Stretching Classes

IMG_0598Ballet stretches are an essential part of training in this form of dance. Not only stretching, but stretching correctly, can improve your performance now and extend your dancing life for years.

The kicks, leaps and poses involved in dance require extensive flexibility. Improving your flexibility not only leads to a greater range of motion for your muscles, it also relieves stress, improves your performance and even prevents injury. Stretching is also an important component in a warm up that readies your body for performance or practice. Stretch daily for the best results, and in all cases, never stretch to the point that you feel pain. Because flexibility is such an important part of dance, at TIDC Performing Arts Adelaide we have introduced a compulsory class for advanced level dance program students. These classes consist of strengthening work, followed by flexibility working within each child’s ability. Acrobatics is also being introduced with further work on flexibility and the introduction of tricks, this is available for all levels and will be starting from Under 8 this year.

IMG_0596Whether dancing to classical, modern, jazz or hip-hop music, dancers require a tremendous amount of strength and flexibility to bring the music to life through their bodies. Although your daily life may not require you to lift your leg toward the sky or bend over backwards, dance stretches to increase flexibility can help you avoid injury in your regular activities.

IMG_0589Dynamic Stretching

Before you start your dance workout, you need to warm up and ready your body for action. Dynamic or active stretching is the type of stretching you should use in your warm up. After a five to 10 minute period of light cardiovascular activity, perform a routine of dynamic stretches including all of the muscle groups in your body. Use the same routine each day so that you do not omit any muscle groups. Start with small motions, increasing the range of the motion with each repetition. Perform the motion at a slow and steady pace.

IMG_0593Static Stretching

To improve flexibility, you also need to incorporate static stretching in your training plan. Static stretching involves stretches that are held in a stationary position. This type of stretching is best done at the end of your workout or dance class, when your muscles are thoroughly warmed up and extremely supple. In a stretching position, lower your body into the stretch until you feel a gentle pull in the belly of your muscle. In addition to improving your flexibility, static stretching at the end of your workout can serve as a cool down period and reduce soreness after your workout.

Requirements – uniform, bare feet.

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Competition classes

School Aero B-10AUG14-2183These will be available in all styles through selected competitions through the year, certain criteria and standards apply to be eligible for the competition classes which are held separately to dance classes.

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Private lessons

swan lake 25These are available in all genre and styles offered at the centre, including for competition work or just for fun or to improve technique or for a special event coming up, but all lessons must be organized through the principal of the studio and NOT personally with the teachers.

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Teacher Training

adelaide-nowThere are several criteria necessary before being able to take this class on, but will cover all aspects of training in all genre, and includes physiology, anatomy and psychology to name a few, all training teachers at the TIDC Performing Arts Studio are required to take this class. All others please phone the principal for an interview.

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Exam classes

Exam 2Requirements – uniform, ballet, jazz and tap shoes

Examination technique work is taught in most of the younger level classes and from under 12 upward becomes a separate class as the work becomes more involved and there are varying levels to cater for. Students are encouraged to participate in these classes with strong focus on technique. Those considered ready will sit examinations, which are held at different times through the year, those still needing more confidence will be encouraged to take part in an assessment level, where they remain with class mates and still receive a medal and report just no grading. Exams are a fabulous way of assessing you child’s progress and giving them a goal to work toward. We are also pleased that our examinations in higher levels are recognized by the SACE board.

More information can be sought by checking out the websites of the following organizations:

Commonwealth Society of Teachers of Dancing

Australian Institute of Classical Dance

Australian Teachers of Dance

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Eisteddfod Classes

mj 39Requirements – uniform, ballet, jazz and tap shoes.

In Eisteddfod classes, students learn routines specifically for eisteddfods and performances. A sense of commitment is essential as well as good team and work ethics. Extra lessons may be involved and details will follow.

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Jazz Dance

School Aero B-10AUG14-0674Requirements – uniform, black or tan elastic sided jazz shoes.

A Jazz Class starts with a warm-up, then technical work including kicks, leaps and turns are done from the corner, finishing the class with choreography. We have both technical classes and those for technique – those wishing to participate in competitions must attend the technique class also (from Under 10 upward only).

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Classical Ballet

ggRequirements – leotard, ballet skirt, pink ballet stockings, ballet shoes, hair in bun.

The basis to all dance styles is Ballet, teaching core technique that all students should do if serious about dance. Students wishing to take their dance seriously and wanting to do classical exams must attend two classes a week to be eligible and must attend a classical class if wishing to take part in competitions (two per week to be eligible for the classical style troupes). This is under the AICD syllabus.

This video will show you how to tie laces on a normal ballet show (NOT points).

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Hip Hop

mj 11Requirements – uniform t-shirt and baggy pants, sneakers.

Fast becoming one of the most popular dance styles, Hip Hop and classes include choreography seen on most music videos taught to the most recent hits. A fun and enjoyable class that is great for someone who wants to learn to move but doesn’t want to get too “technical”. For those with more experience we will continue to learn hip hop routines in the eisteddfod classes.

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Contemporary

elzabethRequirements – uniform, bare feet or foot thongs.

There will be several levels of this class on offer with an exciting ATOD syllabus in contemporary. Senior students are able to attend more classes. Contemporary is great for technique, has more freedom than ballet and is fantastic for expression and movement through music.

 

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