Australia’s first fusion of Dance and Circus Arts
The staff at Queensland Dance and Performing Arts (QDPA) are passionately committed to training and dedicate themselves to transferring their knowledge to the students. A well structured and varied syllabus is offered with staff and guest artists acting as excellent role models for students.
- Borovansky and Vaganova Ballet for all, from Pre-Primary at age 3 to advanced levels and Solo Seal
- Hip Hop
- Musical Theatre
- Acrobatics and Circus
Fees are payable for a complete term, not by individual class. The basic cost is $15 per dance class and $18 for acrobatic and circus classes. An annual fee $110 per family is payable on registration which is non-refundable.
A concert will be held towards the end of each year, showcasing all genres of dance, musical theatre and acrobatics and circus skills.
From beginner to advance levels, QDPA offers a wide range of classes. All instructors are qualified professional teachers who bring years of experience to each class in order to safely guide students through the art of ballet. We follow the Borovansky and Vaganova styles, and each class is designed to enrich our student’s ballet experience. Two teachers are present in every class to ensure the highest level of instruction and individual attention for each student, whether they be beginner or advanced. At the beginning levels, students learn the foundation of Ballet technique. Proper dance posture, positions of the arms and feet and how to properly turn out their legs. Whether recreational or working towards a professional dance career, QDPA is proud to deliver a high-quality ballet program to everyone.
Pre-Primary Ballet (3 – 4 years)
Pre-Primary classes meet once a week, for 30 minutes. This class builds upon the Creative Movement and Pre-Ballet experience by repeating some familiar exercises at a faster tempo and introducing new ones with a greater emphasis on posture, flexibility and strength. The preparatory ballet movements of plié, elevé and tendu in a parallel position are introduced and children begin to move by themselves and together as group in more across-the-floor exercises.
Primary (5 – 6 years)
Primary ballet students meet once a week, for 45 minutes, with the option to enrol in two classes per week. The class continues to build upon Creative Movement, Pre-Ballet and Ballet Preparatory 1 where strength, flexibility, posture and coordination are highly emphasised. Children utilise a TheraBand to facilitate stretching and strengthening of the ankles and feet. Some basic ballet positions are taught as a preparation for the Grade 1 Syllabus.
Grade 1 – 4
Grade 1- 4 ballet students meet two to three times a week, for 1 hour. This class continues to lay the foundation of classical ballet training and prepares the students for the more demanding requirements of the syllabus.
Grade 5 – 6
Students meet three to four times a week, for one hour for examination classes. Level 5 students will be allowed to go ‘on pointe’ at the discretion of the staff. A student must be at the proper stage of physical development and strength, and this decision will be made when it is safe to do so without risk of injury.
Intermediate – Advanced
Students meet at least five times a week, for one hour for examination classes. There will be additional classes of a different genre.
Contemporary dance is an art form of kinetic expression, which both represents and reflects back to us our contemporary world through the elements of time, space, energy, musicality, and dynamics. It can provoke joy and wonder, sadness and despair, humour and delight, and deep feelings of passion and spiritual awareness. As an art form it keeps us profoundly in touch with others, our environment and ourselves.
Our contemporary training focuses on strong and challenging technical training, inspiring students with the passion and physical power of the human body in motion, with a focus on artistic development, interpretation, and performance.
The Jazz discipline is dynamic and incorporates movements from African dance, Broadway, jive, swing, funk, modern dance and music videos. For the beginner to advanced, young to old, we offer classes and class times to suit all needs. Through our own Jazz dance syllabus, students are exposed to a wide variety of Jazz dance styles and music. Using current radio hits and new cutting edge choreography, our program helps develop flexibility, core strength and progresses our students through the early stages of technique, turns and jumps. Jazz is ever evolving, so we host guest teachers in our studio with some of the top new choreographers and dancers.
Hip Hop is not only a type of music and dance but it is also a cultural movement. Since it first emerged in New York City in the 1970s, Hip Hop has spread all over the world and captured the imagination of children and adults alike. Hip Hop as a style of dance is full of very urban and contemporary movements. Done in street clothes as opposed to dance clothes, it is a more natural style of dance that takes in everything from old school Hip Hop moves such as popping, locking, ticking and waving to break dancing and krumping, and whatever new styles emerge. Classes are available for all skill levels and age groups.
In each class students emulate some of the dance moves they see in music videos and popular shows, but in an age appropriate way. Being appropriate, but also fun is very important to us and we ensure that all music and movements taught in each class are reviewed beforehand. Students also learn many of the other skills that Hip Hop develops, such as coordination and musicality.
Musical theatre is designed to develop singing, acting and dancing into one exhilarating class. This is a class for the most outgoing entertainers who love to perform. Our professional teachers instruct students on how to excel and reach their full potential. Early level students are taught how to support their voices with proper breathing techniques, they practice musical scales to develop pitch and learn exercises to help vocal control.
In the acting portion of the program, students explore various characters, dialects and accents and are helped to develop stage presence, confidence and characterisation. As students progress, our instructors work on further developing their skills by improving pitch, tone, enunciation, projection, breath control and much more. We take great care in selecting challenging and age appropriate Musical Theatre excerpts for each class.
Acrobatics & Circus
Acrobatic moves involves the performance of extraordinary feats of balance, agility and motor coordination that involve the phases of spring, flight, rotation, and landing, which demonstrate power, strength and grace. It is often linked with gymnastics; however acrobatics does not use apparatus. Our acrobatic classes include skills in floor tumbling, aerials, handstands, strength and flexibility.
Acrobatics trend is often intertwined with dance routines. These skills are developed alongside dance technique, spacing, rhythmical work and choreography. Students learn acrobatics in a safe environment with accredited Gymnastic Australia coaches. Classes are structured to the child’s skill levels across balance, strength, agility and body control.
Our Circus program is structured to build skills, strength, confidence and trust, allowing students to have fun, be creative and challenge their personal limits. The program consists of aerial lyra, silks, trapeze, web, hand balancing, contortion, hoola hoop, Russian pole, juggling and adagio partnering and tumbling.
Workshop programs are offered in school holidays.