Classes By Age

Quick Links: Preschool Dance / Ballet / Jazz, Lyrical & Contemporary / Hip Hop, Tap, Dance Acro, Musical Theatre & Singing

We offer classes for all ages, from preschoolers taking their first steps in dance, to advanced students.  See also Tuition Fees, and Uniform.

Fun Preschool Dance – from 18 months to 5 years!

Age Class
   
2 1/2 to 4 years Time For Dancing:  A fun introduction to ballet and dance basics, with changing themes, props and upbeat music.  Parents can observe this class each week (and join in if necessary!)  See video below.
3 to 4 years Little Ballet:  Students are introduced to ballet skills and steps through stories and the beautiful Angelina Ballerina Academy® curriculum. Parents do not sit inside the studio but are invited to view a class each term as well as the annual certificate presentation class.  See video below.
3 to 5 years Little Acro: A musical warm up begins a fun class of preschool dance and beginners’ acrobatics.  We will build up strength and skills for basic tumbling like forward and backward rolls, splits, handstands and cartwheels on our tumbling and floor mats.  We will also practise movement skills like hopping, skipping, balancing and jumping, and combine everything into fun dance routines!
4 years + Ballet Preps is a special class for 4 year olds.  It includes both introductory Ballet steps and imaginative story-based free movement.  Students at this level take part in an informal certificate presentation for their parents.Jazz Preps is also designed for 4-5 year olds.  This class will introduce fun basics of jazz, to modern music.  This is a perfect companion class to Ballet Preps, or if your child loves pop music and high-energy moves.

Photo credit: Stephen A’Court. COPYRIGHT ©Stephen A’Court


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Ballet

Beginners & pre-grades (from 4-7 years):  Learning ballet at our studio promotes good posture, poise and strength.  We work on developing a confident & assured individual, learning skills and perseverance that can be used in any area of life.

We teach a syllabus devised for girls & boys by the Royal Academy of Dance (RAD).  This work is carefully graded to suit the very young child to develop ballet skills slowly & carefully while encouraging enthusiasm and freedom of dance.

Ballet Preps Ballet Pre-Primary Ballet Primary Ballet Pre Grade 1
4-5 yrs
(turning 4 by May 1st)
5-6 yrs
(turning 5 by May 1st)
6-7 yrs
(turning 6 by May 1st, or completed Ballet Pre-Primary)
7-8 yrs
(turning 7 by May 1st, or completed Ballet Pre-Primary)May take 1 or 2 classes per week

Ballet Intro (Beginners 8+): This class is suitable for those with very little or no previous experience in dance and teaches the basics of ballet technique in a fun and supportive environment.  This is a great starter class for an older beginner.

Ballet Grades: Ballet grade students focus on classical ballet strengthening and dance exercises and develop their strength, posture and presentation. Students work towards a ballet class award or exam and a performance.

Character Dance (part of Ballet Grades 1-5):  Character dance is taught as a skill within the graded examinations syllabus of the Royal Academy of Dance. Character dance is a part of classical ballet. It is the stylised representation of a traditional folk or national dance, mostly from European countries.  Popular character dance adaptations for ballet also include the national dances of Hungary, Russia, Poland, Italy and Spain: csárdás, mazurka, tarantella, flamenco, etc.

What to wear for Character? All ballet dancers Grades 1-5 require character gear for their classes. Students wear a low-heeled black shoe with a black circular skirt, adorned with ribbons (in our studio, one gold ribbon around the skirt). For Grade 1 a plain black character skirt and a pair of low-heeled character shoes can be purchased from Gubbs Dancewear. A gold trim will be hand sewn onto the skirt – please contact the studio office.

Grade 1 through Grade 5
Must have completed previous grade (or on teacher recommendation). Classes follow Royal Academy of Dance syllabus and work towards a class award or exam. Ballet Grades 2-5 students wishing to sit a RAD exam must attend two classes per week.
Grade 1:  Ballet Grade 1 students wishing to sit an optional RAD Class Award or Exam are recommended to take two classes per week.
Grade 2-5:  Students must take two 1-hour classes per week from Term 1.


Intermediate & Advanced Ballet:

Progressing through Intermediate and Advanced levels of ballet provides invaluable self-discipline and skills to use in any area of life.

In 2016, we will have three programme groups, at the Royal Academy of Dance Intermediate Foundation, Advanced Foundation / Advanced 1 and Advanced 2 / Solo Seal levels.  All students are encouraged to take 3 syllabus classes per week.

As well as our RAD syllabus classes, Wellington Dance students also have the opportunity to take Open Classes (non-syllabus ballet), Pointe Conditioning, RAD Grade 6 and Contemporary.  Enrolment in these additional classes is reserved for students of Wellington Dance, except in special circumstances at the discretion of the Studio Director.

Our senior teaching team for 2017 includes Artistic Director Alison Pond who is an RAD examiner and tutor, Genevieve Zerf and Anita Hutchins.

Ballet Extension Teams:  Performance teams learn dances for competition and public performance.  These are invitation-only extension groups.

Adult ballet classes are not offered in 2017 but are available through Whitireia Performance Centre, or the NZ School of Dance

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Jazz, Contemporary, Lyrical & Stretch, Leap & Spin

Jazz

Jazz Beginners & pre-grades (from 5-8 years):  Jazz dancing is entertaining to watch, fun and active to participate in. Jazz features a combination of unique moves, intricate footwork, leaps and quick turns. Jazz enhances a dancers grace and balance.  Students work towards an annual jazz certificate presentation and performance.

