Dance Styles

At Kew School of Dance we offer a range of dance styles including: classical ballet, jazz, tap, hip hop, contemporary as well as specialised pointe and boys ballet classes. To find out more about each style, read on.

Classical Ballet
Senior ballet students at the barre

Classical ballet is a disciplined art form that places great emphasis on the method and execution of movement, it therefore gives students an awareness of posture and musicality and requires the development of self discipline. Focus, commitment and concentration skills are an important part of students’ learning. We teach the Angelina Ballerina Curriculum pre school program and the Laurel Martyn Dance System. See below for further information about these programs.

Boys Ballet
Boys ballet class

For our young male dancers we offer a specialised Boys Ballet class. These classes are designed to help boys strengthen their classical technique and learn more about the role of a male dancer. This class is recommended to supplement normal ballet classes.

Jazz dance student poses

A fun, fast-moving style of dance that incorporates body isolations, works with current music and encourages individual expression. Classes comprise jazz dance technique including many of the styles of jazz with an emphasis on correct technical execution, rhythm, musicality and self expression. The school offers ATOD Syllabus examinations to students wishing to participate.

Tap dance shoes

Tap-dancing is a percussive style of dance. Metal plates are attached to the heel and toe of the shoe, and the feet are tapped against the floor to the sound and feel of the music. It is a great style for both girls and boys of any age and is a great way to develop musicality through rhythm and beats. Classes can be fast paced or slower depending on students’ level of ability but all tap classes are taught with the emphasis on correct technique.
The school offers ATDO Tap Syllabus for students wanting to participate.

Hip Hop

Hip Hop is a high energy class that develops coordination, rhythm and strength through age appropriate movements set to fun upbeat music. Hip Hop includes a wide range of styles influenced by urban and street dance culture.

* We strongly recommend that students continue taking ballet classes in addition to other dance styles. Classical Ballet provides an important foundation of technique, encourages self discipline and has a strong focus on body alignment that will assist students to develop strength, flexibility and focus which assist in the acquisition of dance skills in other dance styles, and are not necessarily inherent in the training of these dance styles which have traditionally relied on students taking ballet.


Contemporary dance encompasses a broad spectrum of styles and philosophies that grew from modern and post-modern dance of the 20th century. There is no ideal “look” in contemporary dance, the focus being a strong connection between the mind and body which will lead to a greater sense of freedom in movement and versatility. All our dance teachers draw on their own background, delivering a unique style that explores ease of movement working within the body’s natural alignment.

Every style of contemporary dance deals with concepts such as:

  • fall and recovery
  • contraction and release
  • rebound
  • suspension
  • momentum
  • flow
  • weight

Please note, due to high level movement components, we recommend that students don’t begin contemporary class until at least Stage 3. We also recommend that students take ballet to build their foundation of technique. 

Part of why it’s so difficult to define contemporary dance comes from how young it is, where classical ballet has been around over 600 years and, although still evolving, has a very specific look, contemporary dance is less than 50 years old and is still shifting, changing and redefining itself.

Contemporary dance draws on the strong but controlled legwork of ballet, with the freedom of the torso and improvisation characteristics from modern dance as well as a variety of styles and movement practices such as: Butoh, Feldenkrais, Yoga, Pilates, Alexander Technique, Capoeira, Breakdancing, hip hop and more.

Senior student assists primary ballet student with exercise
Angelina Ballerina Pre School Curriculum – Dance with Me, Kinder 1, Kinder 2 & Primary

refer to the Kinder Classes page for further information

The Angelina Ballerina Academy curriculum is designed by internationally renowned master teachers and child development experts especially to inspire little stars with big dreams. Sign up for a class today and your child will take their first steps in learning the skills and love of dance, which will last a lifetime.

Junior School (Stage 1 – 4)

From Primary level classes students move into the junior school and begin ballet classes in the Laurel Martyn Dance System and the Australian Teachers of Dancing syllabus for jazz, tap & hip hop. Students progress through the following levels, Stage 1, 2, 3 & 4. As students progress up the levels their class work becomes more complex, new steps are learnt and the stamina, strength and flexibility required to perform the expanding vocabulary of steps increases. Therefore it becomes necessary to increase the intensity and frequency of classes to continue to maintain and progress dance technique.

The philosophies and aims of the pre school programme continue into the junior and senior school. The dance training programs used at Kew School of Dance are holistic and progressive. A lot of time and effort goes into curriculum development and class planning and we ask that you respect the recommendations of the teaching staff; the advice we give is in the student’s long-term best interests. We are happy to discuss students’ progress with parents and encourage students to share their dancing goals with us so that we can support them in achieving their goals.

Pointe Work
Senior ballet student posing en pointe

Ballet students will generally be ready to commence pointe work during Degree 2, having begun pre pointe classes in Degree 1. Degree 2 students wanting to dance en pointe must attend two ballet technique classes per week PLUS a pointe/conditioning class. This is for safety reasons.

Students will not progress to pointe work with out passing a pre pointe physiotherapy assessment. Refer pointe work policy for further details.

Ballet Assessments

Students may enter for assessments in the Laurel Martyn Dance System. Assessments (Exams) are a part of the tradition of dance training and are an important goal for students to work towards. They help maintain motivation and ensure steady progress. Alternatively, students are welcome to attend one class per week and not present for assessments.

Assessment fees are set by the examining body and are an additional fee on top of term fees. They will be advised on the assessment entry form, which must be completed and returned to the school by the due date as advised on the form. Assessment dates change each year. If students are wanting to present for assessments, then from Stage 4 and above they must regularly attend a minimum of 2 ballet technique classes per week. It is not possible to develop and maintain the standard required for assessments if less than 2 classes per week are attended. 

Class Levels

Dance with Me1.5 – 4 years (accompanied by adult)
Kinder3 – 4 years
Primary5-6 years
Stage 16-7 years
Stage 27-8 years
Stage 38-9 years
Stage 49-10 years
Stage 510-11 years
Junior7 – 10 years
Degree 110 – 11 years
Intermediate10 – 13 years
Degree 211 – 12 years
Degree 312 – 13 years
Degree 414 years +
Degree 515 years +
Degree 616 years +
Senior14 years +