Starz offers examinations in the Australian Teachers of Dancing classical ballet, jazz, contemporary and hip hop syllabus. Students in the Grade 1 level up the Advanced level are invited to participate. Starz is proud to hold our annual examinations at our fully equipped Kyneton studio in August each year. We welcome a qualified examiner each year appointed by the Australian Teachers of Dancing. Exams are not compulsory and are an optional event. Exams provide a wonderful goal and a special day to work towards during the year. Exams will be offered to those students who are confident and ready to take part in their levels exam. Students who are not quite ready may wish to do an Assessment Exam instead (an exam without a mark – just a written paper) so that they can still be involved.
It is compulsory for Grade 2 ballet levels and above to participate in a minimum of 2 ballet classes per week if they wish to participate in exams.
Competitions are an optional activity offered at Starz. Students showing outstanding dedication and enthusiasm may be invited to join our studio’s competition teams or become solo representatives when they reach the appropriate level. Team competitions encourage students to work hard as a team, support one another and show a group commitment so they can perform to the best of their abilities. We have a strong emphasis on teamwork and the journey to our final performance, rather than simply the result achieved at the end. Starz holds placement day in February and December each year for new competitive dancers to be placed in the level appropriate team. Soloists and small groups are expected to participate in team events to be eligible for solo work. we call our competitive program Starz Elite.
WORKSHOPS & MASTERCLASSES
Starz welcomes and encourages students to attend workshops, masterclasses, summer schools and various other extracurricular activities. All programs undertaken outside of Starz in relation to dance must be approved by the Director, Miss Amy. Regular training at other dance studios is not permitted due to the conflict of interest this creates. Involvement in external extension programs may be approved provided students maintain commitments to Starz first and foremost, understanding that training at Starz must never be compromised.
Starz is actively involved in our local community and we are proud to offer events that enhance our sense of community. Community events help us to develop a strong sense of school-pride and allow for fun outside the classroom where friendships blossom and memories are made. Some of these include:
- Local festival performances and parade involvement
- Performances at local aged care homes
- Senior Student viewing days for younger students to attend
- In-school Discos and Pyjama party
- Christmas/end of year break up parties
- Specialty in-school dress up days and charity fundraisers