WHAT SEPARATES US FROM THE REST
Our students think we’re awesome because everyone is free to express their individuality in a safe and creative environment that respects and praises difference.
Students are encouraged to enjoy dance as kids, whilst learning important life skills, making strong friendships, and having the best time!
WHY KIDS LOVE US
- Our classes are relaxed. There’s no pressure of exams or auditions for performance groups
- Students are always respected and given a say. From music choices, to costume ideas, and choreography – we value the creative input of our students and encourage our students to be co-creators
- Students get to see their ideas come to life, such as DD SRC, a student idea pitched in 2016 that was made into reality in 2017
- We hate tacky or barely-there costumes – and so do our students. We never make them wear something they aren’t comfortable in
- We don’t value ballet above all other styles. At Dance Domain, all dance styles are as important as each other
- They feel truly at home in a studio space that was custom-built for our students, and customised by our students. From the comfy couches, to the kids colouring table and play area, to the colourful paintings on the wall, Dance Domain is a home away from home for our students
- Our end of year showcase celebrates all of our students, not just a few. We don’t do solos, there are no ‘feature’ dancers, and everyone gets to be up front. There’s no hiding students up the back like other schools do.
WHY PARENTS LOVE US
- We offer a truly fuss-free approach to dance
- There’s no sewing costumes or making props – ever!
- Heaps of convenient parking, and even better, drive through drop off and pick up for busy families who are always on the go!
- We don’t have fussy or exclusive rules about watching classes or entering the studio space. Our space is your space. Some students feel more comfortable with a family member present, and that’s totally ok with us.
- Our teachers are strong, positive role models for our young students
- Our end of year show is a fun and bright event, with no stressful lead-up or rehearsals.
- We live local and we love local. We’re Inner Westies deep at heart and are connected to our community.
We offer a huge range of styles that cater for a range of personal preferences. Suitable for students aged 6-18, our classes are fresh, inspiring and engaging. All of our classes are modern and progressive, incorporate a mix of musical genres, and draw on progressive approaches to teaching and learning dance.
Read on below to find out more about our styles, but if you’re unsure about what styles would suit your child best, feel free to get in touch with us.
Get the know-how on the technique behind kicks, turns and jumps whilst learning dances to current and upbeat songs. Increase coordination and build confidence whilst gaining strength and flexibility and valuable learning skills. Each class begins with an age-appropriate stretch and conditioning session to safeguard against injury and build strength. Students then work on particular technical moves, such as kicks, turns, jumps and leaps, which are then worked into a dance that they continually build upon throughout the year. Dance Domain Jazz students get moved by all styles of music, from The White Stripes to Lady GaGa, Kimbra to Stromae, and Hermitude to Disclosure.
The perfect class for the kid who loves to make some noise…let them stomp it out in the studio instead!! Students will learn terminology and gain an appreciation for music and rhythmic patterns as they explore different genres, from tango, swing, house and more. Each class begins with a level appropriate warm up at the barre or the centre and then moves on to learning and mastering technical combinations, such as Time Steps, Buffalos, Wings and a variety of turning steps. These technical elements are then put into a rhythmic masterpiece that students will perform for the end of year show. Dance Domain students keep the beat and stomp those feet to the sounds of Basement Jaxx, Nina Simone, Parov Stelar and even The Black Keys.
Break away from the boring old ballet class, we do ballet our way. Learn the technique, posture, and poise of the classical dance form without the stuffy old-school dance at the end of the year. We adopt a refreshing approach to ballet, without the stress or pressure of examinations, or the rigidity of a syllabus. Students are taught ‘open’ classes that encourage the ability to learn and adapt quickly and also allows the class to cater to different abilities and capacities. Students will learn developmentally appropriate technique through classes that foster creativity, provide a deeper understanding of their body and anatomical functions, and allow them to master ballet movement in their own way. Dance Domain loves a twist, so our Ballet kids blend traditional with modern as they grace the stage to artists like Florence and the Machine, Anna of the North, M83 and Lisa Mitchell.
