Adult Dance Styles

DANCE FOUNDATIONS

If you are an absolute beginner, we recommend starting with Dance Foundations. This class works on a four-week rotation and provides the basic foundation for most styles of dance. You are welcome to join at any time, however,  we recommend completing a minimum of four weeks. You may choose to do this class in conjunction with one or more beginner classes or you might like to complete a four-week cycle of Dance Foundations before joining a group class. Dancers of all levels are welcome to return to Dance Foundations at any time to work on your basic dance technique. Dance Foundations will give you the skills you need to go into a group class with confidence as well as an insight into the classes we have on offer, which will help guide you on class selection.

Suggested attire:  Reasonably fitted clothing that you can move comfortably in. Ballet or Jazz shoes are recommended but if you are unsure on the style you will choose and don’t yet want to invest in shoes, socks will do!


BALLET

BarreConsidered one of the most influential forms of dance, Ballet is recognised across the world for its discipline and elegance. 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 body while increasing mobility and providing an emotional outlet, which aids in stress relief. Pointe classes are available for advanced dancers (pre-pointe assessments apply).

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

 

BALLET GOES POP!

If you love Ballet and you love Pop Music, this is the class for you! Ballet goes Pop is a technical ballet class to pop tunes! You get all the usual repertoire you would expect from a ballet class with the added fun element of dancing to popular artists. From Queen to Britney with the ability to submit song requests, you’ll love the fun twist on your traditional ballet class. This class if for Intermediate level dancers and above.

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

 

PROGRESSING BALLET TECHNIQUE (PBT)

If you want to improve your ballet technique, PBT is for you. Use TheraBands and fitness balls to work on turn out and range of movement with the added bonus of increasing your body awareness. These classes often begin with a Pilates-based warm up and mobility exercises moving into ballet-specific exercises to improve technique. Posture, breathing, mobility, flexibility, strength and fun all rolled into one! If you have your own Yoga/Pilates mat, bring it with you.

Suggested attire: Reasonably fitted clothing that you can move comfortably in. This is a bare foot class.

 

CONTEMPORARY

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Contemporary 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 develop confidence through guided creative movement. Our classes have a strong focus on artistic expression and feature lots of floor work with use of freedom and release. A great genre for the beginner dancer, Contemporary uses 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.

 

PRIVATE MOVEMENT COACHING

shutterstock_81695158Do you want to move with more confidence on the dance floor? Maybe you feel stiff and want some one-on-one attention to increase mobility? Or, perhaps you love the idea of starting dance but would prefer not to learn in a group environment? Movement coaching is now available! Book one lesson or a series of lessons and we will design the perfect movement journey for you – taking into account your background, goals and any physical limitations or any special requests. Movement Coaching is flexible in nature, meaning we can arrange lessons around your timetable and dance style preferences, subject to studio and teacher availability.

Suggested attire: Dependent on the style of movement or dance you will be undertaking.


HIP HOP

Hip Hop

More recently established than other dance forms, Hip Hop evolved from a broader culture that includes music (rapping and DJing) and street art. Through the use of current hip hop music, our routine-based classes feature choreography loaded with energy and enthusiasm. This is a high energy class that will see you build up a sweat! 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 and runners but nothing with too much grip!

 

MINDFUL MOVEMENT

The class everyone needs! Mindfulness enhances the quality of physical movement and vice versa. Our bodies hold emotion and through movement, we can learn to process the thoughts and feelings we face on a day-to-day basis. How incredible that this practice can be achieved entirely without words! Bringing mindfulness into your physical activity makes movement more effective,  accessible, safe and enjoyable. Join this class to enjoy greater self-awareness, improved attention and cognitive ability, reduced anxiety and depression and more compassion towards yourself and others. Develop your own creativity and enhance your quality of movement in a safe and supported space.

Suggested attire: Go for complete comfort! This is a bare foot class.


DANCE FITNESS

A body control, technique and fitness class all rolled into one! This class features mobility, strength and cardio training using techniques and drills found in animation, krump, waacking and hip hop styles. Set to music with optional light weights, this class is the perfect way to raise your heart rate and increase your cardiovascular fitness while also building strength and mobility. It’s accessible to people of all fitness levels as you can work at your own pace though clearance may be required for anyone with a pre-existing medical condition. Get ready to work!

Suggested attire: Work out gear. Suitable runners are recommended and bring a towel for the sweat!

 

STREET DANCE – GET HIP!

The content in this class has been established by Nadiah Biddle using her Get Hip Program. It is an immersive class that involves learning new street dance styles and the history and culture behind them. You’ll discover new technique, learn how to freestyle and find your own street dance specialty. From time to time, media will be used in classes and if interest allows, this group may participate in an end-of-year battle tournament event. Exposure to street dance events and the Melbourne Street Dance Community is accessible to those who are interested. Great for building connections in dance! This class moves away from the traditional routines facing the mirror and provides a more immersive experience.

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

 

JAZZ

shutterstock_154445768Jazz has become increasingly popular in recent years, particularly after its exposure on TV shows like So You Think You Can Dance and World of 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.

LYRICAL

Lyrical is an off-set from Jazz. While it utilises the technical elements of ballet and jazz, it is differentiated by the concept of story-telling. In basic form, lyrical dance is movement to lyrics. Often slow, but not always – movement is inspired by the words in a song. This is a feel-good choreography-based class that enables you to communicate and feel emotion through movement, staged to a great selection of music from a wide range of artists.

Suggested attire: Reasonably fitted clothing that you can move comfortably in. This is a bare foot class.

 

BROADWAY JAZZ

Young dancing womanA choreography-based class for students of all levels to enjoy learning routines to Musical Theatre soundtracks. It is not designed to replace a stand-alone Jazz class but is simply about moving to music and having fun! Enrolment in a Jazz class is recommended in addition to Broadway if you wish to work on dance technique. 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. Broadway Jazz is 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. 


MAT 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 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. We also offer Express Pilates! These are 30-minute classes for those with limited time and are scheduled to coincide with our morning Preschool classes. Great for busy mums, dads and carers! Students at Dance Habit are encouraged to bring their own Pilates mat. 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. 

 

YOGA

An accessible Yoga practice that uses Vinyasa and Hatha foundations. The class includes layers of progression so students of different levels are all able to find postures that are helpful and appropriate for your own body. A Yoga that helps you more full embody yourself, feeling more centred and in connection with your emotional and mental self. We live in a busy and demanding society and it’s rare to have time for ourselves. Join us on the mat to reconnect with your breath and calm your brain. Students at Dance Habit are encouraged to bring their own Yoga mat. Contact us if you need some assistance with your mat purchase.

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.

 

 

ADULT DANCE WORKSHOPS

Join us once a month on Friday evenings as we explore workshops across a variety of different genres.  Examples might be, Fosse, Latin rhythms, Urban Footwork, Classical Repertoire, FloorWork Tips, Heels Class, Lyrical, Musical Theatre, BellyDance and more! If there is a particular style of dance that you’re interested in, let us know and we’ll see if we can build a workshop!