Folk dance traditions have been incorporated into ballet performances for centuries. Character dance forms an important component of the classical ballet repertoire. A good example of character dance within ballet is the series of national dances which take place at the beginning of Act III of Swan Lake. Popular folk dance adaptations for ballet include the national dances of Hungary, Russia, Poland, Italy and Spain.
Classical Ballet (RAD)
Classical Ballet has a tradition spanning 350 years. Ballet technique forms the basis of most other dance styles and includes concepts such as posture, turn-out, weight placement, poise, balance and line. Ballet is set to classical music and includes many beautiful and romantic ideas.
Jazz dance is a modern style and includes dance technique such as kicks, turns and jumps. Jazz is set to the latest current pop music. Choreography is up to date and high energy.
Boys Only Dance
To encourage boys to experience dance we have weekly classes just for them! Classes combines elements of Jazz, Contemporary, Classical Technique and Hip-Hop. Many of our boys have added mixed classes to their schedule after discovering how much fun dance can be.
A modern interpretation of classical ballet, this style is often performed to contemporary music with lyrics and while based on ballet technique, the choreography may incorporate expressive movements and gestures.
This style of dance has a more creative focus and uses themes from everyday life as inspiration for movement. Dancers express ideas and emotions that can be transposed into movement.
Combining tap dance, singing and jazz moves. Students learn parts of well know musicals and film productions.
Hip hop is a funky style originating from street dance and popularised by TV shows such as So You Think You Can Dance. The music has a strong beat and the moves have a relaxed feel.
An exciting new class for 2017. Tumbling, handstands, cartwheels, flips, flexibility and more! All fabulous skills to include in dance choreography. Taught by accredited Circus Arts teacher.
Over 20 years, our school has devised a specialised Pre-School Ballet program with the main objective being to inspire in children a love dance lessons and music while simultaneously developing gross motor skills, group skills and confidence. Classes include dance concepts such as running, jumping, bending, spatial awareness, musicality, balancing and free movement. Ideas are presented in imaginative ways with props such as wands, scarves and hoops incorporated to bring life to the activities.
VCE Dance is a challenging and rewarding course of study suited to dedicated and passionate students who wish to utilise their skills for their year 11 and 12 studies (note that students can complete units 1&2 when in year 10). Here are some useful facts about what we offer:
- The course is organised by Distance Education Centre Victoria, 315 Clarendon Street, Thornbury, 3071, ph: 8480 0000, www.distance.vic.edu.au
- Distance Education fully co-ordinate and direct the course of study. The material is set out in a straight forward manner so students can follow the weekly requirements.
- BSOD will provide a weekly VCE class with Jacinta during which students focus on developing their solo pieces for examination. The solos are fully choreographed by the students with guidance from the teacher.
- Students must keep up their other dance classes at the school. At least 3 dance classes outside the VCE classes to ensure fitness and technical ability Of these, one must be Contemporary class as this greatly assists creation of the VCE solos.
BSOD offers classes which specifically focus on improving student’s dance technique.
Our Extensions program coaches students in many skills such as turns, leaps, flexibility as well as strength and fitness. Students can then apply these skills to other classes that they attend.
Pointe classes are offered at every level from pre-pointe training to advanced level.
BSOD students are educated in injury prevention, health and general well being. We actively support our philosophy that dancers must be technically secure, healthy and fit to achieve their very best.