Hip Hop Dance

Hip hop dance is a range of street dance styles primarily performed to hip hop music or that have evolved as part of hip hop culture. It is influenced by a wide range of styles that were created in the 1970s and made popular by dance crews in the United States.

Ballet Dance

Ballet is a type of performance dance that originated during the Italian Renaissance in the fifteenth century and later developed into a concert dance form in France and Russia. It has since become a widespread and highly technical form of dance with its own vocabulary.


Street dance is an umbrella term for a large number of social dance styles such as: breakdancing, popping, locking, house dance, waacking etc. Social dance styles have many accompanying steps and foundations, created organically from a culture, a moment in time, a way of life, influenced by natural social interaction.

Modern Dance

Modern dance is a broad genre of western concert or theatrical dance which included dance styles such as ballet, folk, ethnic, religious, and social dancing; and primarily arose out of Europe and the United States in the late 19th and early 20th centuries.

Break Dance

Breakdancing, also called breaking or b-boying/b-girling, is an athletic style of street dance originating from the African American and Puerto Rican communities in the United States.

Pole Dance

Pole dance combines dance and acrobatics centered on a vertical pole. This performance art form takes place not only in gentleman's clubs as erotic dance, but also as a mainstream form of fitness, practiced in gyms and dedicated dance studios.

Jazz Dance

Jazz dance involves flexibility training, isolations and fun upbeat choreography. Thanks to its popularity on TV shows, movies, music videos and commercials, Jazz is one of our most popular dance styles.

Musical Theatre Dance

Junior and senior dance students work on musical theatre pieces to developing their use of voice, singing & acting in combination with dance.

Tap Dance

Tap dance is characterized by using the sounds of tap shoes striking the floor as a form of percussion. It is widely performed in musical theatre and focuses on musicality, style and very fast movements of the feet and legs to produce varied rhythms and sounds.


General Questions

Every student is able to complete two trial lessons before committing to enrolling for the year. We find that this is the best way to make sure that the class is suitable for you and your child and that they enjoy it. Register your interest today and we will get back to you as soon as we can to arrange your trial lessons.
Uniform is compulsory for all students at our school from ages 3 and upwards (this excludes children in our 2 – 3 year old classes AND students taking part in our Adult Dance Programs). We have a uniform because we want all students to avoid the distraction of multiple costumes, frills, fabrics and straps. It is also important for the teacher to see how the dancer is implementing the technical aspect of the steps being taught, lines the dancer is making with their arms and feet and how all of the dancers are working together in a group. Finally, uniform makes all the dancers feel equal, prevents dance class feeling like a “fashion parade” with pressure to have the latest brand dance wear and above all builds respect and discipline for the art form. All uniform items are available for purchase from our Surrey Hills studio (including leotards & shoes) however it is not necessary for your initial trial period. During trial periods at GDS, any comfortable clothing easy to move in is most appropriate (e.g. leggings, t shirt or any leotard you already own) and bare feet are fine if you do not own dance shoes yet. Our uniform shop opening hours are seasonal so it is best you contact us for current opening hours before popping in.
  • Necessary dancing shoes
  • Dance clothes
  • Bottle of water
  • Extra pins and elastics
  • Shoes to wear to and from class (different from dance shoes)

In order to improve we all need to practise especially when exams, competitions or shows are approaching. All dancers should practise at home each week and gently work on their flexibility each day to improve, build on their skills and achieve their dance goals. Ask your teacher how!

It is essential that classes are attended consistently. If students frequently miss classes, it is difficult for them to catch up on what they may have missed and it is also difficult for other students to work around those who are missing. Dancing is a team sport like any other.
We rely heavily on email and social media to get our information out! It is therefore important that we have your best email contact and that you please check your emails regularly. We often post on social channels with the latest news so make sure you like us on Facebook and follow us on Instagram. Also keep an eye on the noticeboard in the waiting room as information is also relayed through this board. Other items of interest are also put on the board relating to outside workshops, summer & winter school, and specials on dance wear.
Examinations are not compulsory but are offered to those in the RAD stream. The Royal Academy of Dance is an independent dance education organisation examining Graded and Vocational ballet studies for students from 7 years of age. We also offer Internal Assessments to our classical students as well as Theatrical examinations and assessments. Exams give students and parents an idea of how they are progressing and the standard of their work. It also gives the students a standard to aim towards. Our students have a 100% pass rate for externally examined syllabi from the Royal Academy of Dance, with many students achieving Distinction and High Distinction marks, thus demonstrating a high standard of technical execution by students from The Dance Studio. Our school has a 100% pass rate for examinations with many students receiving high results up and thus our technical standard is quite high.
There is no sewing required. We have extremely beautiful and high quality costumes for hire by the students at concerts and competitions at a fraction of the cost of buying. Parents really appreciate not having the expense of buying new costumes each year.

We’ve done our best to address all of our most commonly asked questions – but if you feel we’ve missed something or you want to enquire further, please contact us by clicking here!


What Our Customers Say?

"Love it here! My older daughter has been dancing here three years. My little one just started this year. Kelly and the staff are great!! My daughters love coming every week. We love Positions!! It is great for dance and for birthday day parties. We highly recommend them."

Ingrid Customer

“Positions has everything you can want in a dance studio. My daughter has gone for years now, and has many different classes to choose from. The teachers and staff are terrific, courteous, and helpful. The recitals at years end get better each time. I highly recommend it.” -

Katrina Keith Customer

“We love the Dance Class. The front desk staff are super friendly and helpful and my daughter loves her class. Communication from the school is really excellent. When I got to see my preschool daughter dance for the first time in class I was very impressed with what she had learned and how the teacher ran the class. Thank you GDS!”

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“The Dance Class is family! My children are always thrilled to go to class. They are challenged and respected. The teachers and the owners are wonderful, dedicated, passionate, patient but most importantly understanding to the needs of our children. If you want to be a part of an awesome team and family The Dance Class is it!!!!”

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