About the Division

The Academy Middle School curriculum continues to build upon fundamental skills and muscle development of previous studies in the Pre-School & Junior School divisions.

Their is a further emphasis on correct placement & technique as increasing difficulty will be added to the set exercises, vocabulary, theory and content in each Term and movements are performed to a more advanced musical tempo with greater change of direction and weight placement of the entire body. Alongside this students are introduced to a more complex understanding of placement of the body, legs, arms, head and epaulement in the exercises at the barre and in the centre.

This division requires a greater demand and focus for students to achieve correct strength and flexibility and pre-pointe exercises & classes are introduced  in order to build appropriate foot, ankle, and body strength for beginning pointe work.

Their is a focus on mastering  jumps (allegro) and placement of the body on the toes, the development of elementary skills and the coordination of movements are studied in greater detail. There is a further development of strength of the legs, stability, and introduction of demi-pointe in exercises in the centre of the studio and should be able to demonstrate the develop the ability to balance and support themselves on one leg whilst their legs are held at 90+ degrees in the air as introduced as practiced in adagio exercises. There is also the introduction of movements en tournant, pirouettes, and battus.

The continuing development of coordination of movements in all parts of the class, as well as the development of expressiveness in each exercise, is demanded and stressed. Students continue their study of age-appropriate repertoire, theory and dances.

Areas of Focus & Curriculum 

Core Strength, foundation & technique

Anatomy & Body Awareness

Coordination & Self Correction

Musicality & Rhythm

Performance Skills

Character, National/Historical Dance

Contemporary & Jazz

Imagination &  Improvisation

Flexibility, Limber & Conditioning

Theory, Dance Vocabulary, History & Music

Choreography, Repertoire & Productions

Planning & Goal Setting

Audition & Examination Preparation

Dance Vocabulary

 Classical Ballet, Syllabus & Open Work

Character, National/Historical Dance

Pointe Preparation & Beginner Pointe

Classical Extension Program (CEP)

Tap

Private Coaching

 Competitions

Other Information 

Performance Opportunities 
In addition, students of this program are able to participate in the Academy’s major annual production as part of the Australian National Youth Ballet. Our productions are based full scale and classic ballets, allowing students to develop a greater understanding of mime, musicality, history, variations and repetoire. Our productions provide our students with the necessary practice to further develop their performance & stage skills.

Private Coaching
Students are encouraged to take private lessons.  The benefits of individualised private coaching are immeasurable. If your aim is to improve quickly and strengthen your technique or increase your flexibility & mobility, then private lessons are an essential and  integral part of training towards a realistic chance of pursuing a professional career in dance as well as fast tracking a students progress.
Private lessons also aid students to prepare them for events such as exams, competitions, improving flexibility & technique, audition preparation.

Extra Curricular Activities & Opportunities

Melbourne Academy of the Arts understand and value that it is important to learn different types of dance styles and genres and offer varied pathways for students to use their skills throughout the year. With this in mind the Academy provides extracurricular events as ways for students to apply such knowledge and skills outside of the regular classroom setting.

These extra curricular events also aid in community building and allow the students to work with external students from other schools attending internal Academy events or externally run third party events. Our students gain access to train and work with international exchange students from China and are showcased to industry professionals throughout the year with internal examinations, assessments auditions, workshops, master classes and productions.

Performance Opportunities 
In addition, students of this program participate in the Academy’s major annual production as part of the Australian National Youth Ballet. Our productions are based on 19th Century classic ballets, allowing students to develop a greater understanding of mime, musicality, history, variations and repetoire. Our productions provide our students with the necessary practice of international Classical Repetoire performed at world class companies and  in order to further develop their performance & stage skills in preparation of a career in classical ballet.

Fees
To find out the fees involved with this program & any additional fees please contact the Academy Administrative Team.

Timetable
For a detailed schedule of all classes available in this division please contact the Academy Administrative Team.