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Glee Club

(Dancing / Singing / Drama)
This class is a mix of jazz, tap, singing and drama.    Most of what the children learn is based on ISTD modern and tap syllabus. There is also opportunity for free dance, (improvisation) .
The children will learn a few choreographed pieces for the end of year concert. We may do a piece from a musical, and a separate tap routine, or a separate song.



WHAT THEY'LL NEED
1- A Water Bottle
2 - DRESS - Leggings or tights, leotard or fitted T-shirt.

(Hair must be in ponytail or bun). 
3- SHOES - Jazz shoes/jazz sneakers, or ballet slippers, and tap shoes.   (2nd hand from gumtree or eBay.  New from - 'Jazzies' (in Croydon) 0419 893 107, or 'Frock Up in Ferntree Gully, if so desired).

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Ballet (RAD)

These classes will be based on RAD ballet (Royal Academy of Dance) .  Ah Ballet.....You can always tell a ballet dancer, their posture, grace and poise are notable.  Ballet is something that everyone can enjoy, the purity of classical music, the feeling of flowing and flying - ballet was definitely one of my favourite genres to dance.  Classical music tells a story that your soul can hear, and ballet gives you the tools to be able to fully express that. I loved that feeling! To consider a career in almost any genre of dance - ballet is required - as it lays the foundation for dance as a whole, teaching basic, core technique and placement.  Children that learn ballet tend to pick up other forms of dance very quickly.

WHAT THEY'LL NEED
1- A Water Bottle
2 - DRESS - Girls - Ballet tights, leotard and ballet skirt. 

(Hair must be in a bun).

Boys - Black or white singlet / T-shirt and black shorts

(Hair must be in ponytail or bun).
3- SHOES - Girls - Pink Ballet slippers.  

Boys - Black ballet shoes

(2nd hand slippers can be found on gumtree or eBay.  Brand new from - 'Jazzies' (in Croydon) 0419 893 107, or 'Frock Up in Ferntree Gully, if so desired.)

Glee Club Tinies 3-4 years


This class is a great mix of Jazz/ballet, tap, singing and drama.  A great way to introduce your child to all facets of dance and performance in a fun way. We alternate between Jazz/ballet one week, and tap the next.  And of course every week we do a little bit of singing and drama.  The children also get to learn a song and dance for the end of year concert.  


WHAT THEY'LL NEED 
1- A Water bottle. 
2- DRESS - Children may dress in their most favourite dance outfit - so long as it is practical and won't be a tripping hazard - they are free to wear whatever makes them feel special.
3- SHOES -Ballet or Jazz shoes , and tap shoes
   2nd-hand tap shoes can be found on gumtree or eBay.  Brand new shoes can be purchased through 'Jazzies' (in Croydon) 0419 893 107, or 'Frock Up' in Ferntree Gully, if so desired. 

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TAP DANCE

Also based on ISTD Tap dance.  Learning to tap is so much fun, and once you get the knack of it, you'll be tapping anywhere and everywhere - waiting in line, brushing your teeth!  Its highly infectious, and highly satisfying to make rhythm with your feet.  Come on down and feel pride when you master the 'time step', or even the basic 'shuffle ball change'!  We here in Tap land are a bunch of frustrated drummers!

WHAT THEY'LL NEED
1- A Water Bottle
2 - DRESS - Leggings or tights, leotard or fitted T-shirt
3- SHOES - Tap shoes.  (2nd hand from gumtree or eBay. New from - 'Jazzies' (in Croydon) 0419 893 107, or 'Frock up' in Ferntree Gully, if so desired).

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HIP HOP

Hip Hop and don't stop... Taught by our very talented male teacher - Mr Shane Marshall -Hip Hop is a popular form of dance- the kind you see alot in music videos (though we are selective about language and theme of music etc).  Hip-hop dance refers to street dance styles primarily performed to hip-hop music which was developed by inner-city African Americans during the 1970's.  It includes a wide range of styles primarily breaking,  and was made popular by dance crews in the United States.  Learn some super cool moves with Shane and feel like a pop star!

WHAT THEY'LL NEED
1- A Water Bottle
2 - DRESS - Leggings or tights, and a leotard or T-shirt. Emphasis on 'Funky' ;0
3- SHOES - Jazz shoes/jazz sneakers, or regular clean sneakers.   (2nd hand from gumtree or eBay.  New from - 'Jazzies' (in Croydon) 0419 893 107, or 'Frock Up in Ferntree Gully, if so desired).

