Styles

Ballet

Ballet is a formal, traditional and strict type of dance, teaching discipline, strength and stylised technique with its own French vocabulary. The graceful movements and poses include pointed feet, rising, jumping, stretching and spinning. Advanced ballet dancers may wear pointe shoes only once their feet have developed and they have gained correct technique. These classes combine open work with RAD (Royal Academy of Dancing) syllabus work.

Pre-pointe is recommended for students aged 12yrs+ who would like to work towards going onto pointe or who would like to further develop ballet strength and technique.

Pointe is restricted to students aged 12yrs+ who have been approved by the teacher and/or by a qualified physiotherapist to dance en pointe. Students must attend Pre-Pointe & Ballet.

Please note that some students may never be able to go onto pointe even after training in the pre-pointe class- this has a lot to do with the foot development and strength of each individual student. 

B-Boy/Break Dance

B-boying or breakdancing, is a style of street dance that originated in New York City during the early 1970s. In Breakdance there are specific techniques, tricks and rules to follow which consists of four elements: Toprock, Footwork, Freezes and Power moves. These are taught by our specialist B-Boy teacher who uses his own B-Boy syllabus to deliver new techniques to students each week. Students also learn how to battle, jam and freestyle.

Broadway Jazz

Broadway Jazz is technical, classic jazz that emphasizes style and performance quality. Broadway Jazz relates to Musical Theatre and incorporates elements of Ballet, Jazz and Modern, danced in heels.  Every step has purpose and meaning and the choreography typically involves a story line in order to give students the atmosphere of being in a company or performing in a Broadway show. This class introduces foundation technique for dancing in heels and is especially recommended for students wanting to audition for High Kix Cabaret.  

Cabaret

This style combines Ballet, Jazz and Musical Theatre elements while incorporating the showgirl technique of dancing in heels. The choreography is created to entertain audiences with slick, stylish and slightly cheeky movements. Dancers develop strength, flexibility and balance while learning to dance in heels. No cabaret class is complete without feathers, fishnets and lots of bling!

Choreography

This class is for students who want to develop their choreography skills in a supportive environment with the expertise of our studio Principal & teachers. The Choreography class will be run similar to the highly successful and sort-after program Miss Kym created for Calwell High School which allows students to create dance works for various projects with guided assistance each term. To our knowledge, it is the first Choreography class of this kind held at a dance studio in Canberra! This class is open to any students 10 years+ currently taking another dance class at Bom Funk. It will operate across both studios, allowing students break out space to rehearse. We hope to see some exciting projects take shape in this class! Students can also sign up to this class if they wish to have extra time to rehearse their competition solos/duos. 

Hip Hop

Hip-hop is an energetic street dance style that continues to evolve. It involves an expressive collection of movements including breaking, tutting, gliding, locking, and popping. Each Bom-Funk teacher brings their own style and personality to their Hip Hop class which allows students to experience and develop their own flavours

'Boys Only' Hip Hop - Bom Funk Dance Studio specialises in Dance Education for boys and male dancers.

'Boys Only' Hiphop-o-potamus - This specialist class is for boys aged 6 years and under. It is a blend of Hip Hop, Stomp and Breakdancing. It is a great introduction to dance and choreography.

Jazz / Jazz Funk

Jazz / Jazz Funk classes are a stylised combination of street funk, pop and traditional jazz techniques such as kicks, turns and leaps. A strong emphasis remains on the technique with corner combinations used to practice movements. Routines vary from current pop concert and music videos to more traditional classic jazz numbers to give students a good overall feel for the diversity of the style.

JFH (Jazz Funk Hip Hop)

JFH is a relatively new style performed by commercial jazz dancers – it is a combination of Jazz, Funk and Hip Hop styles blended together! JFH routines are choreographed to popular dance hit songs & routines are similar to what is seen on current Music videos. 

