At Aurora Dance Studio we offer a quality preschool music and movement program as well as Royal Academy of Dance Graded Ballet Syllabus.
For ages 4 and under, preschool ballet is great for enhancing fine-motor skills, balance and spacial awareness. As well as being a great place to meet new friends and use our imagination along the way.
For ages 5 - 6, Pre-Primary in Dance is a great level designed to make ballet and music fun. Examinations are offered at this level in a Class Award format.
For ages 6 - 7, Primary is an extension from Pre-Primary. Adding more complex technical and musical elements. Examinations are offered in a formal and class award format.
Grade 1 -5
These grades are great for building on basic technique and all work is progressive so great for refining previously learnt skills. Character dance is introduced originating from many different countries and is a fun addition to syllabus work.
Intermediate Foundation - Advanced 2
The vocational examinations are for dancers looking for the next step in their dancing careers. A minimum of 3 - 4 hours training a week is required for these level exams. Pointe work is introduced.
Alongside all ballet grades Progressing Ballet Technique (PBT) is incorporated.
"Progressing Ballet Technique is an innovative program developed by Marie Walton-Mahon for students to understand the depth of training muscle memory in achieving their personal best in classical ballet."
Learn more about PBT
We provide quality jazz dance training with the APDA (Asia Pacific Dance Association) syllabi.
The levels are made up of a series of exercises including arm combinations, classical technique, floor work, turns, isolations, leaps, amalgamations and dances.
All work is progressive and designed to develop co-ordination, strength, agility and style.
Amalgamations include jazz, lyrical or contemporary and musical theatre. These styles complement competition/eisteddfod requirements.
Candidates sitting Advanced Jazz Two onwards must have sat and passed the previous grade as a prerequisite (ie. Advanced Jazz One).
Junior levels include :
- Preschool Jazz (4 years)
- Primary 1 and 2 (5 - 6 years)
- Junior 1 - 3 (7 - 9 years)
Intermediate levels include :
- Elementary 1 - 3 (10 - 11 years)
Senior (11 years +) levels include:
- Intermediate 1 - 3
- Advanced 1 and 2
The levels are made up of a series of exercises including including; plié and spine articulation, port de bras, swings and suspension, rolling progression, travelling progressions, floor sequences, turns, leaps, compositions and dances.
Conditioning work (often including a swiss ball) is included to develop core and upper body strength, increase turn-out and improve strength and control.
Partner work is included throughout all grades to develop physical trust, spatial awareness and dancer connection. This is an important and unique component of contemporary dance.
Improvisation is included to encourage freedom of movement in the junior levels. Student choreography is incorporated at higher levels to develop musical connection and expression.
Junior levels include :
- Level 1 (7 years)
- Level 2 (8 years)
- Level 3 (9 years)
Intermediate (10 years +) levels include :
- Level 4
- Level 5
- Level 6
Senior (14 years + ) levels include:
- Level 7
- Level 8
- Level 9
- Level 10