The Studio Charli Dance School provides each student with solid technical training, performance training, and the platform to create, achieve and grow as a dancer and artist.
Kid’s Dance Classes
All syllabus Jazz, Hip Hop and Contemporary classes are taught with the intention that students sit examinations in July/August each year. Whilst strongly encouraged, exams are not compulsory. A student’s appropriateness to sit an exam (or, in Jazz and Hip Hop, a Medal Test) will be decided by the teacher. Examination fees are additional to term fees.
Regular class attendance is vital for students to keep abreast of their syllabus work. Students must be punctual to classes to ensure they receive a complete warm-up.
The Studio Charli Dance Factory teaches the JAZZADDICT AUSTRALASIA syllabus.
Jazz has a number of styles within the jazz genre but the pure form of jazz you may be familiar with can be seen in musicals such as ‘West Side Story’, ‘Grease’, ‘Footloose’ and more current movies such as ‘Step Up’, ‘Chicago’ and the tv series , ‘Glee’. The levels are made up of a series of exercises including arm combinations, classical technique, floorwork, turns, isolations, leaps, amalgamations and dances. All work is progressive and designed to develop co-ordination, strength, agility and style. Amalgamations include jazz, musical theatre, lyrical and contemporary. Creativity and initiative is encouraged with an Impromptu section (junior levels) and Student Choreography (Elementary levels and upwards). This empowers students to be confident in creating and performing their own choreography and exploring ideas. The syllabus is extensive and for students who reach the Advanced levels, it provides the tools to pursue performing, teaching or choreography to a professional level. Students can enter the syllabus at any age (and ability) at a level recommended in our ‘beginner level guide’ or as recommended by the teacher.
HIP HOP levels are made up of a series of exercises including arm and foot combinations, travel & turns, isolations, tutting, floor work, amalgamations and dances.
Freestyle work is included to encourage freedom of movement in junior levels. Crew choreography is incorporated from Level Four. Crew work is an integral part of Hip Hop dance culture and allows the group to work as a team without teacher involvement. Student choreography is incorporated at the higher levels to develop student initiative and creativity. Students choreograph their work individually with assistance from the teacher where necessary.
The Lucidity CONTEMPORARY syllabus combines strong and controlled leg work with emphasis on torso control and contract-release, floor work, fall and recovery.
Unpredictable changes in rhythm, speed and direction are incorporated. Strength, agility and musical interpretation feature prominently in this syllabus. The levels are made up of a series of exercises including including; plié and spine articulation, port de bras, swings and suspension, rolling progession, travelling progressions, floor sequences, turns, leaps, compositions and dances. Conditioning work (often including a swiss ball or thera-band) is included to develop core and upper body strength, increase turn-out and improve strength and control. Partner work is included throughout all grades to develop physical trust, spatial awareness and dancer connection. This is an important and unique component of contemporary dance. Improvisation is included to encourage freedom of movement in the junior levels. Student choreography is incorporated at higher levels to develop musical connection and expression. Students can enter the syllabus at any age (and ability) at a level recommended by the teacher.
Musical Theatre – a form of theatrical performance that combines songs, spoken dialogue, acting, and dance.
5 years upwards Our course consists of building beginning skills in musical theatre catering to the youngest performers with condensed versions of favourite Broadway and Hollywood animated musical reviews. We focus on singing, simple movement and everyone receives a speaking role, great practice for public speaking. Through creative activities we nurture their development in confidence, memorising, expression and singing on key. At the end of term the students will have the opportunity to perform in a mini performance on stage with a live audience. The class incorporates acting, singing and dancing, but please note it cannot take the place of a dance class. The time is spent setting and rehearsing lyrics and choreography, it does not teach dance technique. Students begin building improvisational skills through theatre games.
The BALLET levels are made up of a series of exercises including barre work, port de bras, travel, turns, petit allegro, batterie, grand allegro, enchaînment and variations.
All work is progressive and designed to develop co-ordination, strength, grace of movement and style.In the Primary grades mime amalgamations are taught and in the higher grades student choreography and variations are incorporated. Students can enter the syllabus at any age (and ability) at a level recommended by the teacher. Candidates sitting Advanced Ballet Two onwards must have sat and passed the previous grade as a prerequisite (ie. Advanced Ballet One).
This unique tap syllabus is stimulating and dynamic – it merges old-school tap and modern styles. There is emphasis on rhythm, performance and musicality.
Exercises are set to a range of exciting and up-to-date music. Technique progresses logically through the levels; no new steps are introduced until they have either been mastered at the barre, or at a slower tempo to ensure students acquire new skills from a strong foundation. The syllabus has been designed to complement styles performed at competitions/eisteddfods, and in the higher grades, what students may be asked to perform in auditions.
This program is based on safe and effective progressions with proven results in five divisions of AcroDance: Flexibility, Strength, Balancing, Limbering and Tumbling. Developed with input from professionals and experts in ballet, modern dance, jazz, contortion, artistic gymnastics, rhythmic gymnastics, sport acrobatics, yoga, acro yoga, pilates, physiotherapy, hand balancing and more, you will not find a more comprehensive program. Simple thoughtful progressions take the beginner preschool level dancer from log rolls and summersaults to the advanced dancer tumbling effortlessly across the stage!
This program is based on safe and effective progressions with proven results in five divisions of AcroDance: Flexibility, Strength, Balancing, Limbering and Tumbling.
Developed with input from professionals and experts in ballet, modern dance, jazz, contortion, artistic gymnastics, rhythmic gymnastics, sport acrobatics, yoga, acro yoga, pilates, physiotherapy, hand balancing and more, you will not find a more comprehensive program. Simple thoughtful progressions take the beginner preschool level dancer from log rolls and summersaults to the advanced dancer tumbling effortlessly across the stage!
Age: 4 years to Advanced/Solo Seal (pre-professional) level Lesson Duration 30 minutes – Preschool Jazz 45 minutes – Primary Jazz 1 – Junior Jazz 3 1 hour – Elementary levels 2x 45 minutes per week – Intermediate levels upwards
Please use the recommended age guidelines for class placements. These recommendations are based on students who have no previous dance experience: Preschool Jazz: 4 years Primary Jazz 1: 5 years Primary Jazz 2: 6 years Junior Jazz 1: 7 years Junior Jazz 2: 8 years Junior Jazz 3: 9 years Elementary Jazz 1: 10 years/ beginner teens/ beginner adults Any student who has had dance experience should be placed in a class at the recommendation of the teacher. Students will be placed in the appropriate class for their age group. However, if their skill level is significantly above or below those in their age level, they may be moved to a different class at the instructor’s discretion.
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Adults Dance Classes
This is an adults beginner class where you will thrive learning the moves and feeling confident knowing what you are doing after an 8 week course. Class includes warm up, across the floor progressions, kicks, turns, routine and cool down.
Lyrical dance is a free-flowing style of dance. Includes a warm up, stretches, technique exercises, basic Ballet barre, floor work and a routine.
Bare feet, socks or ballet shoes recommended.
A sassy, expressive style inspired by the famous pop divas. A stress-free dance experience that focuses on building confidence and community
This is a great class if you are looking to explore the attitude, poise, and femininity of dancing.
Includes a warm up, styling a full routine and cool down.
Warning – You may walk out of this class feeling like Beyonce.