What to Expect
Each class will begin with a basic warm up. In Ballet this will be at the barre, in Jazz or Tap this can be either in the centre or at the barre. The warm up is designed to do exactly what it says “warm you up”, it will also include a series of stretches specific to your dance genre. If you have any injuries, or if there are certain stretches you know you can’t do, then by all means substitute the stretch with something you can do. You are not forced to follow everything. If you know it is not something you are capable of, do what you are comfortable with. And, always feel free to ask your teacher for options.
Following from the warm up, you will have a series of exercises moving across the floor. In Ballet, you will simply move from the barre to the centre and expand on the exercises you just completed at the barre. The exercises in the centre are designed to give you the basic knowledge and skills to set you up for the rest of the class. Each exercise or “across the floor” will either build up from the one before it or be something completely new to add to your skill set and vocabulary.
In the last 30-40 minutes of class you may work on a short routine. This will include the steps you learned in the “across the floors”. Each week the teacher will build on this routine repeating the steps from the week before, and then adding new steps to the routine.
After the course you can decide if you are ready to move up into a beginner’s class, or if you would like to stay and repeat the BASICS class on your own. We leave this up to you to decide. You are always welcome to talk to your teacher to see what the most suitable option for you will be.
What to Wear
There are no strict requirements of dress for DWS classes, but below are some ideas of dress code for the classes
Wear something comfortable that you can move in. Most students opt for leggings and t-shirt. Anything you would consider wearing to the gym will be fine. You do not need to purchase special dance clothes or shoes.
- Ballet – leggings and a t-shirt is fine. A leotard & tights can also be worn, if preferred. Shoes: ballet shoes if you have them, if not – bare feet or socks till you get your ballets shoes is fine.
- Jazz – leggings and a t-shirt are appropriate. Shoes: bare feet is fine, jazz shoes or blochs are also fine.
- Tap – anything that you can move and stretch easily in. Tap shoes are required for class, though if you don’t have any to begin with, that is fine. (speak to the Teacher to find out where to get tap shoes if required.
- Contemporary – leggings and a t-shirt are appropriate, anything that you can move and stretch easily in. Shoes: bare feet.
- Hiphop/House – anything that you can move and stretch easily in, most students wear, tracksuit pants or three-qtr pants and a t-shirt. Shoes: sneakers.
- Bollywood – anything that you can move and stretch easily in. Shoes: barefeet.
- Flamenco – Leotard or top with comfortable pants and/or a skirt (it is not necessary for beginners to wear a skirt to class initially). Shoes: Character/Flamenco shoes, or shoes with a sturdy heel and strap.
When buying your first pair of dance shoes, always go in store and try them on, do not purchase your first pair online.
Classes at Dance Workshop cater to a wide range of dance abilities. Our classes are structured into distinct levels to help you get the most out of each class.
Students also have the opportunity to perform in the annual show allowing friends and family to watch and share in their love for dance in a professional show on stage in front of a packed live audience!
Absolute Beginners (AB)
Basics of the dance style is taught. Best suited for dancers that have 0-2 years training in the style.
Beginners / Elementary (BE)
Students already have a reasonable understanding of the basics of the dance style. Ideally suited for dancers with 1-3 years training in that style.
Students have a good understanding of the style and technical requirements. This level is best suited for dancers with 3-5 years dance experience in the style.
Advanced dancers with 5+ years experience in the dance style.
Class is tailored to suit all levels of experience.
We recommend you secure your place in class by enrolling prior to the commencement of the new term, particularly for the Absolute Beginner and Beginner/Elementary Classes.
If you would like to pre-book for a term you can call the studio and we can take credit card payment over the phone.
Alternatively you can pay on the day. We accept cash, EFTPOS or Visa/MasterCard.
Please note enrolment for a new term can be done from two weeks prior to the term commencement date.
Class Fees – Effective May 2021
6 Class Pass
Valid for 6 weeks from date of purchase
$22 Per Class
10 Class Cards
4 months validity from purchase date
$23 Per Class
1 Week Unlimited
Unlimited class pass valid for 1 week from date of purchase
6 Week Unlimited
Unlimited class pass valid for 6 weeks from date of purchase
I’m not sure if I’ll like a class – Can I pay for 1 Casual first?
Casual classes are available, subject to space being available, as we give preference to dancers committing to a 6 week term. It is ideal for casual paying students to come through about 10-15mins earlier to ensure a spot in class.
Accordingly, we encourage you to watch a class in the previous term to assess if it’s what you are after. We don’t recommend a decision be made about any dance class, based on attending once, as it is unlikely that you will achieve anything with less than 6 lessons.
What if I miss a class?
Classes are non refundable. If you are unable to make it to class, or change your mind we cannot issue you with a refund. You may receive a credit for classes missed but this credit must be used within the same term of purchase.
If sickness or injury prevents you from attending classes, please advise our studio reception within 14-days and present a medical certificate so we can determine if you may receive a credit for the classes missed, and when this credit may expire.