Sydney Dance Company offer a variety of four week introductory courses for the adult (16 years +) beginner dancer. Designed specifically for people who have never danced or have limited dance experience, these courses will teach foundation skills in the dance styles offered in the Adult Dance classes.
It is recommended that the introduction short courses be taken prior to, or in conjunction with, attending the Beginner level drop in classes if you are completely new to the world of dance.
On 27 January we are offering a Contemporary Masterclass for tertiary and vocational dance students, graduates, pre-professional dancers and emerging artists.
Sydney Dance Company’s Contemporary masterclass is for the committed dancer who wants to experience the training and artistry involved in Contemporary dance. Start the day with core Ballet skills and then extend your Contemporary technique. Explore improvisation skills and creative task work as you discover the process by which dancers collaborate and contribute ideas. Your final session will be working with previous company dancer Fiona Jopp on Sydney Dance Company repertoire choreographed by Artistic Director Rafael Bonachela.
Course fee: $95
Places are limited to 30 students per group to ensure individual attention.
All workshops are located at Pier 4, 15 Hickson Road, The Rocks. Click here for public transport and parking information.
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Contemporary Masterclass for 18 years + Sydney Dance Company’s Contemporary masterclass is for the committed dancer who wants to experience the training and artistry involved in Contemporary dance. Start the day with core Ballet skills and then extend your Contemporary technique. Explore improvisation skills and creative task work as you discover the process by which dancers collaborate and contribute ideas. Your final session will be working with previous company dancer Fiona Jopp on Sydney Dance Company repertoire choreographed by Artistic Director Rafael Bonachela. This one day masterclass is for tertiary and vocational dance students, graduates, pre-professional dancers and emerging artists.
Introduction to Ballet This course will give the adult dancer a basic but fundamental understanding of classical ballet technique. Designed to investigate and understand key elements of ballet; the course covers posture and correct alignment, positions of feet and arms, foot articulation, outward rotation (turn out) plies and simple sequencing, primarily at the barre. This course will focus on giving the participant a smooth and integrated progression to the Ballet Beginner class with a solid groundwork of the basics of Ballet technique.
Introduction to Contemporary Dance Contemporary dance encourages self-expression, natural movement and personal interpretation. This course will give the adult dancer a clear understanding of the foundations of contemporary dance. This includes the correct alignment of the body, the use of the spine, the articulation of joints, coordination, rolling and floor work, weight transfer, leg extensions and basic positions with the feet. Participants will acquire a better sense of their bodies, spatial awareness and a kinetic sense of moving through the space.
Introduction to Hip Hop Learn the basic moves and grooves fundamental to Hip Hop. Each class will consist of a warm up including stretches and body isolations. Break down the different techniques and then put them together into a short routine at the end of class. Perfect for those who have never danced before or just want to groove it out!
Introduction to Jazz Technique This course will give participants a clear understanding of the foundation of Jazz technique and focus on the technical skills needed for turns, jumps and kicks. This includes the correct alignment of the body, effective transferring of body weight and a better understanding of how the body works. Participants will also improve coordination, flexibility and correct technique. At the end of each class you will learn a simple dance routine incorporating the techniques learned that week.
Introduction to Latin Dance
Designed to introduce the various Latin dance styles and steps for the beginner dancer, this high energy class will teach you popular dances such as Salsa, ChaCha, Samba and Merengue. Learn the basic moves, styling and rhythms performed in these dances. Practice fun and easy to remember routines that you can use on the dance floor or at your favourite Zumba class. Introduction to Latin dance is perfect for those who have always wanted to learn basic Latin steps. No partner required.
Introduction to Lyrical Understand how lyrics can inform movement to create melodic and expressive dance. Over four weeks develop your skills in basic ballet and jazz technique. Be introduced to progressions and short combinations of movement. Participants will improve their musicality, improve body awareness and appreciate how to interpret song lyrics for dance. This course is recommended for anyone who loves to express themselves to music.
Introduction to Tap Dance
This course is designed to teach you the basics skills of tap dancing. In a friendly environment, you will develop a strong foundation of tap technique, musicality, terminology and learn classic tap combinations. If you have never taken a tap class before, this course will give you the confidence and skills to take that first shuffle.
Introduction to Theatre Jazz This course will introduce you to the classic dance style of Theatre Jazz, which first began on Broadway in the 1950s. Learn basic Jazz technique and short choreographed routines from Musicals. If you love Musicals such as A Chorus Line, Chicago, Cabaret and Sweet Charity then this is the course for you!
Who are the courses for? Sydney Dance Company short introduction courses are for adults 16 years and over who have never danced or have limited dance experience.
What do I wear? Wear casual dance wear, something that you already have and feel comfortable in eg. dance tights and top, leotard and tights with skirt or shorts over the top, track pants and t-shirt/singlet top. For Jazz and Hip Hop bring jazz shoes or sneakers, for Ballet and Lyrical ballet flats or cotton socks, for Tap bring tap shoes or wear leather soled shoes and for Contemporary cotton socks or dance bare foot.
Where are you located and how do I get there? Sydney Dance Company is located at Pier 4, 15 Hickson Road, Dawes Point. Click here for public transport and parking information.
What is the cancellation policy? We do not provide refunds or credits for change of mind or other personal circumstances. We can provide a credit note if the cancellation is due to a medical reason and a medical certificate is provided.
Disclaimer Dance classes can involve risk of personal injury. While Sydney Dance Company takes all reasonable care in the conduct of its classes, it accepts no responsibility for injury or loss caused during classes or whilst participants are at or near the dance studio. You are responsible for ensuring that you are physically and medically fit for the class and during the class you must at all times take care of your own personal safety. If an advertised teacher is suddenly unavailable, due to circumstances beyond our control, a replacement teacher with similar attributes and qualifications will be employed.
Sydney Dance Company teachers and choreographers are highly experienced industry professionals with a passion for sharing their expertise with others.
Many have performed with professional dance companies including Sydney Dance Company, The Australian Ballet and West Australian Ballet. You may recognise some teachers from national musical theatre tours and television shows such as So You Think You Can Dance, Dancing with the Stars and X-Factor.
Sharing their expertise and unique style, teachers provide support and guidance to all students. All our teaching staff have a valid Working With Children Check.