Ballet is the foundation of dance. At Waves, Classical Ballet is taught from the
Australian Teachers of Dancing Syllabus which also incoporates other elements
including National Character. The strength that is taught in Ballet class is essential
for posture, alignment and flexibility in all other genres. Ballet is not mandatory
but greatly encouraged. A leotard, pink stockings and pink ballet shoes are
Jazz uses a range of different styles with each Jazz teacher bringing their own
flavour. From cabaret to commercial to Can Can, there are so many ways to
delve into the jazz dance world! Choreography and theme are dependent on the
teachers' style and inspiration. Jazz is a strong, fun and energetic class where
students learn to follow the rhythm, understand core strength and flexibility and
learn appropriate stretching skills. Black jazz shoes are required. l
Tap dancing is a fun, challenging and loud class to be in but once you get the hang
of tapping those feets, it's too much fun to stop! Incorporating elements of both
the traditional Tap syllabus and Beat the Street syllabus ("street tap") from
Australian Teachers of Dancing, no two classes are similar. Tan tap shoes are
Modern/Lyrical is taught as a lyrical based genre and is expressive and
choreography is often centred on the lyrics and accents in the music. The
.choreography is dependent on the teachers' style and inspiration
Contemporary is a new genre of dance and unconventional in its style.
Contemporary dance bases its focus on internal feelings and the natural flow of
the body. Contemporary fuses many genres into one, often jazz, modern, ballet
and hip hop which gives contemporary it's authenticity.
Hip Hop consists of a style of grooving, popping and krumping, stomping, and
tricks! Hip Hop can be lyrical, street, busy, quick or slow. Each teacher has their
own style and is a fantastic class to find hidden talent between the young and
old, boys and girls. Join the fun with something different and groovy! j
Triple Threat incorporates dancing, singing and acting skills, everything your child
needs to be a performance triple threat! Triple Threat builds students' confidence,
acting and movement skills and teaches them how to interact with peers and
understand their emotions.
Acro is a program developed by Acrobatic Arts based on five divisions of
AcroDance: flexibility, strength, balancing, limbering and tumbling. Simple
technique-based progressions work through graded levels from pre-school level
acrobats learning the correct summersault technique to advanced dancers being
able to effortlessly tumble across the stage. Please note, acro is performed on
hard floor and develops the students body differently to that of a gymnast. h
For competiton and private classes, please contact the studio directly.
What are 'Dance Examinations'?
The Australian Teachers of Dancing Syllabus and Acrobatic Arts Syllabus is taught during class time to a majority of our classes. Should students wish to sit their dance examination at the end of Term 3 (ATOD), they will receive a medal and written report with positive and constructive feedback on the progress of the student to assist with ongoing training. Examinations provide an opportunity for students to be introduced to professional procedures in a relaxed and familiar environment and allow the teacher to receive constructive feedback on the progress of their students, Exams provide an opportunity for student's to build self-esteem and to have a sense of achievement. Learning the syllabus is to improve technique, build and strengthen dance ethic, to build confidence in not only dance but personality. Exams are beneficial for all students - beginners and advanced.
How do I know my child is ready to participate in exams?
Your child's teacher will ensure the student has reached a certain technical level for their age. Learning the exercises within the syllabus will improve students' dance ability whether they sit the exam or postpone for a year.
What long-term benefits do exams have?
If a student aspires to a career in dance, performance, teaching, they may require a history and proof of previous experience and qualifications. Exams discipline in an encouraging way which helps with building a students confidence. It enables a student to remember routines and exercises, training the body with correct technique and also the mind.