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Dance Academy

Covenant Dance Academy offers an after-school dance program where students can express their faith and creativity whilst pursuing their passion for dance. While offering students a variety of the most popular dance styles, and incorporating modern music and movement, Covenant Dance Academy ultimately desires students to glorify God. This often requires a counter-cultural approach with the selection of age-appropriate music, choreography and costuming.

The Dance Academy offers lessons on Monday to Thursday afternoons on-site at Covenant and caters for Prep children through to senior students and adults. Classes are held in a variety of spaces around the school, with most in the air-conditioned School Hall or Performing Arts Space. Students work towards performing in the end of year dance concert.  

Covenant Dance Academy currently offers the following styles:

Ballet (including RAD examinations)

This graceful style is the foundation for all dance techniques. In this class dancers will learn positions and lines, how to travel, turn and jump as a dancer. Students enjoy the freedom, expression and beauty of dancing and learn the art of ballet.

Students wishing to sit an RAD examination will be individually assessed to ensure they meet the following requirements.

Students must:

  • Attend two syllabus classes a week.
  • Meet minimum age requirements.
  • Demonstrate a level of ability and knowledge of syllabus for the exam process to be both a safe and positive experience.

Please note that students wishing to work towards an award may also be encouraged to sit an internal examination to demonstrate their achievements.

Lyrical

Combining contemporary and jazz styles, students will learn to express emotional sentiment through movement and play with the dynamics of beats and lyrics. The class focus is on technique, floor work, stretching, tricks, pirouettes and improvisation, which allows the students to explore their own range of movement as well as combine it with the repertoire they learn in class.

Tap

This class will give students “happy feet” as they create music and beats with their feet. Students will learn about rhythm, how to gain foot control and make a lot of noise in the process. If you are new to tap or have basic tap technique, then this class is for you.

Jazz

Jazz is a fun, energetic and dynamic style of dance. Students who have a lot of energy and want to get higher kicks and higher jumps love this class. The focus is on technique, kicks, lines, pirouettes, stretching as well as jumps and tricks. Join our Jazz classes and become a stronger and more skillful dancer. 

Hip Hop

Hip Hop is an urban, playful and fun class. Students will focus on the basic technique of hip hop and a few of the different genres within hip hop. Dancers will be taught some tricks and break moves to share with their friends. This class caters for both experienced dancers and those that have never danced before. 

Dance Fitness

This is a fun fast paced class for gaining greater core strength and general strength for your dance technique. The focus is on contemporary floor work, strength exercises, balance work, technical routines, stretching and improvisation. The class is contemporary in nature, with a hint of hip hop.

Contemporary

Students in this class experience true freedom of movement and personal expression. This allows the dancer to push the boundaries of mainstream dance and explore.

Limber and Stretch

This class aims to extend dancers’ flexibility, muscle strength and awareness. Students use yoga mats, resistance bands and gym balls to help improve technique and improve muscle memory.

Dance Ministry

This class supports our dance students in interpreting scriptures, utilising choreographic elements and exploring their Christian faith. 

Drama Classes

Students focus on acting and play-building and how to be effective and creative performers through drama games and activities. The Year 2-6 class will learn various drama skills and strengthen their confidence on the stage. Senior classes will explore the elements of drama and develop character building techniques.

All drama classes will focus on preparing scenes for the end of year Dance Academy Concert, with the main roles coming from our senior classes. 

Musical Theatre

Students learn a combination of singing, dancing and acting techniques for an exciting performance in the end of year Dance Academy Concert.

This allows them to gain stage experience in multiple aspects of performing. Musical Theatre is wonderful for developing self confidence and teamwork.

Students will strengthen their skills through various activities and theatrical games.

Students who are interested in auditioning for Covenant School Musicals find both these classes a great opportunity for experience.

Free trial lessons are available, and enrolments may be taken throughout the year.

We warmly welcome students from other schools to attend the Covenant Dance Academy.

2021 Dance Academy Timetable and Enrolment Form
2021 Dance Academy Uniform Requirements 

The Dance Academy can be contacted via the School Office:
Phone: 8459 4200
Email: danceacademy@covenant.nsw.edu.au

Dance teachers

Mrs Kellie Conolly

RAD RTS
Kellie brings a wealth of teaching experience and a love of Ballet to every class. She has taught students from Tiny Tots through to pre-professionals for over 20 years.

Kellie has been Principal of the Tanya Pearson Classical Part Time Academy, and was on the Full Time faculty of the Academy where she coached students for exams and competitions both in Australia and overseas. She has choreographed for the Sydney City Youth Ballet and is a member of the Royal Academy of Dance. Kellie loves sharing the art of dance with her students.

Mrs Hayley Jacobs

Mrs Jacobs has been dancing since she was three-years-old. She has studied all dance styles, has a love of teaching and has also attained a Bachelor of Education. 

Miss Marthe Johannessen

Having loved dance since she was a little girl, Marthe trained at Bårdar Dance Academy in Norway as a professional dancer. She now enjoys passing on her love of dance to her students. 

Mrs Linda Keen
Dance Academy

After training at the Royal Ballet School, Miss Linda began her dance career at the Sadlers Wells Royal Ballet (London) and later danced in the National Ballet of Portugal. Miss Linda also spent time in Israel dancing and this is where her desire to connect dance with her faith began. Returning to Australia she developed the dance coursework for C3 Ministry College. Linda holds her Solo Seal (RAD) and MA degree (dance performance) through UWS. 

She has now been teaching for over 20 years, with the last seven years devoted to the Covenant Dance Academy.

Miss Hannah Parsons

Hannah began dancing at the age of nine. She is trained in Ballet, Lyrical, Contemporary and Jazz, but has a love for all genres. Hannah has completed her Bachelor of Dance at the Academy of Music and Performing Arts, and is continuing her studies at Excelsia College doing her Masters of Teaching (Secondary). She is excited to start this new journey of teaching and hopes that she will inspire young children to grow in their passion for dance. 

Miss Emily Bennett

Emily has been involved in Covenant dance concerts and musicals for over seven years, having experience both on and off the stage. One of her highlights was performing in the 2017 school musical Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, where she played the role of Baroness Bomburst. She has a passion for musical theatre and loves working with students on plays and performances.

Emily graduated from Covenant in 2019, and completed music and drama as two of her HSC subjects. She is now studying a Bachelor of Teaching at Macquarie University.

Miss Charlotte Pond

Charlotte first started dancing at the age of two and has loved it ever since. Having studied a variety of dance styles including ballet, contemporary, jazz, tap and physie, Charlotte has gained various national achievements and distinctions in vocational exams. Her passion for dance lies in teaching and sharing her skills to the younger community. Charlotte is currently studying a Bachelor of Dance at the Australian College of Physical Education.

Miss Lucinda Pond

Lucinda began dancing at the age of two and has never looked back. She has trained in Ballet, Physie, Contemporary, Jazz, and Tap. Lucinda is currently studying a Bachelor of Dance at the Australian College of Physical Education. She is a passionate and keen teacher who loves dance and hopes to share her passion with all her students.

Miss Charlotte Pitt

Charlotte graduated from Associated Studios Australia with a British Diploma in Musical Theatre. In her final year of school she was awarded a Band 6 in Drama and received a nomination for ONSTAGE for her self-devised monologue. Charlotte has been in three productions with the Australian Theatre For Young People, has performed street theatre for Luna Park Sydney, and had a small speaking role in the feature film ‘Trust’. She has been teaching drama classes for young people for five years and has been an assistant director for many youth productions. Charlotte is thrilled to be teaching senior Drama and Musical Theatre this year and passing on her passion for performance.