ACRODANCE (Students aged 7+ years)

ACRODANCE (Bronze, Silver, and Gold for students in Movers and Mightys / ages 7 and up)

Acro Dance is a stunningly beautiful art form. It is also highly athletic, very difficult, and can be unsafe if not taught and executed safely. It is a genre of dance that seamlessly fuses elements of lyrical gymnastics tricks, balancing, tumbling, and jazz. Students learn Acrobatic tricks such as handstands, cartwheels, chest stands, elbow stands, walkovers, side and front aerials, and tumbling lines.

Our AcroDance program follows the Acrobatic Arts syllabus which is a strong, effective, and innovative curriculum. It provides ongoing education opportunities and support for our MJDS Qualified Acro teachers to ensure we’re providing students with the latest safe, efficient and progressive teaching methods. 

Our students love their progression charts where developmental skills and tricks are marked off every few weeks to show their progression, and our families love seeing what skills they’ve marked off on the personal online portal. 

All AcroDance classes compliment our Mover and Mighty Curriculum and whilst they can be taken as a stand-alone class, we highly recommend it be taken with an additional concert class and/or a development class such as Flex Ability or Dance Cirque. 

All of our students start in the Bronze class, and then move up through to Silver, then Gold, then Green. Within these classes are the different Acrobatic Art levels in which you will be invited by your teacher to the next class upon completion of your required skills and progression chart.

BALLET (Mover & Mighty Students 7+ years)

As ballet is the core of all dancing, we’re offering our Mover and Mighty students this class stand alone to ensure they’re focusing the majority of the class on barre and centre techniques and exercises to further enhance their overall technique, flexibility, strength, posture and poise.

Offering 2 routines to be learnt and refined throughout the year, this class is an absolute must if students wish to pursue their passion for dance as a career or wish to thrive on the competition floors!

 

For our dedicated Ballet students who have consistently taken ballet lessons over a few years and are continually progressing in their strength and technique, students will transition into Demi-Pointe and are also recommended to take another Development class to further support their journey to go En Pointe.

CHEERLEADING (Enhancement Program)

COMPETITION CHEERLEADING – Open to all ages

Cheerleading is a fantastic way of connecting a group of people together and it also promotes team building in a positive way.  Every member is important and there should never be any favouritism, because at the end of the day the flyers cannot fly without their bases and visa versa.  Being part of a cheerleading squad will give you brilliant team-building skills and you will be able to carry these skills with you throughout your working life.  Being a good member of a team is a very valuable trait to have as a person and cheerleading is one of the best ways to practise these skills. 

We love the fact at MJDS the core of our studio is performing and sharing our love of dance, which allows our competition students to also participate in our annual Dance Explosion Concert at the end of the year and truly experience the heart of what Maxi-Jazz has been known and loved for over 34 years.

The competition teams are open to all students no matter what your skill level is, and currently have a team for those aged 5 years and up.

DANCE CIRQUE (Ages 6+ years)

Dance Cirque is for children over 7 years of age (Movers and Mightys), and is great for everyone, and you don’t need to be a dancer to enjoy it. It works on level cards so everyone progresses at their own pace.

It not only involves an apparatus (silks, Lyra, trapeze) but also a ground act (juggling and hula hooping). Great for cognitive development, strength and flexibility, and mostly confidence.

You don’t need any dance experience, you just need to be willing to try new things! There is a set of skills and drills at each level. Once students have successfully completed the card they will learn a routine and perform their routine in class. They will then get a certificate and move up in levels, still remaining in the same class. It doesn’t matter what level each student is at, or how quickly they are progressing as we encourage each student to work at their own levels within the class. 

We work in a circuit rotation allowing the students to work at their own pace with the teacher. Our classes are not gender-specific and have something for every student and also allows them to interact with other students.

We also have Dance Cirque included in our MAXIfit program for our adults!

DEVELOPMENT CLASSES (Movers and Mighty Students 7+ years)

Our Development classes are designed for students in our Mover and Mighty programs and are ideal for any aspiring dancer! Every student that takes part in these classes will notice a dramatic improvement in all dance styles. 

