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.
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.
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.
PROGRESSING BALLET TECHNIQUE
Progressing Ballet Technique (PBT) is an innovative program developed by Marie Walton-Mahon for students to understand the depth of training muscle memory in achieving their personal best in dance.
The PBT program will leave students with a comprehensive understanding of pure alignment, weight-placement and core control. PBT teaches students how to break down every movement and unfold the layers to understand what muscles assist each movement in its purest form. Quality over quality is the ethos of Progressing Ballet Technique.
Marie has been known for her creative teaching skills for over 40 years and has trained many professional dancers and teachers’ worldwide. She has experimented with outstanding success the use of muscle memory to improve students understanding of core stability, weight placement and alignment for over 12 years.
Safe dance training has been a passion of Marie’s as an educator for over 4 decades. It is sometimes difficult for students to feel what muscles initiate the correct alignment in ballet their training. However, as the fit ball is continually mobile under the student’s’ body it gives the students a proprioception for their posture and weight placement whilst feeling each correct muscle groups. Each exercise has been developed with care and guidance. The programs have received positive feedback from teachers’ and students worldwide.
Sarah Kiely : M. Phty., B.ExSc., APAM
Sarah trained in all styles of dance for 15 years, and completed all of her CSTD examinations in tap, jazz and ballet.
She competed in dance competitions from the age of 5, and has performed professionally as both a dancer and cheerleader. She has been teaching at Gold Coast dance schools for the past 6 years as a CSTD qualified teacher and has seen firsthand the rigors that young dancer students put themselves through.
After completing a Bachelor of Exercise Science followed by her Masters of Physiotherapy in 2016, she is now following her passion to guide young dancers through the demands of dance training. Having lived the same experiences herself, she now wishes to help young dancers understand and care for their bodies whilst striving for their goals as athletic, skilled and informed performers.
This class is designed to help the students perform with an improved awareness of safe dance practises and encourages them, with understanding of muscles alignment, to be more informed about how to safely execute rigorous dance skills and how to individually and intelligently protect and strengthen their own bodies.