Types of Junior-Ten Classes

Junior - Teen

Through our wide range of dance classes, our talented teachers fuel our student’s spirit, nurture their soul and build on each and every dancer’s individual style.

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Acrobatics

Acrobatics is the performance of extraordinary feats of agility, strength and balance.  Acrobatic skills can be found in Martial Arts, Circus and various sports. It is often associated with gymnastics and diving.  Within this performance style students will develop; strength and flexibility, as well as balance and tumbling skills.
Acrobatics at Dance Central follows the Acrobatic Arts Academy syllabus, which is a syllabus that promotes skill development with strength and safe dance practices.  This performance style is divided into levels to allow students the opportunity to develop their skills at their own pace.
As Acrobatics is new to Dance Central in 2018, we are only currently enrolling students in either Level One and Level Two.

Level One

Level One is the foundation level of Acrobatics, where the focus is on developing basic strength and flexibility as well as primary tumbling skills.  Students at this level will typically learn and perfect the following tumbling skills and balances: Bridges and Bend Backs from floor and standing positions, Cartwheels, handstands, forward rolls, and basic solo and partner balances.

Level Two

Level Two is a more advanced level of Acrobatics, where the focus becomes on developing higher level skills as well as more difficult tumbling and balance skills.  The students will also focus on further development of their strength and flexibility.  In order to be placed in Level Two students must be able to demonstrate the following skills with precision:
  1. A Limber.  This movement involves students standing, with feet in parallel, reaching their arms and hands to the ceiling and then arching in a backwards motion until the hands reach the floor.  They are then required to recover from their Bridge or bend back position to their initial standing position via pushing their hands and arms off the ground.
  2. Cartwheels.  Students must demonstrate perfect cartwheels on both the left and the right side.
  3. Handstand.  Students are required to be able to hold a perfectly balanced and aligned handstand for three seconds.
Within Level Two, students will be taught and perfect the following and balance skills: Forward walkover, Backward walkover, Side Aerial, Round Off, and Front handspring, more advanced solo and partner balances.
Recommended: Leotard and leggings/tights or other appropriate more fitted clothing (crucial for safety reasons in all acrobatic classes). Bare feet
New to Acro: As above.
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Break-Dance

Break-dancing is also known as “B-boying” or “B-girling” and is one of the many elements of Hip Hop culture. An athletic and acrobatic class, you will learn how to Freeze, Floor Rock, top rock and drop while you gain excellent strength.

Recommended: Sneakers (not runners with grip)

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Lil B’boys

A fusion based class incorporating break-dance, as described above, with acro tumbling exercises. This class is a perfect introduction to break-dance for children aged 5 to 7 years.

Recommended: Sneakers (not runners with grip)

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Contemporary

Contemporary dance is based on classical foundations with an edgy and earthy vibe. This class combines strong centre and precision leg work with an ease and fluidity in the torso. A great class to gain technique, strength, flexibility and musicality.

Recommended: Jazz shoes or Foot thongs
New to Dance: Bare feet

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Funk Tap

A technical tap class with a seriously modern edge of funky percussive beats and rhythms. If you love Happy Feet, Tap Dogs, Hot Shoe Shuffle, Fred Astaire and Gene Kelly you will love this class.

Recommended: Tap shoes (Note: End of year show requires tan colour for females and black for males.)
Trial with: court shoe or boot (smooth sole, non-grip)

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Hip Hop

Straight from the Bronx of New York this ever evolving style is one of our most popular classes. A soulful expression of movement including dance hall, krump, popping, locking, waacking, voguing and tutting movements as well as urban choreography. Used by artists such as Justin Timberlake, Beyonce and Missy Elliott. Hip Hop is all about developing your own style!

Recommended: Sneakers (not runners non-grip)

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Jazz Funk

A technique based class, core focus on balance, turns, jumps and isolations with high energy routines of the latest commercial style of jazz funk each week. A great class to develop your style and technique.

Recommended: Jazz shoes (Note: End of year show requires tan colour for females and black for males.)
New to Dance: Bare feet

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Kicks Leaps & Turns — Jazz Technique

A class concentrated on building and perfecting your jazz technique through balance, turns, leaps and compositions. This class is perfect for anyone at any level wanting to progress as a technical dancer.

Recommended: Jazz shoes
New to Dance: Bare feet

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Limbering

This class is designed especially for dancers who desire maximum core strength and flexibility. With current advances in limbering and stretch techniques this class is a must for all dancers. Limbering is a fantastic option for non dancers wanting to achieve optimum flexibility for great body and muscle maintenance and recovery, reducing the risk of injuries and muscular pains.

Recommended: Bare feet

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Lyrical

Smooth and expressive, this class is based on a combination of Jazz and contemporary technique and creative movement executed to R’n’B music. Lyrical is an excellent way to build on technique, musicality, and to gain strength and flexibility.

Recommended: Jazz shoes (Note: End of year show requires tan colour for females and black for males.)
New to Dance: Bare feet