All our development classes also offer students complementary learning materials including Youtube videos, worksheets and regular testing or progression charts to ensure progress and at home support.

Development classes are vital for dancers and will help develop, continually improve and maintain their technique and posture, as well as tone dancers and help them build strength and flexibility. There are 3 deve

lopment class options for our students to choose from. 

Flex Ability

Stability, mobility and technique all in one class. This new program, which has been created by the founder and educators of Dance Cirque, has also been designed in conjunction with Injury Prevention Alliance. Students learn industry standard new skills in a safe environment whilst gaining strength, mobility and being educated about the body. Coloured level cards mean students learn in a non-competitive environment and progress at their own pace. Get flexible, learn new skills, make new friends.

Skill Advancement 

This class will work through skill development for students seeking to challenge themselves beyond the curriculum of their age-level. For the first part of the dance season we will return to basics and drill how to execute jumps, leaps, kicks and turns. With the final two terms dedicated towards increasing the students skill set. Students will continue to broaden their knowledge and progressions for jumps, leaps and turns and explore the relationship with them in their routines, allowing for flowing and enhanced choreography.

HIP HOP & POM (Mover and Mighty Students 7+ years)

This combination class will explore the movements and techniques relevant to both Hip Hop and Pom. Hip Hop is fast-moving and energetic, with focuses on such techniques as breaking, popping, tutting and whacking (you’ll have to come to class to find out what those are!). It looks simple when performed but takes work to perfect! Our students love performing Hip Hop as its high energy moves make it lots of fun. 

Whilst Pom might look like cheerleading, it is a little different, but still lots of fun! Pom has the technical dance skills and is a dance based routine using the cheerleading clean and strong arm motions and jumps with the use of poms. It is also performed with pom poms, and can include kicklines, pom throws, and is a high energy routine! But don’t let this intimidate you, it’s also very rewarding, full of new things to learn and promotes great team building! Students in this class will learn one Hip Hop dance and one Pom dance for our end of year concert.

 

HIP HOP & CHEERDANCE (Petite Feet and Junior Jiver)

HIP HOP & CHEERDANCE 

Hip Hop and CheerDance both involve elements of strength, precision, energy and technique, all of which are explored through a range of methods in this combination class. Our dancers have the opportunity to learn a range of Hip Hop movements with fun descriptors (such as “I’m cute, put it down” and “Push the ceiling” ) which can then be easily recalled and used in routines and combinations. 

They also learn the fundamentals of Cheer and Pom, including lifts (and how to do them safely), arm placements and also combining elements of pom (which is a different style to cheerleading) with the use of pom poms, always a favourite part of our lessons! The variety in these classes make them perfect for energetic and active kids who love to use their energy in their performances. Students learn one Hip Hop routine and one CheerDance routine to be performed at our end of year concert.

JAZZ & BALLET (Movers – Petite Feets and Junior Jivers)

JAZZ & BALLET 

Our Petite Feet, Junior Jivers and Tween programs are designed with a child’s mind at heart, their eagerness to learn and enabling them to flourish within each class. We’ve created set classes that consist of 2 different genres, Jazz and Ballet, that compliment one another whilst still allowing students variety within the one lesson and exposure to a diverse range of dance steps, styles, technique and music.

The foundations of Jazz and Ballet are similar, and are taught simultaneously in these combination classes. Students will learn age-appropriate dance terminology and correct technique, whilst still having the opportunity to explore movement through games and activities.

These are designed to afford students time to learn to understand how to express themselves through movement and refine their execution of a range of steps. But it’s not all serious hard work-  we focus on making sure your child enjoys their class each week!

We use variety and games in our lessons to make sure your child can’t wait to be back in the studio. Students learn one Jazz routine and one Ballet routine to be performed at our end of year concert.

JAZZ & CONTEMPORARY/LYRICAL (Movers and Mighty Students 7+ years)

This combination class will expose students to a range of techniques relevant to Jazz and Contemporary/Lyrical. Jazz dance can incorporate a range of dance styles, often depending on the era of the music being used. Often, the traditional technique of Jazz dance is then given a modern flavour. At times, we celebrate past dance movements and fashions by creating period pieces, based on popular dance from that era. It can be almost anything, and our students love the variety that Jazz offers! 

