Dance Styles

Ballet provides the basics for all other styles of dance. Classical ballet originated over 500 years ago in court dances and has continually developed over time. Traditionally, ballet has been a way of telling a story using music, dance and mime. Classical Ballet is a very technical style of dance that provides students with the basics of correct posture, coordination and muscle strength that can then be used in any physical activity. At Leaps and Bounds Dance School, our ballet classes follow the Australian Teachers of Dancing syllabus (ATOD) and we offer optional ballet exams.

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Jazz originated from African tribal dances. It has been reshaped and developed over time by the changes in music and by influences of the time. Jazz is a fun and energetic style of dance that is now mostly used in musical theatre and in stage shows. Jazz combines the technical aspects of ballet with more dynamic movements to faster music.

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Tap emerged at the end of the 1800's and the beginning of the 1900's in African-American communities. It didn't take long to get a foothold in stage shows and has been a popular style ever since. Recently groups including the Tap Dogs, Bootmen and Stomp have increased popularity of the style. Tap is a great style for developing musicality, rhythm, co-ordination and timing.

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Contemporary is a style of dance that encompasses many facets of movement, continually exploring and discovering new ways of moving. Often titled 'modern dance', contemporary uses a range of movement qualities, dynamics and music in its classes. The best way to find out what contemporary is, is to come along and try a class!

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Hip Hop has been influenced by music and has transformed once again into a range of styles including funk which is used extensively in pop music videos, and hip hop which is used extensively in R&B music videos. These styles are very current and popular among our students!

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Kinder Dance provides a fun and safe environment in which 3 - 4 year old boys and girls can explore music and movement through dance games and improvisation.

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