AIM DANCE COMPANY MANDURAH WESTERN AUSTRALIA

PRINCIPAL

BROOKE LONGWORTH

Classes Offered:

3 & 4 year old Kindy Classes; These classes are designed for the development of motor skills, social skills and the early technique of dance. Comprising of a series of fun, age-appropriate exercises encompassing aspects of tempo, shape, interpretation and technique, the classes introduce our youngest students to the world of dance. Classes are 45 minutes long. Children who will turn three before June 30th are permitted in the 3 year old class, and students who are turning four before June 30th will be take part in the 4 year old class. All students must be toilet trained (out of nappies) to participate in classes. Attire for these classes is below;

·         For girls; Any colour leotard, optional ballet skirt and/or crossover, pink ballet pumps (must be purchased from a dancewear store, NOT Jiffies), ballet tights. Hair must be away from face in a bun, or for short hair, with a secure headband (to be pinned in place.) No jewellery.

·         For boys; tight fitting plain T-shirts, bike shorts with or without sports shorts over the top, black ballet pumps (from dancewear store only), plain black or white socks. Any long hair is to be kept away from the face.

Tiny Tots A & B; These are the first examinable grades, and are generally for children aged 5-8. Students must have completed  a Tiny Tots A examination in order to sit a Tiny Tots B examination. These classes provide the grounding of technique and musicality for later grades, with exercises designed to educate students on these aspects as part of the CSTD examinations. Students in Tiny Tots B classes will be introduced to tap in their classes and will learn a tap routine. Attire for these classes is outlined below, although please read the general uniform notes following the class descriptions;

 

·         For girls; Any colour leotard, optional ballet wrap skirt and/or crossover, pink or flesh coloured ballet tights or pink ballet socks, pink ballet pumps (from a dancewear store only-see general uniform notes),  hair off face in a bun, or for short hair, with a secure headband pinned in place, no jewellery. FOR TINY TOTS  B STUDENTS ONLY; Camel-coloured tap shoes (low heel) to be purchased from a dance wear store only.

·         For boys; Tight-fitting plain plack or white T-shirt, black bike shorts with or without black sports shorts over the top, plain black or white socks, black ballet pumps (from a dancewear store only-see general uniform notes), any long hair is to be off the face. No jewellery. FOR TINY TOTS B STUDENTS ONLY; Black boys tap shoes, to be purchased from a dancewear store only.

 

Classical Ballet; These are structured, disciplined classes teaching CSTD classical ballet technique (Grades 1-6). Classical ballet is the basis for all other dance forms, and teaches correct ballet posture and turnout, leg and feet use and alignment, among other vital classical technique which is used in all other genres. As mentioned before, students will be learning CSTD exercises, which teach technique, steps and musicality, as well as participating in skills classes designed to improve specific aspects of the classical work and to expand their ballet knowledge and skills. Students are reminded that classical ballet requires a high level of self-discipline and a willingness to accept technical critique and work to improve.

Attire for classical ballet is to be strictly adhered to, and is outlined below. Please also read the general uniform notes located at the end of this section;

 

·         Girls; Black leotard, pink ballet tights, hair in bun off face. Optional crossover in winter. Ballet skirts may be worn in terms 1 and 4, but will not be permitted in terms 2 and 3 (exam terms.) Pink ballet pumps, no jewellery.

·         Boys; Black or white tight fitting T-shirt, black boys ballet tights or black bike shorts with black sports shorts over the top, black ballet pumps, black or white socks, long hair away from face. No jewellery.

 

Major Classical; For students in major ballet examination grades (Sub-Elementary, Elementary or Intermediate.) As per previous years, examination students will have three lessons per week; their relevant grade class, an Adage/Allegro class for centre work, and Pointe class. Please be aware these are high-level examinations that require dedication and involve a large amount of unset work and theory. Most students will be advised to work on a grade for two years. Attire for major ballet examinations is outlined below, but also refer to the general uniform notes at the end of this section;

 

·         Girls; Plain black Russian style leotard, pink ballet tights, pink demi-pointe shoes with ribbons and elastic, pink pointe shoes with ribbons and elastic, hair in a bun with a pink examination ribbon. No jewellery.

·         Boys; same as per Classical Ballet grades.

 

Modern Jazz; These classes include the work from the CSTD Modern Jazz Syllabus (Grades 1-8). Most students find these classes fun and modern, and they encourage fitness, expression and technique. The general skills aspects of these classes will include training for specific skills such as turns, leaps and various steps, general fitness, strength and flexibility. The Modern Jazz Syllabus is relatively new and exhibits a current style which many students find enjoyable. As with the other examined genres, students are welcome to but not required to undergo examinations. For newcomers wishing to do exams, there are particular start points based on age and experience. Once a student has completed an examination, however, they may not skip grades.

Attire for these classes is outlined below, but please refer to the general uniform notes at the end of this section.

