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dance studio

Students get to choose from the wide variety of dance classes offered at CDS to discover and nurture their talents in different dance genre. CDS also provides the opportunities for examination and stage performance which serve as platforms for the students to broaden their horizon, boost their courage and self-confidence.

Classical Ballet (CSTD Syllabus/ Open Syllabus)

The origins of Ballet can be dated back in Italy around 15th or 16th  centuries. It is a dance based on a system of formalized movements and positions of the arms, feet and body designed to enable dancers to move with fluidity, agility, grace and control.  Ballet is also frequently used as the foundation to supplement many other dance forms, such as contemporary, jazz, tap, or hip hop.  It will help dancers improve their overall technique, coordination, body awareness, musicality, and more.

CSTD Syllabus

Students will learn ballet terminology, precise body form and movement with emphasis on technique, musicality and artistry.

Open Syllabus

Mainly for students who join the class recreationally or for students who want to experience more repertoires besides CSTD syllabus.

Recommended Age

4 years old & above*

*The recommended minimum age for CDS’s ballet class is 4 years old but it mainly depends on the child’s readiness.  There is no upper limit to the age, whether you are 18 or over 80, with or without dance experience, we welcome you to join our CDS ballet family.

Modern Jazz (CSTD Syllabus)

Jazz dance originated from the African American vernacular dance of the late 1800s. After the 1950, with the growing domination of other forms of entertainment music, jazz dance evolved on Broadway into a new, smooth style taught today and known as Modern Jazz.  Modern Jazz combines rhythm, expression and technique with aspects of a variety of popular and street music, using the body as an instrument to interpret the various styles. The dance features unique moves, elaborate footwork, large leaps, rapid turns, and imaginative improvisation to bring an energetic and dynamic experience.

CSTD Syllabus

Students will learn the warm up & stretching exercises, turns, leaps & pirouette exercises, with emphasis on strength, agility, flexibility and musicality.

Recommended Age

6 to 15 years old.

Modern Jazz (CSTD Syllabus)

Jazz dance originated from the African American vernacular dance of the late 1800s. After the 1950, with the growing domination of other forms of entertainment music, jazz dance evolved on Broadway into a new, smooth style taught today and known as Modern Jazz.  Modern Jazz combines rhythm, expression and technique with aspects of a variety of popular and street music, using the body as an instrument to interpret the various styles. The dance features unique moves, elaborate footwork, large leaps, rapid turns, and imaginative improvisation to bring an energetic and dynamic experience.

CSTD Syllabus

Students will learn the warm up & stretching exercises, turns, leaps & pirouette exercises, with emphasis on strength, agility, flexibility and musicality.

Recommended Age

6 to 15 years old.

*CLOSED FOR REGISTRATION* - Theatrical & Performing Arts (CSTD Syllabus)

Theatrical & performing arts are a form of art in which we use voices, bodies or inanimate objects to convey artistic expression.  It includes a range of disciplines such as acting, singing and dancing which are performed in front of live audience.  In theatre classes, children are encouraged to be expressive and creative.  They will develop good self-confidence, social awareness and improve their communication skills in a safe environment.  Besides being a form of bodily creative expression, dancing also helps to co-ordinate the body and the brain as well as to improve the children’s fitness level.

CSTD Syllabus

Students will study dialogue, song, dance, stagecraft, safe dance practice, musical theatre and acrobatics. The aim is to help the students to develop the triple threats (sing, dance, act), to become a versatile performers and to prepare for musical theatre auditions.

Recommended Age

4 to 7 years old.

Classical Chinese Dance (Beijing Dance Academy Syllabus)

Classical Chinese dance has about 5000 years of history in China.  From dynasty to dynasty, each one has their own movement qualities that they favored and incorporated into their own ritual dances.  As an art form passed down through the ages, classical Chinese dance is one of China’s national treasures.  It not only preserves the country’s traditional culture, it is also among the most enticing of visual spectacles. This dance form consists of movements of precision, grace, and control, with some of the most difficult moves—tumbling, jumps, flips, and leaps—echoing the martial art techniques from ancient battlefields.

Syllabus and Examination:

Beijing Dance Academy (北京舞蹈学院) is a full-time institution of higher learning with commitment to developing excellent professional dancers, choreographers and dance researchers. It was officially established in 1978 with the approval of State Council, as an institution affiliated to the Ministry of Culture.

Recommended Age

5 to 18 years old.

Classical Chinese Dance (Beijing Dance Academy Syllabus)

Classical Chinese dance has about 5000 years of history in China.  From dynasty to dynasty, each one has their own movement qualities that they favored and incorporated into their own ritual dances.  As an art form passed down through the ages, classical Chinese dance is one of China’s national treasures.  It not only preserves the country’s traditional culture, it is also among the most enticing of visual spectacles. This dance form consists of movements of precision, grace, and control, with some of the most difficult moves—tumbling, jumps, flips, and leaps—echoing the martial art techniques from ancient battlefields.

