Dance classes for adults beginners

It's never too late to start learning to dance

Join hundreds of adults who have started dance classes, at every stage of adulthood

Choose a 12 week beginner course in one of 5 dance styles ...

Choose from ballet, contemporary, jazz, tap, or dance mix

Registrations now open

New courses start from Monday 1 July 2019

10% Early Bird Discount available until Monday 17 June

One of the hardest things about starting dance as an adult is finding an adult beginner dance class that really does cater for complete beginners.

Have you ever gone to an adult beginner dance class, but discovered that everyone else there seems to already know what they are doing? Or that most of the people there are barely out of their teens?

Neither of these things will happen in our 12 week introductory course. Firstly, we really do have people in their mid-20s, 30s and 40s in our dance classes, as well as classes for more mature dancers.

We’ll start from the basics, and support you as you start to learn the basic movements, develop a sense of rhythm, understand dance terminology and conventions, and learn the key principles of your chosen dance style.

It’s a way for adults to learn dance that won’t make you feel self-conscious about your age, size, or lack of experience. Everyone else in the class will be in the same position as you, learning that dance style for the first time.

Your teacher will be a specialist in teaching dance to adults, which means you won’t be asked to do something that is harmful to your body, you won’t be expected to wear revealing clothes that make you uncomfortable, and you’ll be treated like an individual who has their own dreams, goals and aspirations.

At the end of the 12 weeks, you’ll never have to be afraid of being the only novice in that style of dance class again.  You’ll be ready to step into one of our Level 2 dance classes, or you might like to have a go at a different dance style.

Choose 'Regular' or 'Mature'

This web page covers our regular introductory dance courses, to find out about classes for more mature adults, visit our mature dance web page.

Our regular classes are suitable for adults who have a moderate level of fitness and mobility.  The mature classes are a more low impact class ideal for older adults or anyone wanting to ease into dance after a period of inactivity, giving birth or having surgery, or who finds the regular classes too hard on their joints.

Dance styles on offer

Ballet

3.30pm Saturdays, Glengowrie

An introduction to the grace and strength of ballet technique, in a class with other beginner adults, set to an eclectic soundtrack that goes well beyond ballet class piano music to include plenty of songs you know, as well as others you’ll want to know.

We’ll start from the basics, and support you as you start to learn the French terminology, get used to standing in turnout, learn to hold yourself like a dancer, and train your body in the key movements and principles that form the foundation of all other ballet movements.

Contemporary

Not offered in Term 3

An introduction to the expression and fluidity of contemporary dance technique, in a class with other beginner adults, set to an eclectic soundtrack that might include world music, jazz, blues, pop, and even hip hop.

We’ll start from the basics, and support you as you start to learn the principles of contemporary dance, discover techniques to harness gravity and momentum, learn to move with more efficiency and less effort, recapture the joy of movement you had in childhood, increase the suppleness of your body, and train your body to move like a contemporary dancer.

Jazz

Not offered in Term 3

An introduction to the fun and energy of jazz dance technique, in a class with other beginner adults, set to a pumping soundtrack that includes the latest pop music, as well as some special gems you might not have heard.

We’ll start from the basics, and support you as you start to learn what jazz dance is, the basic movements and footwork patterns, develop your sense of rhythm and coordination, discover how to move with style, experience the different styles within jazz, and train your body in the way a jazz dancer moves.

Tap

Not offered in Term 3

An introduction to the rhythm and percussion of tap dance technique, in a class with other beginner adults, set to a diverse soundtrack that includes the latest pop music, as well as classic tap tunes, and even the music of your own feet.

We’ll start from the basics, and support you as you start to learn basic steps and rhythms, develop an understanding of timing and how to shift your weight from foot to foot, build strength in your legs and feet, experience different types of tap dance, and train your body in the way a tap dancer moves.

Dance Mix

12pm Wednesdays, Seacliff

6pm Wednesdays, Clarence Park

An introduction to a mix of dance styles, focussing on fun and great music.  Great for someone who is not sure what type of dance they want to try.

