At Isolation we offer exam classes for the Southern Federation of Dance (SFD) Tap Syllabus from a Beginner level and progressing all the way through to Teaching qualifications. These classes and subsequent exams aim to develop a high level of proficiency in the Tap dance style, while using wide variety of music that ranges from past to present.
A progressive study of tap theory and technique is also embedded in the syllabus, and all students will learn a variety of routines that are choreographed by our experienced and teaching staff.
Students will usually study a specific level throughout the course of a year, to ensure they are thoroughly prepared before they will take an annual exam.
Upon achieving their exam results, all individual students are presented with a certificate at our end of year performance in December. The student who has received the highest mark overall for the year will also presented with the Meg McKinnon Perpetual Trophy, which they will hold for one year.
We also offer exam work for the Southern Federation of Dance (SFD) Jazz Syllabus. This syllabus incorporates different styles of jazz including Broadway, Hip-Hop and Lyrical, therefore it aims to create a well-rounded dancer who is audition and performance ready. These classes and subsequent exams are structured to develop a high level of proficiency in all of the various Jazz styles of dance, and use a broad range of music to reflect each style.
Typically students will study a specific level throughout the course of a year before taking the formal exam. At IPAS we offer all levels progressing from Level 1 through to Level 10, and each level is designed to build on the one before. Level 8 is a stepping stone towards gaining Teacher qualifications.
This syllabus partners extremely well with the VCE Dance Program and as class sizes are smaller than general technique classes, SFD exam class provides the student with an excellent opportunity to refine their technique and build on their skills.
Upon achieving their exam results, all individual students are presented with a certificate at our end of year performance in December. The student who receives the highest overall mark each year will be presented with the Jacqui Dawson Perpetual Award, which they will hold for one year.
We have been offering students the opportunity to take formal classical ballet exams with the Cecchetti Society of Australia for over 10 years now, with wonderful results from all participating students. This syllabus has been carefully structured to ensure that students receive a well-balanced training in the study of classical ballet technique and is designed to build strength and skills progressively from a beginner through to a senior and professional levels.
These are non-performance classes and focus intensely on developing the student’s individual technique to a high level in preparation for taking an annual exam. We offer levels from Primary (aged 4+) through to Intermediate and Advanced One (both Major exams that incorporate Pointe work), and our Cecchetti teacher is also qualified to train appropriate candidates for the Associate Status, which is the first official teaching qualification within the Cecchetti Method.
Over the years our students have had the opportunity to participate in various Cecchetti events, scholarship competitions and conventions. In recent years we have had students receive perfect marks of 100/100 for exam work.
Our Cecchetti teachers strive to ensure that all students learn safe and secure technique and a sound knowledge of ballet theory, dance history, terminology and anatomy, all relative to the art of classical ballet.
The student who has received the highest mark overall for the year will also presented with the Melanie West Perpetual Award for Excellence in Classical Ballet trophy, which they will hold for one year.
Each year students who have passed their ballet exams are presented with an official certificate from the Cecchetti Ballet Society of Australia at our annual December concert. Students who pass their Primary exam are also awarded with an encouragement trophy to congratulate them on taking their first formal ballet exam.
From 2017 we will be offering ANZCA examination work for piano and modern singing – levels prepatory to diploma. Through these examination classes, students will have the opportunity to be creative through improvisation while learning and developing traditional elements of musical technique. The graded courses lead to recognised diplomas and assessments are conducted by qualified, professional musicians.
Our Music examination teachers will ensure students are thoroughly prepared and trained to sit the examinations with confidence. These examinations for both singing and piano will focus on various musical elements such as pitch, timing, scales, intervals, harmonies, chords and melodies, also incorporated into the examinations is learning different genres of music such as blues, jazz, gospel and latin.