Ballet stretches are an essential part of training in this form of dance. Not only stretching, but stretching correctly, can improve your performance now and extend your dancing life for years.

The kicks, leaps and poses involved in dance require extensive flexibility. Improving your flexibility not only leads to a greater range of motion for your muscles, it also relieves stress, improves your performance and even prevents injury. Stretching is also an important component in a warm up that readies your body for performance or practice. Stretch daily for the best results, and in all cases, never stretch to the point that you feel pain. Because flexibility is such an important part of dance, at TIDC Performing Arts Adelaide we have introduced a compulsory class for advanced level dance program students. These classes consist of strengthening work, followed by flexibility working within each child’s ability. Acrobatics is also being introduced with further work on flexibility and the introduction of tricks, this is available for all levels and will be starting from Under 8 this year.

Whether dancing to classical, modern, jazz or hip-hop music, dancers require a tremendous amount of strength and flexibility to bring the music to life through their bodies. Although your daily life may not require you to lift your leg toward the sky or bend over backwards, dance stretches to increase flexibility can help you avoid injury in your regular activities.

Dynamic Stretching

Before you start your dance workout, you need to warm up and ready your body for action. Dynamic or active stretching is the type of stretching you should use in your warm up. After a five to 10 minute period of light cardiovascular activity, perform a routine of dynamic stretches including all of the muscle groups in your body. Use the same routine each day so that you do not omit any muscle groups. Start with small motions, increasing the range of the motion with each repetition. Perform the motion at a slow and steady pace.

Static Stretching

To improve flexibility, you also need to incorporate static stretching in your training plan. Static stretching involves stretches that are held in a stationary position. This type of stretching is best done at the end of your workout or dance class, when your muscles are thoroughly warmed up and extremely supple. In a stretching position, lower your body into the stretch until you feel a gentle pull in the belly of your muscle. In addition to improving your flexibility, static stretching at the end of your workout can serve as a cool down period and reduce soreness after your workout.

Requirements – uniform, bare feet.

TIDC Performance Teams (Junior and Senior) will be performing at various functions and events around Adelaide, some of these will be for charity and others will be for Professional Gigs ( with a very exciting one lined up for the Senior team in July).

To be part of this team you must firstly attend various classes at the studio and then you will either be selected from the work ethic you display at the studio or via the audition process. The auditions will be advertised at a later date.

We are looking forward to this exciting venture – which will also include all genre, singing and acting – as the team will need to run the whole show.

Requirements – uniform, ballet, jazz and tap shoes

Examination technique work is taught in most of the younger level classes and from under 12 upward becomes a separate class as the work becomes more involved and there are varying levels to cater for. Students are encouraged to participate in these classes with strong focus on technique. Those considered ready will sit examinations, which are held at different times through the year, those still needing more confidence will be encouraged to take part in an assessment level, where they remain with class mates and still receive a medal and report just no grading. Exams are a fabulous way of assessing you child’s progress and giving them a goal to work toward. We are also pleased that our examinations in higher levels are recognized by the SACE board.

More information can be sought by checking out the websites of the following organizations:

Commonwealth Society of Teachers of Dancing

Australian Institute of Classical Dance

Australian Teachers of Dance

Requirements – leotard, ballet skirt, pink ballet stockings, ballet shoes, hair in bun.

The basis to all dance styles is Ballet, teaching core technique that all students should do if serious about dance. Students wishing to take their dance seriously and wanting to do classical exams must attend two classes a week to be eligible and must attend a classical class if wishing to take part in competitions (two per week to be eligible for the classical style troupes). This is under the AICD syllabus.

This is a program that is equally interesting, exciting and inspiring for both girls and boys.

We listened to our student’s interest, world trends and merged them into this course motivating children to put their desires, patience and engagement into this form of physical development.

A rich and interesting program of dance acrobatics influence the improvement of motor functions, such as strength, flexibility, agility, coordination, encourage the development of fitness and above all the development of proper posture and a sense of movement. In this program students develop abilities and skills that will in the future provide the ability to deal with any type of sports.

Choreography and dance rhythms will bring a smile to the faces of all the participants and their audience.

Introducing a class just for the boys, where they will learn different aspects of dance, covering jazz, tap and hip hop to name a few, in a fun and safe environment with the opportunity to perform.

Ready, Set… Class:

We would love your preschooler to experience the magic of our class. Below are details of where and when classes are available.

Ready, Set… Uniform:

There is a uniform that we are sure that you will love, but for your first class please come in comfortable clothes and shoes.

Ready, Set… You Tube:

We have our own You Tube channel so you can have a sneak peak into our class before you attend. Check out this link to see our ‘I love Dancing’ song which helps us achieve our three goals – Confidence, Creativity and Coordination!

Ready, Set… Begin:

We offer a trial class so you can see the magic of the program before you need to take any further steps signing up. Please let us know what day you would like to come for your first class and we will make sure the office is organised to greet you and introduce you to the class teacher.

Our preschoolers just LOVE….

