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.
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 are encouraged to sit jazz exams or medal tests. All students will learn the syllabus throughout the year, and will decide whether they wish to sit the full syllabus (exam) or a medal test (dance). Both are rewarding and are catered to suit the needs of each dancer.