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 begin pointe in their senior years.  It is permissible to continue our ballet classes and sit exams without dancing en pointe. 

ClassAge
Gravity Ballet 1                                                                              4.5 - 5
Gravity Ballet 26 - 7
Gravity Ballet 38+
ClassAge
Grade 3 Ballet                                                                            9+
Grade 5 Ballet                                                11+
Grade 7 Ballet / Elementary13+
Intermediate Ballet13+

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 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.

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.  

Grade 1 - Grade 3

Designed to introduce children to dance and the examination system, these grades are suitable for any student to join regardless of experience.  Modern music and movement encourages the young dancer to develop rhythm, co-ordination, and an enjoyment of dance in a stimulating and energetic environment.



Grade 4 - Advanced

Designed for those with previous dance experience, the syllabus includes comprehensive warm ups, stretches, floor work, progressions from corners with turns, kicks and jumps and fun combinations.

These classes are suitable for the once a week student, as well as the dancer who is aiming for a career in dance.

ClassAge
Gravity Jazz                                             5.5 - 7
Gravity Jazz 27 - 8
ClassAge
Grade 1                                                          8 - 9
Grade 3                       10+
ClassAge
Grade 4 Jazz                                            11+
Pre-Elementary Jazz12+
Elementary Jazz13+
Open Jazz12+

CONTEMPORARY (9+)

WPA follows the NZAMD contemporary syllabus, choreographed by Ann Dewey. Students are able to begin contemporary from the age of 9 regardless of previous dance experience, and are encouraged to sit contemporary exams.

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.

Ballet students are expected to do contemporary once they are old enough.

ClassAge
Introductory Contemporary9 - 10
Level 1 Contemporary11 - 12
Level 3 Contemporary13+
Level 4 Contemporary14+
Level 5 Contemporary15 +

TAP

WPA follows the NZAMD tap syllabus. The syllabus consists of barre work, centre work, and dances. The choreography develops an exciting rhythmical array of beats throughout the levels, taking tap well into the 21st century alongside traditional tap.

Level 4 and Level 6 Tap are suitable for students who have previously passed tap exams.  Gravity Tap is for first time tappers or those who would like to prepare for their first tap exam.

ClassAge
Gravity Tap                                            8 - 10
Level 4 Tap
11+
Level 6 Tap
13+
 

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