Classes

Classical Ballet – Royal Academy of Dance

Classical Ballet is exciting, demanding and inspiring.  For ballet to retain

its vigour it is vital to have professional classical ballet teachers, equipped with internationally recognised qualifications, imparting their knowledge and love of dance to future generations.

The safe and correct training for your child is one of our major concerns, which is why the RAD Grade Syllabus has been devised with great care.  It progresses a child in stages, demanding no more of a young body than it can easily cope with.

Not only is this syllabus great fun for children to dance, it also helps develop co-ordination, fitness, a sense of rhythm, musicality and expression, as well as promoting self-discipline and boosting confidence.

 

Examinations

Ballet is no more competitive than any other activity, and our examinations are simply setting goals towards which children can work.  For the students, examinations offer a challenge and a great sense of achievement; for the parents, they give an indication of their child’s progress and for the teacher, they present proof of their expertise and professionalism.  For the Academy, they are a means of upholding and improving the standards of dance training throughout the world.  Students must be able to show a basic understanding of the principals of movement and the fundamentals of classical ballet at their current level of study to be entered by the teacher for an examination.

Assessments

The Royal Academy of Dance recently introduced the assessment.  The assessment is available to those students who for various reasons and at a particular time may not be able to cope with the formal examination requirements.  For these students, assessments offer programs of work which can be matched to their physical ability or pace of learning, leading to a sense of achievement and self esteem, which can equal that of those passing examinations.

Pre-School Dance Curriculum (Kinder Ballet & Toddler Ballet)

In 2018, the Kinder Ballet syllabus will be based on the Pre-School Dance Curriculum recently developed by the Royal Academy of Dance.  This approach emphasises enjoyment and expression through dance.

Graded Syllabus

Younger students begin with the graded syllabus, which is great fun to dance.

  • Pre-Primary
  • Primary
  • Grade 1
  • Grade 2
  • Grade 3
  • Grade 4
  • Grade 5

Older students who wish to study dance purely for pleasure can continue to follow the Academy’s graded syllabus; Grade 6 – Grade 7 – Grade 8.

Vocational Graded Syllabus

Alternatively, students over the age of 11 who wish to study ballet more seriously, possibly with a view to pursuing a career in dance or dance teaching, may follow the Academy’s Major syllabus.  It develops technique, strength and artistry to the very highest levels, producing dancers who can then adapt with ease to the demands of any dance style.

  • Intermediate Foundation
  • Intermediate
  • Advanced Foundation
  • Advanced 1
  • Advanced 2

The following classical ballet levels will be offered in 2018

Grade Age Class Duration
Toddler Ballet 3 years 30 mins per week
Kinder 4 Ballet 4 years 30 mins per week
Kinder 5 Ballet 5 years 30 mins per week
Pre-primary 6 years 45 mins per week
Primary 7 years 45 mins per week
Grade 1 8 years 2 x 45 mins per week
Grade 2 9 years 2 x 45 mins per week
Grade 3 10 years 2 x 60 mins per week
Grade 4 11 years 2 x 60 mins per week
Grade 5 12 years 2 x 60 mins per week
Grade 6 13 years 2 x 60 mins per week
Grade 7 14 years 2 x 60 mins per week
Grade 8 15 years 2 x 60 mins per week
Grade Class Duration
Intermediate Foundation 4.5 hours per week over at least 4 lessons
Intermediate 4.5 hours per week over at least 4 lessons
Advanced Foundation 4.5 hours per week over at least 4 lessons
Advanced 1 4.5 hours per week over at least 4 lessons
Advanced 2 4.5 hours per week over at least 4 lessons

PLEASE NOTE: Grade students are to arrive at least 5 minutes before the commencement of their lesson and are to be collected immediately after. Major students are to arrive ½ hour before class to allow sufficient time for warm up.

Grade 5 students and above are expected to attend a class of a higher level as often as possible.  This is compulsory for all major students.  No additional fees will be charged for these extra lessons.

Jazz, Tap and Theatrical – CSTD

CSTD syllabi allow students to develop a high level of proficiency and performance ability.

Jazz

The CSTD Jazz syllabus consists of ten levels, which are updated regularly to reflect both the latest musical trends and dance techniques. The syllabus includes lyrical choreography as a sub-style for the older grades.

