Ballet is a traditional art in which dancing and mime, accompanied by music, combine to tell a story or evoke a mood. Ballet classes help develop technique, strength, co-ordination and posture. At Steppes we teach the (Australian Dance Assessment Program) syllabus. Students have the opportunity to be examined once a year, however, this is not compulsory.
ADV is the premiere provider of professional dance education and syllabus (learning strategies) for classical ballet, jazz and tap in Australia.
ADV provides quality training and assessment programs through corporate partner ADi. ADV invests in the education and training of students and teachers of dance. Dance students go through a fair and comprehensive assessment process and dance teachers receive regular professional development opportunities (www.adv.org.au)
Contemporary is a form of dance influenced by both classical ballet and modern dance. It takes is technique and body control using abdominal strength from classical ballet; it permits a greater range of movement, and usually tells a story or theme in its choreography.
Is a creative dance program designed specifically for children aged 3 – 5 years. It was developed through extensive research on young children’s development and learning abilities.
In the classes, children are encouraged to use their imagination and expand their creativity. However, this is not just “play “ ballet or dance. Within this structure the basic grounding of ballet and technique is introduced including correct posture and the strengthening of different muscle groups. The children are having so much fun, they don’t realise they have been leering the fundamentals of dance including balance, coordination and agility.
To share the love, magic and wonder of dance, scarves, tiaras, wands, bubbles and musical instruments are used. The use of imagination is also encouraged by providing opportunities for free expressive movement. There is an emphasis on exposing children to many different styles of music including classical music, folk dance, creative tunes and familiar favourites.
Developed by Jane Grech, the Dance Magic program is committed to providing a stimulating and adventurous environment to enhance each child’s social, emotional, physical intellectual and creative growth Students develop rhythm coordination, musicality and creativity as well as the ability to follow directions, interact with peers, take turns patiently and gain self confidence.
A high energy class that uses the latest sounds in R&B and pop music, together with movements influenced by some of the hottest video clip & film choreographers. Classes explore the use of sharp and smooth movements, with room for individual style development.
An ever-evolving dance form full of rhythm, syncopation, flexibility and style. Jazz is taught with the music of today together with the classical jazz of yesterday.
Classes explore jazz technique, musicality, and teamwork and encourages individual personal style. If these classes are taken in conjunction with a classical class, they will further develop students dance technique, rhythm and flexibility.
Lyrical dance is very similar to ballet, combining the many technical elements of classical ballet with the freedom, fluidity, expressiveness and airier aspects of jazz, contemporary and modern dance. It is typically considered a sub-category of jazz and/or contemporary dance.
Lyrical dance is expressive, simultaneously subtle and dynamic, focused on conveying musicality and emotion through movement. It is a combination of intricate, highly technical, and pedestrian/naturalistic moves. It is commonly set to popular music with vocals as well as rich instrumentation are often emphasized over the song’s rhythm.
The Musical theatre class combines dance, singing and acting, together with performance and theatre skills. Students get the opportunity to step out of their comfort zone and explore characters from Musicals and movies.
This class is a lot of fun and encourages individual personality and style.
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Neo Classical is a ballet style that uses traditional ballet vocabulary but is less rigid than classical ballet. Spacing in Neo classical is usually more modern and complex and is danced with modern music. It brings in expression and flows to the choreography and explores flexibility and story telling.
At Steppes we like to join the two styles together in the one class, so students have the opportunity to explore both styles.
Classes emphasize the development and strengthening of basic tap technique and terminology highlighting the importance of rhythm and sound. Classes focus on rhythms and intricate footwork, creating a percussion instrument out of the dancer’s feet.
Troupe students are auditioned or invited to be part of the Steppes troupe, these classes are for students who have shown great talent and are performing at a high standard in class.
The class is based on learning a dance routine and competing at various competitions throughout the year. A great deal of commitment is required from both parents and students, as it often involves weekends and holidays. At least one Steppes ballet class a week is a requirement for any student who is part of troupe.
Steppes currently has Jazz and Contemporary/Neo Classical troupes in all age groups, and encourages students to compete in solo/trio sections.