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Bayside Dance fosters a love of dance through strong technical training in a supportive, fun and nurturing environment.
Children’s ballet, jazz and tap classes are based on the Southern Federation of Dance Syllabus. You can find out more about SFD here.
Our Preschool classes are a wonderful introduction to dance for 2-4 year olds. Dancers learn basic steps to develop musicality, balance, imagination and motor skills, all while having lots of fun! We have several options and a variety of delivery modes, depending on age and interest. Visit our Preschool Program page for more information.
The art form of ballet pays respect to hundreds of years of tradition. In class, students learn exercises and dances to classical music, working at the barre and in the centre and using traditional French terminology. As the students progress through the syllabus, exercises become more advanced, progressing to pointe work from Pre-Elementary through to Advanced. From Grade 2 onwards, it is recommended that students take two ballet classes per week to maintain technique.
Jazz is a fun, energetic dance style set to popular music. Students engage in stretching and a full body warm up before working on exercises such as isolations, footwork, travelling steps and turns. As the students progress through the syllabus, exercises become more advanced. Jazz forms a technical basis for other dance styles that have evolved such as musical theatre and hip hop.
If you like making noise, you’ll love tap! Wearing shoes with metal taps, students make sounds using different parts of the foot. Different rhythms are explored and performed to popular music. As the students progress through the syllabus, exercises become more advanced. Tap is a lot of fun for kids and adults alike.
Contemporary dance is based on techniques developed by choreographers such as Martha Graham and Merce Cunningham. Students perform a range of movements, from controlled and isolated through to free and expressive, with a focus on correct postural alignment of the body. Students are encouraged to improvise and engage in partnerwork, enabling self expression. Stretching and strength exercises make this class a great work out!
If you love jumping around the living room to pop music, you will love hip hop! Hip hop has a relaxed style but uses lots of energy. Class starts with a full body warm up and will finish with learning a fun and energetic routine to a popular song.
Acrobatics promotes strength, flexibility, balance and coordination. Dancers learn balances, cool tricks and work towards tumbling like cartwheels, round-offs and eventually aerials, walkovers, backflips and more. This is a fast-paced class that burns lots of energy!
Our Musical Theatre classes are all about becoming a triple threat! Dancers rotate through three streams – singing, dance and drama – for half an hour each, with our specialised teachers. Not only do they cover all sorts of fun activities like improvisation, learning choreography and dabbling in music theory, they have a whole bunch of fun while doing it!