Adult Dance Styles

Ballet

BarreConsidered one of the most influential forms of dance, Ballet is recognised across the world for its discipline and beauty. A fine art in itself, it also provides the strongest technique base from which to excel in other genres of dance. Our Ballet classes focus on posture, placement and artistic quality. Ballet has the added benefit of strengthening and toning the core, stomach, upper back, arms, buttocks and legs while increasing flexibility and providing an emotional outlet, which aids in stress relief.

Suggested attire: Reasonably fitted clothing that you can move comfortably in. Ballet shoes are required. 


Contemporary

DancerContemporary dance draws inspiration from a number of dance genres including Ballet, Jazz, Lyrical and Post-Modern. It is a bare foot class that allows the dancer to explore their own movement patterns, expression and mind-body connection. Our classes feature lots of floor work with use of gravity and breath. A great genre for the beginner dancer, Contemporary utilises a wide range of movement to an ever-wider range of music.

Suggested attire: Reasonably fitted clothing that you can move comfortably in. This is a bare foot class, but some students prefer to wear thin cotton socks, foot thongs or Ballet shoes


Technique & Anatomy

shutterstock_81695158We are excited to introduce this brand new class to our timetable in 2017! Suitable for all ages and levels, participants will be treated to repetitive movement patterns to improve technique and a broader understanding of the mechanics of the body through practical anatomical workshops. Students are invited to set short and long-term goals in this class and work closely with their teacher to reach them. Some examples might be to build strength, recover from injury, eliminate pain, improve balance or increase flexibility. The lessons are structured to allow all participants to work at their own pace without the pressure of learning new steps or choreography. This class is particularly beneficial as a support for students enrolled in dance classes. We encourage participants to involve their health professionals (e.g. Osteopaths / Physios) when goal-setting and we are happy to communicate directly with them as and when required.

Suggested attire: Reasonably fitted clothing that you can move comfortably in. Most of this class is bare foot, but please bring runners (sneakers) as well.


Hip Hop
Hip HopMore recently established in the dance world than our other styles, Hip Hop has evolved from a broader culture that includes music (rapping and DJing) and street art. Through the use of a wide variety of old and new Hip Hop music, our routine-based classes feature choreography loaded with energy and enthusiasm. Students are invited to bring their own style and interpretation to the movement – perfect practice for the dance floor on a Saturday night! Hip Hop has secured its place as this generation’s chosen genre of dance – it is street dance at its best.

Suggested attire: Think loose street-style clothing – trackpants, tee-shirt and runners but nothing with too much grip!


Jazz

shutterstock_154445768Jazz has become increasingly popular in recent years, particularly after its exposure on So You Think You Can Dance. With African origins, Jazz is about musicality, with technical, dynamic choreography executed to strong beats. Using a variety of popular music from yesterday to today, our Jazz classes are upbeat, energetic and full of fun. Students learn Jazz technique, including turns, kicks and jumps. These steps are then drawn upon when learning choreographed routines.

Suggested attire: Reasonably fitted clothing that you can move comfortably in. Black Jazz shoes are required. 


Musical Theatre

Young dancing womanMusical Theatre is a type of performance that tells stories through the combined elements of drama, song and dance. These classes are in high demand as many wish to experience the joy of the theatre and learn how to bring the stage to life. Musical Theatre classes are a wonderful way for students to increase confidence and performance ability in a social and fun environment while developing a rich knowledge of musicals, old and new.

Suggested attire: Reasonably fitted clothing that you can move comfortably in. Black Jazz shoes are required and chorus shoes for those who wish to dance in heels. 


Pilates

young beautiful girl yoga posingDance is so much about core strength and we believe one of the best ways to achieve this is through the practice of Pilates – a body conditioning class that will leave you feeling longer, leaner and more balanced. This class is great for adults enrolled in our dance classes, to assist with technique but also for those who just want to increase their flexibility, strength, vitality and health. The great news is that regular Pilates practice aligned with a healthy diet will see you drop inches quicker than you could ever imagine – and the class is fun! Students at Dance Habit are encouraged to bring their own Pilates mat. These usually price from around $25 and are available from a wide range of suppliers. Contact us if you need some assistance with your mat purchase.

Suggested attire: Reasonably fitted clothing that you can move comfortably in. Bare feet or socks.


Tap

Tap (2)Tap dance is perfect for those who love to make a bit of noise! Tap shoes feature metal plates under the balls and heels of the dancer’s feet, which make rhythmic sounds when combined with rapid foot movements. Our classes draw inspiration from famous figures such as Fred Astaire and Gene Kelly, but we also know that this form of dance is constantly evolving (think Tap Dogs and Stomp). So, we mix it up with both Broadway and Street style to give our Tap students the best of both worlds.

Suggested attire: Reasonably fitted clothing that you can move comfortably in. Black Tap shoes are required. 


Private Lessons

Private lessonsPrivate lessons are available on request. These may be useful for students enrolling mid-year. They are also great for students who desire some one-on-one tuition and an extra challenge!

Private lesson fees vary depending on the teacher selected. Please enquire at the office or by email for more information.

 


Wedding Dance

Bride and Groom Couple Dancing, Wedding Dress and Long VeilPrivate dance lessons for couples wanting to prepare for their First Wedding Dance. No experience necessary, you simply let us know whether it’s a full choreographed routine you’re after or just the confidence to get around the dance floor without falling over each other. You choose how many lessons you’d like and with the help of your teacher, you will feel relaxed and prepared for your first dance together as husband and wife. Private lesson fees vary depending on the teacher selected. Please enquire at the office or by email for more information.


Barre Attack
* Not currently running

Barre Attack Group Butt and Ball-2A fusion of Pilates, Ballet and Fitness.  Barre Attack is an all body work­out using the classic Ballet Barre. This class attacks those dreaded problem areas — legs, butt, thighs and arms. Not only will you improve your fitness, posture and strength, but you will sculpt your whole body by creating long, lean muscles. This is a dynamic class that is highly addictive!

Barre Attack launched at Dance Habit in July 2015 and is one of the only classes of its kind in the inner west. Secure your spot or book and pay to attend casually.

Suggested attire: Reasonably fitted clothing that you can move comfortably in. Bare feet or socks.

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