Weekly classes for school age children during school terms.
Our Ballet classes teach technique using the Australian Dance Vision (ADV) syllabus as well as teaching creative choreography from different styles of ballet (classical, romantic, neoclassical and contemporary) and providing a pilates-based strength and fitness program tailored for dancers. Internal assessments are conducted annually, with an option to then sit external exams for those who are interested.
Ballet/Contemporary takes students through early classical ballet grades (using the Australian Dance Vision syllabus) as well as teaching contemporary dance foundations. Contemporary dance is an expressive style that combines elements from several dance genres, striving to communicate and idea or emotion through movement. This class is a great way for younger students to try both styles.
Pointe is the progression of classical ballet technique in which a ballet dancer supports all body weight on the tips of fully extended feet within pointe shoes. This class is offered as an extension and is open to students who pass a strength and technique assessment. Students who wish to dance en pointe undergo a pointe preparation program, designed by our director Claire Toose who is both a dance teacher and Paediatric Physiotherapist.
Contemporary dance is an expressive style that combines elements from several dance genres, striving to communicate and idea or emotion through movement. Our classes explore contemporary, modern and lyrical dance with an emphasis on technique, core strength and choreography.
Jazz dance is energetic and fun, consisting of unique moves, fancy footwork, big leaps and quick turns. Our classes explore different styles including commercial, theatre, street and more, with a foundation of strong technique and a pilates-based strength and fitness program tailored for dancers.
Tap is a dance performed wearing shoes fitted with metal taps, the dancer striking the floor to create different rhythm patterns while they move. Tap is energetic, precise and loud, a fabulous dance style for all ages.
Hip hop is a style of street dance that that is energetic, exciting and always evolving. Our classes are loads of fun, and cover strength work, tricks and stunts, breaking, popping, locking, tutting and fresh choreography.
Musical theatre combines singing, acting and dance in a dynamic and fun class. Students learn techniques from all aspects of performance and learn both well-known numbers from broadway shows and movies, as well as developing other songs or stories in the style of musical theatre.
Lyrical dance embodies various aspects of ballet, jazz, acrobatics & modern dance. The movement often draws inspiration from the lyrics of a song and is oriented toward the dancer's emotional responses rather than to an underlying formal choreographic structure. A lyrical dancer uses movement to express strong emotions, such as love, joy, romantic yearning or anger.
CAS boys is a class for boys of all ages to explore dance and performance together. The class draws largely from hip hop and Bboy technique, but is not exclusively a single style and will explore other dance styles based on the interests of the group. CAS boys is fun, full of energy and creates a safe environment for boys to learn together.
Drama classes build confidence, develop imagination and consolidate performance skills. Our drama classes include training in improvisation, speech and voice skills, script work, movement and character portrayal, group pieces and solo performance. An optional Drama exam program is offered to any interested students using the Trinity College London program.
STRENGTH + FITNESS
Pilates improves flexibility, builds strength and develops endurance. Taught by a practicing Physiotherapist, our Pilates class emphasise alignment, correct technique, core strength training, coordination and balance. Our classes cater for everyone from the absolute beginner to the pilates proficient.
Acro is a style of Acrobatics specifically for dancers. At CAS we teach the Acrobatic Arts syllabus which trains students in the areas of flexibility, strength, tumbling and tricks, and partner work. Acro is a fun way to improve fitness and strength, and learn some tricks along the way.
Zumba is a fusion of Latin and International dance themes to create dynamic, exciting and high energy routines. Classes feature a mix of fast and slow routines, designed to build fitness, endurance and muscle tone. No dance experience (or ability!) required - you just follow along however you are able. This combined class is half Zumba and half strength training - the perfect combination.
Parkour is great for those who want to burn energy and improve their strength, fitness and coordination while having loads of fun.
Parkour is a training style that uses movement from obstacle course training. Participants aim to get from one point to another in a complex environment in the fastest and most efficient way possible.