Grade Age Class Duration
Beginner Jazz 6 years 60 mins per week
Junior Jazz 7 years 60 mins per week
Jazz 1/2 8-9 years 60 mins per week
Jazz 3 10 years 60 mins per week
Jazz 4 11 years 60 mins per week
Jazz 5 12 years 60 mins per week
Jazz 6 13 years 60 mins per week
Jazz 7 14 years 60 mins per week
Jazz 8 15 years 60 mins per week
Senior Jazz* 14 + years 60 mins per week

Tap

The CSTD Tap syllabus allows for variety and adaptability with a strong focus on technique and performance. The syllabus offers an extensive range of tap steps and a variety of dance routines each term.

Grade Age Class Duration
Kinder 4* 4 years 30 mins per week
Kinder 5* 5 years 30 mins per week
Beginner* 6 years 45 mins per week
Junior* 7 years 45 mins per week
Tap 1 8 years 60 mins per week
Tap 2 9 years 60 mins per week
Tap 3 10 years 60 mins per week
Tap 4 11 years 60 mins per week
Tap 5 12 years 60 mins per week
Tap 6 13 years 60 mins per week
Tap 8 15 years 60 mins per week
Tap 9 16 years 60 mins per week
Senior Tap* 14+ years 60 mins per week

*denotes non-examination classes

Theatrical

An exciting new syllabus in Theatrical and Performing Arts is being offered at MISD for the first time in 2018. The syllabus studies dialogue, song, dance, stage craft, musical theatre and acrobatics with renowned musicals studied at each level.

Grade Age Class Duration
Theatrical 1/2 8-9 years 60 mins per week
Theatrical 3/4 10-11 years 60 mins per week
Theatrical 5+ 12+ years 60 mins per week

Funk

 

Our Funk classes at Mount Isa School of Dance are a fusion of the technical fundamentals contained in a traditional jazz class along with more upbeat commercial elements in the funk choreography. Our Funk classes enable students to develop a high level of proficiency in performance ability as they can often present a fusion of sub-styles including traditional jazz, contemporary dance, funk, hip hop, theatrical and musical theatre.

Students enrolled in these classes will have the the opportunity to learn great dance moves, develop a funky performance style, increase technique and boost confidence.

 

Choreography varies with routines that you would expect to see in many video clips. With a friendly, positive energy – students will be inspired, get an awesome workout and learn some cool moves!

Grade Age Class Duration
Funk 1/2 8-9 years 60 mins per week
Funk 3/4 10-11 years 60 mins per week
Funk 5/6 12-13 years 60 mins per week

Lyrical/Contemporary Classes

Lyrical/Contemporary dance places a heavy emphasis on the connection between mind and body, with dancers being encouraged to explore their emotions through dances that push against traditional boundaries.

A Contemporary dance class can often fuse multiple dance disciplines together. You could find yourself dancing a routine that has elements of African dance, Tango, Salsa, Jazz, Ballet and so on.

The beauty of it is that it allows a freer dance, which can be initiated by music or by an internal theme or inspiration. During the contemporary dance classes, students will concentrate on modern dance techniques fused with improvisation, whilst learning the importance of core strength to enhance their performance.

Grade Age Class Duration
Lyrical 1 8 years 60 mins per week
Lyrical 2 9 years 60 mins per week
Lyrical 3 10 years 60 mins per week
Lyrical 4 11 years 60 mins per week
Lyrical 5 12 years 60 mins per week
Lyrical 6 13 years 60 mins per week
Senior Contemporary 14+ years 60 mins per week

Acrodance

New in 2018, Acrodance is the beautiful fusion of classic dance techniques with the precision and athleticism of acrobatic elements. Acro techniques include balancing, limbering, tumbling and partnering. Due to the gymnastics elements involved, Acrodance is taught on ability and not on age. It will also require class groups that are no larger than 15 students.

Level Class Duration
Beginner 60 mins per week
Intermediate/Advanced (at teachers discretion) 60 mins per week

Strength/Technique

A program that develops the training of muscle memory to improve students understanding of core stability, weight placement and alignment as well as to improve students technique and obtain their personal best. Optional: Bring your own yoga mat/towel.

Level Age Class Duration
Junior 8-10 years 60 mins per week
Intermediate/Advanced 11+ years 60 mins per week

Adult Classes

For those adults who love to dance, Adult Tap and Contemporary classes are available and proved very popular in 2017. These classes are open to all levels of expertise – Beginners are more than welcome.

Genre Class Duration
Tap 60 mins per week
Contemporary 60 mins per week