BALLET

WPA follows both the Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) ballet syllabus and the newly choreographed New Zealand Association of Modern Dance (NZAMD) ballet syllabus.  In our classes we teach the beautiful, classical elements of ballet, and also the modern neo classical styles, encouraging versatility in our dancers.  Classes consist of interactive warm-ups for the younger children; barre work; and centre practice, where students engage in fun and challenging dance sequences, and use props creatively.  Students follow graded syllabi which foster the development of sound technique, musicality and performance skills. 

We encourage our students to take pride in their accomplishments and their continued developing abilities. For this reason, exams are encouraged to give students a goal to work towards. However, they are not compulsory. Our priority is ensuring children enjoy their classes.

Gravity Ballet

We nurture our junior ballet students through our Gravity classes with experienced teachers who promote the love of dance, while developing good, foundational technique.  Our classes are fun, and we provide a safe environment where children can celebrate their milestones, as they are ready.  Children will be offered the opportunity to participate in class awards which introduce them to the exam scenario in an exciting, non-threatening way.

Graded Classes

During the middle and senior years, the graded levels encourage and challenge students to reach their potential and give them new, fun and engaging challenges at each level, maintaining a consistent progression of technical development.  Students attend at least two ballet classes each week.  We encourage our students to complete each level with an examination, although these are not compulsory.  Students working toward fulltime training and those with hopes of a career in dance can take a vocational syllabus.  Many students aspire to dancing en pointe when they have developed sufficient strength and technique.  It is permissible to continue our ballet classes and sit exams without dancing en pointe. 

ClassAge
Gravity Ballet                                                                    5 - 6
Rosette 3 Ballet Award7 - 8


ClassAge
Grade 2 Ballet                                                    9+
Grade 4 Ballet           11+
Ballet Majors 713+
Ballet Majors 814+

JAZZ

WPA follows the New Zealand Association of Modern Dance (NZAMD) jazz syllabus, which was the first New Zealand based dance examination organisation, and is now one of the largest in the country.

Students all learn the syllabus together.  They are encouraged to sit jazz exams, presentation classes or a medal test (dance).  Senior students are offered open jazz and lyrical classes.

Gravity Jazz

We nurture our junior jazz students through our Gravity classes with experienced teachers who promote the love of dance, while developing good, foundational technique.  Our classes are fun, and we provide a safe environment where children can celebrate their milestones, as they are ready.  Rosette presentation classes are offered to prepare students for exams in a fun way.

Grade Exams

These classes teach a set syllabus and are designed to be completed with an exam.  Students dance to modern music, and the movement sequences encourage the dancer to develop rhythm, co-ordination, and an enjoyment of dance in a stimulating and energetic environment.



SLS - Stretch, Leap, Spin

Designed for those with previous dance experience, the syllabus includes comprehensive warm ups, stretches, floor work, progressions from corners with turns, kicks and jumps, fun combinations, and a dance.  These classes are suitable for those dancing for fun, as well as the serious dancer. 

ClassAge
Gravity Jazz                       5 - 6
Rosette 3 Jazz Award7 - 8
ClassAge
Grade 2 Jazz                                      9+
ClassAge
Junior SLS Grade 4 - 511+
Intermediate SLS 13+

CONTEMPORARY

WPA follows the NZAMD contemporary syllabus, choreographed by Ann Dewey. The syllabus teaches students to understand the concepts of contemporary movement such as weight, flow, momentum, and the use of gravity, while enjoying a sense of dance that focuses on freedom of movement and spatial awareness.

Students are encouraged to sit contemporary exams, or medal awards - learning new dances each year and following the progression bronze, silver, gold.

Ballet students are expected to do contemporary once they are old enough.
Senior students please see "Senior Commercial Dance".

ClassAge
Contemporary MA10 - 12+
Senior Contemporary14+
 

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