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Ballet: An artistic dance form performed to music, using precise and highly  formalized set steps and gestures following a syllabus suitable for age and ability. Classical ballet, which originated in Renaissance Italy and established its present form during the 19th century, is characterized by light, graceful movements and the use of pointe shoes with reinforced toes.

Baby Ballet: Introduces children in to the enchanting world of dance using imagery and props such as wings, scarfs, wands, flags, coloured spots and much more, to help bring out each child’s creative side and put it in their dancing to express themselves. 

Tap: A type of dance characterized by using the sounds of tap shoes striking the floor as a form of percussion. The sound is made by shoes that have a metal “tap” on the heel and toe. There are several major variations on tap dance including: flamenco, rhythm (jazz) tap, classical tap, Broadway tap, and post-modern tap. These variations are used in progression throughout the set grades.

Modern: A free expressive style of dancing that developed in the early 20th century as a reaction to classical ballet. In recent years it has included elements not usually associated with dance, such as speech and film. The set syllabus involves a variety of lyrical, isolation and jazz.

Contemporary Lyrical: A style of expressive dance that combines elements of several dance genres including modern, jazz, lyrical and classical ballet. Dancers strive to connect the mind and the body through fluiddance movements.

Disco Freestyle: Freestyle is a popular form of dance in the world today. It involves runs, spins, kicks and leaps, as well as many other diverse steps and movements with lots of arm and hand actions. The music can be fast and rhythmic or slow and sensuous, allowing dancers of all ages to use freedom of expression to enhance their style.

Rock’n’Roll: RocknRoll is a very athletic, competitive form of partner dance that originated from lindy hop. Unlike lindy hop, however, it is a choreographed dance designed for performance. It is commonly danced in couples, however can be danced as a soloist or in a group. 

Street: “Streetdance” was a term coined originally to describe dances that developed outside of the studio setting and in a social space like streets, clubs and parks. The original street dances in include Breaking, Popping and Locking. Younger forms of streetdance include Krumping and House.

Acrobatic Dance: Acro dance is a style of dance that combines classical dance technique with precision acrobatic elements. It is defined by its athletic character, its unique choreography, which seamlessly blends dance and acrobatics, and its use of acrobatics in a dance context.

Musical Theatre: Musical theatre is a form of theatrical performance that combines songs, spoken dialogue, acting and dance. The story and emotional content of a musical – humor, pathos, love, anger – are communicated through the words, music, movement and technical aspects of the entertainment as an integrated whole.

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