Papamoa Dance Studio

18 Enterprise Drive, Papamoa East

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Hip Hop

Hip Hop Dance is a style of movement characterized by bounces and rocks executed to Hip Hop music. It has deep historical and social roots in African American culture, having emerged in Black communities living in 1970s New York. While frequently referred to as a singular dance style, Hip Hop dance is part of a whole culture of Hip Hop, that includes Deejaying, Graffiti, Emceeing, and several sub-styles of dance, including Breaking. Here at Rise Dance Company, our Hip Hop Classes are upbeat and we encourage our students to continuously develop and grow with confidence in their skills. Our Hip Hop Classes are an excellent option for dancers of all experience level. 

Uniform Requirements: None
Shoe Requirements: Any comfortable footwear
Show Costume Fee: $50 per costume (Dancers keep the costume)
Hip Hop Pathways: Hip Hop Academy, Hip Hop Competition Crews, Guest Choreographer Workshops.
Private lessons are available with Hip Hop Dance Teachers.


Jazz dance is no longer solely the domain of fan kicks and shimmies. The term “jazz” now incorporates a broad range of dance styles. Prior to the 1950s, jazz dance was a style that originated from African American dance and in the 1950s “modern jazz dance” emerged, with roots in Caribbean traditional dance. Jazz dance develops in parallel to popular music, with jazz being the physical embodiment of popular music of a given time. It therefore continues to evolve and remain popular across the world and across age groups.

Rise Dance Company offers the opportunity for dancers to work through and sit the APDA Jazz Syllabus.
This is optional and does come with an exam cost.

Uniform Requirements: Rise Top or Crop and Rise Shorts or Leggings required
Shoe Requirements: Tan Jazz Shoes
Show Costume Fee: $60 per costume (Dancers keep the costume)
Exam Costs (Exam Optional): TBC for 2021
Jazz Pathways: Extension Classes, Competition Troupes, Guest Choreographer Workshops. 
Private lessons are available with Jazz Teachers

Acrobatics (Acro)

Acro uses strength and flexibility to perform gymnastic-based tricks. In this class, students perform conditioning exercises to prepare them for increased difficulty.  It teaches flexibility, balance, strength, and coordination. Acro is based on safe and effective progressions with proven results in five divisions of AcroDance: Flexibility, Strength, Balancing, Limbering and Tumbling.

Rise Dance teach the IDT Acrolink Syllabus and we have classes suitable for beginners through to advanced levels.

Class Entry Pre-Requisites:
Level 1 Acro: 5-7 Year Olds (Regardless of Experience)
Level 2 Acro: 8+ Year Olds at a Beginner Level
Level 3 Acro 8+ Year Olds at a Intermediate Level
Advanced Acro: 10+ Year Olds by Teacher Recommendation Only

Uniform Requirements: Students are required to wear tight fitted clothing that will not catch, such as leotards, tights, fitted shorts. Whilst not compulsory you can wear any Rise uniform items to Acro.
Shoe Requirements: Bare feet or Acro shoes
Show Costume Fee: $60 per costume (Dancers keep the costume)
Acro Pathways: Transition through Acro Levels, Extension Syllabus


Contemporary dance is a style of expressive dance that combines elements of several dance genres including modern, jazz, lyrical and classical ballet. Contemporary dancers strive to connect the mind and the body through fluid dance movements. Contemporary dance stresses versatility and improvisation, unlike the strict, structured nature of ballet. Contemporary dancers focus on floorwork, using gravity to pull them down to the floor. This dance genre is often done in bare feet. Contemporary dance can be performed to many different styles of music.

Uniform Requirements: Students are required to wear tight fitted clothing that will not catch or obstruct during lifts/rolls , such as leotards, tights, fitted shorts. Whilst not compulsory you can wear any Rise uniform items to Contemporary class.
Shoe Requirements: No shoes required however students may find “toe undies” useful
Show Costume Fee: $60 per costume (Dancers keep costume)
Contemporary Pathways: Competition Troupes, Guest Choreographer Workshops.
Private Lessons are available with Contemporary Teachers.


At Rise Dance, we are teaching the BBO International Syllabus which will put out ballet students on the map both nationally and internationally. Techniques are taught with strong technical foundation, but in more modern ways and emphasis on movement than traditional ballet classes. The BBO Syllabus caters for Grade 1 (5-6 Years), right through to Advanced Ballet and Solo Seal.
Exams are not compulsory, but are an option for ballet students.
Grade 4 and higher classes are only available at the Papamoa Studio

Uniform Requirements:
Primary to Grade 2: Rise Ballet Dress and full sole pink leather ballet shoes (or black for boys)
Grade 3 Upward: Rise Ballet Leotard, Ballet Pink tights under the leotard, Black Wrap Skirt (optional) and Split sole pink leather ballet shoes with ribbons sewn on the shoes.
Show Costume Fee: $60 per costume (Dancers keep costume)
Ballet Pathways: Moving through Grades, BBO International Exams, Guest Choreographer Workshops.

Mini Risers & Tiny Risers (Preschool)

Our newly created Preschool Classes – Mini Risers & Tiny Risers are fun, short movement-based classes that will encourage your little ones to move to the music and learn basic dance techniques and exercises.

Tiny Risers (2-3 Year Olds)
Ballet-based movements and music.

Mini Risers Ballet (3-4 Year Olds)
Ballet-based movements and music.

Mini Risers Funk (3-4 Year Olds)
Jazz/Hip Hop based movements and music.

There are no uniform requirements for our Pre School Classes
Pre School Classes will perform in a special Rise Schools & Pre Schools Show at the end of Term 4

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These acro classes are for dance students wanting to learn acrobatic/gymnastics tricks.  When combined with techniques learnt in regular dance classes students are able to blend dance and acrobatics (think Cirque du Soleil).

Our aim is to get students in this class into good physical condition as acro dance is the most physically demanding dance style we offer.  The emphasis will be on flexibility, strength, balance and endurance exercises

NB: Advanced Acro is available at our Mount Studio – See Mount timetable for info.

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