Classes are offered in the following styles of dance and performance:
Ballet & Pointe
Ballet Classes are for all ages, 3 years and up, and range from recreational and introductory, to more structured classes with syllabi and repertoire. The style of ballet in these classes is disciplined, encourages graceful movement, good use of balance, poise and posture, and is an excellent training for most of the other forms of dance. Pointe is also available for those who are training in ballet, and are deemed ready by their ballet instructor. Ballet provides a constructive and exciting challenge for developing children to adults, and everyone in between.
The Coast Academy is proud to offer the I.S.T.D. Modern syllabus. The I.S.T.D. (Imperial Society Teachers of Dancing) is one of the world’s leading dance examination boards with the widest range of dance genres offered. Through a carefully planned and well-tried examination syllabus, which combines modern dance, jazz and other dance styles, children and young adults are trained to become disciplined and versatile dancers who have a professional attitude towards dance. A series of examinations has been created from children’s grades through to professional teaching qualifications. The children’s work is based on natural movements: walking, running, jumping and skipping. It is designed to encourage an imaginative and rapid response. To learn more about the I.S.T.D., please click here. To learn more about the benefits of training with a certified dance instructor, please click here.
This very popular form of dance is offered for various levels and age groups. Hip Hop is a high energy class involving floor work, choreography, improvisation and stylized exercises. This ever evolving dance genre covers everything from old school grooving to new school Tik Toks. Students are taught to pick up choreography quickly and to dance it with style!
Apart from being an essential skill for the professional dancer, tap dance is one of the most enjoyable and rhythmic forms of dance. Tap can be both enjoyed and appreciated by all age groups. At the Coast Academy, we offer the I.S.T.D. Tap Syllabus, which allows students the opportunity to take a series of examinations from Children’s grades through to professional teaching qualifications. The Medal Tests are shorter exams designed to encourage good rhythm, style and technique. To learn more about the I.S.T.D., please click here. To learn more about the benefits of training with a certified dance instructor, please click here.
Jazz is a fast paced technical class, designed to push students to reach a high level of flexibility, strength, coordination and ease of movement. Students will be challenged with a technical warm-up, various dance steps across the floor and routines varying in style. Come ready to work and have fun!
Jazz/Tap Classes are a great way for students to try both genres!
Contemporary is an organic and stylized form of movement that continues to evolve year after year. Dancers will use a combination of floor work, isolation and sequential movements to connect to music and to one another. A dancer’s musicality and flow of movement will also be explored in this dynamic class.
Lyrical is a ballet based form of dance that allows students to connect to music, movement and emotion. Though technical at its base, lyrical is a very expressive style of dance that teaches students to perform with elegance and grace.
Acrobatics & Tiny Tumblers
If you like gymnastics and traditional floor exercise elements, you’ll love Acrobatics! Acrobatics involves the development of strength, agility, power, flexibility, endurance, balance and coordination as they pertain to the following acrobatics skills: Rolls, Handstands, Bridges, Partner work, Front walkover, Back walkover, Back handsprings, Aerials, Tumbling… and more!
Tiny Tumblers is an opportunity for our Pre-School and Pre-Primary level students to explore basic acrobatics training alongside creative dance movements.
Adult Competitive Crew
This class is designed for Adults with or without dance experience. Participants will learn a routine that will be performed at two performances and three competitions throughout the year. This is a great way to challenge your mind while exercising your body! The instructor creates a welcoming and encouraging environment for you to try something new!
Jazz/Tap Combo Classes
This combination class is a great opportunity for your dancer to explore both jazz and tap! The class will be split into two parts with students taking part in both a jazz technique class and a tap technique class. Both styles will utilize a warm-up, technical sequences, and combos. Dancers will explore both the big and powerful movements of jazz, and the intricate and rhythmical movements of tap. Tap shoes will be required.
On-Camera Acting Workshops
On-Camera Acting will provide students an opportunity to work on their acting skills in front of a camera. Students will explore many skills required for today’s film and acting industry. These classes will take place in the form of workshops scheduled throughout our season.
Mental Health for Dancers Workshops
Mental Health for Dancers will help students to explore various coping skills, provide a safe space for open dialogue, and equip them with helpful tools to use in their day to day life. These classes will take place in the form of workshops scheduled throughout our season.