A combination of creative movement and beginning tap skills are taught in this class designed for our newest little dancers. Our goal is to improve basic motor skills, agility, and rhythm. These classes promote confidence and a love for learning through dance, music and imaginative play.
Our preschool classes promote confidence, creativity, physical health and an appreciation of the arts. Watch your child discover the excitement of dance with enchanting music, progressive learning and motor skills that will help equip them towards a positive transition to school.
Classical ballet is characterised by a standard vocabulary of steps, poses, and graceful movements including pointed feet, rising, jumping, stretching and turning. Here at Michelle Maree’s we teach the Australian Teachers of Dancing (ATOD) syllabus, one of the highest quality Classical Ballet syllabus’ available. Classes start with exercises at the barre followed by work in the centre of the floor. Students are recommended to participate in two ballet classes a week to develop the technique required for exams and other dance styles, to cover grade content and to acquire performance quality. Ballet exams are offered to Bronze Medal grades and above.
Jazz is one of our most popular dance styles on offer for all ages and abilities. It is a great way for children to express themselves and develop confidence. Our Jazz classes enrich and extend students’ technical skills through centre and progression work. Skills such as leaps and turns are incorporated into choreographed routines which challenge the students as they focus on building a strong dance technique. Current, energetic choreography is combined with popular music and classics from the genre.
Contemporary dance tends to combine the strong and controlled legwork of ballet with the fluidity of modern dance. Contemporary dance employs contract-release, floor work, fall and recovery and improvisation characteristics. Unpredictable changes in rhythm, speed and direction are often used. It builds a strong centre and encourages self-expression, natural movement and personal interpretation.
Lyrical combines the techniques of Jazz and Classical Ballet. Lyrical is a slower, melodic, and more expressive form of Jazz often to ballad music. The lyrics of the song help to inspire movements to express strong emotions that the choreographer feels. Students focus on stretch, strength and a high level of technique while gaining fluidity of movement, grace and control.
Hip Hop is a combination of street and urban dance styles and is a soulful expression of movement. Constantly evolving, it is free, funky and soulful expression of movement where students are encouraged to develop their own style. Classes focus on isolations, popping, locking and free-style movement while promoting an athletic and energetic dance style.
Tap dance is a form of dance characterised by using the sounds of tap shoes striking the floor as a form of percussion. Classes focus on rhythm, timing, percussion and coordination through the Australian Teachers of Dancing (ATOD) syllabus.
Inspired by Broadway musicals such as Annie, Matilda, Fame, Chicago and Greece, students combine song, dance and acting to create the ultimate dance. Musical Theatre classes have a strong focus on entertainment, and foster an environment that is sure to develop a student’s personality and confident as well as brighten their stage presence.
Acrobatics teaches flexibility, balance, strength, muscle control, discipline and concentration. These classes focus on the fundamental acrobatic technique where students will learn handstands, chin stands, cartwheels, walkovers and much more. This class is great for students looking to enhance their agility, flexibility and strength.
Stretch and Strengthen:
This class combines aspects of Pilates with stretch and conditioning techniques. Working on a mat, this class emphasises the integration of breath and movement, core strength, alignment and locking the deep core muscles around the pelvis with the aim of developing strong, supple, articulate bodies. This class is suitable for all levels including beginners.