Parkwood Dance Academy

Dance classes in Classical Ballet RAD and CSTD, Pointe,Jazz CSTD, Tap CSTD, Contemporary CSTD, Lyrical, National, Stretch and Strengthen, Hip Hop, Creative Movement Kinder Program, Dance Appreciation for students with special needs, Adult Beginner Classes

Operating as usual

25/10/2021

It is definitely who we are…. 💃🏼

Dance resides within us all.
Some find it when joy conquers sorrow, others express it through celebration of movements;
And then there are those
Whose existence is dance.

~ Shah Asad Rizvi

[Photo: focuscada : @focuscada]

World Ballet Day 19/10/2021

World Ballet Day

Check out World Ballet Day Livestream!

World Ballet Day World Ballet Day Live where the best ballet companies from Europe, Australia, the Pacific, the Americas, and Asia. Watch ballet live!

19/10/2021

Happy World Ballet Day! ♥️🩰

Photo: @jasminesienphotography

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#activekidsarehappykids #tinydancers

Happy World Ballet Day! ♥️🩰

Photo: @jasminesienphotography

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#activekidsarehappykids #tinydancers

03/09/2021

Don’t forget our final week of term is Rainbow Free Dress! You can wear any thing of any colour that makes you happy!!
Our ballet teachers’ heads will probably spin (hehe) 🤪

See you online dancers! 💻

#onlinedanceclass
#parkwooddanceacademy #balletbarre #barre #danceatpda #balletschool #balletdance #balletforkids #danceclasses #jazzclasses #adultdanceclasses #pointework #pointeclasses #melbourne #melbournelockdown #performancegroup #danceacademy #childrensactivities #tutusofinstagram #tapclass #learntotap #instadance #dancelife #easternsuburbs #manningham #maroondah #yarravalley
#activekidsarehappykids #tinydancers

Don’t forget our final week of term is Rainbow Free Dress! You can wear any thing of any colour that makes you happy!!
Our ballet teachers’ heads will probably spin (hehe) 🤪

See you online dancers! 💻

#onlinedanceclass
#parkwooddanceacademy #balletbarre #barre #danceatpda #balletschool #balletdance #balletforkids #danceclasses #jazzclasses #adultdanceclasses #pointework #pointeclasses #melbourne #melbournelockdown #performancegroup #danceacademy #childrensactivities #tutusofinstagram #tapclass #learntotap #instadance #dancelife #easternsuburbs #manningham #maroondah #yarravalley
#activekidsarehappykids #tinydancers

Photos from Parkwood Dance Academy's post 25/08/2021

Ummmmm... Cute!! One of our Tiny Dancers enjoying her class ONLINE! 😍

It’s not what we anticipated this years learning to look like, but it is really key to keep some consistency and routine in children’s lives.
And what is better than DANCE as their expressive, energetic and emotional outlet!

***Your Kinder aged child can join in on Saturday’s live class from 10.30-11.00am ///AND...... you receive instructional videos to learn the dance at home in your time too! ****

Contact us at [email protected] 💃🏼

#activekidsarehappykids #tinydancer #parkwooddanceacademy

Photos from Parkwood Dance Academy's post 19/08/2021

At-Home Ballet Barres – is it time?
Dancers have made their home spaces safe for online classes; so why exactly does having an at-home ballet barre help, and how is hanging onto a chair unhelpful?

-Better Body Alignment & Consistency

If the back of your chair is too low or high, it can throw off your entire alignment. A barre is designed to give you just the right amount of stability and the option to lightly grab for support as needed. Also, if your makeshift barre is a different height from day to day, you’re constantly readjusting to a new placement of the arm that should be at rest.
Mimicking what you’d experience in the studio is optimal!

-Being at the ‘Barre’ is Good for your Mental Health

Dancers spend A LOT of time at the barre, at least 1/3 of every ballet class. It’s time spent where they can turn inwards and focus on how their bodies feel, the sequence of the movements AND the repetitive nature provides a form of meditation. The magic starts here and prepares them mentally and physically to come into the centre with
greater awareness.

