Whether you’re 4, 14 or 54, we offer inspiring and uplifting classes that boost confidence, promote diversity, and instill a lifelong love of learning.
If you’re looking for Inner West dance classes that will inspire and encourage, then look no further. Situated in an uber-cool semi-industrial estate in St Peters, we have a strong sense of community and know what our students love – freedom to move, a space to create, and connection with a group of like-minded individuals.
Come and join the DD community! With a range of dance classes for preschoolers, kids, and adults every week, there’s something for everyone.
Looking for a level thats going to teach you the absolute basics? Look no further. Level 1 classes will teach you all of the absolute beginner skills that are going to help you get a well rounded foundational knowledge of the style - think basic tap steps and shuffles in tap or learning to grapevine in jazz.
Level 1 classes are perfect for people who have no prior dance experience or who want to get back into dancing after a long break.
TAP MINI COURSE
Level 1 (Beginner)
Monday's 6:30PM - 7:30PM
BALLET MINI COURSE
Level 1 (Beginner)
Tuesday's 8:00PM - 9:00PM
Tried a few beginner dance classes here and there but wouldn't class yourself as a professional just yet? Level 2 is perfect for those who have a basic knowledge of the style and are looking to work on more dynamic features of the style. In this tap this might look like progressing to "Shirely Temples" and in Ballet this might mean adding in more allegro (fast paced) elements.
Intermediate level classes are perfect for those with a little prior dance experience or experience in similar fields - yoga or gymnastics work great for transferrable skills. In Level 3 classes you start to focus more on performance quality and more complex skill combinations.
LYRICAL MINI COURSE
Level 3 (Intermediate)
Open level classes are classes where the teacher will tailor the class to you. If the students are more advanced then they give more challenging choreography and opportunities for progressions and vice versa, if a class requires more assistance then the teacher will work to break things down more and provide regressions in choreography and exercises.
STRETCH & STRENGTH
It’s time to get moving! Our dance sessions are super accessible and full of fun for dancers and non-dancers alike. There’s no experience or dance shoes required in this dance class done different.
Students will start by warming up, sometimes with a DD favourite - Stretch Master! - and then will learn some moves travelling down the room. They then get to put their moves together into a cool little routine.
Animal races, break falls, handstand competitions, and the circle game… sound mysterious??? It’s all part of the super cool jiu jitsu lesson that awaits our Active Arts workshoppers! Jiu jitsu gives our workshoppers the chance to learn the basics of self-defence and build their confidence as they work in pairs and groups on new moves and a range of fun games.
My personal favourite activity in this session is “Animal Races”. It sounds sweet, but this game really works up a sweat! Students have to move from one side of the delightfully squishy mats to the other moving as a particular animal. One minute they’re scuttling like crabs, the next minute they’re crawling like crocodiles, and then they’re head over heels tumbling like a crazy frog!
Fabio, the super-talented professor at Gracie Barra St Peters, is SO good at working with our workshoppers, encouraging those that are ready to tumble down the room, and giving extra guidance and support to those who have never done a forward roll before.
Kids driving you up the walls in the holidays? Leave it to us – we’ll get it out of their systems for you! Rockclimbing has always been one of our workshop favourites here at Active Arts. Whether your child is a fearless spider-monkey, or afraid of heights, all of our students walk away with a massive sense of accomplishment… and a little exhausted!
Unlike other vacation care programs that place students in large groups of climbers with only one belayer, here at Active Arts we like kids to be moving, not waiting. Our workshoppers form teams of 2-4 students with their very own belayer, and they get to spend their 2-hour session roaming the Sydney Indoor Climbing Gym and selecting the next wall to conquer.
The smaller teams give students a chance to climb more, but it also allows us to cater to the individual needs of each student. While one student may feel like dangling 12ft in the air off a stalactite, another may feel like a more gentle climb on the butterfly wall. The small team system means kids can work at their own pace in a supportive environment that promotes encouraging others and teamwork.
An Active Arts Workshop wouldn't be complete without the chance to fly! This session is always a workshop favourite. Whether your child is a daredevil or a little more cautious, there's always a heap of fun to be had at the Sydney Trapeze School.
The session is split into two sections, with one section dedicated to all things circus - silks, plate spinning, tightrope walking and more! The second session sees our students soar through the air in a high-flying trapeze session. For our more experienced Active Arts Workshoppers, there's always a chance to try a 'catch' at the end too!
Active Arts worskshoppers get to roll, press, pinch, twist, and stamp out clay in this super sensory session. Hosted by the incredibly talented Agatha from the Sydney Clay Studio, students let their imagination run wild as they create pots, mugs, plates, statues, figurines, beads and more!
Agatha is always on hand to give suggestions and assistance. Students also get to paint their clay masterpieces before they are whisked away for drying, glazing, and firing.
In a few short weeks we get a fresh deliver of some shiny and super cool clay artworks ready for students to collect and take home.
It wouldn’t be an Active Arts Holiday Workshop if there wasn’t a chance for our kids to leave their mark. We’re all about fostering creativity and self-expression in a positive environment, and this free-form art session with a twist never disappoints!
We love this activity because it allows our workshoppers a little bit of down time from all the super energetic activities and a chance to explore their arty side. Paint palettes are filled with a range of colours that are bright and bold – just like our students! They’re then given free reign to paint what their heart desires – whether it be an intricate portrait, geometric patterns, a nature-inspired picture, or, rainbow flag in support of marriage equality (one of my all time favs).
If you’ve got a budding artist that’s looking to upsize their canvas, then Active Arts is the perfect place to unleash their creativity these upcoming holidays.
Ship, Shark, Shore
Mountains and Valleys…
These names might not make much sense to you but our Active Arts kids LOVE them! There’s nothing like a little trip to the local park to get some fresh air and have a run around. During our outdoor sports sessions, students work individually and in teams to play games that will get their hearts pumping.
A trip to the park is never complete without some playground time, so we always finish up our Outdoor Sports session with a little free time on the play equipment.
Active Arts kids love a little drama - but only the good kind! In these confidence boosting and creative sessions, students get to play a range of games that allow them to explore characterisation, speech and movement in a whole new way. Some of our favourite drama games include TV commercials, Space Jump, and Storyteller.
Worried that your child isn't the most confident kid in the room? At Active Arts we love mixing up our drama sessions with group games that anyone can join in. Games like Night at the Museum are always a big hit with kids young and old, shy and bold. Some of our quieter kids are absolute all-stars when it comes to focus-based games, like My Sign, Your Sign, and what is affectionately known as ‘the laughing game’.
Amazing dance studio, fantastic teachers & operators, love their philosophy, could not recommend more highly!
DD is an all inclusive dance studio that embraces individuality in its dancers.
I was really impressed with how you both ran the class... I’ll definitely be recommending you to friends.
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