Two dancers in a tutu




Classes in the International Character Dance Syllabus, offering training in different cultural styles of dance.

"Dance and music are universal expressions of the integral emotions and artistic creativity of all human beings. All cultures express their joys and sorrows, love, excitement, fear, spirituality and core values through dance & music.

In Australia, where our culture is so richly enhanced with a multicultural population, we have an opportunity to embrace and celebrate a diverse range of traditions. By learning about different lifestyles & history through the development of dance and music we can better understand, identify with, appreciate & respect peoples’ difference. This works to foster a more harmonious, and united community.

Most people feel a need or desire to acknowledge, express and celebrate their cultural heritage. Character Dance offers a unique opportunity to display the wealth and beauty of our combined cultural heritage in a professional, visually exciting and moving stage performance art.”

- By Alida Segal


The Syllabus was build to develop many different abilities on the students, such as:


Range of movement possibilities through

  • increased flexibility

  • increased strength

  • increased agility

  • increase balance & control


Understanding of movement dynamics & musicality through the use of

  • different rhythms & accents

  • different tempi

  • syncopation


Understanding of movement “characteristics” through the use of

  • different posture

  • different gesture

  • different gait


Understanding of dance development through the use of

  • research techniques

  • research materials

  • audio-visual resources

Image: International Character Dance Syllabus

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