Modern Ballet Dancer

LYRICAL / MODERN DANCE

These classes will be jointly based on ISTD (Imperial Society for Teachers of Dance) modern dance, and other techniques and exercises chosen by the teacher.  This class will be a bit of a mix of styles - ranging from lyrical / contemporary, to hip hop, to jazz - basically anything that's not ballet or tap!  Prepare to have some real fun in these classes and express yourself to the max!

WHAT THEY'LL NEED
1- A Water Bottle
2 - DRESS - Leggings or tights, leotard or fitted T-shirt.

(Hair must be in ponytail or bun).
3- SHOES - Jazz shoes/sneakers, or ballet slippers.  (2nd hand from gumtree or eBay.  New from - 'Jazzies' (in Croydon) 0419 893 107, or 'Frock Up' in Ferntree Gully, if so desired). Socks or bare feet are also acceptable in this class.

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BOYS BREAKDANCE 

This class is especially for boys, and is taught by a male teacher - Mr Shane Marshall!  (See 'Meet the teachers' page for his bio).  Breakdance is the oldest form of hip hop known, and like hip hop originated in the Bronx in the 70's.  Musical inspirations include rap, 70's soul and funk, and the like. Prepare to learn some very cool body movements, co-ordination, strength and ultimately - super fly style.

WHAT THEY'LL NEED
1- A Water Bottle
2 - DRESS - T-shirt, shorts, or track pants, or leggings

(Long hair must be in ponytail, or kept back with a headband)
3- SHOES - Sneakers

Zumba Dance Class

Adults Jazz dance (Intermediate level)

Bring your little one/s! No sitter? No  problem!

Put them in a tu-tu and they can dance alongside you or play with the other children in the theatre (Emerald Secondary School theatre).  The aim of this class is FUN! But I will make you sweat! he he he....We usually do a 15 minute aerobic warm-up including stretching and muscle strengthening, then some jazz basics (centre work, corner work).
This class will be open to adults who have not danced in long time - who perhaps danced as a child or teen and may be looking to shake a leg once more; also open to those who are more experienced and have danced throughout adulthood regularly. I can give harder or easier options for everyone in class, so that we can get the most out of it.
I look forward to laughing and sweating with all my fellow dancers out there in the Hills :)

 

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Adults Glee Club

Dancing and singing performance class

This class combines with the Adults Jazz class but goes for an extra half hour so students can warm up their voices and learn some choreography for the end of year concert. Nobody is forced to sing solos if they don’t want to! Lol We decide as a group what pieces we want to perform (doesn’t necessarily have to be from a musical) and take into account everyone’s capabilities.

Mother and Baby on Floor
Modern Ballet Dancers
Young Modern Dancers
Group Dance
Dance Class

CONTEMPORARY

Bethany Adams

BABY BUNDLES AND MONKEY TOTS (0-5 yrs)

Bring along your little one to explore movement together. A  time of connection through touch, eye contact and fun with your little one.

CONTEMPORARY - Ages 6-8 years

 

Children of this age are still in the magical realm of 'wonder'.  THis class will bring magic to life through whimsical and calming movement sequences that will capture your little one's imagination and natural creative movement abilities.

CONTEMPORARY - Ages 9-11 years

 

By this age our children are willing and able to be involved in the creative process of making movement sequences. They are also ready to express themselves through dance and learn technique and more involved routines. This  class is a wonderous introduction to Contemporary Dance.

CONTEMPORARY Ages 12-14 years

 

As our children grow, they thrive when gently challenged to explore new movement concepts in a supportive environment.  They take great joy in mastering more complex choreography while adding their own touch and emotional expression to the movement dialogue.

CONTEMPORARY Ages 15-19 years

This young adults class will challenge the students to experience the freedom of unhindered and draw heavily on their own feelings and life experiences to add depth and meaning to the choreography.

ADULTS CONTEMPORARY

A class that experiments with structured and contact improvisation techniques.  That provides an opportunity for fitness and learning routines that will challenge and extend technique and flexibility of all ranges.  This class is a place to have great fun, let your hair down and learn to DANCE!  It is open to ALL abilities.

MUMS AND DADS CONTEMPORARY (Bring bubs and kiddies)

 

An exploration of Contemporary Dance through improvisation.  Contact improv, as well as, a learnt sequence we can build upon in a relaxed family friendly environment.

SENIORS CONTEMPORARY

Freedom is movement. Come along  for some new moves and feel good in your body and soul.  This class is for EVERYBODY!  Lots of laughs guaranteed.