Pre Primary in Dance – Solo Seal
The Chilton Dance Centre’s training is based on the Royal Academy of Dance syllabus (commonly known as the RAD www.rad.org.nz). Annual examinations from Pre-Primary in Dance through to Solo Seal are available for students wishing to follow this examination system. All students wishing to enter for exams must fulfil class attendance requirements and achieve the Dance Centre’s technical standard.
Open Technique / Pointe classes
Senior students are encouraged to participate in Open Classical and Pointe Classes. These classes are non-syllabus based but specifically designed to extend each student both technically and artistically, enabling them to think and perform beyond the structure of a set syllabus.
A flexible, modular classical ballet performance programme for students aged from 12. Uniquely, it includes well-known classical repertoire, meaning students will learn and dance choreography that they have seen on stage, set to music that they know and love. The Dance Centre will offer this syllabus to students from Intermediate level
Pre Grade – Solo Diploma
The Chilton Dance Centre training in Modern Jazz is based on the New Zealand Association of Modern Dance (NZAMD) syllabus. Jazz dance classes are available to students from 5 years old, with students having the opportunity to enter annual examinations. Students also have the opportunity to enter a Medal Test where they perform their Jazz dance solo in front of an examiner and an invited audience of friends and family. All students wishing to enter for exams must fulfil class attendance requirements and achieve the Dance Centre’s technical standard.
Musical Theatre Dance / Show Jazz
Musical Theatre Dance / Show Jazz classes are available to students with dance training to Intermediate Foundation Ballet / Pre Elementary Jazz standard and above. Students will learn dances from Musicals such as Cats, Fosse, Chicago, High School Musical and more.
Open Jazz Class
Open Jazz class is for senior students from Intermediate and Advanced Jazz levels, designed to extend their jazz technique and style whilst enabling them to think and perform beyond the structure of a set syllabus.
Contemporary dance classes are available for students from Intermediate Foundation Ballet / Pre-Elementary Jazz and above. It is recommended that senior classical ballet students attend a Contemporary lesson as part of their weekly programme to assist with dynamics, strength, agility, body and spatial awareness.
The Chilton Dance Centre Tap training is based on the New Zealand Association of Modern Dance Tap syllabus. Annual examinations are available for students wishing to follow this examination system.
Hip Hop classes are available for students from 7 years old. The Dance Centre will offer the students the opportunity to enter New Zealand Association of Modern Dance examinations if they wish to follow the examination system.
Funk is a fusion of Hip Hop and Jazz. The class offers students from 9 years and above the opportunity to learn choreography and teach their own material.
Stretch / Conditioning
Chilton Dance Centre offers Stretch class to dance students. In this class students will learn Stretch techniques to help the body perform its best, stretching will not only improve flexibility and the ease at which you can move and dance, but it will also help prevent injuries.
DanceAbility is a dance programme for individuals with special needs. Our goal is to enrich the lives of these children through the exploration of movement and dance concepts in a safe and structured environment. Our classes are offered to enrich the special needs community through the art of dance with a strong focus in Ballet, Jazz and Tap
Performing Arts Holiday Programme
Students participate in daily lessons in dance and singing as well as scenery and costume workshops with professional tutors. All these skills are brought together for an action-packed performance on the final afternoon
The programme is held in the Chilton Saint James School Theatre. No previous connection to the School or the Chilton Dance Centre is required.
For more information contact Bronwyn Bennett, the Chilton Dance Centre on (04) 570 4034 or email.