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Curriculum

At Essentially Dance we believe there is not one specific curriculum to best represent all the styles of dance. Therefore we work in conjunction with a variety of organisations to get the best for our school and our students

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Ballet Classes from ages 2-6

At Essentially Dance we teach the  Leap 'N' Learn curriculum in all Toddler and Primary classes from ages 2 to 6.

Leap ‘N Learn is an effective, safe, progressive, and developmentally appropriate dance program for creative movement to beginning ballet. Designed by master teacher Beverly Spell and expert child psychologist Dr. Annie Spell, the curriculum combines the healthiest practices for teaching children ballet technique, while simultaneously encouraging pretend play amongst the youngest students to maintain a positive and nurturing environment.

Ballet Classes from ages 6 to adults

Classical Ballet at Essentially Dance uses our own carefully designed curriculum.  We incorporate the emotional and social needs of our dancers, with precise ballet technique. Step by step, progressions from our Juniors to Advanced students ensure strength, excellent technique and artistry evolve in our dancers.  Yearly assessments are undertaken by our students from age 7 onwards. 

Our aim is to develop a focused attitude to learning, which will assist any student in life.  For those few who want to pursue a career in dance or dance teaching, they are well prepared for auditions to VCASS,  ABS and other full-time training institutes.

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Tap Classes from age 4-18

Glenn Wood Tap offers a unique and fun approach to the learning and assessment of tap technique. At Essentially Dance we use GWT to teach throughout the whole school from Primary Tap through to Advanced Tappers. We undertake yearly tap assessments which help to grow the foundations of tap technique into a showstopper élite tapper.

DanceStep Assistant Teacher Program

a formalised and progressive Dance Student Teacher Education Program which empowers students to serve as role models, grow as leaders and care for others in their dance studio community.

Our Student Teacher and Leadership program provides learning opportunities for dance, cheer and acro students from ten years of age. Designed to develop leadership and valuable ‘soft skills’ (also referred to as employability skills) such as communication, team work, problem solving and emotional judgement, DanceStep has been described as “the Girl Guides of Dance Studios!”

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