Classical ballet encourages muscle development, flexibility, good posture, balance, discipline and strength in a fun and exciting way!
Classical ballet is foundation of many dance genres and remains the foundation for HD Dance. For students who choose the ballet path, they often become the most versatile and technically proficient, above those that have not been trained in ballet.
Here at HD Dance we use the Cecchetti Syllabus and methodologies to teach our classical ballet program.
The Cecchetti syllabus is an internationally recognised system of training which gradually builds sound ballet technique while encouraging a love of music and dance. The syllabus is designed to suit the young dancer right through to the pre-professional and professional dancer.
We also offer an examination stream commencing from Pre-Primary 2. Exams are not compulsory; however, they do set a goal for students to which they are very proud of when achieved.
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Ballet Production & Repertoire
One of the joys of learning to dance is to be part of a stage production.
It is here that the fascination and mysteries of stagecraft and the theatre are explored with the students.
Production classes are an important part of the HD Dance curriculum.
Only students who take Production Classes (with the exception of those students in Dance Play, Pre-Primary 1, Contemporary, Jazz, Tap, or Hip Hop exclusively) are eligible to participate in the Annual Performances.
The casting of these performances is at the discretion of the Director & Principal in association with the respective Choreographer or Producer of a given ballet or work to be staged.
Production classes are also compulsory for ballet students that wish to participate in examinations. (from Pre-Primary 2 and up).
Contemporary dance is a style of expressive dance that combines elements of several dance genres including modern, jazz, lyrical and classical ballet.
Contemporary dance and dancers strive to connect the mind and the body through fluid dance movements with a strong focus on modern techniques as well as musicality and self-expression.
We offer classes for both Intermediate and Advanced levels in which we use the ATOD syllabus as a basis of the syllabus taught.
We love welcoming young dancers into our studio – their innate rhythm, ability to feel the music and be naturally expressive is something to be treasured and nurtured.
Our Dance Play program is a delightful class based on early ballet technique communicated through storytelling, mime, improvisation & play.
Further information on the program can be found here.
Hip Hop encompasses many different urban dance styles such as poppin’, locking, breaking as well as freestyle movement to give students the opportunity to develop their own sense of style, rhythm, coordination, and musicality.
Our Hip Hop dancers develop focus, strength, and agility while having fun. This is an excellent class for high-energy kids who want to take a fast and fun dance class.
We also offer a Hip Hop Boyz class that is an open based class for our younger boys 6-13.
Jazz dance is an exploration of style and presentation. Classes emphasize musicality and body alignment, conditioning, stretch and strengthening, rhythm and stylization as well as fun and innovative choreography.
Jazz classes explore many styles such as Broadway, Classical Jazz, Funk, Swing, Rhythm and more!
Strength & Strengthening / Preparatory Pointe
All students that enter the classical ballet stream must complete their preparatory pointe class and be given an independent assessment by a trained Physiotherapist, before attempting pointe.
This class provides specific stretching and strengthening exercises tailored to preparing the student for pointe work, as well as basic pointe exercises building them up for when they enter the Pointe and Repertoire class.
Our fun and energetic tap classes teach the technique of beats and sequences, as well as rhythmic combinations and routines to deliver a great sense of achievement, style and performance.
Here at HD Dance we use the ATOD tap syllabi as the basis of our tap program.
Whether you want to experience the joy of dance like you did when you werea child or wanted to get fit in a fun and engaging way – we may just have a class for you.
We offer Adult Ballet, Tap, Jazz/Contemporary classes that aim to spark the spirit, challenge the mind and work up a sweat.
The classes are purchased as a single, 4-pass or 10-pass package and the one pass Is transferrable to all classes offered in this stream.