The general program (age 6 and up) is suitable for those who purely just love to dance for fun without the added pressure of competing. Also a great program to join if you are a beginner or improving your dance skills. Make new friends while learning the technical elements with each dance discipline and perfect choreography to perform at the Year End Show.
Minis: Age 6 - 8 years
Juniors: 9 - 11 years
Intermediates: 12 years +
Seniors: 14 years +
An open ballet class teaching the fundamental techniques of ballet which is the foundation for all dance styles. Develop correct placement, alignment and increase core strength. For age 5 dancers interested in ballet, please see the Star Dance Program. (PERFORMANCE FOR YEAR END SHOW).
RAD ballet follows the worldwide recognized exam board, the Royal Academy of Dance syllabus. Dancers will either take an exam or presentation exam in their allocated grade class. It is under the discretion of the SGDA ballet faculty to decide if your dancer is ready for an exam or presentation. RAD Ballet class will be a 2nd or 3rd ballet class for the dancer, therefore, it must be an additional ballet class for the more serious dancer who wishes to increase their technical level. (NON-PERFORMANCE, EXAMS ONLY).
INVITATION ONLY. Dancers must display a strong foundation in ballet technique to be invited to take Pointe classes. Dancers must be in Ballet and RAD ballet. Age 11 and up. (PERFORMANCE AFTER A MINIMUM OF 2 YEARS POINTE WORK TRAINING).
Jazz classes includes turns, jumps, isolations technique, and across the floor combinations to up beat music. Dancers explore different styles of jazz from theatre, commercial, traditional to jazz funk. For age 5 dancers interested in jazz, please see the Star Dance Program. (PERFORMANCE FOR YEAR END SHOW)
ISTD tap follows the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing syllabus. It has been recently revised and uses a range of modern day music, whilst exploring different genres within tap dance itself. Students will work on fundamental steps reinforced through practice & repetition. Option for tap exams will be offered. For age 5 dancers interested in tap, please see the Star Dance Program. (PERFORMANCE FOR YEAR END SHOW & OPTIONAL EXAMS)
A Contemporary class has a strong influence from Modern technique combined with ballet, jazz and lyrical. A strong emphasis is on the use of breath, contractions, and suspension and fall work. Ages 9 and up only. (PERFORMANCE FOR YEAR END SHOW).
Lyrical combines ballet and jazz technique to display fluidity and grace. Normally faster paced than ballet yet slower than jazz to create an emotionally mature dance. Seniors only age 13+ (PERFORMANCE FOR YEAR END SHOW).
Fusion focuses on exploring contact work, partnering skills, lifts and improvisational skills fused with contemporary/ modern technique and theatrical elements. Emphasis on expressive and free movement and thinking, encouraging the dancer to expand their creativity in various dance disciplines. Also a perfect introduction to contemporary dance for the younger dancer. Dancers are strongly advised to take ballet, jazz and acro classes for Fusion. (PERFORMANCE FOR YEAR END SHOW).
Musical Theatre will explore the basics of vocal training, choreography and stage presence. With a focus on movement and vocal theatre, students can expect to learn how to sing onstage and build confidence in their theatrical skills as evolving performers. The guest instructors will inspire all students in a fun, expressive and entertaining class. It is recommended that dancers also take Fusion. Ages 6 - 11 (PERFORMANCE FOR YEAR END SHOW)
Hip Hop incorporates the latest in street dances: House, Popping/Locking, Crumping, Animation etc. A dance style used in the commercial pop industry in music videos and concerts. It is recommended that dancers also take some formal training to help with musicality, rhythm, coordination and strength. (PERFORMANCE FOR YEAR END SHOW)
BOYZ HIP HOP
Learn the same Hip Hop styles listed above (no break dancing) but a class for boys only. Ages 8 - 12 (PERFORMANCE FOR YEAR END SHOW)
Body Conditioning classes are designed to increase the dancers core strength and target muscle groups primarily used for developing strong technique. A variety of stretch exercises are introduced to reach maximum flexibility and endurance to increase stamina. (NON-PERFORMANCE)
ACRO at SGDA follows the Acrobatic Arts Syllabus which focuses on fundamental acrobatic technique for the DANCER. Acro teaches flexibility, balance, strength, muscle control & concentration. Students will start with being introduced to handstands, chin stands, cartwheels, bridges, walkovers, balances and flexibility skills. Once these fundamental skills are mastered then dancers can progress to advanced skills including ariels, handsprings etc only when the SGDA acro faculty feel they are ready. Acro is not a tumbling or gymnastics class. We strongly recommend dancers to be enrolled in a technical training dance classes such as ballet, jazz etc. Options to take Acrobatic Arts exams will be offered. (NON-PERFORMANCE. OPTIONAL EXAMS).
A fun performance opportunity for dance moms to perform on stage with their dancer. Dance moms can be complete beginners to experienced, you just need to be in it for the love and fun! Learn all the necessary dance moves and fancy footwork from September to December, then start piecing the choreography together with your dancer from January till show time. The class/performance runs every other year. Mother Dancer participants are expected to commit to class for the whole season. Next Mother Dancer sign up is for September 2018 season (June 2019 show). This class is not calculated in the season fees. Fees are to paid in full upon registration. (PERFORMANCE FOR YEAR END SHOW).