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Hip-hop involves a wide range of styles but is characterised by isolations (moving a certain body part independently from others), breaking, locking & popping. What distinguishes hip-hop dance from other forms of dance is that it is often freestyle (improvisational) in nature and hip-hop dance crews often engage in freestyle dance competitions, colloquially referred to as battles. Crews, freestyling, and battles are identifiers of this style.Hip Hop is a lot more relaxed and open to interpretation than Ballet or Jazz and emphasis is placed on more on musicality than technique – how you ‘feel’ or interpret the music. Hip hop is an entertaining and often humorous dance form set to current music (always age appropriate at Rise Dance Co).

Little Hoppers

This class comprises beginning instruction in jazz, Hip Hop and Acro dance  so that by the end of the year the favoured style will be clear and the basics for all will have been learnt.  The focus will still very much be on having fun with dance and at the same time gaining confidence and body awareness. Lil Hoppers will be involved in our shows at Baycourt Theatre on Saturday 25 November 2017.

The timetable is subject to change and classes will only proceed if we have sufficient enrolments a week before the start date, so please book early to avoid disappointment. Refunds will apply for classes which do not proceed

2020 Term 2 Hip Hop Classes

2020 Term 3 Hip Hop Classes

Jazz dancing is fast paced but its movements are still soft.  Dancers are taught to be graceful but at the same time move energetically and with expression. 

Our Jazz classes combines modern Jazz technique taught with today’s popular music. Rise Dance follow the International Dance Technique Syllabus. 

Exam Options: Rise offer exams to students if they wish to test out their skills in a fun and encouraging exam environment. Extra costs apply to sit exam and a uniform will be required if students wish to sit an exam.

2020 Term 2 Jazz Classes

2020 Term 3 Jazz Classes

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

2020 Term 2 Acro available at our Mount Studio

2020 Term 3 Acro available at our Mount Studio

Contemporary dance is not so much a specific dance technique as it is a compilation of different techniques.
Contemporary dance involves integrating the mind/body connection with dance movements.

There is an emotional connection to this style of dance and it is often quite deep and dramatic set to slower music. There is a lot of floor work in contemporary.

Ballet emphasises a uniform look with perfect lines whereas contemporary is more open to interpretation with the dancer using gravity to pull them down, closer to floor level.

2020 Term 2 Contemporary Classes

2020 Term 3 Contemporary Classes

This class consists of barre exercises that focus on alignment, timing, port de bra and combination exercises. The centre work will include elementary steps and simple jumps and turns.

Although this is ballet, the class will be fun and the environment a relaxed, welcoming one (perfect for adults).

Our ballet classes are similar to those you would find at any other dance school however we do not require the students to sit examinations and we do not follow a syllabus. The terminology and techniques are the same but emphasis is placed on enjoyment, comprehension, posture and gracefulness rather than perfect execution of the movements. Attire – anything you are comfortable in but fitting clothing is best if you’re comfortable with it. Ballet shoes suggested.

2020 Term 2 Ballet Classes

2020 Term 3 Ballet Classes

Little Groovers (Formerly known as Little Luvlies):

For pre-schoolers aged 3&4. This dance class incorporates lots of props & costumes. Introduction to many dance styles – ballet, jazz & urban. Fun filled class with stimulating music from around the globe.Not a traditional ballet class, but a class incorporating of a fun mix of dance genres for your little one to experience.

The timetable is subject to change and classes will only proceed if we have sufficient enrolments a week before the start date, so please book early to avoid disappointment. Refunds will apply for classes which do not proceed.

Preschool dance classes are available at our Mount Studio. 

2020 Term 2 Preschool Classes

2020 Term 3 Preschool Classes

2020 All Term 2 Classes

2020 All Term 3 Classes

2020 Class Timetable