STYLES OF DANCE

BALLET

The foundation of all dance forms, ballet helps to build a strong base, clean technique and proper alignment, and is accompanied by classical music. Russian technique, also known as Vaganova, is a very expressive style of ballet. Focusing on upper body work and emphasizing musicality, dancers are encouraged to emote and perform through syllabus work.

Students will learn and perform a dance in the year end recital. 

 

VAGANOVA BALLET EXAMS

The Society of Russian Ballet is a dance education and training organization that promotes healthy technical and artistic training utilizing the Vaganova Method.

 

Examinations give encouragement and a sense of achievement to all students. For teachers, examinations present proof of expertise and an opportunity for feedback. For the parents they provide reassurance and an indication of their child’s progress. For the Society they aid in our promotion of high quality dance training.

Our respected team of examiners travel to individual schools examining students in every level of the syllabi. Following every examination session successful candidates are awarded certificates and issued comment sheets providing them with detailed individualized feedback.

Exams are optional. No choreography will be set in this class.

The Society of Russian Ballet is a dance education and training organization that promotes healthy technical and artistic training utilizing the Vaganova Method.

 

Examinations give encouragement and a sense of achievement to all students. For teachers, examinations present proof of expertise and an opportunity for feedback. For the parents they provide reassurance and an indication of their child’s progress. For the Society they aid in their promotion of high quality dance training.

Their respected team of examiners travel to individual schools examining students in every level of the syllabi. Following every examination session successful candidates are awarded certificates and issued comment sheets providing them with detailed individualized feedback.​  Exams are optional. No choreography will be set in this class.

 

POINTE

Pointe is the study of ballet while wearing blocked satin shoes that allow the dancer to raise the body onto the tips of the toes. Dancers must have previous as well as ongoing ballet training.
With the exception of Intro to Pointe class, students will learn and perform a dance in the year end recital. By assessment only.

AIDT JAZZ TECH

The Association of International Dance Teachers is a South African based dance society. They have developed an extensive modern syllabus for students and instructors alike. Students can take examinations and earn credits which can be applied towards high school graduation. These highly technical classes introduce students to jazz terminology, music theory and anatomy.

Exams are optional. No choreography will be set in this class. 

Jazz

Jazz is a fun and upbeat style of dance. Classes include warm-up exercises, stretching, core strengthening work, isolations, across the floor combinations and choreography.
Students will learn and perform a dance in the year end recital. 

spins n leaps

Competitive students will focus on technique and intricate steps/tricks throughout the year. This highly beneficial class keeps dancers in top physical form, improving stamina, flexibility and control.
For technique only - no choreography will be set in this class. Ignite Youth Company Dancers only.

LYRICAL

Lyrical is a fusion of ballet and jazz styles, creating a soft and often expressive quality, while interpreting the lyrics of a song. This is often a great introduction to dance as students learn necessary technique and dance skills, but at a relaxed pace. Classes include warm-up exercises, stretching, core strengthening work, isolations, across the floor combinations and choreography.  Students will learn and perform a dance in the year end recital. 

ACRO

Classes work towards improving flexibility, strength, agility and control. Dancers will learn how to properly execute acro tricks, similar to the mat component of gymnastics. A combination of stunts, contortion and dance, it is like “art in motion”.
Students will learn and perform a dance in the year end recital.

MODERN/  CONTEMPORARY

Very expressive and grounded, modern and contemporary are styles of dance that use ballet technique to their advantage. Emphasizing and originating movement from the torso, it is a highly individualistic and diverse form of artistic expression.
Students will learn and perform a dance in the year end recital.

HIP HOP

A high energy dance experience that is fun for dancers of all ages. Dancers will perform popular, age appropriate choreography to trendy hip hop music.
Students will learn and perform a dance in the year end recital. 

MUSICAL THEATRE

A dance class that combines dancing and acting. There is a strong emphasis on performance skills as dancers interpret the words in the music through facial expressions, dance steps and body movements.  
Students will learn and perform a dance in the year end recital. 

TAP

This dance form incorporates rhythm, timing and coordination. Dancers will learn to produce intricate sounds and rhythms using the taps of their shoes. As they advance, the tempos of the music become faster and the rhythms become more syncopated.
Students will learn and perform a dance in the year end recital.