SJJ Creative accepts students from the age of 3 to adult, offering them a variety of dance styles including jazz, contemporary, slow modern, hip hop, breaking, tap, and classical ballet. We have classes tailored to suit various levels - Beginner / Fun classes to Performance / Advanced Group classes.
Examination Classes are offered in Jazz, Tap, and Classical Ballet through the A.D.A. (previously known as F.A.T.D.) Syllabi. SJJ Creative encourages students to participate in examinations as these classes are excellent for developing technique, flexibility, co-ordination, rhythm, strength, style and confidence. A.D.A. is fully accredited in Queensland.
For aspiring dance teachers, we offer Teacher's Classes, which are based on A.D.A's Elementary Exam. This exam allows students to become qualified dance teachers. To learn more about A.D.A, visit the A.D.A. Syllabus page on our website.
Below is an outline of each dance style offered at SJJ Creative:
Commercial Jazz is a fast paced style often seen in music videos of today (Lady Gaga, Britney Spears, Beyonce etc) which incorporates many jumps, kicks, turns, and leaps. Strong emphasis is placed on technique, flexibility, strength, and co-ordination. Commercial Jazz, also known as Pop Jazz, dance isn't generally performed to Jazz music, but rather to Pop music. SJJ Creative's Commercial Jazz style is a fusion of commercial jazz, pop/funk, street, and hip hop.
Contemporary dance is a style involving various techniques from commercial dance, jazz and ballet. Contemporary is usually choreographed through interpretation of music, expressions and emotions. A strong connection with the music is important. Contemporary dance can involve movements which are outside the realm of any dance technique. These moves can be graceful and fluid, and also strong, precise, and sharp. This style of dance is very popular on the TV show 'So You Think You Can Dance.'
Hip Hop is a hard-hitting, rhythmic dance style involving isolations and very grounded movements. The style is kept quite loose so that moves can alternate between riding through the beat or hitting the beat. Musicality is key in hip hop, as well as how sensitive movements are to the music. This high energy dance style is a great way for students to challenge themselves with more style in their execution. Hip Hop dancing is often seen in video clips by music artists such as Usher, Chris Brown, and Justin Timberlake.
BREAKING / B-BOYING
Also referred to as 'Breakdancing', Breaking / B-Boying is a style of street dance that started in New York City in the 70s. Breaking consists of four types of movements: toprock, downrock, freezes and power moves. Breaking / B-Boying is usually danced to hip hop music and breakbeats.
SLOW MODERN / LYRICAL
Slow Modern, also known as Lyrical dance, is a fusion of ballet with modern jazz dance techniques. The style of quite soft and expressive, subtle and dynamic, as routines are based around feeling and emotion. A strong, ballet-based technique is essential for this style of dance. The importance in Slow Modern / Lyrical dance is the connectivity of movement, flowing quite seamlessly from one move to the next.
Tap is a form of dance in which syncopated rhythms are created by the feet using the sound of one's tap shoes hitting the floor. The aim of tap dancing is to produce clear, clean sounds, with various levels of tone. Tap dancing develops and enhances rhythm, musicality, timing and precision, and is also great for co-ordination.
Classical Ballet is the most technical of all dance styles, and is also the most important. It teaches and develops posture, grace, control, turn-out, strength, and balance, while giving students a strong knowledge of technique and correct technical placement of Classical Ballet. Ballet has been referred to as the 'backbone of dance' as its training is highly recommended to help with all areas of dance. Classical Ballet classes are also excellent for toning and strengthening the dancer's body.
BODY CONDITIONING / BALLET TECHNIQUE
Body Conditioning / Technique classes are structured towards integrating muscle control, flexibility, core control, correct and proper alignment, co-ordination, balance, focus, body awareness, as well as mobilizing and strengthening every muscle and joint in the entire body. Students will develop and improve technique, allowing them to jump higher, move faster, improve their balance, access their full turnout. Ultimately, they will feel more in control of their technique and dancing.
PERFORMANCE TEAM CLASSES
Our Performance Classes aim to train dancers for performance work, eisteddfods, public displays and events. We focus on developing high standards in technique, stagecraft, strength, flexibility and confidence - essential for professional performers.
It is compulsory that all Performance Team students attend weekly exam classes, and also participate in their Ballet Technique class. This ensures all students' strength and technique remains of a high standard.
GENERAL / BEGINNER CLASSES
Our General Classes are designed for those wanting to enjoy a fun-filled, energetic class. Great for beginners who want the learn the basics of dance. These classes are excellent for fitness, co-ordination, social activity and confidence building.
We have General Classes for various age groups and all participating students are given the opportunity to perform at our end of year showcase.
Examination Classes are offered in Jazz, Tap, and Classical Ballet through the F.A.T.D. (now known as A.D.A.) Syllabi. SJJ Creative encourages students to participate in examinations as these classes are excellent for developing strong technique, flexibility, co-ordination, rhythm, strength, style and confidence. F.A.T.D. / A.D.A. is fully accredited in Queensland.
SJJ PROJECTS CLASSES
SJJ Project classes are used for Sarah Jane Jones’ choreography, performance and video projects inside and outside of SJJ Creative. This class time is used for development of performance based routines in preparation for video projects, corporate and/or commercial events.
Dancers inside and outside out of SJJ Creative who are selected to attend this class will vary depending on the project at hand.
Dance / Choreo combinations for the Open Performance Group can also be taught during this time. Learning combination choreography is important for keeping the dancers mind active (being able to pick up choreography quickly) which is necessary when auditioning for dance work (shows, musicals etc). All Open students are welcome to attend when these dance / choreo combinations are being taught. However, dancers wishing to be involved in the ‘end of class’ video, it is a pre-requisite that students know the choreography to be selected.