Lyrical & Contemporary

Lyrical uses slow, dramatic movements to express emotions and explore different themes. Often the music chosen for lyrical has emotionally charged lyrics to provide inspiration.
Contemporary uses a blend of elements from ballet, modern and jazz. Dancers strive to connect their mind and body through fluid dance movements across the floor and centre space.
These styles develop a dancers’ inner core, strength, flexibility and musicality.

Musical Theatre

It is impossible to define 'musical theatre dance' as a single style of movement mainly because the kind of movement or dance used in any piece of theatre reflects the style of that performance as a whole. In the Musical Theatre class, students learn different routines from a wide variety of musicals. A strong emphasis is placed on the characterisation in each piece to let student immerse themselves into the feel and style of each musical explored. Try your hand at being a Broadway baby, fabulous feline, budding producer or slimy gangster and find out why musicals are so much fun!

*This is a dance class - there is no singing required.  

Private lessons/Performance Squad Program

Choose your style and have one-on-one training with a professional teacher. Learn your own unique routine to perform at Bom-Funk events or competitions. Available for 1-3 students per slot (split the cost with 1 or 2 friends). Please note that students will only be allowed to compete or perform if their routine is approved by the Director. 

Rainbow & Dance Tots

This class is a blend of Ballet, Jazz & Hip Hop styles to give young children a taste of all of the fun elements of Dance. It is a great introduction to dance movement, music and rhythm. Students also develop their imagination and creative skills while gaining confidence to perform in front of others. 

Song & Dance: Bom Funk 'Glee' Club

This class is recommended for students who love to sing and dance. Just like the show, Bom Funk Glee Club is all about bringing out the singing and dancing theatrical stars. Students will transform popular and catchy tunes into fun and exciting stage numbers. Students will vocal training and projection, harmonies, pitch, stage craft and presence, performance skills, characterisation, theatrical dance, performance endurance, teamwork,  improvisation basic dance technique and acting. Students will learn how to confidently combine all these skills and work to their strengths to be part of a song and dance team.

Stretch, Flex & Acro

This class focuses on developing strength, flexibility, cardiovascular endurance and acrobatic skill through a number of exercises, stretches and circuits. It is fun but challenging and highly recommended for any dancer wanting to improve their skills, technique and fitness.

Tap

Tap is an exciting and energetic style of dance in which dancers wear special shoes equipped with metals taps to create rhythms. Tap dancers use their feet like drums and learn rhythmic patterns, syncopation, and timely beats while moving around the space. These classes are a combination of rhythm tap and Broadway tap, blending the new with old techniques. If you are an aspiring Fred Astaire or Billy Elliot and love the Happy Feet, Singing in the Rain and the Tap Dogs, then this style is for you!

 

Levels/Ages

~Tots

Rainbow Tots: Ages 18months - 3 years.

Parents are invited to stay with their child in this class, once the child becomes independent, they can move into Dance Tots. 

Dance Tots, Ballet Tots & Hiphop-o-potamus Tots: Ages 3 - 6 years.

Suitable for the newly independent, beginner dancer.

Junior

Recommended for students aged between 6 - 9 years old. Suitable for absolute beginners through to a few years of dance experience.

Junior Advanced

Recommended for students aged between 10 - 12 years old with some dance experience.

Senior

Recommended for students aged 12 years+

Suitable for dancers with good to excellent technique in the particular style and many years dance experience; or less experience with the ability to pick up moves and technique quickly.

Senior Advanced

Recommended for students aged 14 years+ with many years dance experience.

Suitable for dancers with excellent technique in the particular style and many years dance experience. Class moves at a very fast pace.
 *This level is subject teacher approval after first lesson.

Open

Recommended for ages 13+ years

All students with a mature attitude welcome. Class moves at a fast pace so a basic knowledge of class style is recommended.

Adult

For adults who would like to dance for fun and fitness. No experience is required; all levels are welcome. The teacher will pace the class depending on the participants' skill levels.

 

*For classes that require teacher approval, students should attend the selected class for the first lesson and if the teacher doesn't think the level is right for the student, they will be advised and moved to a more suitable class/level.

 

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