Throughout its history, Jazz dance has developed in parallel to modern music. It is the embodiment of modern culture and expression and along with tap dancing, it is the dance base of practically every musical theatre show around the world.


The Academy has an exciting jazz program that provides opportunities for students to perform on stage at competitions and festivals through its Academy Performance Team. While younger students do one jazz class per week, students from Level 3 and up do two classes a week, one technique class, and one concert/repertoire class. The two classes are required because at the senior levels, the jazz syllabus becomes much more involved and there is simply not enough time in a one hour class to teach all the required jazz syllabus as well as teach concert work and other required elements of the syllabus (such as body science and history).


Level 3 and up students MUST do both the technique class and the concert/repertoire class to be able to participate in the Academy concerts, or be part of the Academy Performance Team.


Syllabus study

The Academy provides detailed training in each of the core styles of classical ballet, jazz and tap. The syllabus, co-developed by the principal of The Academy, is taught in over 300 dance schools in Australia and has set learning outcomes and assessment criteria for each level.


While other dance schools in Australia offer syllabus studies, ADI is one of only a few that provide National Accreditation (Certificate I-IV) in Dance Performance. These qualifications are highly respected (and sought after) throughout Australia and overseas.


During their study, Academy students have the opportunity to take part in the assessments which are held annually in Term 3 and they receive a certificate and detailed report of their assessment.


From Level 3 up (Year 5 in school), students start to gain credits toward the VET course Certificate I-IV in Dance.


Students who study the core education program not only learn the physical & technical aspects of the dance styles but become exposed to other components including:


  • History of the Dance Style
  • Body Science (including awareness of anatomy, physiology, kinesiology & nutrition)
  • Musicality & Rhythm Training
  • Dance Vocabulary
  • Choreographic Skills
  • Stagecraft
  • Performance & Production Skills  


These skills are highly desirable and transferable for a career in dance performance, teaching or other related professional careers, including:


  • Medicine, as a dance physiotherapist, dance psychologist or sports nutritionist
  • Journalism, as a specialist in dance and/or theatre
  • Education, as a dance or physical education teacher
  • Arts administration
  • Choreography


Apart from learning to dance, there are many other life skills learned through students’ study, including teamwork, confidence and teamwork.