Class Descriptions

CLASSICAL BALLET
Classical ballet, also called romantic ballet, is a system of dance based on formalized movements and positions of the arms, feet, and body designed to enable the dancer to move with the greatest possible agility, control, speed, lightness, and grace. At BDC we teach the ADV (Australian Dance Vision) Syllabus and students are able to pace themselves through a number of exercises to develop Strength, Flexibility, Musicality and Performance qualities. Students have the option to do Exams and be assessed on their work.

LYRICAL
Lyrical dance is a fusion of ballet and jazz dance techniques.
Lyrical dance challenges choreographers and dancers to use motion to interpret music and express emotion.  A lyrical dancer’s movements attempt to show the meaning of the music and are often danced to the rhythm of the lyrics . Lyrical jazz is a very passionate and emotional dance style. It portrays certain emotions such as love, and tells a story through every movement made.

CONTEMPORARY
Contemporary dance is a genre of dance performance that developed during the mid twentieth century and has since grown to become one of the dominant genres for formally trained dancers throughout the world.  A blend of Ballet and modern dance. It builds a strong centre and combines precision leg work with fluidity of the torso. Contemporary dance encourages self expression, natural movement and personal interpretation.

JAZZ
Jazz dancing, and its steps and style, originated from the dancing of African Americans that were brought to America as slaves. Originally, the term jazz dance encompassed any dance done to jazz music, including both tap dance and jitterbug.

Over time, a clearly defined jazz genre emerged, changing from a street dance to a theatrical dance performed on stage by professionals. Some scholars and dancers, especially Swing and Lindy Hop dancers, still regard the term jazz dance. It is a genre which has produced specific styles from famous choreographers such as Bob Fosse, Jack Cole, and Katherine Dunham. Jazz dance can refer to these specific styles or allude to theatrical or character dance.

THEATRE JAZZ & MUSICAL THEATRE
Theatre Jazz is Jazz with a focus on particular routines and choreographic styles from Musical productions. This class may include singing and acting as well as dance. Become a triple threat!

VOCAL TECHNIQUE
Learn to sing and use your voice correctly while dancing. This class compliments the musical theatre and theatre jazz classes.

JFH (Jazz/Funk/Hip Hop)
Is a fusion of Jazz (traditional/theatrical), Funk (Popping/Locking) and Hip Hop(Street) dance styles.
It really is very diverse and can be seen in many music videos where the choreography is really dependant on the dance styles studied by the choreographer and how he or she has chosen to fuse them together.

HIP HOP
Learn the foundations of Hip Hop Dance as well as a variety of other street dance styles such as locking, popping, Krump, Waacking, House and Top rocks(Breaking), that is a lot to fit in one class, in time we will offer these styles in separate classes.

TAP
Tap dance is a form of dance characterized by using the sounds of tap shoes striking the floor as a form of percussion. Two major variations on tap dance exist: rhythm (jazz) tap and Broadway tap. Broadway tap focuses on dance; it is widely performed in musical theater. Rhythm tap focuses on musicality, and practitioners consider themselves to be a part of the jazz tradition. The sound is made by shoes that have a metal “tap” on the heel and toe.

ACROBATICS
Acrobatics is a spectacular sport for people who want to share the thrill of performing Cartwheels, Handstands, balances, tumbles, rolls, flips and twists with their friends.

BREAKING
Breaking or B-Boying is the first dance of Hip Hop, Learn a variety of Top rocks, Drops, Freezes and power moves and how to dance on beat with style and finesse.

HEELS
Heels class is the best class to work on your sass , fierceness while focusing on technique and lines. This class is suitable for all levels. Class will cover basic jazz technique , expression and how to build your confidence in heels.

STRENGTH, STRETCH, CONDITIONING
This class focuses on building core strength and increasing endurance and flexibility through a variety of exercises. … a section of the class is focused on flexibility with stretching exercises to create the long lean muscles desired for dancing.

FITNESS
In this session students will learn about muscle strengthening, how the body works, nutrition and fitness.  Sessions will be slightly different each week and include  a high intensity workout using different functional equipment and body weight. Students will also learn how to keep they bodies injury free and how to properly recover from injuries.

DANCE THERAPY
Dance Therapy classes are for students with special needs, The class encourages movement and co-ordination, games and response to music. The class is also about building confidence and awareness of self.

PERFORMANCE
Performance class is by Audition only, if you are progressing in a number of styles and you wish to have more performance opportunities or Represent the studio in Competitions you may be asked to join this class. The class complete 4 routines per year Jazz, Lyrical,  Contemporary and Hip Hop.

IMAGIN CREATIVE MOVEMENT (3-5)
Is a basic movement class for kids under the age of 5 years old, focus is on Play and using their bodies in a number of ways to train balance, co-ordination, improvisation and creativity as well as response to music.

11C/106 Old Pittwater Rd, Brookvale 2100