We have been operating in Hamilton for over 25 years with very high teaching and dance standards, and a caring, positive, happy and inclusive culture. Our culture is uniquely kind and respectful. We are a registered member of the American Jazz Dance Affiliation (Jazz and Tap), the British Ballet Organisation (Classical Ballet), and the Asia Pacific Dance Association (Urban Ignition Hip Hop and Lucidity Contemporary). We have the best dance studio facilities in the region - a new, 4-studio, upmarket complex with sprung floors, wall-length mirrors, double ballet barres in each studio, viewing areas, commercial air conditioning, ventilation systems, and free parking!
We teach professionally developed and internationally recognised syllabi in American Jazz and Tap, Classical Ballet, Contemporary, and Hip Hop. These are all top flight, exam-based syllabi, and externally moderated. We take students from preschool to adult. There are also non-exam classes in jazz, tap, and hip hop - preschool classes have no exams either. For partner dance, Planet Dance runs a wide range of classes at the same venue: Ballroom/Latin, Salsa, Latin Rock, Argentine Tango, etc - www.planetdance.co.nz).
We have highly qualified, committed and caring teachers. Teacher training is done in-house, and this is complemented by syllabus development and training in teaching methods at workshops run by examiners from the professional dance organisations to which we belong.
Classes are course-based, and students enrol and pay by the term (4 terms/year). Private lessons are available, and are often taken in the lead-up to exams.
Students can gain dance and teamwork skills, performance and competition experience, fitness & general health, emotional maturity and integrity, self-esteem, friendships, and highly regarded examination results.
Exams are usually held in August and September, and are available in all our syllabi. They are not compulsory, but we expect and encourage all students to take part. They provide an incentive to do well, and an independent benchmark for evaluating individual students and the studio’s teaching. We are well known for our excellent exam results.
There are performance and competition opportunities during the year, plus an end-of-year Show for all classes, in a professional theatre. It is the studio’s main focus when exams are over.