At Anna Lee School of Dance we teach a variety of different styles & age ranges at our various locations.
PRESCHOOL + TODDLER TIME CLASSES
Our Pre School classes are tailor-made and designed especially for children aged 2 to 3 years (toddler time) and 3 to 4.5 years old (pre school).
With an emphasis on fun and enjoyment children will be introduced to ballet and jazz. They will learn basic dance steps and moves, improve coordination, concentration and listening skills as well as learning new concepts such as moving in circles, on diagonal and following a leader. They will develop a better sense of spacial awareness and working within a group.
Our hip hop classes are not currently syllabus based.
Students can sit medal tests through the NZAMD syllabus and medal exams through the JDNZ system.
Contemporary classes are offered to students from approximately 9 years old.
A background in ballet or jazz is not needed for contemporary dance.
Students are taught non-syllabus work which now can lead towards sitting a NZAMD medal test and/or JDNZ medal exam.
Stretch classes are offered at the beginning or end of classes where time permits. The focus is on core strengthening as well as stretching muscles to gain better flexibility.
The age and level of the dancer is taken into consideration in these classes and the teacher works closely with each student to make sure the exercises are executed safely to avoid injury. Students from approx grade 2 up are welcome to attend an age appropriate/level appropriate stretch class.
Ballet students are introduced to a variety of the BBO syllabus exercises in the first years of their training.
Last year the RAD introduced a new syllabus for the junior children. It is extremely good for developing imagination and musicality. The exercises are not traditional ballet exercises but will instill a love for movement and dance.
The BBO work offers these traditional technical exercises as well as imaginative exercises and partner work.
We feel that by introducing exercises from both syllabi we will be able to keep the students interested and stimulated as well as providing a solid technical base for the students to develop from.
From Grade One onwards we teach the RAD syllabus.
The NZAMD exams are also offered at times when we feel a class may need a bridging year between grades or extension work.
The JDNZ work is predominantly taught to our jazz students.
The JDNZ work offers a wide solid grounding with good technical exercises. Students will be introduced to contemporary and hip hop as well as a cabaret and musical theatre, soft shoe and many more jazz styles.
We also have students sitting NZAMD exams.
The NZAMD work has fantastic stretch and strengthening exercises and where possible it is ideal for older students to work on both syllabi.
Students are also offered extension classes. These classes are not syllabus based. As well as having a focus on flexibility, fitness and strengthening, the students learn challenging steps that may not be found in exam work.
In 2016 we also introduced Performance Jazz classes.
BALLET FOR JAZZ STUDENTS
We recommend that jazz exam students from approx grade 3 and up (or earlier) attend a ballet class once a week.
However, this is not compulsory.
Generally jazz students who attend ballet lessons do receive higher exam marks.
Private lessons are offered for those wishing to enter competitions.