QDC Course Descriptions

Here you will find information about the various non-RAD courses offered at QDC.

You can also find information regarding QDC's RAD Ballet offerings.

Course Descriptions

Toddler/Creative Dance
Age: 3 to 5 years old

The structure of a classroom environment is introduced and the children learn to take simple direction from the teacher.

Children gain body awareness and begin to master group work, for example, moving in a circle or working with partners. Musicality and rhythm are taught through clapping, singing and improvising to music. Creative imagery and mime are used to help the children respond to music. Basic movement themes such as; jumping, balletic runs walks, spinning and skipping are explored as an introduction to classical ballet.

Adult Ballet
Age: young at heart!

Adults can learn and benefit greatly from ballet.

Through the training of ballet, adults can gain an elegant posture and learn to move with grace. The exercises will help you keep fit, stay slim, increase flexibility and tone your muscles.

QDC's adult ballet courses focus on some of the exercises, techniques and steps of classical ballet with an emphasis on terminology and correct body alignment.

All sessions include a warm-up at the barre with center floor work and combinations.

Participants will develop an aesthetic awareness of the art of classical ballet.

Adult ballet can cover various levels:

Beginner
For adults who are interested in exploring the art of ballet or who haven't danced in a while and are looking to ease back into things.
Basic ballet positions, terms and concepts will be introduced while everyone builds up a sweat!
Intermediate
For adult dancers who have studied dance for a number of years. This class will challenge the experienced dancer, building strength, balance, extension and grace.
Barre
Exercises focussed on isometric strength training (holding your body still while you contract a specific set of muscles) combined with repetitions of carefully-controlled small range-of-motion movements.
Advanced Ballet
Targetting dancers who are confident in their understanding of ballet technique and principles: this class will develop your ballet vocabulary, technique, musicality and artistry.
Pointe Skills I/II
We offer both pointe and pre-pointe classes for students who are physically and technically ready for the demands of dancing on pointe. Please enquire for more information.
Ballet Conditioning
These classes aim to increase flexibility and strength through various exercises designed to target muscles and alignment used in ballet, and are a great compliment to regular ballet classes. Suitable for all levels.
Chinese Folk Dance

Over 55 minority groups and 1 major group exist within the boundaries of China.

Chinese Classical Dance has been influenced by Ballet and Modern dance, but its distinctiveness stems from its deep roots in Chinese Opera, Kung-Fu, and regional folk dances.

Props, such as long silk sleeves, fans, handkerchiefs, hats, etc. are sometimes used to add drama and intrigue.

Story lines derive from Chinese Operas, History, Legends and Mythologies.

Queensland Dance Centre is proud to serve as a bridge to anyone who wishes to understand and appreciate the beauty of Chinese culture.

The costumes, the movements and simply the grace of dance within the Chinese culture is simply a treasure to humanity.

Hip Hop

A high-energy dance form using the latest music mixed with movements that are influenced by some of today's top video choreographers. Hip Hop is a broad collection of urban street dance styles including breaking, popping, locking, turfing, jerkin' and krumping and often incorporates elements of freestlying.

Classes will provide a structured method of learning various styles of movement in a fun and vibrant environment. Each class will incorporate dance combinations and routines and will encourage individual expression and personal style.

Acrobatics

Acrobatics is an especially challenging dance style for dancers.

Acrobatics requires a dancer to possess both dance and gymnastic skills; dancers must be in excellent physical condition to be able to cope with this physically demanding activity.

In this course, you will learn to leap, tumble, flip, roll & all sorts of fun things!

If you enjoy trying new things and would like to gain more balance, co-ordination and self-confidence, then this is the class for you!

Jazz

Jazz dance combines techniques of classical ballet and modern dance with the current forms of popular dance.

Jazz classes can be patterned in any of these styles or a combination of them. Emphasis is on the importance of energy, rhythmical accuracy, and style.

Our Jazz dance classes have a strong technical foundation that enables students to focus on their style and performance. They are lots of fun, offering varied, age-appropriate styles in a high-energy environment.

Musical Theatre

Musical theatre is a form of popular theatre combining music, singing, spoken dialogue and dancing. Since the early 20th century, musical theatre stage works have generally been called simply, "musicals."

This is a fun class in which students learn to sing confidently whilst dancing and acting together.

Tap

Tap dance uses the sound of the tap shoes hitting the floor as a percussive instrument.

Tap dancing is a great way to develop musicality, timing and balance.

Tap dance sharpens reflexes and improves memory skills and coordination.

Beginning classes will work toward establishing fundamental tap movements, vocabulary and will work on basic rhythms and steps that progress into fun and lively dance combinations.

More advanced classes will involve more intricate rhythms and combinations.

Open Classes

Individual or small group bookings with a trainer.

Open Dance Classes for different genres, ages, and skill levels throughout the week! Regardless of your experience or dance genre preference, you can find the perfect class at QDC.

Stretching & Conditioning

It is absolutely imperative that dancers are strong, physically fit, and able to endure the rigors of an extended dance performance. A good stretching & conditioning regime gives dancers the opportunity to strengthen their bodies to compliment their technical and stylistic dance training and prevent injuries.

QDC's body conditioning exercises will help dancers to build strength and flexibility.

In this class, students will increase their understanding of dance alignment while increasing their flexibility and strengthening their core, feet, legs, back, and body posture.

The exercises covered will focus on defining and training special muscle groups to help dancers become more relaxed and stronger, allowing for better focus while dancing and reduced injuries.

Dancers will also focus on learning how to stretch correctly by releasing muscle tension and mental tension, leading to a reduction in overall tension.