STRIVE PERFORMING ARTS
Find out which class is right for you
Acro dance is a mix between gymnastics and dancing and classes have a focus on strength, flexibility, tricks and learning dances to music. These are for students of any age or ability and the class levels will be based first on skill and second on age.
COMPETITION AND PERFORMANCE TEAM
Interested in taking your dancing to the next level? Keen to compete and perform at local events and around the Waikato region in a group, trio, duet or as a soloist? The Strive Competition and Performance team might be the right fit for you!
Whether it be choreography for a competition or performance, wanting to narrow down on the technical aspects of your dancing or getting some extra help for the things you've been learning in dance class, private lessons are beneficial to every student!
WE ARE ACROBATIC ARTS CERTIFIED!
"Cirque du Soleil sees acrobatic training for dancers valuable in the same light as it sees ALL multidisciplinary training for dancers valuable for today's (and tomorrows) artistic workforce. To work in the dance milieu today, mastering several disciplines is almost a necessity; for Cirque du Soleil multidisciplinary is an absolute must for the majority of the dance roles.
It is not necessarily acrobatic training that would be needed for most Cirque du Soleil dance roles, but for some it is a definite requirement. For other roles it is a mix of opposing dance styles needed, dance + physical acting, dance + acting + acrobatics or some other physical non-dance discipline. In the global dance market today, however, an acrobatics background is a huge asset, and some cases actually a minimum prerequisite.
Having universal certification standards would help immensely in measuring where a dancer stands on the global market before actually watching them dance. Teaching standards at the moment are random - which is why I usually do not even consult a CV before watching a video job application. The proof is in the pudding - exactly what can the dancer do, and how well? A universal standard would help control the quality of teaching as well as help students advance to the next level of their dance education only when they are ready for it. Advancing to a level above one's capacity can be not only dangerous, but can actually have negative effects on technical training. It can cause a student to regress instead of advance."
Rick Tjia Senior Talent Scout Cirque Du Soleil