Syllabus and Examination:

Beijing Dance Academy (北京舞蹈学院) is a full-time institution of higher learning with commitment to developing excellent professional dancers, choreographers and dance researchers. It was officially established in 1978 with the approval of State Council, as an institution affiliated to the Ministry of Culture.

Recommended Age

5 to 18 years old.

K-Pop Dance (Song based)

K-pop is a genre of popular music originating in South Korea.  The modern form of K-pop can be traced back to the early 90s. It is characterized by a mixture of modern Western sounds and African-American influences (Hip-hop, R&B, jazz, black pop, soul, funk, techno, disco, house, and Afrobeats).  Dance is an integral part of K-pop. When combining multiple singers, the singers often switch their positions while singing and dancing by making prompt movements in synchrony, a strategy called “formation changing”. The K-pop choreography often includes the so-called “point dance”, referring to a dance made up of hooking and repetitive movements within the choreography that matches the characteristics of the lyrics of the song.

Choreography

K-pop dance choreography in each class is song based.

Recommended Age

Junior group: 6 to 10 years old
Upper group: 10 years old & above

YogaKids®

Yoga practice can benefit children.  It helps them to stay strong, centre and calm.  It could help reduce risk of injury in sports, improve overall cardio-vascular fitness and body & spatial awareness.  Regular practice improves balance, posture, endurance, strength, mobility and flexibility. It balances the endocrine system for hormonal health; improves circulation, digestion and mental function; reduces anxiety and stress; calms the mind; improves concentration, attention-span, learning ability and memory function; builds awareness of self, others and the wider world; encourages empathy, tolerance and understanding.

The YogaKids® Program

Certified YogaKids® teachers empower your kids to learn, to cope, to be healthy and happy through the integrated teaching techniques. It includes math, language and reading, ecology, teamwork and communication, arts and craft.  YogaKids®‘s educational and fun lesson plans will have long-lasting benefits for kids both in and out of yoga studio.

Recommended Age

4 to 9 years old.

What to Bring

> Your own mat and water bottle.
> No shoes required.
> Wear exercise attire that is comfortable and stretchable.

YogaKids®

Yoga practice can benefit children.  It helps them to stay strong, centre and calm.  It could help reduce risk of injury in sports, improve overall cardio-vascular fitness and body & spatial awareness.  Regular practice improves balance, posture, endurance, strength, mobility and flexibility. It balances the endocrine system for hormonal health; improves circulation, digestion and mental function; reduces anxiety and stress; calms the mind; improves concentration, attention-span, learning ability and memory function; builds awareness of self, others and the wider world; encourages empathy, tolerance and understanding.

The YogaKids® Program

Certified YogaKids® teachers empower your kids to learn, to cope, to be healthy and happy through the integrated teaching techniques. It includes math, language and reading, ecology, teamwork and communication, arts and craft.  YogaKids®‘s educational and fun lesson plans will have long-lasting benefits for kids both in and out of yoga studio.

Recommended Age

4 to 9 years old.

What to Bring

> Your own mat and water bottle.
> No shoes required.
> Wear exercise attire that is comfortable and stretchable.

Mat Pilates

Mat Pilates is a form of exercise emphasizes the balanced development of core strength, torso stability, joint mobility and flexibility. With regular practice, you will have better body awareness, improved posture, toned and lengthen muscles. It helps you to move with grace, ease, and efficiency as well as to reduce the risk of sports injuries.

Pilates method was developed by Joseph Pilates in 1920’s.  Pilates exercises are always practiced with the Pilates principles of centering, concentration, control, precision, breath, and flow.  You will learn to breathe effectively and to be aware how to precisely move a particular muscle to create steadiness and ease in each movement. Full breathing helps to promote better blood circulation, which is a body cleansing process that detoxifies the blood and rejuvenates the cells.

Benefits

You will benefit from working with a certified practitioner who can help ensure you’re doing the exercises correctly as the exercises require detailed understanding to achieve the most benefit. All exercises are developed with modifications that can make a workout safe and challenge a person at any level.

The Pilates method has always emphasized quality over quantity, and you will find that, Pilates exercises do not include a lot of repetitions for each move. Instead, doing each exercise fully, with precision, yields significant results in a shorter time.

What to Bring

> Your own mat (preferably thicker mat for better cushioning on your spine), water bottle, towel.
> No shoes required although socks are recommended for hygiene purposes.
> Wear exercise attire that is comfortable and stretchable (preferably form fitting top for posture checking.)

