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PRE-SCHOOL CLASSES

Our Pre-School program offers a structured and developmentally appropriate introduction to ballet and gymnastics in one, fun combo class for girls and boys aged 2 - 5 years. Your child will love making new friends and learning the foundations of ballet and gymnastics in a fun and engaging class with nurturing and encouraging teachers.

For 2 - 3 year olds: 'Me & My Grown Up' Ballet & Acro Class | 30 mins

'Me & My Grown Up' is a delightful combo class of baby ballet and acro gymnastics, specially designed for 2 - 3 year olds to enjoy with their grown up. In the ballet portion of our class we warm up our ballet toes and fingers, and then follow a different imaginative adventure each week inspired by the Royal Academy of Dance Pre-School Ballet syllabus. Join the fun as we visit the beach, the zoo and even Elsa's Frozen castle, practicing our tippy toe runs, leaps and spins along the way. Ballet is the foundation for all styles of dance and helps to encourage good posture, graceful movements and musicality from an early age. We finish our class each week with Acro Gymnastics, following the Acrobatic Arts Pre-School syllabus as we jump along the air track, balance on the balancing beam and learn correct (and safe) technique for handstands and bunny hops which will later develop into cartwheels. Each class learns a dance to perform at our Mid-Year and End of Year Concerts, showcasing the skills they've been learning in class.

For 3 - 5 yr olds: Pre-School Ballet & Acro class | 45 mins

Building on from our 'Me & My Grown Up class', our Pre-School dancers now participate independently in this class as they build confidence and learn more challenging Ballet and Acro Gymnastics technique. The ballet portion of our class follows the Royal Academy of Dance Pre-School Ballet syllabus and takes us on a different imaginative adventure each week as we practice our tippy toe runs, leaps and spins. Ballet is the foundation for all styles of dance and helps to encourage good posture, graceful movements and musicality from an early age. We finish our class each week with Acro Gymnastics, following the Acrobatic Arts Pre-School syllabus as we jump along the air track, balance on the balancing beam and learn correct (and safe) technique for handstands, forward rolls, beginner cartwheels, bridges, and more. Each class learns a dance to perform at our Mid-Year and End of Year Concerts, showcasing the skills they've been learning in class.

 

For 5 yrs + : Pre-Junior Ballet, Jazz & Lyrical class | 1 hour

If your child will be turning 5 by June 2024, we invite them to join our Pre-Junior Ballet, Jazz & Lyrical classes, learning alongside and being inspired by the 'big kids'. They learn the Royal Academy of Dance Pre-Primary Ballet syllabus followed by a fun open Jazz & Lyrical class where they learn split leaps, turns, kicks and more. Each class learns a dance to perform at our Mid-Year and End of Year Concerts, showcasing the skills they've been learning in class.

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FAQ:​

Do classes follow the school term? 

Yes, click here for our term dates. Please note that classes are held on public holidays

Can parents watch the classes?

Parent participation is required for our 2 - 3 year old class. Once students progress to our 3 yrs + classes we invite parents to participate in the first class with your child to see the class structure, meet the teacher and help your child settle in. By week 2 we encourage children in these classes to participate in the class on their own. If they need a little more reassurance from parents then we recommend joining the 2 - 3 yr old class until your child is ready to participate independently. The last week of each term is "Parent Week" and we look forward to showing you what we've been learning throughout the term.

 

What does my child wear and bring for a trial lesson?

Please bring a water bottle. For a trial lesson, it's best to wear something comfortable that you can move in e.g. a little ballet outfit or leggings and a t-shirt. You may like to purchase ballet shoes (the ones from Kmart are linked here) or your child may have bare feet.

Is there a uniform?

We have a beautiful Pre-school tutu, which you can purchase here. Pre-schooler girls are welcome to wear any of our uniform items (many wear the pink dress or black dress - size 2 is on sale for $25) or their own pale pink Dancewear. Pre-School boys wear our Acro tshirt with their own black shorts or leggings. Students may have either bare feet or ballet tights with ballet shoes for class, which are available through Bloch, Flo Dancewear or Kmart.

Do pre-school students perform in the concerts?

Yes, our Pre-School dancers love performing on stage with their friends and guided by their teachers, building their confidence with each performance opportunity. We have 2 annual performance opportunities: our Mid-Year Concert and End of Year Concert and pre-school students sit in the audience with their parents in between their performances on stage. There are no performer fees to participate in our concerts and no extra costume fees as students wear their class uniform for the Mid-Year Concert and costume hire for our End of Year Concert has already been included in our fees. Click the links for dates, times and more info, which will be updated as we get closer to the concert dates.

Any other questions? Send us an email: info@sdga.com.au

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