Dance Classes in Mandurah, Wicked Dance Works

​Wicked Dance Works follows the Royal Academy of Dance & Australian Teachers of Dance syllabi in Ballet, Hip Hop, Jazz, Tap and Contemporary. Teachers also use their own knowledge, experience and teaching methods in order to give our students the best industry training.  Our Bboy master Brendan has developed his own syllabus which has accumulated from his wealth of both performing, battling and teaching experience.

At Wicked we believe in positive education strategies.  Positive Education brings together the science of Positive Psychology with best practice teaching to encourage and support individuals, schools and communities to flourish. We refer to flourishing as a combination of ‘feeling good and doing good.’ Positive Education focuses on specific skills that assist students to strengthen their relationships, build positive emotions, enhance personal resilience, promote mindfulness, and encourage a healthy lifestyle.

We also aim to foster engagement amongst our students, encourage them to achieve and, ultimately, equip them with the qualities to enable them to fulfil their life purpose.  This brings us to our motto Dream, Believe, Achieve!!

Our classes are divided in to levels.  The levels have been created to ensure that the students develop their technique at the correct pace and in a safe manner.  The levels are determined by ability and age.  An older beginner student may find themselves starting in a higher level as they tend to pick things up quicker.  A younger student who has abilities that exceed their normal age group will also find themselves in a higher level.

Here is a bit about our classes,

Hip Hop

Hip Hop dance refers to a certain dance style, predominantly street dance performed to hip hop music. It is a movment that has evolved as part of hip hop culture. The original dance associated with hip hop is break dance, which appeared in New York City in the early 1970’s. In the 1990’s as hip hop music took new forms, various dance styles began appearing, most of them danced in an upright fashion. Some would call these later styles ‘new school’ and include elements such as popping, locking, krumping, wacking and clowning.

At Wicked beginner students will learn basic grooves, moves and Hip Hop steps.  As our students progress they will feel more comfortable and confident excuting a higher level of choreography and gain confidence in freestyle dance.  Higher level Hip Hop classes will prepare our students for profesional work in the dance industry.

Ballet

Ballet is a type of performance dance that originated in the Italian Renaissance courts of the 15th century and later developed into a concert dance form in France and Russia. It has since become a widespread, highly technical form of dance with its own vocabulary based on French terminology. It has been globally influential and has defined the foundational techniques used in many other dance genres. Ballet requires years of training to learn and master, and much practice to retain proficiency.  At Wicked Dance Works we follow The Australian Teachers of Dance syllabi for our Twinkle Toe Ballet and The Royal Academy of Dance Syllabi for Pre-Level age and up.  From Grade 3 upwards, students must also attend a Flex, Strength and Stretch class to accompany their training.

Jazz

Jazz has become one of the most popular dance styles in recent years, mainly due to its popularity on television shows, movies, music videos and commercials. People enjoy watching jazz dancers, as the dancing is fun and energetic. Jazz dancing is a form of dance that showcases a dancer’s individual style and originality. Every jazz dancer interprets and executes moves and steps in their own way. This type of dancing is energetic and fun, consisting of unique moves, fancy footwork, big leaps and quick turns. To excel in jazz, dancers need a strong background in ballet, as it encourages grace and balance.  We follow The Australian Teachers of Dance syllabi which promotes excellent technique and performance skills.

ATOD Imagine Program

Young children love to explore and play and learning is often incidental in these situations. Providing a positive, colourful and creative environment can assist with developmental stages of young children in any educational area therefore also in dance.

This program aims at developing skills of coordination, social and interactive skills, musical appreciation, movement, fitness and perhaps most importantly, a sense of self, through creativity and imagination.

We believe that a love of dance stems from these very early informative years and our role is so important I establishing this passion with our young students.

“Imagine a Place to be Me” combines dance skills with educational skills such as colour recognition, numeracy, phonetics, literacy and literary appreciation.

Lessons contain some repetition, in particular the start and finish of class. Repetition is beneficial to young children as it strengthens connections in the brain, developing confidence and freedom to participate. Some repetition also has a variety to add interest and stimulation to the activity.

Studio 2 provides the perfect setting for such a class!

Kindy & Pre-Level Ballet, Jazz, Tap & Hip Hop

The aim of the syllabi is to introduce small children to the magic and fun of mime, music and dance. The syllabi include activities that will enable the children to explore space, to develop musicality and to improve co-ordination in the chosen genre.  Some benefits of these programs include, but are not limited to, the development of listening and social skills; improvement of fine and gross motor skills and the development of self expression and creativity through story telling and the use of props.

Break Dancing

The term breakdancing refers to a style of hip-hop dancing that first appeared in the 1970s. Sometimes known as b-boying, b-girling, or breaking, this style was made popular by African American and Latin American teens who used the activity to provide a more constructive alternative to the dangerous influences of street gangs. Co-ordination, style, flexibility, and rhythm are the keys to successful break dancing. It is one of the most improvisational dance styles, allowing for each dancer to customise his or her routine with athleticism and imagination. However, since many dancers have created moves that borrow from gymnastics and martial arts, upper body strength is often considered a necessity.  Our Bboy master Brendan has developed his own syllabus which has accumulated from his wealth of both performing, battling and teaching experience.

Tap

Style of American theatrical dance using precise rhythmical patterns of foot movement and audible foot tapping. It is derived from the traditional clog dance of northern England, the jigs and reels of Ireland and Scotland, and the rhythmic foot stamping of African dances. Popular in 19th-century minstrel shows, versions such as “buck-and-wing” (danced vigorously in wooden-soled shoes) and “soft-shoe” (danced smoothly in soft-soled shoes) developed as separate techniques; by 1925 they had merged, and metal taps were attached to shoe heels and toes to produce a more pronounced sound. The dance was also popular in variety shows and early musicals.

Acrobatics

Art of jumping, tumbling, and balancing. The art is of ancient origin; acrobats performed leaps, somersaults, and vaults at Egyptian and Greek events. Acrobatic feats were featured in the commedia dell’arte theatre in Europe and in jingxi (“Peking opera”) in China. The later use of apparatuses such as poles, tightropes, and flying trapezes made acrobatics a major attraction in circus performances. Its popularity increased in the 20th century with such performers as the Flying Wallendas.

Our classes are designed to teach students tricks through safe practise.  Student will learn the very basics of acro from forward rolls, cartwheels, and hand stands to more difficult moves like walk overs, tumbling, pyramids and partner balancing.

Burlesque

In literature, comic imitation of a serious literary or artistic form that relies on an extravagant incongruity between a subject and its treatment. It is closely related to parody, though burlesque is generally broader and coarser. Early examples include the comedies of Aristophanes. English burlesque is chiefly drama. Victorian burlesque, usually light entertainment with music, was eclipsed by other popular forms by the late 19th century, and burlesque eventually came to incorporate and be identified with striptease acts

Our Burlesque Teacher Miss Lady Lace is an amazing working performing artist who lives and breathes a vintage lifestyle.  Sh is very well known for her shows and workshops she delivers in Perth.  Miss Lady Lace is the organiser of Perth’s Pin Up Parade and offers students the chance to perform if they wish!

Drama

Drama is a fun way to nurture ones creativity. If you are interested in stage and television acting this class will give you all the tools you need to become a great actor.

Students will develop character, accents, voice projection, story telling, script writing and improvisation skills through short plays, games and drama activities.

Our Drama teacher is the Artistic Director of the Poles Apart Theatre Company, she brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to our students.