At P.I.P.A we offer a wide range of classes. Please see our descriptions below:
Ballet: Focusing on the RAD syllabus. A formal discipline that improves agility, coordination, grace, flexibility and strength. This style of dance is the basis for almost all forms of dance. Some examples of famous ballets are Sleeping Beauty, Swan Lake and the Nutcracker.
Jazz: Jazz dance combines the technique of ballet with our ever-changing popular culture. It works on flexibility, fluidity of movement and fitness. Influenced by pop music, this dance style can be seen in movies like Fame and Footloose as well as concerts for Kylie Minogue, Britney Spears, lady gaga etc. Start the class with a warm-up and stretch, progressions (leaps, jumps and turns) followed by a short combination.
Tap: This is a percussive form of dance, using metal tap plates attached to leather-soled shoes to perform different styles of rhythmic patterns. Great examples are Fred Astaire, Gene Kelly, Tap Dogs and shows like “Hot Shoe Shuffle” and “42nd Street”.
Lyrical: Lyrical is a combination of Jazz and Ballet and requires a lot of control and strength. Danced to medium or slow music, based more on the words and melody of the song, it is very expressive. A beautiful, graceful form of movement can be seen in the likes of “So you think you can dance” or Maddie Ziegler in Sia’s video clips.
Hip Hop: A funky and fun street style of dance. Originating from an Urban style culture from the Bronx, New York, in the 1970s. Most commonly seen in music video clips from performers such as Beyonce, Rhianna, Jay-z, Justin Timberlake etc. It is ever-growing and changing with many different genres under the hip-hop banner, i.e. Popping, Locking, whacking, Breaking etc. The class starts with a funky warm-up and stretch, followed by isolations and a fun combination at the end.
Musical Theatre: Encompassing a wide range of styles, Musical Theatre is usually combined with jazz or tap as well as acting and singing. It has a story to it in which the performers get across to the audience through the words and music of the song. A fun way to cover many genres and experience the wonder of musicals. Some famous musicals include “Chicago”, “Hairspray”, “Wicked”, and “Grease”. With many forms seen on stage, in movies or on TV shows. Class will start with a vocal warm-up, a physical warm-up, learning the story behind the piece of music as well as the lyrics to the selected song as well as a short dance combination.
Acrobatics: Based on the Acrobatic Arts Syllabus. Using balance, flexibility, and strength, it combines skills and elements from circus, gymnastics and dance. Very physically demanding but very rewarding. The skills learnt are excellent to add to solos and group routines. Class starts with a warm-up, strength and conditioning skills, flexibility work and progressions. Level 2 candidates can bend-back kick over on their own.
Broadway Babes (5-6yrs): A Fun Class incorporating three different styles approx. Tap/Jazz and singing. Helps develop coordination skills, strength and flexibility for little ones who love to move. You will need both black Tap shoes and black jazz shoes.
4/U Little Stars (2-3yrs): A 30 Minute interactive class that develops motor skills and explores the imagination. These Petites will learn elements of Ballet, Jazz and Song. You will need pink ballet flats.
4/U Shinning Stars (3-4yrs): A 30 Minute interactive class that develops motor skills and explores the imagination. These Petites will learn elements of Ballet, Jazz and Song.
Combined Group Singing & Acting Class: A 45-minute class where every odd week is focussed on singing, learning songs, vocal exercises and harmonies. Every week focuses on acting and fun exercises in a group setting to develop storytelling skills and confidence.
Ballet Technique, Stretch & Strengthening, Kicks, Turns and Leaps Class: A great class for students to condition their bodies specifically related to dance skills. Working on kicks, splits, leaps, turnout and technique. A combination of cardio strength and flexibility.
Showgroup (10yrs+) and Junior Troupe(6-10yrs) Class: This class is for students who wish to participate in Eisteddfods and extra performances and commit to their dancing a little more seriously. You must take a ballet class and two other styles if you wish to join showgroup. It is for those students and parents who wish to be super committed to the performing arts.
Adult dance Class: A 45 min class focusing on fitness and fun. No previous dance experience is necessary, and no need to sign up. Just turn up when you can and pay on the day. Learn a different genre every 2-3 weeks.