Devonport School of Dance offers the Lucidity ADPA contemporary syllabus. Lucidity is taught internationally and provides each student solid technical training, performance training, and the platform to create, achieve and grow as a dancer and artist. Our contemporary classes are suitable for students from 8 years old.
Lucidity contemporary is a stimulating and dynamic dance curriculum which explores emotional connection. Technical aspects include; controlled leg work, torso contract-release, floor work - fall and recovery. Unpredictable changes in rhythm, speed and direction are incorporated.
The levels are made up of a series of exercises including including; plié and spine articulation, port de bras, swings and suspension, rolling progression, travelling progressions, floor sequences, turns, leaps, compositions and dances.
Conditioning work (often including a swiss ball or thera-band) is included to develop core and upper body strength, increase turn-out and improve strength and control.
Partner work is included throughout all grades to develop physical trust, spatial awareness and dancer connection. This is an important and unique component of contemporary dance.
Improvisation is included to encourage freedom of movement in the junior levels.
Student choreography is incorporated at higher levels to develop musical connection and expression.
In Terms 1 and 2, lessons are focussed on learning the syllabus and there is the option for students to sit examinations/assessments and/or a performance award in Term 3, September. In Term 3, students work on their final preparations for exams and/or performance awards and begin to learn choreography for our show. In Term 4, students continue learning and polishing routines for our show held mid November and then begin learning the next level after the show.
Examinations are a great way for students to have something to work towards throughout the year and be rewarded for this dedication to their dancing. Performance awards encourage students to perform for friends and family in a fun and non-judgmental atmosphere. These awards are a great performance opportunity and help develop confidence.