 

·         Girls: Examination students will have a set exam uniform relevant to their particular grade. These exam uniforms, which the students can wear in class, will be displayed closer to the date of examinations. Otherwise; plain any coloured leotard, ballet or flesh coloured tights, optional tight jazz shorts or leggings (to be purchased from a dancewear store). Shoes for this class can be either; camel or black split sole jazz shoes OR camel ballet pumps with elastic (not ribbons.) Exam students will need a pair of camel jazz shoes for their exam. Hair must be off face in a bun or short hair in a secure headband pinned in place. No jewellery.

·         Boys: Examination students will wear black tights or straight legged pants, a close fitting  black T-shirt,  and black split sole jazz shoes. Non examination students may also wear this, or a plain tight-fitting black or white T-shirt with black bike shorts with or without black sports shorts over the top. Black or white plain socks can be worn. Any long hair must be kept away from the face. No jewellery.

 

Theatrical (excluding Tiny Tots); These classes are based purely on syllabus work from the CSTD Theatrical syllabus. These classes involve both jazz and tap, and from Prep 4 onwards, classical ballet. Hence, students from Prep 4 upwards MUST take part in a classical ballet class; they are not required to sit the classical ballet exam, but must attend a class. Students are also strongly recommended to take part in a jazz and tap class in order to acquire the technical skills and repertoire of steps necessary for these classes, but this is not a requirement until Grade 3 theatrical. Theatrical classes teach control, technique, musicality, versatility and posture. The grading system for these examinations is as thus; from the Tiny Tots B grade students continue on to Primary Theatrical. From here, the grades are Grade 5, Prep 4, Grade 4, Grade 3, Grade 2, Pre-Advanced, Advanced. Student teachers who have completed Advanced Theatrical have the option, should they wish, of sitting teaching certificate examinations once they are seventeen years of age. Attire for these classes as outlined below, although please refer to the general uniform notes at the end of this section.

 

·         Girls; Black leotard, flesh-coloured jazz tights, hair off face in a bun, short hair in a secure headband pinned in place, camel-coloured split soled jazz shoes OR camel-coloured ballet pumps, camel tap shoes, and for students from Prep 4 onwards, pink ballet pumps with elastic. Higher grades may also require a national skirt and character shoes-you will be advised of this if they are necessary. No jewellery.

·         Boys; Black tights or bike shorts, well-fitted black or white T-shirt, white socks, optional long straight-legged black pants (must be removed for classical sections), black split sole jazz shoes, black boys tap shoes, for students from Prep 4 onwards, black ballet pumps. Any long hair is to be secured away from face, no jewellery.

 

Tap: These classes teach tapping technique and steps, musicality, style and rhythm. Tap classes are open to students from six years old, and will include both general and syllabus work. Syllabus work will be that of the CSTD tap medal syllabus. The general aspect of tap classes will be based on reinforcing tapping technique and skill, honing the students musical abilities and developing strength and quality in the students’ tapping. Students will be exposed to a wide variety of tapping styles.

The attire for this class is outlined below. Please also refer to the general uniform notes at the end of this section.

 

·         Girls; Examination students will require a tap uniform in a grade specific colour that students will be advised of at a later date. Otherwise; plain any colour leotard, flesh coloured tights, camel tap shoes, optional black tap skirt and/or crossover (to be purchased from a dancewear store), hair off face in bun or short hair in a secure headband pinned in place. No jewellery.

·         Boys; Examination students will require a specific examination uniform that students will be advised of at a later date. Otherwise; Black bike shorts with or without black sports shorts over the top, black or white tight-fitting T-shirt, black or white plain socks, black tap shoes. Any long hair is to be secured off the face, no jewellery.

 

Acrobatics; Introduced in 2010, the acrobatic classes will be continuing this year under the tuition of Mrs Cheryl West. These classes are designed to teach students acrobatic tricks, skills and safety and are greatly enjoyed by students. There will be 2-3 classes based on skill level.  Attire for these classes is below, but please also refer to the general uniform notes at the end of this section;

 

·         Girls; plain any colour leotard, optional tight jazz shorts or leggings, ballet or flesh coloured tights (footless until correct shoes have been purchased), hair off face in bun, short hair secured firmly away from the face, no jewellery, camel-coloured acrobatic pumps (can be purchased from a dancewear store.)

·         Boys; black bike shorts with or without black sports shorts over the top, tight fitted black or white T-shirt, black or white socks (unless correct shoes have not been purchased in which case bare feet are advised), any long hair is to be kept away from the face, no jewellery.

 

Jason Winters Contemporary; Developed by internationally acclaimed contemporary choreography Mr Jason Winters, AIM is proud to be among the limited number of schools in Western Australia able to offer this C.S.T.D. course. The syllabus combines elements of several modern contemporary styles as well as incorporating warm-ups, conditioning, strengthening and expression. The content is very current in the dance-world and was only introduced in the past two years. Students are able to participate in C.S.T.D. examinations for contemporary as per other genres, or can participate for training, fun and fitness. There are 2-3 levels of contemporary available at current. Students must be at least turning 8 years old during the year in order to participate.

