CLASSICAL BALLET: You may not want to be a ballerina, but classical dance technique is the foundation of dance training, in that it enables the dancer to execute a broad range of movement with style, agility, control, strength and an awareness of pleasing and elegant body lines. The use of the turn-out increases the range of movement through greater mobility in the hip joint, while the use of co-ordinated arm and eye line with upper body strength, develops the sense of style and grace. This understanding is then transferred to all other dance styles. With a sound classical ballet foundation, you can do anything else with confidence and precision.
Exams are available in the Royal Academy of Dance Syllabus from Pre- Primary to Advanced levels. The Royal Academy of Dance Syllabus is an international syllabus examined in 79 countries, and is the world’s leading organisation of classical dance education and training. Teachers registered with the R.A.D. are required to have dance teaching qualifications and to participate in regular professional development training.
JAZZ/FUNK: Dance styles change rapidly, so these classes are designed to cover current jazz trends and give the student versatility, flexibility, strength and dynamics. High energy technical skills are developed through kicks, jumps, turns, using elevation and speed of movement to create fun and exciting technical skills. Age appropriate in style, jazz/funk classes cover a wide range of current & established dance movements as well as exploring specific jazz techniques.
HIP HOP: The stuff music videos are made of. Loose, easy and very now... and lots of fun!
TAP: Lots of noise and lots of fun. Tap can be both modern and traditional in style, and may even include musical theatre. Great for co-ordination and timing. Tap is generally lively and energetic, whilst concentrating on the development of percussive and rhythmical patterns. To ensure precision, tap has technical skills which need to be soundly developed.
CONTEMPORARY: A technique and style all of its own. Contemporary dance requires the skill, strength and technical comprehension of classical dance, but interprets it in a completely different way. It can be relaxed and flowing, but also strong, focused and dynamic. Contemporary dance style utilises the technical elements of dance training, but often demands that the dancer is more versatile in the interpretation of movement. Most students really love to dance in the contemporary style.
SINGING: These classes cover all the elements of correct voice training, including diaphragmatic breathing techniques, voice strengthening and placement, tone pitch and range extension for solo/ensemble work. Learn to sing safely and properly with an experience professional. Private lessons available by appointment. See patrobbinssinging.com.au
MUSICAL THEATRE: These classes can incorporate both the ballet style and the jazz/funk style, depending on the genre of the musical. Voice training is necessary. Musical theatre ranges from the comic to the serious, and requires the dancer to express and explore characterisation, whilst mindful of the style of the dance component.
ACRO FOR DANCERS: Great for flexibility, co-ordination and strength. These classes are so much fun and give the dancer an extra dimension to add to their repertoire of skills. Learn all the basic acrobatic tricks and specific acro skills for stage performance.
ADULT BALLET: For those who have danced previously or for those who always wanted to learn. The classes are tailored to suit the strength and flexibility of the mature-age person, whilst developing greater co-ordination and musicality, plus strengthening, shaping and toning. Or just enjoy the freedom of moving to the music.
EXTENSION CLASSES: These classes are for those students who have discovered that dance is their “special thing” and want to spend more time, both in the study of dance and in performing opportunities. Great friendships are developed in these classes, as the students learn about teamwork, co-operation, trust and confidence.
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