South Melbourne and Armadale Dance Centre
Tel:  0406 488 845
lee14sherlock@gmail.com

DANCE STYLES

South Melbourne & Armadale Dance Centre is pleased to offer the following dance styles for boys and girls, starting at age 2½. For more information on the classes, or for class placement suggestions for your children, please contact us at 0406 488 845. Click here for class timetables for our South Melbourne and Armadale locations.

 

TinyFeet Fairy Ballet
2½ to 4¾ years of age

We designed TinyFeet Fairy Ballet classes specifically for younger children of kindergarten/pre-school age, based on simple ballet techniques with lots of imagination and fun. Children love these classes as they get to experience the world of magic and imagination while learning the basics of ballet without even knowing it.

For the older ones, the classes extend to 45 minutes in length, and we introduce the basics of tap during the last 15 minutes.

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ballet

Classical Ballet
Pre-Primary through to Higher Levels

These classes are innovative, fun and high standard. Students are prepared and entered for examination each year. We believe attaining goals adds to the pleasure and drive when learning. Although examinations are not compulsory we do encourage all dancers to participate. The SMDC curriculum is designed to transition students from TinyFeet Fairy Ballet through to Junior classes effortlessly as they grow and develop and follow on to senior classes, gaining confidence and expertise along the way.

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barre and center work

Classical Ballet Technique

Barre and centre work in an open ballet class structure. Focus is on refining and strengthening all aspects of ballet technique such as posture, alignment, coordination and balance while incorporating musicality, presentation and expression.

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contemporary

Contemporary Technique

Based on the teacher's experience in various contemporary dance techniques, the classes are structured to include centre work and floor work with emphasis on release, momentum, connection to core and individual interpretation.

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pointe dance

Pointe

Ballet students begin Pointe work without pointe shoes. From there, students progress on to pointe at the teacher’s discretion. VCE ballet is offered to students looking toward a future career.

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jazz

Jazz
Offered from 5 years of age

These classes are ever popular - lively, enjoyable, modern and professional dance classes. Our school follows the typical jazz class format of building strength, balance and extension through floor stretches, isolations, rhythmic exercises, across the floor patterns, and dance combinations. Our class format remains the same through the different levels, while the movements continue to increase in complexity as our students grow technically and physically.

Similar to our classical ballet program progresses along the natural physical and social development of the dancer, the jazz program integrates rhythm and music games, social interaction and partnering and improvisation into the classes. A strong stage presence and performance personalities are also strongly emphasized in our jazz classes.

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tap

Tap
Offered from 3 years of age

Tap Dance is a top entertainment choice because of its universal appeal to all generations. It is unique in today's entertainment scene and carries traditions as well as new elements.

Tap training helps to increase leg and core strength, musicality and rhythm and showmanship. Tap classes are fun and tap is an exciting way to explore dance movement and learn from basic through to advanced steps. It’s a wonderful way to improve co-ordination. Tap dancing is a great compliment to any dancer wishing to perform in musicals or play a musical instrument because of its important concentration on musicality and rhythm.

Tap dancing focuses on learning complex patterns of foot movement, changes in tempo and different methods of weight transfer while dancing in order to produce a certain sound or look that accompanies the type of choreography or steps that the students are working in class. Tap dancing is a great form of dance for students of all ages to learn.

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hip hop

Hip Hop
Offered from 6 years of age

Hip Hop is a popular newer style of dance that involves street style dance to hip hop music. Hip Hop teaches students how to isolate movements, how to move to different rhythms. It includes locking, popping and breaking styles which were originally created in the 1970s.

 

South Melbourne & Armadale Dance Centre

TEL: 0406 488 845
lee14sherlock@gmail.com