Dance Fundamentals (Preps)
Dance Fundamentals is designed for boys and girls in prep who would like to dance but are unable to choose between the numerous styles on offer at Dance Habit. In this class, dancers are introduced to the fundamental elements of Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Hip Hop and Contemporary, while remaining with the same teacher throughout the year. Dance Fundamentals aims to give students an exciting and varied dance experience with teachers focusing on encouraging and further developing the individual interests of each and every dancer.
Considered one of the most influential forms of dance and 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. It is recommended that students in Grade 4 and above attend two Ballet classes per week and also consider Strength and Conditioning to develop practical knowledge, flexibility and strength while ensuring a safe and progressive dance practice. Students working towards Pointe must attend private lessons for an individual conditioning program and must be enrolled in a minimum of two Ballet classes as well as Strength & Conditioning.
Tap dance is perfect for students 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.
Jazz has become increasingly popular in recent years, particularly after its exposure on TV shows such as 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 popular, age-appropriate music, our Jazz classes are upbeat and full of fun. It is recommended that students in Level 4 and above also enrol in a Ballet class to strengthen their technique. Alternatively, our Strength and Conditioning class is a great compliment to Jazz and will develop practical knowledge, flexibility and strength while ensuring a safe and progressive dance practice.
Hip Hop is a more recently established dance form. It evolved from a broader culture that includes music (rapping and DJing) and street art. Through the use of current, age-appropriate 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 and for this reason, no uniform is required for these classes. Hip Hop has secured its place as this generation’s chosen genre of dance – it is street dance at its best.
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 improvised movement and creative group activities. 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.
Based on safe & effective progressions in Flexibility, Strength, Balancing, Limbering & Tumbling. These classes are not designed to replace dance but rather are a great add-on! From Grade 1, only students enrolled in a minimum of one other dance style are eligible to enrol in AcroDance and numbers are limited. Our approach to AcroDance is safety first and it is important for parents to note that these classes are not intended to replace gymnastics. Preparing students for performance on stage requires soft landing and therefore different training. AcroDance is considered an Art, not a Sport and it focuses on expressive presentation and musicality, while gymnastic skills are performed with optimal value in mind. Feel confident with our Registered Acrobatic Arts Instructors.
A loosely structured class that encourages students to explore movement beyond traditional boundaries. This class develops self-expression and confidence whilst building choreographic skills and awareness of the body in space. Improvisation is a great skill and directly influences a student’s self-confidence and sense of wellbeing as they learn to learn to add emotion to movement and contribute to group works.
Strength and Conditioning
Prioritising our students’ well-being has led us to consider other ways in which we can provide support. This class has been established to focus on strength, flexibility and correct alignment. Through repetitive movement practice, informative discussions and individual and group training, students in this class gain a broader understanding about the mechanics of their own body. This class is of great benefit to all students, but particularly for those in Ballet, Jazz and AcroDance.
Performance Group is available to students who wish to increase their performance opportunities. These students represent Dance Habit at events and community festivals throughout the year. A costume fee may also apply to enrolments in this class. To be eligible, Grade 3-4 students must be enrolled in a minimum of one Jazz class plus one Ballet OR Contemporary class. Grade 5 and above students must be enrolled in two Ballet classes, one Jazz class and our Strength & Conditioning class (or private conditioning). Performance Group is for passionate students who desire to take their dancing to the next level.
Private lessons in all styles are available on request for students of all ages. These are useful for students joining technical classes from an older age or enrolling mid-year. They are also great for students who desire some one-on-one tuition or an extra challenge! Private lesson fees vary depending on the teacher selected. Please enquire at the office or by email for more information
Rhythm Works is a specialised, but inclusive rhythm and dance program designed for those with individual learning differences and other special needs. Currently available to students from ages 3 to 10, the Platform is perfect for us here at Dance Habit because it has a focus on inclusion, which is one of our key values! We have three qualified Rhythm Works instructors.