These 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.
There 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.
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.
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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.
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).
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).
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.
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.
Our tap classes are available for fun and fitness only as well as the opportunity for examinations under the CSTD and ATOD syllabi. The class starts with a technical warm up and finishes with choreography, as well as the opportunity for Eisteddfod and competition work. Students who choose competitive classes must attend the tap technique class as well (from Under 10 upward only).
“Conditioning” means to be physically fit, in certain defined ways, so that your body can safely perform the physical demands you ask of it, with the least risk of possible injury. Dance is one of the most physically demanding activities a person can do. A research has shown that ballet, boxing, and hockey were ranked at the top, in terms of requiring high levels of strength, endurance, flexibility, cardiovascular fitness, and other measures of fitness. Understanding what this means for a dancer personally is crucial to the well being and longevity.
Following are aspects of conditioning and it’s important to know that ALL are equally important for a well-trained body (these are not listed in any order of importance):
1. Strength: This is defined as the ability to lift an object (body, body part, or prop) as high, as many times, and as fast as necessary. An official scientific definition is “the ability to overcome external resistance (gravity or another outside force) by using muscles”. It’s actually three related capacities – muscular strength, muscular endurance, and power.
2. Alignment: Sometimes called “placement” in dance, good alignment means the ability to align the skeleton for maximum movement efficiency (“movement efficiency” is when we are using only the muscles needed for the particular task). It reduces the stress in our joints and muscles, and makes for beautiful, clear movement, and a long lifetime of healthy dancing. We’ve talked about alignment before in this column, as being critical in helping to lower the risk of dance injuries.
3. Neuromuscular Coordination: This is the ability of our Central Nervous System (CNS) to successfully execute the complex movements we need to be able to do in our dance life.
4. Flexibility: We all know what this is!! In scientific terms, being flexible means the ability to move through a Range of Movement (ROM) without restriction. Each joint has an “end range” – i.e, as far as it will go structurally.
5. Cardio-respiratory Endurance: Also called aerobic endurance, this is the ability of our heart / lungs to fuel muscular activity over time, delivering large amounts of oxygen to our muscles. It’s important to realize that most dance is NOT aerobic, because it is usually stop-and-start. An activity must last continually at least 20 minutes, done at least 3x a week, to be defined as aerobic.
6. Relax: Your first thought here is most likely “what does THAT have to do with being physically fit?” But it is just crucial as the others mentioned above. The ability to release unnecessary muscular tension is critical for beautiful efficient movement. Like the other aspects of conditioning in this list, it can be learned and incorporated into dance education. Somatic (mind / body) training techniques can be especially helpful for dancers, in learning how to create efficient movement without unnecessary tension. These include Franklin Method, Alexander Technique, Feldenkrais Method, among others.
Dance class alone does not provide complete physical conditioning, as defined above. There is a good deal of research on this. Dancers who have the lowest injury rates know that OUTSIDE conditioning —i.e, outside of dance class – is crucial to helping them keep dancing safely.