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Contemporary Youth Classes

Sydney Dance Company Contemporary Youth classes are for young people excited by dance. Held on weekends during school term time, classes run for 8 weeks and are challenging, inspiring and fun!

Youth Term Classes 2017
Sydney Dance Company
For ages 8 to 18 years

Sydney Dance Company’s contemporary youth term classes are exciting, challenging and innovative. Designed to mirror the processes used in Sydney Dance Company’s rehearsal studios, term classes offer opportunities to explore creativity and improvisation skills.

We offer dynamic dance classes for young people between the ages of 8 and 18 years who want to experience contemporary dance. Work as part of an ensemble of young dance makers in a supportive environment which fosters individual skills and strengths. Classes are about ideas and experimentation. Join our community of creative young dancers and explore your own personal creative journey!

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Contact us:
02 9258 4818
sdc@sydneydancecompany.com

Term Dates

Term 1: 11 February – 2 April 2017
Term 2: 29 April – 25 June 2017
Term 3: 22 July – 10 September 2017
Term 4: 14 October – 3 December 2017

Term Timetable

Ages 8-11 years
Sunday afternoon, 2.30pm-3.45pm
$240 – 8 weeks

Ages 12-15 years
Sunday afternoon, 2.30pm-4.00pm
$285 – 8 weeks

Ages 15-18 years
Saturday morning, 8.30am-10.00am
$285 – 8 weeks

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Contemporary Dance for ages 8 to 11
These fun classes for children aged 8 to 12 years will focus on developing foundation skills in Contemporary dance. Developing strength and flexibility, students will learn about the body and how it moves. Young dancers will be involved in exercises and tasks which will build their creativity and confidence, and introduce improvisation as a process to create new movement. In addition to learning contemporary choreographic routines, students develop their ability to make decisions on impulse and work collaboratively. These classes will offer an opportunity to be creative and develop freedom of expression.

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Contemporary Dance for ages 12 to 15
Designed to stimulate and inspire young dancers, this course will promote greater understanding of Contemporary dance techniques. Students will focus on strength and flexibility. Collaborating in a creative environment, students will be exposed to structured improvisation exercises and choreographic task work that leads to the creation of movement. By harnessing their own creativity, students will develop their own unique movement vocabulary.

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Contemporary Dance for ages 15 to 18
Dancers in this program will further develop their understanding and skills in Contemporary dance. Students will continue to build their foundation technique and fine tune mind/body awareness. Exploring a range of techniques and approaches to creating dance, dancers will find solutions to advance their practice by connecting to the creative processes that go into developing contemporary dance work. By working creatively with others on various exercises and structured improvisation students will create new work for performance and composition purposes.

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Who are the classes for?
Sydney Dance Company term classes are for young people excited by dance. No prior experience is required to participate. Catering to a diversity of experience, the classes allow all young dancers to explore and develop their own unique potential. 

How many students per class?
Classes will have a maximum of 24 dancers to enable individual attention and a collaborative ensemble to form to encourage interesting and creative group expression.

What do I wear?
Wear casual dance wear, something that you already have and feel comfortable in eg. dance tights and top, leotard and tights with skirt or shorts over the top, track pants and t-shirt/singlet top. Wear bare feet or cotton socks.

What do I bring?
Please bring a bottle of water. Take your bags into the studio with you and leave valuables at home.

Where are you located and how do I get there?
Sydney Dance Company is located at Pier 4, 15 Hickson Road, Dawes Point. Click here for public transport and parking information.

Can parents observe the classes?
Friends and family are welcome to attend the last 30 minutes of the last class each term in an informal open session where students will demonstrate their progress and perform choreographed pieces in a relaxed environment. This is not a performance but an opportunity for the students to share their work.

How do I enrol?
Please enrol online. Parents/Guardians will be asked to create an account for themselves, once created, create an account for each child you wish to enrol. Enrol in the selected course and then checkout. If you wish to enrol multiple children or purchase multiple class, click on the button before checking out.

What is the cancellation policy?
We do not provide refunds or credits for change of mind or other personal circumstances. We can provide a credit note if the cancellation is due to a medical reason and a medical certificate is provided. 

Child Safe Environment
Sydney Dance Company is committed to providing a safe, nurturing, and inclusive environment for all children and young people.  The welfare of children and young people participating in our programs is of the highest priority.  Sydney Dance Company fosters creative practices to support children’s health, developmental needs, self-respect and confidence. All Teachers and Assistants have a valid Working with Children Check and adhere to our Child Protection Policy.

Disclaimer
Dance classes can involve risk of personal injury. While Sydney Dance Company takes all reasonable care in the conduct of its classes, it accepts no responsibility for injury or loss caused during classes or whilst participants are at or near the dance studio. You are responsible for ensuring that you are physically and medically fit for the class and during the class you must at all times take care of your own personal safety. If an advertised teacher is suddenly unavailable, due to circumstances beyond our control, a replacement teacher with similar attributes and qualifications will be employed.

Sydney Dance Company teachers and choreographers are experienced dancers and teachers. Our industry experienced teachers will nurture and challenge each young person to achieve their best possible outcome. With industry experience and a passion for teaching they provide support and guidance to all students. All our teaching staff have a valid Working With Children Check.