Classical Dance (Teenager)

About our Classical Dance Classes

A traditional style of dance where students develop correct posture, control, poise, grace and technique. We encourage all dancers to take up classical ballet as it is the most important style and provides the fundamental backbone for all other genres. This is where important technical foundations are learned, these will set the building blocks for jazz, tap, contemporary and even hip hop.

When a child learns ballet from an early age they are not only learning a wonderful art form but they are also getting trained for the life ahead of them. As a child continues to pursue ballet, you will see more benefits emerging. If your child doesn’t go on to be a professional dancer do not be discouraged by the years of running them to and from classes. There are great lifelong skills that are learned from attending dance classes. Don’t ever think your money is wasted!

Examinations

JAOD teach the Southern Federation of Dance Syllabus. All level classical, jazz and Tap classes work towards getting our students ready for their exams. The School highly recommends parents enter their child in exams; however, they are not compulsory. The exams are a way of recognising the progress of students annually and should give each student a sense of achievement and pride. Following the exams each student will receive a written report, certificate and medal at a small presentation.

In enrolling your child in an exam, you are making a commitment and it is important that parents support their children in working towards their exam. The School is also focused on enabling students to achieve their personal best and thus all students enrolled in an exam will be required to attend a compulsory ‘Weekend Intensive’ and an ‘Exam Practice Session’ just prior to the examination dates. Both of these are key training opportunities that are designed to ensure every student enters their exam confidently and well prepared. The practice exams are held during the last week of term 2 and the Intensive weekend is the last weekend of the June/July school holidays. Exams are generally held the first week of Term 3.

Performance Opportunities

Students are given the chance to perform at local school fetes and the Maroondah Festival.

Any chance to be on stage is a wonderful experience for our students.

It helps to settle nerves before our end of year concert and it helps build confidence.

Choreography Competition

Students from level 1 and above are invited to be apart of our annual choreography competition/display.

Students are given the chance to make up their own routine and perform it in front of parents, friends and fellow students in a relaxed and friendly environment.

Scholarships

Our annual scholarship classes are held in term 3. Students from Level 1 are invited to participate in these classes. We invite an adjudicator to observe these classes taught by our teachers.

A winner and runner up are chosen based on many different factors including: attention to detail and corrections, performance, technique and potential. In other words, someone that has that extra flare and stands out on the day.