Dance Curriculum

Chilton Dance Centre is one of the leading private dance schools in New Zealand and offers excellent training in classical and contemporary dance and other related dance styles.

Classical Ballet

Preschool Dance for Fun
The Preschool Dance for Fun class offers 3 and 4 year old students the chance to experience ballet, jazz and tap dance in a fun environment.Dance title

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.



Ballet Examination Requirements for Students
Students wishing to sit Royal Academy of Dance Grade exams from Grade 3 – 5:
It is compulsory to attend two RAD syllabus ballet classes per week for the whole year.

Students wishing to sit Royal Academy of Dance Vocational Exams:
It is compulsory to attend a minimum of three classical technique syllabus classes per week. It is recommended that students attend additional classes outside their syllabus work.

Senior Jazz students:
Students are required to attend two lessons per week: one Exam Syllabus class and one Open Jazz or Musical Theatre class per week.


Jazz

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, designed to extend their jazz technique and style whilst enabling them to think and perform beyond the structure of a set syllabus.


Pre Requisite for Specified Classes

Musical Theatre / Show Jazz:
Students must have dance training to Intermediate Foundation Ballet / Pre Elementary Jazz / Hip Hop 4 / Tap 5 standard or above and also attend another dance technique class, i.e. Ballet, Jazz, Hip Hop or Top. Students will move levels on recommendation of the tutor.

Senior Contemporary:
Students must have dance training to Advanced 1 standard and have a minimum of two years’ experience in Contemporary dance; students will move to the senior class on recommendation of the tutor.


Contemporary Dance
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.


Tap

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

Hip Hop classes are available for students from 8 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.

Boys Hip Hop
A high energy dance session in a boys own zone with emphasis on fitness, strength, co-ordination and rhythm. This class is open to boys from 8 years of age.

Funk
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.


Verve Dance and Singing Class

Verve is designed for students who love to sing and dance. Students will attend a weekly two-hour workshop focusing on contemporary popular song. There are two levels: Intermediate from 9 years and Advanced. Intermediate students concentrate on warm up technique, memorising lyrics, unison and two part harmony singing with selected solo lines. Advanced students are expected to learn multi-part harmonies and perform significant solos.


Adult Classes

Ballet and Hip Hop / Jazz
The Chilton Dance Centre offers adult classes in Ballet and Hip Hop. These classes do not require any previous experience and are designed as an introduction to dance for the beginner and appropriate for students returning to dance after an absence. Classes are open technique and offer adults the opportunity to attend weekly classes which will provide an excellent all-round exercise programme with emphasis on: safety, posture, flexibility, co-ordination, rhythm and musicality. Classes will strengthen, firm and tone the entire body and provide excellent technical skills for other dance, sport and fitness related classes – all within a closely monitored and safe teaching environment.


 

Performing Arts Holiday Programme

Term Three 2015
During some school holidays, the Chilton Dance Centre offers a popular full week holiday prograChilton Dance Centre Candyland Holiday Programme 2014mme aimed at 9 to 13-year-old boys and girls.

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.

With the Candyland theme, students in the 2014 programme enjoyed the opportunity to make their own costumes and learn a selection of songs and dances which were brought together in a sparkling performance for parents on the last day.

For more information contact Bronwyn Bennett, the Chilton Dance Centre on (04) 570 4034 or email.