jazzJAZZ

Jazz is an exciting and ever evolving dance form full of rhythm, syncopation, passion and life. Whilst its origins are steeped in the rhythm of American jazz music, it moved through musical theatre and Broadway, and today draws strongly from hip hop and funk, using the music of today to produce a dance style that brings energy and life to all those who dance it.

balletBALLET

Ballet serves as a backbone for many other styles of dance. It is based on techniques that have been developed over centuries and is a dance form that can be mastered by itself or, as many other dance genres are based on ballet technique, can be used as a technical base to supplement other dance forms.

Classes focus on overall body alignment and awareness with emphasis on proper usage of feet and legs and execution of turnout. Carriage and usage of upper torso and arms are also stressed. Traditional barre work, center work and combinations are included in all classes.

TapDancersTAP

Tap focuses on rhythms and intricate footwork, and through that creates a percussion instrument out of the dancer’s feet. Classes emphasize the development and strengthening of basic tap technique and terminology highlighting the importance of rhythm and sound. Popularised by the likes of Fred Astaire and Gene Kelly, it now draws on modern influences such as American street tap and industrial tap.

hip-hop-dancing-clip-artHIP HOP / FUNK

A high-energy style drawn from popular street dance culture, that uses the latest sounds in rap, R&B and pop music together with movements that are influenced by todays video clips. Hip hop encompasses movement that has elements of poppin’, locking, and breaking as well as freestyle movement to form a style that is diverse and forever changing.

img-thingCONTEMPORARY

Contemporary dance is a popular form of dance which developed during the middle portion of the twentieth century and has since grown to become one of the world’s leading performance genres, as can be seen in the works of the companies such as Sydney Dance and Chunky Moves. It is often perceived as being closely related to modern dance, ballet and other classical concert dance styles and brings with it element of lyricism and expression.

female_gymnast_performing_an_arch_0515-1007-0904-5645_SMUACROBATICS

Classes work towards improving flexibility, strength, and control through learning how to properly execute acrobatic tricks similar to the mat component of gymnastics; such as cartwheels on both legs, one-handed cartwheels and walk-overs, as well as balances such as head-stands, elbow-stands and hand-stands, progressing to round offs and aerials (no-hand cartwheels)

 

new logo

DFTA (Dance Factory Teachers Academy)

The Dance Factory Teachers Academy syllabus, (DFTA) is a comprehensive dance and dance teaching syllabus that is currently being taught in schools right across Victoria.Staring level 1 and moving through to Member level , it appeals to those who wish to focus and build their dance technique through a graded and progressive system.The syllabus is constantly updated in line with developing safe dance principles and current emerging dance trends. It is a syllabus that is progressive in it’s challenges as well as comprehensive in it’s teaching principals and dance technique

 

Our Teachers