PART TIME PROGRAMS
Tiny Tots Ballet
This program has been carefully designed to inspire, engage and nurture the budding young ballet dancer. This 45 minute ballet class is suitable for students aged between 2.5 to 4.5yrs, depending on their maturity, concentration span and readiness. Students are provided with a structured but stimulating ballet class exposing their young and receptive minds and bodies to the power of music and movement. These young students are already introduced to the fundamentals of ballet – laying the foundation to progress to Pre-Primary and beyond in their ballet studies.
Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) Syllabus Classes
RAD is the classical ballet syllabus for the Part Time Academy and is one of the most influential and dominant dance training syllabi worldwide. The Academy believes training in a syllabus teachers students to have commitment to their work and follow a structure in their day to day classes. The Academy provides training in all levels of RAD from Primary to Grade 5 (Graded Levels) and Intermediate Foundation through to Advanced II (Vocational Levels). RAD Examinations take place annually at the Academy. Students who gain Intermediate or above are qualified to teach RAD.
Classical Open Classes
TPA offers open classes for students from Grade 3 right through to Advanced 2. These classes aim to prepare students for auditions, competition and Full Time, teaching students to pick up exercises quickly and respond promptly to directions. Open classes enable students to learn syllabus beyond what they may experience in their regular syllabus classes. In our Open classes students are also exposed to different vocabulary and styles of teaching which better prepares them for competitions, auditions and external masterclasses and workshops.
TPA provides boys only ballet classes enabling boys to focus on particular boys technique and skills. In these classes, which are facilitated by our male teachers, boys learn skills on how to perfect jumps, tours, turns as well as receiving coaching on boys repertoire. The boys only classes provide an excellent opportunity for boys at different levels working together to unite and learn from each other, motivate each other and inspire each other.
Character dance is considered an essential part of training across Europe. Based on both Vaganova and Moiseyev styles, the Part Time Character Classes give students the opportunity to learn examples of the broad spectrum of national dances: from warm-hearted Russian and Ukrainian, proud Polish and swift Hungarian to mysterious Persian, Pamirian and fiery Gypsy. Children are exposed to authentic music and given a cultural context behind the moves.
Contemporary is a key element in the TPA training, allowing students to be versatile and adaptable dancers. TPA contemporary classes range from techniques such as Cunningham and Graham to a more lyrical and improvisational style. With contemporary repertoire being incorporated in majority of classical companies it is important that the Academy prepares classical dancers for this. Students from Grades 1 upwards have the opportunity to enrol into Contemporary classes.
The students undertake a commercial jazz style which focuses on musicality, coordination, dynamics and strength set to modern music. This style of dance helps improve the students’ ability to pick up choreography quickly and apply a range of dynamic contrast to their movement. Jazz classes are available for students from Grade 2 upwards.
Classical ballet repertoire gives students the opportunity to learn work from professional ballets performed by companies around the world. This allows students to get a sense of what dancers do in a company and learn to dance and perform with artistry as well as technique. Apart from learning pieces in strict accordance to its traditional choreography, they will gain a repertoire of variations which can be used in certain sections of Eisteddfods as well as performances.
Limber Stretch & Conditioning
This program has been carefully devised by Academy founder Tanya Pearson and is designed to create greater freedom of movement in the dancers. Mrs Tanya Pearson is renowned for producing dancers with both artistry and port de bras and this is largely based on releasing freedom of the upper spine, breadth of movement, flexibility and movement in the body. This program combines safe stretching together with strengthening and breathing techniques and can be adapted to suit many ages and from the younger part time student through to the professional dancer.
Progressing Ballet Technique (PBT)
PBT is an innovative program developed by Marie Walton Mahon ARAD RAD RTS for students to understand the depth of training muscle memory in achieving their personal best in classical ballet. It is difficult for students to feel what muscles initiate the correct alignment in ballet training, however as a fit ball is continually mobile under the students body, it gives students an understanding of correct posture and weight placement and alignment whilst feeling each correct muscle group. This sets up the proprioception to transfer into the classroom. Each PBT exercise has been developed with care and guidance with a team of physiotherapists.
“I feel inspired by the students and have a deep desire to pass on all I know to them so they can be their best every day and achieve their dreams.”
Lucinda Dunn OAM Artistic Director
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