Dance Inspirations offers a variety of different classes for different ages. Have a read of the descriptions below and get in touch to find out more.
Ballet is the first genre offered by Dance Inspirations. Ballet Babes is our Mummy and Me class giving the children an introduction to dance. Children then progress onto our Preschool or Pre primary classes. Children are able to take their Pre Primary exam from age 5 and this is worked towards in the Pre Primary 2 classes. If a child or parent is not interested in taking an exam in order to progress to the next level, the Principal will move the child up to the next class when they are ready, taking into consideration both the skills and necessary social readiness.
Ballet dance is very good for children's development; physically, emotionally, cognitively and socially. It is often the first activity a child takes part in without their parent being present. (from pre primary we ask our parents to wait outside the door, although they can see into the room at all times). Initially ballet doesn't look particularly emotional, however ballet teaches children discipline and confidence, which can help with emotional maturity. In ballet class, children need to follow directions closely, which in turn helps them to develop and learn to be part of a class, standing them in good stead for many activities they will encounter in their lives.
Tap dance gets your feet moving and your heart pumping. Children are initially enticed by the noise of the shoes, but they soon learn to enjoy the challenge of intricate moves and rhythms that get progressively harder as they improve. Dance Inspirations advise that children start tap dance at 4yrs old given the dexterity of the feet and balance that is required. On a Tuesday our Primary class is between the Pre Primary 2 and Primary ballet classes.
What is modern dance and why will my child enjoy it? The ISTD describes modern dance as... a rhythmic dance style which originated in America before travelling to the rest of the world. It is often seen on the stages of musical productions and is known for its theatrical qualities. The style uses travelling steps, high kicks, leaps and turns which all need strength and flexibility. This is a highly energetic dance style. Dance Inspirations offers classes from 4 1/2 yrs on a Wednesday. The children will have the opportunity to explore a range of styles from lyrical to jazz, together with a range of exercises for strengthening and flexibility.
Becoming increasingly popular in recent years, contemporary dance offers children a break from the slightly more structured classes offered by Dance Inspirations. Encouraging improvisation and freedom of movement, our classes are a fantastic opportunity for students to let out their creative side. Along with creating pieces for performances, children have the opportunity to work towards exams with the IDT programme of study.
The Acrobatic Arts is a Canadian syllabus whose ethos is to teach Acro safely and effectively through progressions of movements, to minimise the risk of injury and to allow children to learn correct technique whilst having fun. Acro is not gymnastics and there is no equipment involved. Once perfected all skills are performed without mats. Although these are used for safety during the acquisition of skills. It is designed to add interest to dance routines and compliment dancers training. Our classes start with a warm up, moving on to work on limbering, strengthening, balance, tumbling and flexibility. Whilst learning new skills safely and having fun being upside down, children are able to take exams following the IDT programme of study. Classes start from 3yrs old and take place on a Saturday morning at our Cairns Road studio.