Lyrical dance was created as a hybrid of contemporary, jazz, and ballet techniques to further a dancer’s potential to interpret music through movement. Lyrical particularly focuses on conveying the emotion of a piece of music and is known for valuing expression over strict technique. As well as combinations tackling turns, leaps, kicks and floor work, students will be exposed to a range of routines that explore human experience. Lyrical is a chance to reflect on emotions familiar and unfamiliar to yourself. Our lyrical students are moved by artists old and new such as Bill Withers and James Vincent McMorrow, and amazing Australian artists like Wafia and Meg Mac.
A beautiful visual artistic way to express your emotions. Contemporary is a versatile style which incorporates more floor work, the grace essence of ballet and the technique from jazz. Students will learn how to use the floor in unique ways, use dynamics with different types of energy and use elements of push and pull to express emotions in their movements. Students are taught in ‘open’ classes, which will cater to the different capabilities of each dancer. Each class begins with a warm-up in the centre which will focus particularly on breathing through movement with yoga and pilates elements, and a focus on core strength and flexibility. The students will then work on technique down the room followed by a centre or floor exercise. Our contemporary students express themselves to a wide range of music, from Maya Jane Cole to Birdy and Damien Rice.
Express your individuality, explore a variety of street styles, and learn some of the classic steps that have made this type of dance so popular. Hip hop is a great way to develop your strength, coordination, and musicality. Exercises and routines are performed to songs that you can’t help but move along to, including both current tunes and old-school hits. Each class begins with an age-appropriate warm-up and a stretch session. This is followed by foundation work including isolations, grooves, and floor work, as well as group activities that encourage creativity and cooperation. Students build up a routine throughout the year and dance to a variety of artists such as Hermitude, Beyonce, Run-DMC, TLC, and The Avalanches.
Theatre jazz emerged on the Broadway scene when choreographers such as Bob Fosse and Jack Cole decided that musicals could, in fact, become home to more contemporary styles of dance. With focus on developing dynamic control and performance, technique components of dance become less stale and more individualised. Theatre jazz is influenced by how we interpret and modify movement in a stylised way. At Dance Domain, we encourage students to take an active role in their learning so if you have a favourite musical tune that you’ve always wanted to dance to, please don’t be afraid to let us know and we’ll work it into the class right away.
A 45-minute blitz that will get students’ hearts pumping. This class is the perfect addition to any class and will help students improve their core strength, increase their flexibility, and build their strength. More importantly, we see our conditioning students’ confidence soar as they can feel the achievements they make each week. Each class is kept fun and fresh by incorporating a variety of different exercises that range from circuits with fun equipment, like fit balls, therabands, chi balls and massage rollers, to barre-inspired technique building exercises, and long stretches that will release muscles and help get those kicks high and those leaps through the roof! Our conditioning class is an open class suitable for ages 10+. Plus, if you’re a Performance Group student, you can take our conditioning class for just $50 per term.
Whether your child is no stranger to the spotlight or needs to build their confidence, Dance Domain’s Performance Groups are a great way to challenge and inspire students to be their best.
Performance Groups are organised according to junior and senior age groups and students will gain valuable teamwork skills as they work towards performances in competitions, festivals and other shows throughout the year.
Students are challenged to learn a dance quickly and polish the piece ready for performance. Rather than focus on dance as competition, Performance Group members become representatives for Dance Domain through cooperation and community.
We also use Performance Group classes as an opportunity to expose students to styles they may not have experienced yet. Our teachers customise a dance to a style that suits the personality of the group each year.
While other studios make students audition for a place in a ‘troupe’ and enforce a large number of classes in order to join performance-based classes, at Dance Domain, we believe that everyone belongs on the stage. We only require that students take one style-based class (jazz, contemporary, lyrical, or ballet), to ensure their technique and strength is maintained.
Did we forget to say that going to events is also an awesome time? Friends who dance together, stay together! <3
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