… and our definitions of the genres we teach
Jazz dance encompasses a wide variety of dance styles and can take many different forms using a broad range of music. Within a jazz class particular attention is paid to establishing solid dance technique at all levels of training.
Tap is a lot of fun and a great aerobic dance style. The sound is created from metal plates attached to both the ball and heel of the dancer’s shoes. Tap has been made famous by Gene Kelly, Fred Astaire and now our own Australian ‘Tap Dogs’. Generally, in early levels, Jazz and Tap is offered together in a single class to give the student a taste of more than one genre and a more rounded dance education.
Ballet is a classical dance form demanding grace and precision and employing formalized steps and gestures set in intricate, flowing patterns to create expression through movement.
Lyrical dance uses a combination of ballet and jazz technique but has a stronger emphasis on emotions and storytelling. Our choreographers are extremely talented in this genre and create some beautiful routines in this style
Contemporary dance is not a specific dance technique but a collection of methods developed from modern and post-modern dance, incorporating strong, and often angular body and armlines. It is an enjoyable and quite unique dance style and students are encouraged to try it out.
Hip hop is one of the newest dance styles around and our “KADS Crew” dancers and teachers do it so well. Hip hop dance is the direct result of a marriage of two separate movements from the United States: the “b-boy” movement from the ghettos of New York, and the “West Coast Funk” movement from the streets of Los Angeles. Teenagers and younger students are keen to learn this style, but we stress that it is important to also attend a jazz or classical type class to establish strong dance technique for better results.
Cheer is a fun and acrobatic dance style suited to all ages and levels of students. We encourage students who are enrolled in Cheer class to also enrol in acro and jazz classes for technique and strength. Cheer uniforms are specially made with our logo and are used over several years’ concerts and performances.
This class is for students wishing to learn the basics of acrobatics to aid their other dance classes. Students are taught how to gain extra strength and flexibility as well as establishing core strength for lifting and balance.