-Greater Range of Movement

Dancers need to be able to travel along the barre, forwards and backwards. Chairs are limited to on-the-spot steps.
When a travelling step is used, access to the support is lost, and stability and strength in their torso is compromised.
A barre ensures the steps travel well and use the correct muscles without worrying that you have run out of barre to hold onto or reach back for.

-Feeling Like You’re Really in Class

Dancing from home challenges even the most dedicated dancer’s discipline and imagination. Using the proper tools gets you in the right mindset for class and keeping your environment as close as possible to a studio = training better and will help to create a safe space that dancers can come back to at home, anytime.

-What to look out for:
#1:Portable stand – Length between the feet is at least 1m long; dancers can perform steps easily without tripping
over barre feet.
#2:Doorway barre – Use a doorway in which the door opens away from the dancers’ training space.
#3:Wall mounted – Check the material of your wall is sturdy (bricks, beams) and is the product made for attaching to
that.

19/08/2021

A Free documentary on French ballet dancer Sylvia Guillem.

Guillem was the top-ranking female dancer with the Paris Opera Ballet from 1984 to 1989, before becoming a principal guest artist with the Royal Ballet in London. She has performed contemporary dance as an Associate Artist of London's Sadler's Wells Theatre. Her most notable performances have included those in Giselle and in Rudolf Nureyev's stagings of Swan Lake and Don Quixote.

Enjoy!

14/08/2021

Friends at dancing make things 100x better 😍

Some dancing friends are for life [our seniors and alumni can vouch for that!] with some starting their journeys in our Tiny Tots and Tiny Dancers classes.

We love introducing dance, movement and music to them but also ensuring PDA is a safe space to learn more about themselves and the world around them.

Don’t hesitate to contact Myffie for more information → 0425 749 261 💜

Friends at dancing make things 100x better 😍

Some dancing friends are for life [our seniors and alumni can vouch for that!] with some starting their journeys in our Tiny Tots and Tiny Dancers classes.

We love introducing dance, movement and music to them but also ensuring PDA is a safe space to learn more about themselves and the world around them.

Don’t hesitate to contact Myffie for more information → 0425 749 261 💜

10/08/2021

Regram of this charming reel from Courtney Monsma ❄️

Have you taken a trip to Arendelle yet?

We love watching Courtney and Jemma play Anna and Elsa in Frozen - The Musical AU – they portray the special sisterly bond with talent, heart and that Disney magic ✨

The whole cast is an inspiration to us and our students; a career in the arts can be competitive and tiring, but it is soul-fulfilling and possible. PDA would love to help you get there!

Photos from Parkwood Dance Academy's post 09/08/2021

Do you wish you could pick up choreography lightning fast? ⚡️

We don’t blame you! It makes dancing feel more natural and expressive, and can help you feel comfortable at auditions or workshops. For some people, it comes easily but for others, we have to put a bit more effort into committing steps to memory.

Swipe across → for some tips you can take to your next class. Do you have any others to suggest?

06/08/2021

Who else would love to be at rehearsal again, preparing to be on stage?

It’s so much fun being able to show our loved ones what our dancers work so hard at each and every time they show up to class. It’s also amazing to see all of our different styles, inspiring people to perhaps try something new!

Fingers crossed we can continue working towards our End of Year performances! See you in class!

Who else would love to be at rehearsal again, preparing to be on stage?

It’s so much fun being able to show our loved ones what our dancers work so hard at each and every time they show up to class. It’s also amazing to see all of our different styles, inspiring people to perhaps try something new!

Fingers crossed we can continue working towards our End of Year performances! See you in class!

04/08/2021

This photo makes us feel so much pride 💜

Whilst heading to dance classes is a fantastic way to find new friends and develop artistry, it should also make you feel incredible inside and out.

Dancing should be a choice you make every time you show up to the PDA studio because it makes someone feel great/powerful/strong/happy – and we love opening up a space and community for just that.

How does dancing at PDA make you feel?

This photo makes us feel so much pride 💜

Whilst heading to dance classes is a fantastic way to find new friends and develop artistry, it should also make you feel incredible inside and out.