Attire for this class includes;

·         Girls; any colour leotard, lycra dance shorts or dance crop top, hair off face in bun, no jewellery, bare feet or socks. Footless tights optional. Examinations students will be required to purchase an examination leotard and black dance shorts.

·         Boys; black bike shorts with or without black sports shorts over the top, tight fitted black or white T-shirt, bare feet or socks, hair away from face, no jewellery.

 

Conditioning and Stretch; This class is designed for students who would like to further their abilities and improve their flexibility, strength or fitness in regards to dance. Classes are currently available for students turning 10yrs old and older. A junior class may be introduced. Content comprises both  science and dance as well and physiotherapy, exercise physiology and Pilates  principles in order to provide the student with the best results. Students are expected to self-motivate and continually work to improve in order to maximise the effectiveness of these sessions. Each class is different, but all have a student-centred approach where the students are assisted in order to identify their strengths and weaknesses, and exercises are performed accordingly.

Attire for this class includes;

·         Girls and boys; any appropriate exercise or dance clothing, bare feet or dance shoes, hair off face, no jewellery.

 

Performance Classes (Competition students); There will be three age groups for these classes, based on competition age groups, and three available genres for each age group; a classical, tap and jazz class. These classes, as mentioned above, will be the classes in which competition troupe work will be completed. Thus, as competition students must compete in at least one troupe, all competition students will need to participate in at least one performance class. One troupe will be completed in each class relating to its genre, however it may not be the direct genre, but a subset of it; for example, in classical performance classes, the troupe may be a classical, neo-classical, contemporary, national or demi-character. I may also be offering additional troupes; these will be extra rehearsals as we have traditionally done.

Please note that students will be assigned to a class based on age, not grade, as per competition age limits.

Furthermore, in order to do troupe work, the student must take a class in the appropriate genre.

As well as competition work, performance classes will be designed to develop students’ skills in stage expression. I feel this is something that as a school we could benefit from, and will greatly improve our performances.

Performances classes, as you will notice in our fees information, are a reduced price in order to keep costs down for competition students and encourage and allow all students the opportunity to compete.

 

Adult Classes - Jazz and Tap; AIM Dance Company is excited to be trialling adult classes this year. These 45minute classes will focus on learning for fitness, fun, technique and interest and will be conducted in a relaxed class environment. These classes are open to adults of any age and ability level.

Attire for these classes;

·         Appropriate exercise or dance wear, long hair off face

·         Jazz: split sole jazz shoes or jazz boots (can be purchased from dancewear stores)

·         Tap: camel or black tap shoes

 

Vocal Program; Another new addition to our classes this year is our highly anticipated vocal classes. Run by singing and music teacher Geraldine Williams, these classes allow students to further their singing abilities and challenge their versatility in the aim of becoming well-rounded performers. Classes will allow for vocal development in a range of genres and will be run in a positive, encouraging, and self-challenging environment. There are no attire requirements for these classes although students are encouraged to wear something comfortable. Classes are conducted in a group setting. Private lessons may be arranged at the discretion of the vocal teacher.

 

Pilates Classes; These classes will be introduced a little later in the year and will allow students 11yrs older and adults the unique opportunity to improve their strength and control by participating in pilates classes run by the schools' principal, full-qualified physiotherapist and dance teacher Brooke Longworth. By combining aspects of both her physiotherapy and dance training, Brooke will be able to offer a unique pilates program for both dance students, people with a history of injury or muscle dysfunction, and the general public alike.

Attire for these classes;

·         Comfortable lycra exercise or dance wear, bare feet, hair tied up off face, no jewellery. Equipment required for this class includes an exercise mat (students to bring their own) and a theraband (can be purchased from the school for $6).

 

GENERAL UNIFORM NOTES;

 

·        Dance is a highly disciplined sport and correct attire and grooming is essential and compulsory at all times.

·        All dancewear is to be purchased from a dancewear store to ensure quality and safety, and to best present the students’ abilities. It must be tight fitting.

·        All shoes must be correctly fitted (tight-fitting) by a dancewear specialist.

·        Under no circumstances are Jiffies to be worn.

·        Hair MUST be secured properly in a bun (for girls). Students are encouraged to learn to do their own hair in a bun. This prevents the development of bad habits (such as fidgeting), upholds the discipline of dance, and also allows teachers necessary visual access to the neckline. This will be strictly enforced.

·        School jackets will be available and must be worn by competition students within festivals. School shirts are available also.

·        Failure to meet the uniform requirements outlined in your class description above may result in exclusion from the lesson.

·        ALL UNIFORMS AND DANCE SUPPLIES CAN BE PURCHASED FROM PIROUETTE DANCE SUPPLIES, UNIT 5, 1 SAVERY ROAD, ROCKINGHAM (PH: 9592 5290)