You’ll learn some simple dance steps that can be found in several different dance styles, and you’ll also get to try some movements that are specific to the different dance styles we offer, with a sprinkling of other dance styles thrown in for flavour.  A big focus in this class is the enjoyment that comes to moving to great music, and in this class you’ll find that you know most of the songs we play, which are mainly hits of the 80s, 90s and beyond.

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Support your learning with extras

For Intro to Ballet, we have a learning guide and a video series that you can buy to support you through the course.

  • Learning guide – 68 page, fully illustrated guide book to cover all the steps you learn in Level 1, including the translation and pronunciation of the French terms, how to do the step, why we do the step and what it leads to
  • Video series – designed so you can practice between classes at home

You can buy a package with the course plus the learning guide and video series, or choose to add either the learning guide or video series to your course.  All packages include a 10% discount on the stand alone price for each element of the package.

Who are these courses for?

Complete beginners (no dance experience)

People who have done some dance but want to try a different style of dance

People who have already done some dance but never really learnt the fundamentals

People who haven’t been to a dance class for 20-30 years (or more) and want a refresher

Beginner dance students who want to gain a more in-depth understanding of technique, rationale, terminology, and safe dance.

Who should not join these courses?

Our Level 2 classes or above may be better for you if you already have experience in that dance style, even if you’ve had a break for 5-10 years

While ballet, jazz, and contemporary are all quite different, they do share some common features.  For this reason, if you are a highly experienced dancer in one of these styles, you may be able to go straight into level 2 for another of these three styles.

Please note: significant experience in something like Zumba is not sufficient to go straight into level 2 for ballet or contemporary, but could be beneficial for jazz.

What to expect

  • A welcoming and supportive environment that celebrates all body shapes and sizes
  • Laughter … while we’ll work hard, it’s about enjoying yourself, so you won’t be expected to be silent the way you might have experienced dance class when you were a child
  • You’ll develop a solid technique so that you can keep your muscles and joints safe, perform the movements in a more effortless way, and develop an aesthetically pleasing line (or posture)
  • You’ll learn terminology for the dance style, develop an understanding of why we do each exercise or movement, and how mastering the basics will help you build a more advanced technique

Locations

Clarence Park

Clarence Park Community Centre

72-74 East Avenue, Black Forest

Glengowrie

Glengowrie Uniting Church
33 Butler Crescent Glengowrie

Henley Beach

Henley Fulham Uniting Church
214 Military Road, Henley Beach

Seacliff

Seacliff Uniting Church
7-9 Wheatland Street, Seacliff

Investment

Regular price is $250

Early bird price is $225 (ends 17 June)

Or you can pay for the course through 3 monthly instalments of $77.

To pay in 3 instalments, email Anne at info@movethroughlife.com.au or all her on 0408 240 772 to sign up for our Silver membership plan for 3 months. At the end of the 3 months, you can either cancel your membership plan or continue and switch to one of our L2 ballet classes, or even try out another one of our dance styles.

What you can do after finishing the course

Once you’ve completed the 12 week course, you’ll be ready to go into one of our Level 2 classes.

Find out when and where Level 2 classes are held by visiting our Timetable page.

Or if none of our times or locations suit, you can be confident joining any other beginner dance class in that style and knowing you’ll be ready to jump right in.

Got any questions?

If you’ve got any questions, please get in touch with Anne, our Client Relationship Officer at info@movethroughlife.com.au or call her on 0408 240 772 (Monday to Friday between 9am-5pm) and she’ll get back to you within 24 hours (except on Sundays and public holidays).  You can also send us a message on Facebook.

Move Through Life Dance Studio offers dance classes to adults of all ages in ballet, contemporary, jazz, tap, and mature dance.  We pride ourselves on offering you a place to indulge your love of dance, whether you’re a complete beginner, had a long break from dance, or danced all your life.  Our classes have a broad mix of ages, and our philosophy is that you are never too old to dance, it is never too late to start, and you can dance forever!

If you have any questions, get in touch with Anne on 0408 240 772 or email info@movethroughlife.com.au

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