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Yarra Heights Dance Academy offers dance classes for all ages in a range of styles including jazz, ballet, tap, hip hop, contemporary, theatrical and more.
Classes are run by energetic, enthusiastic teachers keen to share their skills and love for dance with students.
Come and find out why so many students love to dance at Yarra Heights Dance Academy.
Ballet is one of the oldest forms of dance, with its techniques forming the framework for many other styles of dance. For this reason, it is often the first style of dance that children learn when they begin dancing.
Jazz is a form of dance commonly used in Broadway shows and movies. It is a more contemporary form of dance when compared to ballet and has become an essential part of musical theatre choreography due to its upbeat, high-energy style.
Tap dance is a lively style in which dancers wear tap shoes to create a rhythmical tapping sound as they dance. Well known tap performers and shows include Fred Astaire, Gene Kelly, Tap Dogs and Hot Shoe Shuffle.
Contemporary dance is the name given to a group of 20th century dance forms. Rather than a specific dance technique, contemporary is a collection of methods developed from modern and postmodern dance, including modern, jazz, lyrical and ballet. It is an expressive form of dance that connects the mind and body through dance movements.
As often seen in music video clips, hip hop is a dance form that involves modern and up to date techniques with energetic moves that are exciting to dance and to watch. Vibrant, fun and challenging, this style has grown increasingly popular in the past 20 years.
Character/national dance is a specialised form of classical dance seen in famous ballets such as Swan Lake, Sleeping Beauty and The Nutcracker. It is a stylised representation of a traditional folk or national dance, usually from European countries, and uses movements and music adapted for the theatre. Character work teaches musicality, rhythm and mime.Enrol Now
Improving your pitch and tone is the main focus of singing lessons. Singing can be improved through various vocal techniques such as proper breathing, posture, tone production, intonation, diction, phrasing and ear training. Students are given the opportunity to work on a chosen song during each lesson.Enrol Now
My daughter has danced with Yarra Heights for almost six years and absolutely loves it! A lovely dance school, an amazing range of dance classes, excellent expertise and opportunities provided. They have managed to keep the spirit of dance going even through COVID with digital classes… We are so grateful to have still had the opportunity to dance this year and to stay part of the team at Yarra Heights. Thanks to Louise, all the wonderful teachers and staff that have made this happen.
Yarra Heights Dance Academy for many years and I can not speak highly enough of the staff, older dancers and other parents. The staff at YHDA go above and beyond to support and include every child and communicate with every parent, creating a beautiful community with a love for dance; the older students support the younger and are always happy to chat; other parents are happy to chat and help each other out which is beautiful. The teachers show a genuine interest and care for their students and build relationships that build their confidence both within and outside of dance. My son has significant anxiety and after a disastrous experiences at a different local dance school we tried YHDA. His anxiety was never a barrier at YHDA, his instructors never made him feel anything other than welcome and included, and with the support and kindness of staff my son’s confidence has grown exponentially and his passion for dance has been encouraged and developed! We also have one class a week funded by NDIS and the dance therapy teacher is brilliant!! One final note, my daughter’s dance class ‘moves’ are always child appropriate as are all the children’s costumes and it is refreshing to be a part of a community that values childhood.
Yarra Heights is the best! The teachers are all fantastic, professional but warm & engaging. My daughter’s love of dancing has thrived at Yarra heights, as well as her own personal development & confidence. The routines, costumes & music are all age appropriate for each age group also.
With studios throughout the eastern suburbs of Melbourne, Yarra Heights Dance Academy offers a range of genres and dance styles for all abilities. With a team of highly engaged & trained Teachers, my daughters and I look forward to our classes each week. Yes there are adult classes too! So if you are looking for a fun, personable yet professional dance school, don’t go past Yarra Heights Dance Academy.
Fabulous teachers at this great dance academy. Lots of different classes and opportunities for a very beginner dancer to those that are more advanced. Amazing professional concerts every year showcasing the skills of the students as well as the talent of the teachers. My daughter absolutely loves dancing at YHDA. My son has just started acrobatics and his love for dance has increased since joining the YHDA family.
My daughter began dancing at Yarra Heights 4 years ago after a recommendation from my girlfriend. What we have found right from the start is a strong sense of community that is all inclusive, great pathways for all dance genres and a a sense of being an integral part within a dance family. The teachers are of a high standard, very welcoming & encouraging for my child to be the best she can be. She has gained so much since being there including a new passion for dance that has increased her confidence and allowed her to flourish in other dance styles via a scholarship of which we are very proud of. Whilst this has been a challenging year due to Covid 19, Louise and her staff have ensured that the students continue dancing via an online platform to keep everyone connected and engaged until we return to the studio. If you’re looking for a dance school, I highly recommend Yarra Heights Dance Academy. You won’t be disappointed.
Dancing with Yarra Heights Dance Academy for the last 9 years has given my daughter more than just fitness and fun. The wide range of dance styles available, and professionalism of the teachers, have allowed her to be challenged and to grow in a safe and encouraging environment. The friendship and support she’s built with the other dance students mean that Yarra Heights is a place she’d love to be every day. The Director and teachers at Yarra Heights work hard to provide a studio where high standards and professionalism are balanced with fun, and where dancing for enjoyment, and for joy, is always valued.
Dancing with Yarra Heights Dance Academy for the last 9 years has We have been at Yarra Heights for 18 years and couldn’t recommend it enough. My 3 girls have all danced from aged 2 and my oldest is still there at 20. The teachers have all been great, the kids have always found it a fun environment with a great range of dance styles to choose from.