About the Division

The Academy Junior School Division classes are designed for students approximately 7-10 years old and continue to build upon fundamental skills and muscle development of previous studies in the Pre-School Division.

The Junior School Division introduces and develops additional components that are necessary to learn in order to gain a comprehensive understanding of dance, that will  be developed and performed with an increase of difficulty and complexity.

Students will continue to refine their foundation exercises with the main areas of focus  on correct posture, placement and technique as well as the development of their creativity,  flexibility, stage direction, musical and rhythmic awareness, memory and the required discipline and etiquette of the dance studio.

These important and additional components will be studied in greater details in order of the students to develop a greater understanding of each skill. For example;  musical and rhythmic awareness, students will work towards understanding the varied musical rhythms and differences between a polka, waltz and gallop.

Students will be introduced to the study of acting in ballet classes through the use of games, imagery, and exercises, while also continuing their study of age-appropriate repertoire and dances.

Areas of Focus & Curriculum 

Core Strength, foundation & technique

Anatomy & Body Awareness

Musicality & Rhythm

Performance Skills

Character, National/Historical Dance

Contemporary

Jazz

Imagination, Mime &  Improvisation

Flexibility, Limber & Conditioning

Theory, Dance Vocabulary, History & Music

Choreography, Repertoire & Productions

Planning & Goal Setting

Examination Preparation

 Classical Ballet, Syllabus & Open Work

Character, National/Historical Dance

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.