  • Busting out their hip hop moves
  • Singing like a star
  • Joining the puppet show
  • Skipping along fairytale lane
  • Floating on their yoga cloud
  • Learning rhythm on our animal safari
  • Jumping in puddles with their tap shoes
  • Playing with our parachutes
  • Going bananas with all of our cool music tracks created by the top music producers from the Australian kids television industry

Musical theatre is a form of theatrical performance that combines songs, spoken dialogue, acting, and dance. The story and emotional content of a musical – humor, pathos, love, anger – are communicated through the words, music, movement and technical aspects of the entertainment as an integrated whole. Although musical theatre overlaps with other theatrical forms like opera and dance, it may be distinguished by the equal importance given to the music as compared with the dialogue, movement and other elements. Since the early 20th century, musical theatre stage works have generally been called, simply, musicals.

At TIDC Performing Arts Studio we are passionate about Musical Theatre and have forged strong links with industry professionals over many years. We pride ourselves in understanding industry requirements and knowing a vast variety of experienced and generous practitioners ready to offer you help and advice whilst you are studying with us, and afterwards. Vocal technique, vocal stamina and development is a particular focus at the studios.

We at the TIDC performing Arts Studio assist you in developing a rigorous practice routine and choosing and consolidating suitable repertoire covering all the genres you are likely to need for future auditions. We believe that performing takes regular and frequent practice and facilitate this in all our courses. You will build your confidence, learn to allow yourself to fail and have a chance to sing and perform solo. You will receive training in performance craft, dance and intensive acting coaching. You will discover and develop your unique selling point and cast-ability. Our members and alumni feature as leads, swings and ensemble in local, regional and international touring productions.

Our teachers brings a vibrancy to each lesson and really encourages everybody to have confidence while singing and uses songs the students can relate to and want to sing. For the more advanced singing student, private lessons are encouraged to really hone in on their individual talent. We also have Musical Theatre classes on offer for those wanting to experience singing dancing and acting, to help with an all round performance.

Requirements – folder for music brought every week to class and uniform for Musical Theatre

Below are various classes available, we have competition level (via audition), combined Singing, Dancing and Acting, or Separate classes in various levels of dance, acting in conjunction with Adelaide Youth Theatre and singing.

There are also opportunities to audition with the Adelaide Youth Theatre as well as mid year performances and End of Year

These are available in all genre and styles offered at the centre, including for competition work or just for fun or to improve technique or for a special event coming up, but all lessons must be organized through the principal of the studio and NOT personally with the teachers.

Requirements – uniform, ballet, jazz and tap shoes.

In Eisteddfod classes, students learn routines specifically for eisteddfods and performances. A sense of commitment is essential as well as good team and work ethics. Extra lessons may be involved and details will follow.

Requirements – uniform t-shirt and baggy pants, sneakers.

Fast becoming one of the most popular dance styles, Hip Hop and classes include choreography seen on most music videos taught to the most recent hits. A fun and enjoyable class that is great for someone who wants to learn to move but doesn’t want to get too “technical”. For those with more experience we will continue to learn hip hop routines in the eisteddfod classes.

TIDC Performing Arts Studio takes pleasure in offering SACE Stage 1 and 2 Dance to students who do not have the opportunity to study these subjects in their own schools. Students cover dance theory topics, Performance, Technique, and Choreography. SACE Dance at TIDC is a stand-alone course and students from any dance studio, calisthenics or gymnastics club are welcome to enrol. Our SACE dance program allows the students to discover a sense of independence, confidence, contribution, and growth within a nurturing and supportive environment. Please refer to our SACE Dance Application form for more information.


TIDC Performing Arts Studio is thrilled to offer the Nationally Recognised CUA30113 Certificate III in Dance through partnership with EMPOWERDANCE PTY LTD (RTO CODE 40397).The course is designed for secondary school students looking to further their education and experience in Dance. This certificate course is the equivalent of a Stage 2 (Year 12) SACE subject. It can be used towards an ATAR and is worth 75 Stage 2 SACE Credits. Certificate III can be achieved over one year and is designed for dancers wishing to further their training, learn teaching methods, and work on projects in a team. The course will be delivered on Saturdays from 2-4 pm at our West Croydon Studio throughout terms 1-4. Please refer to our Cert III prospectus for more information.

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These will be available in all styles through selected competitions through the year, certain criteria and standards apply to be eligible for the competition classes which are held separately to dance classes.

There are several criteria necessary before being able to take this class on, but will cover all aspects of training in all genre, and includes physiology, anatomy and psychology to name a few, all training teachers at the TIDC Performing Arts Studio are required to take this class. All others please phone the principal for an interview.

Requirements – uniform, black or tan elastic sided jazz shoes.

A Jazz Class starts with a warm-up, then technical work including kicks, leaps and turns are done from the corner, finishing the class with choreography. We have both technical classes and those for technique – those wishing to participate in competitions must attend the technique class also (from Under 10 upward only).

Requirements – uniform, bare feet or foot thongs.

There will be several levels of this class on offer with an exciting ATOD syllabus in contemporary. Senior students are able to attend more classes. Contemporary is great for technique, has more freedom than ballet and is fantastic for expression and movement through music.

At TIDC Performing arts studio, we pride ourselves in offering specialist classes for the younger student. For the pre-schooler we have specialised combination classes in Jazz , Tap , Classical , as well as Mini Cheer and Mini Hip Hop all in a fun filled environment.

Our studio at Elizabeth even has a beautiful “fairy/pixie” room with the walls painted as well as airconditioned and full mirrored rooms with a closed circuit TV for parent viewing in the waiting area. West Croydon Studio also has its own special studio with two way mirrors and is also fully air conditioned and mirrored.