About the Division

The Academy Senior School Division classes continue to build upon fundamental skills and muscle development of previous studies in the Pre-School, Junior & Intermediate Divisions.

In this level there is a further development of strength, the students are required to perform more complex and controlled exercises on demi-pointe  in the centre as well as en pointe, working towards developing the correct muscle strength and control..

Exercises are now performed in an accelerated tempo with an introduction of movements en tournant and with battus. The increased focus in this division is on the continuing development of coordination in all movements throughout each lesson, as well as the development of expressiveness in each exercise.

Students continue to develop their understanding of advanced weight placement by developing flexibility and cohesiveness in transitions from one pose to another.

The Senior Division allows students to refine and polish the foundations of everything they have learned in previous years, as well as develop and enhance their artistic sense and knowledge of stylistic differences in combinations depending on the character of each piece of music. There is further development of combinations in adagio, allegro, and exercises on pointe, with the use of both classical and contemporary music. The main focus is on the development of exceptional technique and specialties, artistry, and individualism.

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

Variations & Repertoire

Flexibility, Limber & Conditioning

Theory, Dance Vocabulary, History & Music

Choreography & Productions

Planning & Goal Setting

Examination Preparation

Dance Vocabulary

 Classical Ballet, Syllabus & Open Work

Jazz

Pointe Work

Classical Extension Program (CEP)

Full-time Transition Program (FTT)

Private Coaching

Pas de deux

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.