Piloxing® SSP

Founded by former professional dancer and Pilates Master Viveca Jensen in 2009, Piloxing® is a women-owned global fitness company based in Los Angeles, USA.  There are 4 different formats of Piloxing® workouts under the brand.

Piloxing® SSP (Sleek Sexy Powerful) is the first fusion cardio workout program that Piloxing® offered, it has the unique blend of lengthening Pilates, strengthening boxing, and dance moves that keep your pulse high. The workout is high energy and fun, switching back and forth rapidly between the three vastly different disciplines, it keeps your body guessing, your mind excited, and your heart pumping.

Benefits

With the standing Pilates component, you’ll develop stronger, longer, and leaner muscles, improved flexibility, better muscle control, and better coordination.  Boxing provides you with stronger and more powerful arms, shoulders, and back, and the mental empowerment that comes with knowing how physically strong you are. The dance helps to produce happiness-inducing endorphins in your body, and gets your metabolism going into overdrive. Make sure to fuel up before and after class, because you’re gonna burn lots of calories with this program.

What to Bring

> Water bottle, towel, spare clothes to change after class.
> No shoes required.  Socks are optional.  (If you choose to wear socks, please wear non-slip.)
> Wear exercise attire that is comfortable and stretchable.
> Piloxing Gloves are optional.

Piloxing® SSP

Founded by former professional dancer and Pilates Master Viveca Jensen in 2009, Piloxing® is a women-owned global fitness company based in Los Angeles, USA.  There are 4 different formats of Piloxing® workouts under the brand.

Piloxing® SSP (Sleek Sexy Powerful) is the first fusion cardio workout program that Piloxing® offered, it has the unique blend of lengthening Pilates, strengthening boxing, and dance moves that keep your pulse high. The workout is high energy and fun, switching back and forth rapidly between the three vastly different disciplines, it keeps your body guessing, your mind excited, and your heart pumping.

Benefits

With the standing Pilates component, you’ll develop stronger, longer, and leaner muscles, improved flexibility, better muscle control, and better coordination.  Boxing provides you with stronger and more powerful arms, shoulders, and back, and the mental empowerment that comes with knowing how physically strong you are. The dance helps to produce happiness-inducing endorphins in your body, and gets your metabolism going into overdrive. Make sure to fuel up before and after class, because you’re gonna burn lots of calories with this program.

What to Bring

> Water bottle, towel, spare clothes to change after class.
> No shoes required.  Socks are optional.  (If you choose to wear socks, please wear non-slip.)
> Wear exercise attire that is comfortable and stretchable.
> Piloxing Gloves are optional.

Singing Class

Singing lessons are one of the best ways to improve your singing skills and increase your confidence to prepare for singing competitions.  Each class will begin with a vocal warm ups before moving on to various technique exercises to improve your vocal range, voice clarity, note accuracy and breath control.  You will learn about body and spatial awareness to improve your stage presence. You will have the opportunity to sing a broad range of repertoire with the musical style of your choice.

Recommended Age

5 years old –  Teenage

Progressing Ballet Technique

Progressing Ballet Technique (PBT) is an innovative program developed by Marie Walton-Mahon from Australia for students to understand the depth of training muscle memory in achieving their personal best in classical ballet.  Marie has been known for her creative teaching skills and safe dance training for almost 4 decades and has trained many professional dancers and teachers’ worldwide.  In the program, various props such as fit balls, small balls and therabands are used to help students to train their muscle memory and to enhance their understanding of core stability, weight placement and alignment.  Each exercise has been developed with care and guidance with a team of physiotherapists.  At CDS, PBT program is offered as a supplementary class for CDS students who want to accelerate their ballet technique; and it is also open to the public who would like to improve their fitness.

Recommended Age

12 years old & above

What to Bring

> Yoga Mat
> Water Bottle
> Hand Towel
> Wear Gym Attire
> No Shoes Required

Progressing Ballet Technique

Progressing Ballet Technique (PBT) is an innovative program developed by Marie Walton-Mahon from Australia for students to understand the depth of training muscle memory in achieving their personal best in classical ballet.  Marie has been known for her creative teaching skills and safe dance training for almost 4 decades and has trained many professional dancers and teachers’ worldwide.  In the program, various props such as fit balls, small balls and therabands are used to help students to train their muscle memory and to enhance their understanding of core stability, weight placement and alignment.  Each exercise has been developed with care and guidance with a team of physiotherapists.  At CDS, PBT program is offered as a supplementary class for CDS students who want to accelerate their ballet technique; and it is also open to the public who would like to improve their fitness.

Recommended Age

12 years old & above

What to Bring

> Yoga Mat
> Water Bottle
> Hand Towel
> Wear Gym Attire
> No Shoes Required

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