Drama and Dance

Drama and Dance

Through DDJ Performing Arts dance and drama lessons, students are introduced to a range of physical, creative and dramatic concepts, including:

* spatial awareness
* stage awareness
* effective warm-up and warm-down techniques
* self-expression
* choreographic skills
* teamwork
* coordination
* flexibility
* sense of rhythm and timing
* body strength
* physical and mental discipline
* non-locomotor movements ie. Bending, twisting, limb swinging
* locomotor movements ie. Walking, hopping, jumping, marching, leaping
* effective formations and staging
* dancing with props
* appreciation of different music genres
* appreciation of different dance styles

  * vocal dynamics
* body language and physicality
* characterisation
* mime
* improvisation
* physical theatre
* symbolism
* memorisation techniques
* status/relationship dynamics
* teamwork and cooperation
* poetry performance and interpretation
* vocal and physical warm-up techniques
* breathing techniques
* script writing and interpretation
* directing

The best part is, your child doesn’t even realise they’re learning all of this! What seems to them like fun games and catchy routines are in fact exercises which reinforce these concepts and ensure they are constantly aware of themselves and the people around them. DDJ Performing Arts Dance and Drama teachers are energetic, experienced and creative individuals who will go the extra mile to ensure your child is having a fun and rewarding time.

For example, students in Prep will learn the importance of respecting their own body and the bodies of others, moving their body in time with others and determining the beat of a song. Older primary school students will understand the dynamics of group work including use of levels and off-beat movements, style-specific movements ie. Popping and locking in hip-hop and an understanding of the roles different muscle groups play in movement and how to prevent injury. Each term the class works towards a group performance piece and students are encouraged to self-direct under the guidance of these principles and constantly self-check and ensure they’re performing safely and effectively.