Dance Styles

Adult ballet and contemporary,  fan dancing , Hilal, GOLDs, CDTeens – CDT offers a lot of regular classes to keep you active and engaged.

Adult Ballet

Adult Ballet

Ballet (also called ‘Classical’) is the cherished basis for professional dance, having evolved over several centuries to become a highly graceful dance art form. Though differing techniques have slight variations in placement and vocabulary, they all share a focus on technical placement, posture, fluidity and momentum. Ballet is a foundation for contemporary dance. Ballet for adults is relaxing, fun, and is a stimulating alternative to the gym. Plus it’s excellent for the mind!

Fans & Veils

Fans & Veils

Silk fan veils are a hypnotic and extravagent prop that can dramatically enhance performances with a whirl of colours! Jazida (who was awarded the title of "Miss Fantastic 2016" for being the best fan dancer in the Miss Burlesque Australia competition and who also holds a series of other awards) is known for her use of silk fan veils and she will share her tips and techniques on using these props with showgirl style!

Contemporary

Contemporary

Contemporary is a dance form that grew and evolved with modern art movements. It has less strict form than ballet and exists in the ‘now’ with many personal expressions of form and possibility. Contemporary is incorporated into the training and repertoire of many dance schools and companies throughout the world. It is the training for many Australian independent dancers. Expect to work on the floor, standing and travelling. As in a ballet class, there is likely to be a focus on alignment and precision of movement, but with much more movement of the spine. Content may focus on movement

Performance

Performance

Are you interested in creating and performing your own dances? Then this class is for you. Led by Jacqui Simmonds, in term 4 we will continue exploring the elements of dance and ways of developing and structuring movement. Participants will be invited to devise their own phrases and short studies. Expect to be offered guidance and challenges – ideally so you will craft movement in ways that stretch you as a choreographer. All you need is curiosity and a willingness to play with movement. Please contact Jacqui Simmonds for further details on ac8cdt@gmail.com

Hilal Dance

Hilal Dance

Hilal Dance provides an engaging and fun way to gain confidence, become centred and learn good posture, core strength, agility and grace. The 40 minute yoga style warm-up has a strong emphasis on breath work to help you align, stretch and become centred before you dance to an extensive range of music from traditional Middle Eastern to Hip Hop. Dance experience is not necessary and classes are open to men and women.

GOLDs

GOLDs

The GOLDs are an exciting and creative CDT dance class and performance group for movers and non movers who are over 55. The focus is on fitness, mobility, sociability and creativity. The GOLDs are an amazing group of people who live in Canberra and come from all walks of life. Some have danced since childhood and some are completely new to dance. We only ask that they have a sense of humour and community. This class is primarily designed for people aged 55+ who are able to move independently and without mobility aids. No prior experience necessary.

CDTeens

CDTeens

Age appropriate, energetic and creative dance for children and teenagers with additional needs. Fun and active classes that provide a range of movement and dance activities. They involve warm-up/ fitness/ co-ordination tasks, learning a variety of dances, problem solving and improvisation, and a relaxing cool down. These classes offer lots of opportunities for the students to work with each other and/or their parent/carer. Fun for all generations!

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