Classical Ballet is the foundation of all dance styles and works to develop flow of movement, grace and good posture. Starz offers beginners ballet classes from the age of 4 that involves learning basic ballet steps through fun and creative dance/mime exercises, right through to formal training to the senior level. Pointe work is also offered to students when they reach the required age and level.
Starz teaches the Australian Teachers of Dancing method of classical ballet (ATOD) which is a fresh, modern and innovative syllabi that systematically progresses from the beginner level to the advanced level, designed to build strength, technique and creativity. There is also the option for our ballet students to attend specialist conventions, scholarships, masterclasses, summer schools and even part time Vocational ballet training, for those wishing to be further extended.
Starz Dance Centre prides itself on providing an outstanding level of ballet training. Starz students have been accepted into The Australian Ballet School, The Australian Conservatoire of Ballet, The Victorian College of the Arts Secondary School and The National Theatre Ballet School.
Jazz / Funk
Starz Jazz/Funk classes provide an upbeat style of dance that involves learning exercises and routines to modern music. Our jazz classes are based around building strong jazz technique as well as flexibility, fitness and musical skills. Our teachers work to develop a strong foundation in this style by incorporating modern Hip Hop, Funk and Musical Theatre elements into classes. Starz offers 'Tinies Jazz' for 4-5 year olds up to the senior level.
Tiny Starz Tots Class
Starz offers fun, creative and imaginative classes for pre schoolers. Due to a high demand for our tinies classes, we are currently offering two levels of tots classes for students aged between 2-5 years. We offer both "Mummy & Me" classes and "Tiny Starz" classes. During the classes children learn basic dance steps (eg. fairy runs, diamonds) that are based around ballet and jazz styles, as well as mime activities and story telling through dance. The classes are designed to build confidence, musicality, social skills and motor skills through simple dance exercises. Our 'Tiny Starz' always have a ball and love coming to their class each week. We have fun theme days throughout the year and ensure every class is fun and engaging!
We have an emphasis on friendships, support and care among our students and our older students play a vital role in nuturing our Tiny Starz tot students.
Contemporary dance classes are offered at Starz from the Junior to Senior level. Contemporary dance is a modern and abstract style of dance that encourages students to explore their creativity, expression and freedom of movement. Students learn to explore different ways to move to music and classes consist of both structured exercises and improvisation.
Tap dancing is a form of dancing where special shoes are worn with taps on the balls and heels of the feet. We offer a super fun introduction to tap class for 4-7 years and also a class for our more experienced tap dancers. Students learn to rhythmically tap in time to music and classes are great for improving co-ordination and musicality. It is also a lot of fun and a great excuse to make a lot of noise!
As part of our ATOD ballet syllabus curriculum, students are given the opportunity to explore National Character dancing and learn styles that have originated in various countries. Some examples of National styles studied in our syllabi include Italian, Hungarian & Russian.
Extra Curricular Activities
Our students are regularly presented with opportunities to take part in extra curricular activities such as workshops, masterclasses with guest teachers, summer schools, auditions and conventions. These opportunities are offered to all children and are great for challenging, motivating and extending our students with their dance studies.
Our students are also keen young performers that enjoy sharing their love of performing with others. Solo students have recently commenced dancing in ''mini concerts'' for the Kyneton Community Aged Care home for the elderly patients.
Fees are very reasonable and include discounts for multiple classes. Family discounts are also offered for families with 2 or more children attending. Please phone the school for full fee details 0458 333 761.