Dancing should be a choice you make every time you show up to the PDA studio because it makes someone feel great/powerful/strong/happy – and we love opening up a space and community for just that.

How does dancing at PDA make you feel?

Photos from Parkwood Dance Academy's post 03/08/2021

Grab the popcorn and blankets, we’ve got something new for you to watch 💥

ABC TV + iview are now airing ‘And We Danced’, a docu-series about The Australian Ballet and its iconic role in shaping the arts and culture precinct within Australia.

This time capsule transports you back to 1962 and will move through the years as you see how the Australian Ballet has transformed. We can’t wait to hear what you think!

🗓 Wednesdays 9pm
🎞 ABC TV Plus+ and iView

31/07/2021

Dancing is better with props!

Our routines get taken to the next level with the inclusion of props 💥

Whether it’s a hat, a ribbon or a fan, they’re great for:
🎩 Making movement more dynamic/complex
🎩 Improving balance and coordination
🎩 Helping to tell a narrative
🎩 Adding to the visual elements

Have you had a favourite prop and what routine was it? ↴

29/07/2021

Happy Dance 💃

We *love* seeing our dancers do a happy dance! 🎉

Finally nailing something you’ve worked so hard for is a wonderful feeling 💜 We strongly encourage every PDA dancer to take ballet classes alongside any other style; it provides training and foundational technique to grow from.

Now… let’s aim for a quadruple next yeah?

27/07/2021

We are so happy to be back!!!

Please check your email for the correct up to date information!

See you soon dancers!! 💃🏼
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#parkwooddanceacademy #PDA #dance

We are so happy to be back!!!

Please check your email for the correct up to date information!

See you soon dancers!! 💃🏼
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#parkwooddanceacademy #PDA #dance

21/07/2021

Our Tiny Dancers Classes!

We like to show dancers that they can take on different characters and tell stories through their dance. What story are our tiniest dancers telling here?

This is explored in our Tiny Dancers classes! We would love to see some new faces for some fun, laughter and music. Enquire with us on 0425 749 261 🎶

19/07/2021

Everyone needs a laugh on a Monday!

Somedays Mondays aren’t for everyone… so we thought we’d begin the week with something roarsome and funny 🦖

Introducing this dino-mite guest artist to the @CincinnatiBallet 🩰 😂

17/07/2021

Everyone is welcome at Parkwood Dance Academy. We provide dance classes for every age and every ability.

Our DanceAbility classes are held every week with the option to join in our end of year performance. They are a safe space to be able to discover creativity and self expression.

Want some more information? Contact Myffie or Jess today on 0425 749 261

Everyone is welcome at Parkwood Dance Academy. We provide dance classes for every age and every ability.

Our DanceAbility classes are held every week with the option to join in our end of year performance. They are a safe space to be able to discover creativity and self expression.

Want some more information? Contact Myffie or Jess today on 0425 749 261

15/07/2021

Cooling Down is SO important!

Cooling down is a must ✔️

It’s just as important as a warm-up! Practising safe dance is paramount to ensure our dancers are looking after themselves physically and mentally.

If you’ve finished dancing for the night, amplify your cooldown by wearing warm, dry clothing and drinking plenty of water.

Give us a ring to find out more.🧘‍♀️

Photos from Parkwood Dance Academy's post 12/07/2021

Adults just wanna have fun 🎶

We believe dance, movement and exercise is for everyone, and it doesn’t have to be daunting or a chore. Our adult PDA students cherish each class, and for most? It’s the highlight of their week – and we are flattered 🙈

Join us in Yoga, Ballet & Jazz or Tap today for Term 3!

08/07/2021

How we feel for Term 3!

Woo hoo! Let’s get stuck into Term 3 (!!!) and dance our hearts out 😍

We might have been through a lockdown or two, but we’re having such a great year (mostly) face-to-face so far, every chance we can get in the studio feels like Christmas.

See you all soon!

Photos from Parkwood Dance Academy's post 05/07/2021

This rainy and cold weather can sure be a downer ☔️ but we have super easy and cute ballerina crafts to keep you busy!

