Focus on Dance is the official location for READY SET DANCE in Gympie. READY SET DANCE is a fun and exciting one hour pre-schooler program combining JAZZ, TAP, HIP HOP, SINGING and MUSIC, catering to two age groups - 2-3 years & 4-5 years.
Ballet is the foundation of all dance. Students’ progress from basic, foundational technique classes and progress through each class level to build on and advance their skill. Teaching more than just steps, Ballet is known to improve posture, core control, balance, flexibility, stamina, fitness and co-ordination. It also develops important life skills including self-discipline, learning to follow instructions, working both in a team and on your own, respect, presentation and responsibility. These things are just as important as the steps and will benefit the dancer no matter how far they go with their dancing.
Jazz is extremely popular with all ages and uses technique from Ballet with extra movements that are sharper and straighter - turns, leaps, jumps and kicks are some common steps seen in Jazz routines. The music style is popular and up to date.
Tap makes noise! This style is rhythm-based and is not as easy as most people think. Once again, students will progress through the levels, building on their technique. We begin with the foundation steps and work towards more advanced routines and steps. Tap shares many similarities within its technique to Ballet, such as posture and control. This class will benefit students by helping to develop rhythm, co-ordination, musicality, balance and the ability to 'remember steps'.
Acro classes have elements of gymnastics, however, is more styled to fit into dance. Students love Acro with tumbling and tricks; there are always new things to strive to achieve. Acro classes incorporate strength, flexibility and cardio, along with developing acrobatic skills such as cartwheels and walk overs, bridges and handstands.
Musical Theatre is so much fun. Students learn drama, singing and dancing all in one. This is a great class to help build confidence in all dancers. They will learn to use facial expression to enhance their performance skills. Musical theatre also helps students with co-ordination, working together and listening skills.
Contemporary is a style of dance that has emerged from Ballet.
Founders of the contemporary technique, such as Martha Graham, created a form that was less controlled than classical Ballet, developing a style known for being parallel (as opposed to turned out) and incorporates floor work. Though much of contemporary dance is opposite to Ballet, it shares many of the basic principles of Ballet technique.
We have various aged eisteddfod teams who compete throughout the year. Auditions are held prior to the dance year commencing to determine age groups and suitability. We compete for the purpose of supporting our dancers development, confidence and relationships, and we demonstrate encouragement and support for our peers, whether our teammates or teams we are competing alongside.
Many students choose to learn a solo dance for the purpose of competing throughout the year. Privates are available with Miss Jamie who choreographs the students solo dance and supports them to become ready to hit the stage. Some students also arrange private lessons to help them perfect a particular skill they are trying to achieve.