WSDA takes students from 2years old. We offer two types of classes to children aged 2-4 years and both classes are half an hour once a week. In our classes we focus on co-ordination, rhythm, flexibility and creativity whilst teaching the fundamentals and basics of both ballet and jazz technique in a fun environment with use of props and mime in order to allow our young up and coming dancers the ability to express their freedom of movement and grow and foster their love for dance.
Tiny tots is a ballet based class and our Move & Groove is a jazz based class. These classes are available at our Top Ryde studio only and we offer two days a week (Thursday's and Saturday's) for you to choose from.
Whilst contemporary and lyrical are quite similar they do have varying contrasts between them. Both are a mixture of ballet and modern dance, with a strong emphasis on classical training and technique, without the poise and strictness of a ballet class. It encourages energy, flexibility and the ability to let the body move freely. Contemporary dance can be interpreted in so many ways and allows us to feel and move our bodies in different and abstract ways. WSDA adapts the new age style and form of contemporary dance and encourages us to tell stories and adapt different situations through movement. Lyrical dance is slightly different and allows us to interpret the lyrics of the music and portray a story through movement. If attending contemporary/lyrical classes, ballet should definitely be considered as the classical training is needed and required.
Junior Contemporary/Lyrical for students aged 6-10
Senior Contemporary/Lyrical for students aged 11+
Everybody loves musicals and this class aims to rejoice in the world on musicals and broadways! Musical Theatre has a focal point of technique of dance, singing and acting. Each student will gain confidence through learning musical routines and styles each week. These fun filled classes will allow each student to gain performance skills and qualities that will benefit them throughout their lives.
Junior Musical Theatre for students aged 6-10
Senior Musical Theatre for students aged 11+
Limber, stretch & conditioning
In our limber, stretch & conditioning classes we focus on toning and shaping the bodies of our dancers in order to provide them with the muscle definition, strength and flexibility required to help them through their dancing years. Not only will these classes help with the dancers overall technique but will allow them to mould their bodies whilst keeping them at a much lower risk of injury due to strengthening the body. Limber, stretch & conditioning classes are very much encouraged and all eisteddfod troupe members are to be enrolled in both this class and our open ballet class every Saturday morning.
WSDA offers students to be a part of solo's, duo's, trio's & groups to compete in various eisteddfods. If students wish to compete in solo's then they are to contact Miss Whitney prior to the stat of the new dance year in order to discuss the possibility and to arrange a private lesson per week.
Performance classes are for students who wish to compete in eisteddfod groups. In each age group there is a performance class in which classical ballet, contemporary/lyrical and jazz groups are rehearsed. In order to be eligible for these classes, students must attend one ballet syllabus class per week if involved in contemporary and jazz and two ballet classes per week if involved in classical groups. This is to ensure students are receiving the best technical training for competition.
Being a part of an eisteddfod group is a huge honour and means that your child has been handpicked for their ability and commitment. Parents and students should be extremely proud of this achievement and understand that they will be representing WSDA at various different competitions over the course of the year. Our troupe teams will compete against some very competitive dance schools at fantastic venues throughout the year. Generally we will compete in no more than 5 different eisteddfods. All parents or guardians are completely responsible for the transport to and from each eisteddfod. WSDA will notify parents of specific times we need to meet at each venue.
It is a huge commitment to be in the eisteddfods groups and one that runs for the entire year. Classes are compulsory and if your child is sick we ask that students come to watch (if they are contagious.) WSDA also holds the right to schedule extra/intensive rehearsals and students and parents are required to attend these as being part of the team means that all troupe members have to contribute and be committed, All students will be required to attend all competitions WSDA enters into and plenty of notice will be given as to when the exact dates are.
Ballet strives for the 3 p’s; poised, posture and perfection whilst promoting grace, elegance and flexibility. WSDA teaches the Cecchetti syllabus which is known for its beautiful lines, artistry, harmony, co-ordination and musicality. Classical Ballet is so important and essential, as once you study it you can go into any other form of dance as it is the basis of all training. Enrolling in ballet classes is highly recommended in order to obtain the technique for other styles of dance. Once children start kindergarten, they are then eligible to move up into Pre-Primary where they will require one 45min class per week. The next grade from there is Primary which is too a 45min class once a week.
From Grade 1 level upwards to Grade 6, students will be required to attend two ballet classes per week. Students will generally go onto pointe around Grade 5/6 (depending on when they are ready and strong enough) and once told so by Miss Whitney, they will be required to also attend a pointe work class once a week.
After the Graded exams, students move into the major examinations which start with Intermediate then Advanced 1 & Advanced 2.
Jazz is a fun and enjoyable class where each student can develop and build presence, performance and confidence. It teaches you ease of movement, spunk and technical skills where each student can express themselves in a vibrant and funky style. We have no doubt that you will love this energetic upbeat style of dance with strong jazz technique and dancing and grooving to upbeat music.
Level 1 Jazz is available for children aged 5-7
Level 2 Jazz for students aged 8-11
Level 3 Jazz for students aged 12+
Acrobatics is a genre which incorporates elements of gymnastics, jazz, balancing, and contortion. Some of the tricks taught in an acro class includes handstands, cartwheels, ariels, chest stands, elbow stands, and walkovers. The movements are performed gradually to emphasise gracefulness, body lines, and extensions. Acro adds depth to a dancer, providing them with more versatility. Strength and flexibility are key elements to ensure students develop the skills to master an acro dance trick. Our professional and experienced staff implement spotting techniques to ensure safety and build confidence. At WSDA, we utilise Ezi Flex Mats to provide the children with safety and security whilst learning acro dance tricks.
Junior Acrobatics for students aged 6-10
Senior Acrobatics for students aged 11+
Open Ballet Class
Open ballet classes are an opportunity for ballet students to further their skills by taking part in a class once a week where they are taught new exercises on the spot. This triggers their mind & focus to be active in class in order to remember the skills and exercises taught to them. This is essential for students who are progressing and furthering their dance training to take part in different competitions and bursaries as it prepares them to think on the spot and gain skills required to take their classical training to the next level.
WSDA offers private lessons to students if wishing to further their training and are wanting to gain more one-on-one time with one of our esteemed teachers. Every student who is competing in eisteddfod solo's will require a private lesson once a week (with the length of the private lesson to be decided by Miss Whitney, depending on the number of solo's they will be doing). If you are wanting private lessons for any other reason, then this can also be arranged. Please note that it is a requirement to partake in WSDA's Eisteddfod Troupes in order to compete in Eisteddfod Solos.
In our June/July school holiday break, we encourage each student taking their ballet exam the following term to book in at least 1 private lesson with Miss Whitney so that she can look over each student before their examination.