Classical ballet is one of the most formal forms of dance. It originated as a social / court dance in France in the 16th century. Over the 19th century classical technique was perfected as we know it today. Classical ballet is performed by both males and females and can tell a story through mime, or stand alone as a performance piece. Classical ballet is known for its precision, pointe work, turn out of the legs, high extensions, graceful and flowing movements, and ethereal qualities.
The CSTD Classical Ballet syllabus trains students in classical, national work and demi-character. It serves to develop a strong technical foundation, expressive quality of movement, body toning and muscle development, and above all, passion for the art form.
‘Jazz’ is a classification shared by a broad range of dance styles. Jazz is heavily influenced by the commercial music of the time. Styles range from technical jazz and Broadway jazz, to jazz funk and hip-hop. Lyrical and contemporary are also variations of jazz.
The CSTD Modern Jazz syllabus was conceived and developed by prominent dance educators, Sandra Breen and Rachelle Conroy in association with many of Australia’s leading choreographers.
This complete training system in jazz dance, combines strength, flexibility, and jazz technique with elements of lyrical, contemporary, hip-hop and commercial jazz, ensuring versatility and strong performance skills in the students. This syllabus has been highly acclaimed by teachers and students all over the world.
Tap dance is the music of the feet by making a rhythm. Beats are created by the metal plates on the bottom of the dancers shoes, making contact with a hard surface. Tap dancers are often considered percussive musicians as a result of the music they produce. Performance styles range from a traditional Broadway style to a funkier style of rhythm tap.
CSTD Preliminary and Medal examinations are offered beginning with preliminary 1, which introduces basic barre and centre exercises, simple combinations and a tap dance. This gives the students a real feeling of achievement and prepares them for the intricacies of more advanced steps and choreography.
Contemporary is a style of expressive dance that combines elements of several dance genres. Unlike classical ballet, contemporary focuses on organic, fluid movement, rather than a series of strict techniques. Contemporary dancers strive to connect with the body and breath to produce an amazing performance.
World-famous choreographer Jason Winters has collaborated with CSTD on this new comprehensive Contemporary Technique syllabus.
Its technique and structure is designed in the most classical and academic way, and is infused with its choreographic electricity used in today’s most commercial settings. With its building blocks in Graham Technique, Horton Technique, Ballet and Jazz, it combines a sense of movement, flow, energy and breath that has been developed over years of exploration. Contemporary dance truly offers young dancers to be physically and emotionally challenged as artists.
Every day, dance and science become more closely linked. Teachers, choreographers, and dancers themselves, are no longer just looking at the movement that can be made and shapes that can be formed, but actually how our bodies are able to do this. By looking deeper and deeper into the science and mechanics behind our body, we are able to fine-tune each movement and shape, to be executed in the most beautiful and safest way possible.
Body conditioning is an essential part of a dancers training. At Jitterbugs Swingapore®, body conditioning classes include a variety of Pilates, yoga, dance, and sports based exercises that further develop a students’ strength, flexibility and control. Students will gain a greater understanding of anatomy and safe dance practice.