NB:  We strongly recommend that students also learn Ballet to gain a great dance foundation.

Jazz Preps Jazz Pre-Primary Jazz Primary Jazz Pre Grade 1
4-5 yrs
(turning 4 by May 1st)
5-6 yrs
(turning 5 byMay 1st)
6-7 yrs
(turning 6 by May 1st, or completed Jazz Pre-Primary)
7-8 yrs
(turning 7 by May 1st, or completed Jazz Pre-Primary)

Jazz Intro (Beginners 8+): This class is suitable for those with very little or no previous experience in dance and teaches the basics of jazz technique in a fun and supportive environment.  This is a great starter class for an older beginner.

Jazz Grades: Jazz features a combination of unique moves, intricate footwork, leaps and quick turns. Jazz enhances a dancer’s balance and balance. Students work towards a jazz exam and/or medal test and a performance.

Grades 1-5, and up to Jazz Intermediate
Must have completed previous grade (or on teacher recommendation). Classes follow NZAMD syllabi and work towards a class award or exam.
1 class per week, with additional classes and exam practices required.

Jazz Extension Teams:  Performance teams learn dances for competition and public performance.  These are invitation-only extension groups.

Open Jazz/Conditioning: This class will cover technique, performance presentation and focus on learning routines instead of exam syllabi.  Open to students of a Grade 5 & up level.

Jazz Extension Teams:  Performance teams learn dances for competition and public performance.  These are invitation-only extension groups.

Stretch, Leap & Spin:  Designed to develop flexibility (stretch), introduce the student to big jumps and leaps (leap), and improve turning technique (spin) through a fun and energised syllabus which teachers are finding to be an excellent addition to their class content.  Junior is for students working at Grade 3 or 4 level for ballet or jazz.  Intermediate for students who have completed Stretch, Leap and Spin junior or who are at Grade 5+.

Contemporary:  Contemporary classes are offered to ballet students from Ballet Grade upwards.  Contemporary offers the dancer emotional freedom and expression through abstract movement.

Junior Level 2 Level 4 Level 6
Ages 9-10.  Must also take Grade 3 or 4 ballet Must also take Grade 5 ballet or higher Must also take Advanced Foundation ballet or higher Must also take Advanced ballet or higher

Lyrical

Lyrical dance is easiest described as a combination of jazz and ballet.  It is faster than ballet, but not as fast as jazz.  Lyrical dance combines the many technical elements of classical ballet with the freedom and airier aspects of jazz, contemporary and modern dance. Most lyrical dance pieces are performed to music with lyrics and the lyrics of the song are what the choreography of the dance is based on.

Junior Junior II Senior
Ages 9-10 approx Ages 10-12 approx Ages 13+ approx

Lyrical Intro (Beginners 8+): This class is suitable for those with very little or no previous experience in dance and teaches the basics of lyrical technique in a fun and supportive environment.  This is a great starter class for an older beginner.

Hip Hop, Tap, Dance Acro, Musical Theatre & Singing

Hip Hop

Hip hop is a high-energy class that infuses the latest styles of street dancing, breaking, popping, and locking. Classes will encourage students to step outside of the box by bringing their own individual style and personality to the movements. Hip hop dance requires students to have the strength and stamina to successfully perform moves. Therefore class includes upper and lower body conditioning as well as a rigorous warm-up to help prepare students for more intense movements.

Beginner Junior I Junior II Senior
Ages 6-8 or absolute beginner Ages 9-10 approx Ages 10-12 approx Ages 13+ approx

Tap

Tap classes are designed to develop rhythm, style and sound. Students will learn a variety of tap styles from Broadway to Rhythm tap. Exercises focus on building flexibility of the knee and ankles, coordination, and speed of movement. The class emphasis is on developing proper tap technique, producing clear tap sounds, and having fun.

Beginner Junior
Ages 6-8 or absolute beginner Ages 9-120approx

Dance Acro

Acro is not the typical tumbling or gymnastics class. Our experienced acro instructor will guide the class towards increased flexibility, balance, strength, muscle control, discipline and concentration. This class will focus on fundamental acrobatic technique, teaching such skills as handstands, chin stands, elbow stands, cartwheels, back bends, walkovers, balance and contortion tricks, all each student’s individual level of experience. And it’s fun, too!

Junior Senior
Ages 9-12 approx Ages 13+ approx

Musical Theatre

Musical Theatre class will focus on learning stage dance moves while exploring the various dance and singing styles used in Broadway shows. Class curriculum is based on Broadway style jazz movement and singing.  Emphasis will also be placed on learning performance skills such as connecting with the audience and telling a story through dance and facial expressions.

Junior Junior II Senior
Ages 9-10 approx Ages 10-12 approx Ages 13+ approx

Singing

Singing Club (various ages) – 30 min class:  Small group vocal coaching (max 6 students per group).

Learn pop and musical theatre songs as a group.  Voice projection and breathing techniques will be covered. Students will work towards a live singing performance and an optional performance award.

Singing Private Lessons – 30 min lesson

Our one on one lessons are catered to each student, allowing for maximum attention and progress. Our teachers can help you improve through proper breathing, posture and tone production plus help you gain confidence and consistency in your singing.