Swipe across → for some ideas, we’d love to see what you create! Just a few more days of holidays, and then we’ll be back in the studio 🎶

30/06/2021

Take part in this choreography challenge!

Let’s get the blood and creative juices flowing 🧠

Take part in this choreography challenge! Just choose an idea, think about the prompt and see what phrase or routine you come up with – you can even get your friends and family involved too!

Don’t forget to film it so we can see your beautiful artistry and skills at work! Have fun!

28/06/2021

📣 Calling all Olivia Rodrigo fans.

💜 Calling all Olivia Rodrigo fans.

After a fun way to exercise and entertain yourself over school holidays? We love MadFit’s dance workouts – the best way [a little biased over here 🤣] to move your body is with dance!

Head over to her Youtube for full videos, we love the other dance party workouts too like Dua Lipa!

27/06/2021

A new challenge for you!

Happy school holidays to our PDA families! 💜

We’ve got a fun challenge for you: pick one of these popular songs and choreograph a short dance to it.

Depending on the song, you might create something emotional and slow, or something jazzy and upbeat. We would LOVE to see your works of art!

Tag us or send them into us!

23/06/2021

Our Pre-Juniors bursting with happiness from a Jazz Workshop with @ComDance_Workshops⚡️🎶

We love when our students have the opportunity to learn from established dancers, choreographers and professionals who can pass on their passion, style and teachings! Which workshop should we do next?

Our Pre-Juniors bursting with happiness from a Jazz Workshop with @ComDance_Workshops⚡️🎶

We love when our students have the opportunity to learn from established dancers, choreographers and professionals who can pass on their passion, style and teachings! Which workshop should we do next?

Photos from Parkwood Dance Academy's post 22/06/2021

Welcome to a virtual tour of the Parkwood Dance Academy facilities 👋

💫 4 studios to accommodate our range of classes, styles and age groups
💫 Fitted with professional dance standard floor types including sprung and Tarkett
💫 Fixed wall mirrors and barres to ensure our dancers can achieve optimum growth and progress

We also have a kitchen, change rooms and bathroom facilities as we are frequented by so many busy parents and families! Add us to your weekly schedule – open for Term 3 enrolments 💥

Photos from Parkwood Dance Academy's post 18/06/2021

Are you interested in a class full of mindful movement and breathing? 💭⁠

Our Adult Yoga class is an outlet for exercising your bodies but also your mind. You will have an opportunity to stretch, build your strength & slow down.⁠

It’s never too late to come along! Join in anytime.⁠

More information via our website 👉 https://parkwooddanceacademy.com or contact us on 0425 749 261.

17/06/2021

We’re back to the studio tomorrow!

Please read your emailed CovidSafe Policy and take note of the following new procedures that MUST be adhered to:

- 'Hug and Go' policy - all parents must drop off or collect their children outside the front of the premises. Please do not enter the foyer.
- If you have a meeting scheduled with Myffie, you must sign in using the Vic Government QR code provided.
- All students over the age of 12 must wear a mask indoors. Masks can be removed temporarily if a student is experiencing breathlessness or overexertion whilst dancing.

Can’t wait to see you!

We’re back to the studio tomorrow!

Please read your emailed CovidSafe Policy and take note of the following new procedures that MUST be adhered to:

- 'Hug and Go' policy - all parents must drop off or collect their children outside the front of the premises. Please do not enter the foyer.
- If you have a meeting scheduled with Myffie, you must sign in using the Vic Government QR code provided.
- All students over the age of 12 must wear a mask indoors. Masks can be removed temporarily if a student is experiencing breathlessness or overexertion whilst dancing.

Can’t wait to see you!

Videos (show all)

Dancing is better with props!
Happy Dance 💃
Our Tiny Dancers Classes!
Everyone needs a laugh on a Monday!
Cooling Down is SO important!
How we feel for Term 3!
Take part in this choreography challenge!
📣 Calling all Olivia Rodrigo fans.
A new challenge for you!
We LOVE Costumes!
The PDA mission statement 💥

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