Tauranga Dance Studio

Tauranga Historic Village - 17th Avenue, Tauranga Central

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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


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.

Adult Classes

Here at Rise Dance Company we offer a range of Adult Classes aimed at encouraging fun and confident movement. Whether you are brand new, have done classes before or are wanting to get back into in, we have a class and a style for you. Our Adult Class Teachers are all experienced in teaching adults and create an awesome environment for you to enjoy dancing.

Adult Barre Sculpt with Mylinda combines traditional elements of ballet barre with the addition of light weights to tone and strengthen the entire body. It builds alignment, improves core strength and flexibility and awareness of posture. You can be a beginner or a pro – we wont be attempting pirouettes, but you will feel the burn and have fun in the process. Set to music, the repetition and tempo will give focus to the targeted muscle groups and a perfect movement and mind focusing addition to your weekly routine.

Our Adult Classes have no pressure or requirement to perform at our End of Year Show.