Kindi Jazz classes are for three to five year olds who are keen to dance. No prior experience necessary – except perhaps with The Wiggles, Hi-5 or Angelina Ballerina! In these 45 minute classes, we start learning the basics of jazz dance, as well as more general attributes such as co-operation and confidence. Our Kindi Jazz classes are always the hit of the annual concert.
Kindi Hop classes are for three to five year olds who love to groove to a beat. Working on rhythm and co-ordination, these classes give our tiny tots a start in the hip hop genre, dancing to age appropriate latest pop hits.
At the Jazz Factory, we believe that everything stems from the fabulous genre that is Jazz Dance. With a technique-based focus, students will work on turns, kicks, jumps and leaps, each year adding to their large dance vocabulary. In Term 3, students will begin their work on a jazz routine to perform at the end of year concert. Our primary focus is creating strong jazz dance foundations, in a fun and safe environment.
Commercial Jazz classes for senior aged students, blend the technical elements of Jazz - including turns, kicks, jumps and leaps, with choreography that is a fusion between jazz and hip hop styles. Choreography, while current and up to date, will always be age-appropriate.
Intermediate Level classes are restricted to dancers with strong jazz technique who have been learning jazz at The Jazz Factory for a minimum of 3 years.For their safety, all students MUST wear their jazz shoes and compulsory jazz factory uniform to ALL classes. Students will not be allowed to dance if they are in incorrect uniform.
Lyrical Jazz is a modern expressive style of dance that blends classical ballet and jazz technique and style. Lyrical dancers perform to music where the lyrics of the chosen song serve as inspiration for movements and expressions. Music used for lyrical is typically emotionally charged and expressive. Music may consist of many genres including pop, rock and hip hop. Powerful, expressive songs are often used in lyrical dance to give dancers a chance to express a range of strong emotions through their dancing. Movements in lyrical dance are characterized by fluidity and grace, with the dancer flowing seamlessly from one move to another, holding finishing steps as long as possible.
Of course boys are welcome in all our classes but we now have two all boys jazz/funk classes they are real ‘boys clubs’. The class is designed to get more boys dancing in an environment where they feel comfortable and can have fun. We had a huge number of boys enrol in our hiphop classes, and we thought it would be great to give them an incentive to take on another class and perhaps invite along their friends who are a bit more hesitant about walking into a dance class! This class is open to boys in school years 1- 8.
The hip hop style has become increasingly popular with both boys and girls, allowing free flowing and funky movement to all the latest music. Hip-hop dance is an African American style of dance that is commonly seen in music videos today such as Usher and movies such as ‘You Got Served’. Each class will work on developing the hip hop style as well as various hip hop routines throughout the year.
Kindi Hip Hop - Pre School
Mini Hip Hop - Years 2
Junior Hip hop - Years 3-4
Intermediate Hip hop - Years 5-6
Pre-Senior Hip hop - Years 7-8
Senior Hip hop - Year 9+
This class has been established specifically for Jazz students who wish to enhance their technique. In this class, students will learn fun ways to strengthen their legs and feet to get a fabulous point and powerful jumps, strengthen their core to maintain a beautiful posture, increase flexibility and build strong turnout muscles. Exercises taught in this class are specific for Jazz dancers wishing to develop their technique. Students who take ATOD exam classes and/or senior stream classes must take classical ballet (Ecole ballet studios recommended) and/or this Dance conditioning class (two classes per week is recommended).
Contemporary dance is a popular form of dance which developed during the middle portion of the twentieth century and has since grown to become one of the dominating performance genres of professional dance companies throughout the world. It is a style of expressive dance with specific techniques that combines elements of several dance genres including modern, jazz, lyrical and classical ballet. Contemporary dancers strive to connect the mind and the body through fluid dance movements.
Contemporary dance stresses versatility and improvisation, unlike the strict, structured nature of ballet. Contemporary dancers focus on floorwork, using gravity to pull them down to the floor. The contemporary dance philosophy believes that dancers should have freedom of movement, allowing their bodies to freely express their innermost feelings.
Everybody loves musicals and this class aims to rejoice in the world of musicals and broadway! With a focus on broadway jazz style, but also a chance to dabble in singing and acting techniques, students will learn musical routines and styles each week, building up a HUGE musical theatre repetoire and great performance skills.
Junior Musical Theatre: Level 2 to Level 4
Intermediate Musical Theatre: Level 5 to Level 7
Acro Dance is a style of Acrobatics used specifically for dancers. It is a genre of dance which incorporates elements of gymnastics, jazz, balancing and contortion. Students learn Acrobatic tricks such as handstands, cartwheels and aerials, chest stands, elbow stands and walkovers. Trick movements are usually executed slowly to emphasise gracefulness, body lines and picturesque extension. Acro Dance offers more depth and variety to your dancing and creates a much more versatile dancer. To master an Acro Dance trick, students must develop a good foundation of strength and flexibility, thus emphasis is placed on extensive conditioning and stretch and strength training. When students are learning new tricks, the teacher utilises professional spotting techniques; which is necessary to ensure safety and build confidence.
