching pre-school children the love of movement and dance, Deanne Fordham has written and devised a dance program specifically designed for 3-4-year-olds. “Dainty Dancers” instills basic ballet and jazz technique as well as promoting group interaction, working in formations, directional and spatial awareness, partner work, and improvisation. Working with props such as scarves, tambourines, and wands also allows freedom of movement and appreciation of classical & modern music. Musical Theatre is a new component of the program as students work on different characters within a dance routine. The newly-promoted program spans over 2 years if starting at 3 years old and 12 months if starting at 4 years old.