At P.I.P.A we offer a wide range of classes. Please see our descriptions below:
Ballet: Focusing mainly on the RAD syllabus. Classical Ballet starts with exercises at the barre followed by work in the centre. A formal discipline that improves agility, co-ordination, grace, flexibility and strength. This style of dance is the basis for almost all forms of dance. Some examples of some 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 style of dance 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 which can be seen on 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 1970’s. 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.
Boys Only Hip Hop: A Fun class for boys aged 6yrs - 12yrs to get together and learn to dance. Focusing on the elements of Hip Hop, B-Boy moves and a crew like feel.
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”, “Grease”. With many forms seen on stage, in movies or on T.V shows. Class will start with a vocal warm up, a physical warm up, learn 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 off the Acrobatic Arts Syllabus. Using balance, flexibility, and strength it is a combination of skills and elements from circus, gymnastics and dance. Very physically demanding but very rewarding, the skills learnt are excellent to add into solo’s and group routines. Class starts with a warm up, strength and conditioning skills, flexibility work and progressions. Level 2 candidates can bend-back kickover on their own.
Broadway Babes (5-6yrs): A Fun Class incorporating 3 different styles approx. Tap/Jazz and Ballet. It gives them a chance to taste them all and see which ones they love most. They must be toilet trained and no younger than 3yrs, a max of 6yrs. Helps develop co-ordination skills, strength and flexibility for little ones who love to move.
4/U Super 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.
New! Combined Group Singing & Acting Class: A 45 minute class where every odd week is focussed on singing, learning songs, vocal exercises and harmonies. Every even week is focused on acting and fun exercises in a group setting to develop story telling skills and confidence.
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 Class: This class is for students who wish to participate in Eisteddfods, extra performances and commit to their dancing a little more seriously. You must take ballet class 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 one hour class that focuses 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.