Contemporary dance can take many forms whereas Lyrical is an expressive form of dance that can incorporate elements of Jazz, Ballet and Acro, and is often associated with clearly displayed emotional moods and reference to song lyrics. This class will learn variations of concepts exploration between lyrical and contemporary. Students will learn one Jazz dance and one Contemporary/Lyrical dance to perform at our end of year concert.

LITTLE MONKEYS (Petite Feet and Junior Jivers – Ages 3-6 years)

Little Monkeys Circus Classes are super fun for preschoolers 2-6 years of age. Watch your little one gain confidence and learn new skills.

Each 45 minute class includes basic tumbling, interactive circuits, balance beams, silks, juggling, hula hoops, and more all under the supervision of our fully qualified teachers.

Our Little Monkeys program also incorporates fun with play elements to help with their development. It is very interactive and has lots of elements to help get children ready for big school such as; identifying colours, answering to their name, following instructions and so much more.

You don’t need any dance experience to join this class, you just need to be willing to try new things!

There is a set of skills and drills at each level. Once students have successfully completed the card they will learn a routine and perform their routine in class. They will then get a certificate and move up in levels.

It doesn’t matter what level each student is at, or how quickly they are progressing as we encourage each student to work at their own levels within the class. We work in a circuit rotation allowing the students to work at their own pace with the teacher.

Our classes are not gender-specific and have something for every student and also allows them to interact with other students.

TAP (Ages 5+ years)

Tap is a special form of dance in which dancers wear special shoes equipped with metal taps. In Tap, you use your feet to create rhythmic patterns to music, or sometimes without.

JUNIOR JIVERS TAPPERS

Tap is offered to students from Junior Jivers upwards and is a stand alone class that is based on the LGTDA (Les Griffith Tap Dancing Association) Syllabus which we teach throughout our studio. Whilst this class is based on the student’s age, our qualified teachers are able to adapt lessons to meet all students’ skills and technical abilities and progression as well as challenging students with its intricate rhythms and combinations.

But don’t worry, our Tap classes still have FUN at the core and continue to follow with DiscoverDance! Our tappers have the opportunity to explore movement through games, obstacle courses and activities, just like our other Mini Classes. 

Tap students will learn 2 tap routines to perform at our end of year concerts.

MOVER & MIGHTY TAPPERS – Ages 7 years +

Our Movers and Mighty Tappers are stand-alone classes that are based on the LGTDA (Les Griffith Tap Dancing Association) Syllabus which we teach throughout our studio. These classes are based on the student’s ability to ensure it meets their skills and technical abilities and progression as well as challenging students with its intricate rhythms and combinations.

During the year, all tap students will learn a LGTDA Syllabus exam work, which consists of barre and centre, arm rhythms and tap theory. Students are able to partake in annual Tap exams should they choose too. 

Our tappers will learn 2 routines for the concerts.

TINY TWIRLERS (2-3 years)

The start of your child’s dance education is so important to us! Our staff are all passionate about dance and know how amazing this journey can be for your little one. We also know what a big deal it is leaving a 2 or 3 year old in our care. So, we work very hard to ensure that our classroom is a safe place for your child where they will feel loved and accepted and be happy to come along each week. 

We also make sure that our Tiny Twirlers have lots of fun! Early education is all about play, so we focus on teaching fundamental movement skills through games and activities, engaging your child’s imagination and developing sensory perceptions. Your child will be in a small class and have the opportunity to use a range of props and equipment to get the most out of their lesson.

Our Tiny Twirlers classes are 30 minutes of engaging lessons as early education is all about play. They love exploring different themes each term such as animals, the circus, under the sea and more!

 

TUMBLE TOWN (2-6 years)

Come join Flippy the fox as we travel around the world and stop off at amazing places like Europe, Africa, China and more. 

Toddlers and preschoolers will love this 45 minutes class working on gross motor skills and school readiness alongside safe tumbling skills in a fun, nurturing and educational environment. TumbleTown helps kids step out of their comfort zone and go on an adventure like no other. 

Start your engines and come join Flippy the fox and watch your kids grow, learn and have fun!