Junior Dancers

Premier Dance "Junior Dancers" program for children 16 months - Prep age. Developed over 26 years of specialised early childhood dance teaching.

We know how important a child’s first dance experience is (to you and to them) and pride ourselves on providing an exceptional, tailored program which not only nurtures their cognitive, physical, emotional and social development but focuses on fostering a love of dance through fun, imagination and creativity.

 

We believe that giving children the gift of expression through movement helps broaden vocabulary and communication and teaches persistence and focus while channelling their boundless energy in a productive, but most of all, FUN way.

 

One of the most important elements of our early childhood classes is our team of specialist teaching staff. All are highly trained and experienced as both educators and professional performers, hand-picked to ensure every Premier Dance student is inspired and nurtured along their dance journey.

Features of the Premier Dance Junior Dancers program:

  • Specialised dance tuition for 16 Months - Prep age.

  • Qualified and experienced, specialist dance teachers.

  • Term by term enrolment. No additional membership or joining fee.

  • No uniforms required - we encourage self-expression and creativity through dress at this age and encourage students to wear something that makes them feel comfortable and beautiful.

  • Viewing windows for all studios so parents can watch their young dancer and never miss a step.

  • Watching Week - Term 2 - Parents (and grandparents, aunties, uncles & friends) are invited into the studio for a special demonstration day.

  • Junior Concert - Term 4 - A very special performance experience for our youngest dancers. Your performer will show you what they’ve been working on throughout the year with their class, up on stage in divine, age-appropriate costumes.

Class Attire:

There are no formal uniforms for any Junior Dancers classes however we encourage students to wear clothing that they feel beautiful and comfortable dancing in. Many students wear dance attire of their choice such as a leotard & skirt or dance dress/tutu, leggings or bike pants & a top, or even their favourite princess gown. Ballet shoes are recommended but not essential. 

The Premier Dance Academy uniform shop stocks a range of high quality dance attire from MDM, Energetiks and PW Dancewear, including leotards, skirt, all-in-one tutu dresses, socks, tights, ballet/jazz/tap shoes. 

ABC Dance

Movement & Music for 16 - 26 Months​. This class precedes our Toddler Dance program, introducing little ones to movement and music through the use of storytelling, song, dance, rhythm, props and instruments. Help them learn and develop movement, creativity and self-expression. Parent participation required.

Toddler Dance

An introduction to movement for children turning 3 in the year they attend. The main focus is on enjoyment and creativity through movement, music and mime. The children will gain a love for dance and music. During Term 1 and Term 2, a parent is also required to participate. Parents do not participate during Term 3 & 4.

Creative Dance

Designed for children in kindy, turning 4 or 5 in the year they attend. This class is designed to develop coordination, confidence and a sense of rhythm through movement, music and mime. The main focus is on enjoyment and creativity. The children will gain a love for dance and music. Creative Dance A is suggested for students who are turning 4 in the year they attend. Creative Dance B is suggested for students who are turning 5 in the year they attend or in their second year of Creative Dance. Creative Dance C classes are for children turning 4 or 5 in the year they attend and can be in their first or second year of Creative Dance. 

Prep Dance

For children who are in Prep at school in the year they attend. A gentle introduction into classical ballet technique. Focus is on rhythm and dance skills. As with Creative Dance there is a large emphasis on creativity.

Creative Jazz & Tap and Mini Jazz & Tap

Similar to Creative Dance, but with a focus on tap and jazz, rather than classical ballet.

Creative Jazz and Tap is for children turning 4 & 5 in the year they attend and Mini Jazz and Tap is for students turning 5 & 6 in the year they attend (and in Prep at school). Students will require both tap and jazz shoes.

All Junior Dancer classes are offered at our Milton and Clayfield locations.

2022 Class Descriptions

2023 Class Descriptions

ABC Dance

From 16 Months

A 30-minute introduction to movement & music for students from 16 months - 2 years. This class fosters a love of creative expression in our littlest dancers through the use of storytelling, song, dance, rhythm, props and instruments. Supports the development of physical, cognitive, social and emotional skills, whilst encouraging self-expression and imagination. Parent participation required Term 1 – 4.

Creative Dance

Turning 2 - 3 Years in 2023  (DOB 01/01/20  - 30/06/21)

A 30-minute lesson for students aged 2 – 3, with a focus on enjoyment and creativity through movement, music and mime. The children will gain a love for dance and music. During Term 1 and Term 2 a parent or carer is also required to participate. Students will transition to an independent learning environment between Term 2 & 3 and parents are invited to watch class through our viewing windows if they wish.

*N.B. There is an intentional overlap in the age cut offs for Creative Dance & Pre-Kindy Dance. Students born within these dates may choose the class styles most suitable depending on their level of independence.

 

Pre-Kindy Dance

Turning 3 by June 2023 (DOB 01/07/19 - 30/06/20)

This 45-minute independent class is designed to develop coordination, confidence and a sense of rhythm through movement, music and mime. A focus on storytelling through movement, creativity & imagination, and development of motor skills, whilst fostering a love for dance and music. Parents may watch all classes through our viewing windows. *N.B. There is an intentional overlap in the age cut offs for Creative Dance & Pre-Kindy Dance. Students born within these dates may choose the class styles most suitable depending on their level of independence.

 

Kindy Dance

Turning 4 by June 2023 in their Kindy or Pre-Prep Year (DOB 01/07/18 - 30/06/19)

This 45-minute class is a gentle introduction to technical aspects of dance whilst further developing coordination, confidence and a sense of rhythm. The children will gain a love dance as they creatively explore different styles of movement and music. Parents may watch all classes through our viewing windows.

 

Prep Dance

Prep at School in 2023

For children who are in Prep at school in the year they attend. A gentle introduction into classical ballet technique whilst further developing coordination, confidence and a sense of rhythm. The children will gain a love dance as they creatively explore different styles of movement and music. A 45minute independant class. Parents may watch all classes through our viewing windows.

 

Tiny Jazz & Tap and Mini Jazz & Tap

Turning 3 by June 2023 to Prep at School in 2023

Similar to Pre-Kindy & Kindy Dance, but with a focus on tap and jazz, rather than classical ballet. Tiny Jazz and Tap (30mins) is for children in Pre-Kindy & Kindy in the year they attend and Mini Jazz and Tap (45mins) is for students in Kindy & Prep. Students will require both tap and jazz or ballet shoes. Parents may watch all classes through our viewing windows.