Tinies: (2- 4 years)
A fun one hour class that introduces children to dance in an enjoyable way. This class aims to teach basic co-ordination and movement, general appreciation and understanding of music and rhythm. This class consists of 1/2 hr of ballet and 1/2 hr of tap.
Kindy Ballet & Twinkle Ballet (4-5 years)
This fun and exciting class follows the Royal Academy of Dance curriculum. This class introduces ballet technique in a fun and imaginative way. The students gain skills in co-ordination, rhythm & musicality. These classes are the most enriching introduction to performing arts.
Beginners Tap (4-6 years)
A fun and innovative class which aims to teach rhythm, co- ordination and the basis of tap technique. These classes are the most enriching introduction to performing arts. This class is designed to suit the developmental stages of four to six year olds and is a fun, safe and high quality training programme.
Beginners Jazz (4-6 years)
A fun class which introduces basic jazz technique, increases co-ordination, musicality and the joy of dance! This class is designed to suit the developmental stages of four to six year olds and is a fun, safe and high quality training programme. These classes are aimed to help your four to six year old develop a lifelong love of the performing art
Is the basis on which to learn any form of dance. It is an essential subject if wishing to excel in any other area of dance- whether it's musical theatre, jazz or tap. Classical ballet teaches, grace, elegance, line and discipline. The Debra Witten School o Dance follows the Royal Academy of Dance syllabi from Pre-Primary to Vocational.
Royal Academy of Dance Grade Syllabus
The foundation of ballet commences here. These students study the Royal Academy of Dance Syllabus to undertake an annual examination, all students must attend two ballet classes of their grade per week and must keep the second week free of the June/July holiday for Exam Vacation School. Entries close at the end of Term 1 for these Examinations. The Royal Academy of Dance examinations is the best way for students to attain personal goals. The RAD offers an examination program to suit everybody whether new to ballet or already an advanced student. Both the Graded & Vocational Graded Qualifications are on the QCE database of accredited qualifications.
Royal Academy of Dance Vocational
Students are now working on building a strong, dynamic technique as well as building on musicality and artistry. Students wishing to undertake a Vocational Examination must attend three classes of their grade per week along with pointe class & body conditioning. Participation in holiday classes is compulsory. The students are sent for their examination when Miss Debra Whitten feels that the individual student is ready. These examinations are held in Brisbane around May and August annually.
Body Conditioning (Grade 3 & Above)
A class structured for students to increase mobility, flexibility, core strength and body awareness. Based on Pilates and Yoga exercises. To create pleasing aesthetic lines and attention to detail that is required of classical dancers today, it is vital to train the muscles of the body to work fluidly, productively and harmoniously. Within these classes students attain to achieve personal flexibility & strength goals. Inspiration leads to perspiration!
Contemporary strengthens the body, enhances dancers technique and is vital to be a versatile dancer that is required by the world of ballet in the 21st century. Contemporary dance places a heavy emphasis on the connection between mind and body, with dancers being encouraged to explore their emotions through dances which push against traditional boundaries. This style of dance often involves a great deal of playing with balance, floorwork, fall and recovery, and improvisation.
Tap dancers use their feet like drums to create rhythmic patterns and timely beats. The Debra Whitten School of Dance teaches the Commonwealth Society of Teachers of Dancing syllabi. The CSTD tap syllabus gives aspiring tap dancers a strong technical foundation. The syllabus classes re an opportunity to learn complex rhythms & tap terminology. Tap classes incorporate may diverse styles within the tap genre.
Jazz has become one of the most popular dance styles in recent years, mainly due to its popularity on television shows, movies, music videos and commercials. Jazz classes incorporate the latest Jazz techniques and modern Jazz styles for fun and enjoyment.
A fun and unique syllabi that increases students technique, strength, flexibility and performance abilities students who would like to be considered for these examinations must attend, Jazz (Open) class plus at least one ballet class a week. From Grade 2 upwards a seperate class is offered for those wishing to undertake jazz examinations.
PEARL CLASSICAL COACHING
Specialised coaching for diligent students with the physical facilities to pursue a career in dance aged 9- 12 years, by invitation only.
Silver Pearl (By audition only)
Half day programme specifically designed for Intermediate & Advanced students with the capabilities and physical facilities to pursue a career in dance.
Gold Pearl (By audition only)Transition full time programme specifically designed for Advanced students with the capabilities and physical facilities to pursue a career in dance.
Every student is involved in the end of year concert. Notifications about the concert will be received via email. We are an exceptionally well organised and professional dance school- we keep you informed with reminders either placed in your pocket down the back of the studios or via email. We also have a notice board in the foyer area where every note which is emailed out is placed on the board.
The Debra Whitten School of Dance 2017 concert will be held on 26th November 2017 at the stunning St Edmund Rice Performing Arts Centre, St Laurence's College, South Brisbane.
Individual students may also be invited to participate in eisteddfods, competitions, scholarships & further performance opportunities.
We have won a tremendous number of awards as a school- we have also been invited guests to a number of dance functions and galas including the Ransleys Farewell Gala in 2013 and the Royal Academy of Dance 2015 Gala where Li Cunxin the Director of the Queensland Ballet Company was present. We are known for our brilliant technical training of our dancers and we look forward to developing the talents of our new students in 2017.