• Ballet

  • Jaye’s Dance offers your ballerina a fun innovative approach to learning the steps and terminology of ballet. The music is carefully selected to captivate and inspire your child. Our teachers are very nurturing and focus on the individual to bring out the best in them. Props and role play are often used in the younger classes to make the lesson colourful and interactive. Lot's of fairy ballet is enjoyed by our pre-schoolers.

  • Classes will begin with stretches and active floor work. Barre is taught to all age groups but at various intensities. Cross floor work is a great way to focus on new steps or perfect old ones. Primary and Intermediate age groups are introduced to various styles such as Lyrical, Contemporary and Classical. A dance or two is also taught for our end of year show. Ribbons are awarded throughout the year for achievement.

  • Ballet Positions

  • The difference between Lyrical dance and Contemporary

    Their names speak for themselves mostly. "Lyrical" for ballet done with music that has lyrics (and a little more flexibility in movement types), while "Contemorary" is a form of modern ballet that lets go of dictionary definitions of movement. A ponche or arabesque in lyrical is still that, but a ponche or arabesque in contemporary can "fall" or "curl", or drop into floor work that is rarely (if ever) seen in classical ballet.

    Contemporary normally is performed barefoot (though half-shoes and pointe are done too). Its foundations are ballet, jazz, hip-hop, breaking, and even capoeira /martial arts and folk dances (insert Slavic/Russian barrel turns). Lyrical is firmly influenced by ballet and still strictly follows many of ballet foundations. Most classical ballet is orchestral or instrumental and relies on miming. "Lyrical", then, is ballet with lyrics. Ballet has a strict way of moving that is continued in Lyrical.