Students will see amazing changes in their flexibility not only through deep stretching, but through the breathing techniques that yoga teaches you. Tight muscles are due to stress held in the body, both emotional and physical. Yoga removes these obstacles to allow for an open, calm and focused body and mind. It helps with posture issues that may be affecting tightness and builds strength in areas of weakness. Yoga is especially important for people who do a lot of strength work through sport, which builds tightness in muscles but rarely allows for time to deeply stretch it out and therefore effects flexibility in dance class. Dance requires strength and flexibility throughout the whole body (not just open hamstrings!) and the yoga class will help students tap into the tightness in the shoulders, back, glutes, calves, quadriceps, psoas, inner thighs and hamstrings for a open and supple dancer body. Yoga is the perfect complement for any dancer and this class is at the perfect time to stretch out after classes, relax and calm yourselves for bed!
The Jazz Factory New Glee classes give students a chance to sing as an ensemble in a fun and non-intimidating environment. The class is suitable for both experienced singers and students with little to no singing experience. Students just need a good attitude and willingness to give singing a go! Students will learn proper vocal warm up technique, harmony singing and develop pitch and group singing skills. Songs will range from Pop, Contemporary and Musical Theatre and students will also be exposed to music fundamentals including rhythm, timing and aural skills which will assist them with future music endeavours as well as in their dancing. Glee Club can be taken as a once a week class at The Jazz Factory and students will put together song/dance numbers each term to perform at parent watching week, the concert and eventually community events throughout the year too. Glee class is a great class to take in conjunction with Musical Theatre and will prepare students for our next Jazz Factory Musical in 2016!
These classes prepare students for ATOD (Australian Teachers of Dancing) examinations in jazz dance. In addition to furthering technique and broadening dance vocabulary, by doing the ATOD exams, students qualify to participate in workshops, State Competitions and State and Australasian Championships, all of which are run by the ATOD. Jazz Factory teachers select certain students, whom they feel would benefit from the examination experience, to participate in these classes.
These classes are invite only and are for advanced Jazz Factory dancers who want to take their dancing more seriously. Students must be doing an additional Jazz and Classical class per week in order to be considered for a senior class. Technique will be advanced and students are expected to be committed and hard working in every class. If the teacher feels that you are not working to the standard of a senior class, alternate classes will be suggested. Senior class students are not allowed to miss more than 2 classes per term, this is in order to keep up the standard of the class.
Students invited into these classes must be able to commit to all classes throughout the year and all performances throughout the year. Performances can fall on any weekend from the start of June through to October (Public School Terms) and all students must be in attendance in order to remain a part of the troupes. In these classes students will work on 1-2 routines, as well as develop their artistic dance quality and performance styles. We ask that all students committing to our troupe/crews put The Jazz Factory performances as number one priority. If you have any concerns about clashes throughout the year, please reconsider enrolling in these classes as this is a TEAM class. Performances may be cancelled if one member is unable to attend and they will be charged the forfeited eisteddfod entry fee as well as deal with any consequences of letting the team down, which can include missing future performances. By enrolling in these classes you are agreeing to the above conditions.
Hip Hop Crews - by invitation only. Must be taken with a weekly hip hop class.
14/u Lyrical Jazz Troupe - open to any Pre Senior/Senior 1 student 14 years and under at December 31st 2015 who take contemporary and/or lyrical.
16/u Lyrical Jazz Troupe - open to any Senior 1/2 student Turning 15 or 16 in 2015, who take contemporary and/or lyrical.
Enrolment into troupes/Crews confirms attendance at every class throughout the year and every performance which can fall on ANY weekend throughout July-October (including first weekend of holidays). Students who fail to show commitment to the team may risk losing their place in the group.
* Please note - we require a minimum of 6 students to run a troupe/Crew class. in the event that we do not make these numbers, classes may be merged or cancelled. Students may also be asked to move up an age group if required.
Students are selected for these classes by the school’s artistic director, based on discussion with student’s class teachers and observations throughout the year in class, trophy day and at the concert. Students selected for these classes have an advanced level of jazz technique and show the required level of commitment and dedication to their dance, as these classes are focused towards students wishing to pursue a future in dance. Parents need to respect the decisions of our Artistic Director.
From 2015, all students wishing to be considered for an eisteddfod solo must be a member of one of our troupes or crews. (Not including ATOD scholarships students).
There are certain times set aside in the timetable for coaching for students for preparation for things such as: solo eisteddfod dances, trio/quartet eisteddfod groups, extra exam preparation, teacher’s exam preparation and such. These classes are arranged with the Studio’s principal, as required.