What levels/grades do you teach?

Modern: We teach the SABOD syllabus from Creative up to Grade 12. (14 Grades)
Hip Hop: We teach the SABOD syllabus from Step-Up up to Level 12. (14 Levels)

Our adult classes are for all ages and abilities and we like to experiment with new choreography.
Our stretching classes are also for all ages and abilities.

Do you teach adult classes as well?

Yes we do! We teach Adult Modern, Adult Hip Hop, Stretching Classes and personalised Wedding Couple/Party Classes. Send us an email for more information regarding class times and fees.

How are students placed in the various class levels?

We take great pride in class placement for each individual student. Class placement is unique to each student, and involves a variety of factors, such as:

– Individual Maturity Level
– Focus
– Technical Abilities and Potential
– Previous Dance Experience

If you are new to Love of Dance Academy, we will assist in placing your child into an appropriate level class. Class placement may be adjusted during the first three weeks of a new term until we find the perfect fit for your child.

What syllabus do you teach?

We teach the SABOD (previously known as SADTA) syllabus for Modern and Hip Hop.

Can I/my child start a class in mid-season?

Absolutely. Our doors are open to new students/clients througout the year and we will pro-rate your class fees accordingly. Students who enrol too close to exam time or the dance production – will be allowed to attend classes – but might not be ready to take part in these events. It’s important for dancers to have a certain level of skills for exams and productions, so we do limit participation in these events. Just talk to us and we’ll do our best to accommodate you.

Will my child be participating in dance productions, competitions and exams?

At Love of Dance Academy it is very important to us not to force anyone into anything that they are not comfortable with/prepared for. Therefor, your child will never participate in any exams/productions/competitions unless they want to.

We have annual exams at the studio for those who would like to participate in exams. We also host an annual dance production for those who would like to shine on stage. We always recommend that students participate in both, but it is not compulsory.

Our main focus is growing each student’s love of dance in a safe and inspiring environment and therefore competitions are not our priority. Per special request, we do take part in Eisteddfod and other competitions.

What attire does my child need to wear to dance class?

Anything comfortable and stretchy which will allow them to move freely.

For Modern Class, the young ones prefer to wear a leotard and a soft skirt/tutu – but we allow the students to have freedom with what they wear as long as it is not distracting to them. Young dancers dance with bare feet and older girls wear dance paws.

For Hip Hop Class, your child can wear anything comfortable with tekkies.

Are parents allowed to observe classes each week?

Our studio has a waiting-room area in which parents remain during class. This arrangement helps our younger students to work on self-sufficiency while still offering them the reassurance that Mom or Dad is waiting right outside. It also gives you, as a parent, the opportunity to really notice the improvement when you watch them during Parent Week.

We host Parent Week once every term – usually at the end of each term. There is no limit on how many visitors a student may bring — parents, grandparents, siblings, aunts/uncles, etc. are all welcome to join us for Parent Week.

Is there class during school holidays and on public holidays?

Scholars: As per the industry standard, there is never class during school holidays or on public holidays.

Adults: Adult classes continue throughout school holidays but not on public holidays.

How old does my child have to be to take lessons at Love of Dance Academy?

We take kiddies from the age of 3 for Modern and the age of 5 for Hip Hop.

What are the fees?

The fees are different for all classes – please send us an email for more info.

What is the difference between Modern Dance and Ballet?

Many choreographers present and past have crossed the line between modern dance and classical ballet in the modes of expression and creation, so this is not an easy question to answer.

Generally speaking in history, for classical ballet women wear pointe shoes and the men perform in soft ballet slippers. The style of dance has connections with the courts in Italy and France in the 16th and 17th centuries and generally had a very aristocratic bearing and courtly gestures. There was a manner of graciousness and when the pointe shoes made its appearance later on, the quality of lightness was also sought after. The long tutus became shortened as romantic ballets developed into classical works.

By the early 20th century there were individuals who wanted to liberate themselves from the stricter formats of ballet – the corseted costumes and the aristocratic connotations. So corsets were removed and the feet were free of shoes. A type of more liberated dancing was experimented with and even ballet created revolutions in theatres by its connection with earthier movements, the lack of overly turned-out legs and feet and more dramatic themes. This is when modern dance was born. As a reaction on the ballet technique, modern dance was looking for more freedom within the techniques and /or more use of gravity. Modern Dance uses the floor for example where ballet dancers stay on their feet.

This diversity became the predecessor for different modalities of modern dance. After WWll, the division became even more delineated with modern dance companies and schools forming – especially in the US, England and Germany. Even classical ballet borrowed themes from folk dances and contemporary styles, so a question of “what is pure ballet?” would also receive many different answers.

If generalisations were allowed, one can say that if a dance piece contains pointe shoes and tutus for women and soft ballet shoes for men in tights, overly turned-out legs, strictly pointed feet, mostly upright bodies and set choreographed movements to classically based music, then one would probably consider it as Ballet. If dancers are barefoot, have more grounded movements (including those where the body is horizontal to or on the floor), pointed or flexed feet, freedom of movement and use of the entire body, possible moments of improvisation and the upper body is more involved in the initiation of movement, then it is most likely a modern dance piece.

Having said this, there are many exceptions to the rule. Many choreographers dance between the cracks. They might use a ballet base with modern/contemporary dynamics, or use a classical ballet form, but exaggerate it to create a post classical style, or use classically trained dancers in a work that uses both modern and classical techniques, or combine modern dancers with ballet dancers in the same work. At Love of Dance Academy we like to experiment with different styles of dance and we do not mind when one style is used in combination with another.
Choreographers are becoming more and more experimental and dancers need techniques that prepare them for any kind of work. At Love of Dance Academy, we strive to equip our students with the skills that they need to be versatile dancers.

Is it ever too late to start?

Most definitely not. All ages are welcome.

Is previous dance experience required?

Not at all. We cater for any and everyone, from novice to expert.

How do I join Love of Dance Academy?

1) Send us an email with the following information:
– Age
– Previous dance experience (if any)
– Classes that you are interested in eg. Modern, Adult Hip Hop, Stretching
2) We will get back to you and suggest the perfect class tailored to your needs
3) First class is FREE and you have no obligation to join (this excludes private lessons)
4) Once you have attended your lesson and have decided to join, you will receive the registration form electronically. You will be uploaded on the system and receive your invoices automatically each month