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Dance and performance training: Young Performers’ 

If you’re an emerging talent in dance, music and song, then why not explore it fully at Sydney’s leading dance training and performance art school? (You never know - you could end up on the stage of a musical like Siena Elchaar - a star of Annie: The Musical. Hear her review of Brent Street's dance training here and see some of the Brent Street students on stage and tv here.)

Designed to suit all levels and ages, our Young Performers’ Program offers dance training in everything from jazz, tap, contemporary, hip hop and ballet, to performance art training in singing, acting, acrobatics and musical theatre.

Led by the Lucas Newland, the Young Performers’ Program offers a wide range of classes that students can take after school, on weekends and in school holidays. No audition is needed. Find out more about our membership options or book into a free trial class.

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World class performance and dance training teachers

Our drama course is led by Russell Smith - who also shares his top tips on how to break Into acting. Our singing course is led by Darren Mapes - who shares his top tips on how to build a singing career.

Head of Young Performers' Program: Lucas Newland

Dance training classes: What Young Performers cover

  • Jazz - classes consist of commercial jazz incorporating a blend of technique, strength and style culminating in a polished performance piece choreographed by working professionals.
  • Tap CSTD - The Commonwealth Society of Teachers of Dancing (CSTD) Examinations, is a prestigious international tap syllabus that gives aspiring tap dancers a strong technical foundation. The syllabus classes are an opportunity to learn complex rhythms, tap terminology and result in students being assessed in an exam environment. Tap classes incorporate many diverse styles within the tap genre blending together technique, rhythms and timing concluding in an intricate routine choreographed by experienced professionals.
  • Ballet - RAD (Royal Academy of Dance) Classical ballet classes are offered for those who would like to test their skills through annual examinations from the RAD. Classes are offered from pre-primary (aged 5 & 6) through to Advanced 2 and Advanced Foundation levels. RAD trained teachers oversee the program and Brent Street students achieve excellent results.

    In addition to or as an alternative to RAD, students can choose to attend classical technique ballet classes in their age group. One of the pre-requisites for attending classes on a Saturday in the Young Performers program is that one class in ballet per week, must be attended.
  • Hip hop - classes are choreography based and are highly stylised to that of an international standard. Correct hip hop technique is taught within the choreography with a high emphasis on foundation grooves, movement and connection to the music. A variety of different movements and styles are incorporated into every piece of choreography. 
  • JFH - Jazz/Funk/HipHop - the most current of commercial dance styles, JFH combines the strength and power of jazz with the attitude and fun of Hip hop. Students will learn basic foundation jazz technique along with different hip hop styles in a fun and high energy environment.
  • Acrobatics - a fun and challenging class. Learn to do tricks like cartwheels, byranis, walkovers and backflips!! Acrobatics also gives the more serious dancers a competitive edge against others in auditions. Anybody of any level can join as the classes are catered for individual students at different levels in a safe and fun environment.
  • Contemporary - CSTD Brent Street is offering the most comprehensive and unique Contemporary Technique classes in all of all Australia. Headed exclusively by Jason Winters, one of only a few dancers to ever have performed in Mia Michaels Contemporary Dance Company RAW, and then as her assistant/associate choreographer on numerous global projects. Now through the prestigious CSTD (Commonwealth Society of Teachers Dancing) students at Brent Street can train from the Foundation Level - Level 5 of the Jason Winters Contemporary Technique.

    Contemporary classes (non CSTD) Students will receive training in contemporary dance conceived and created solely by Jason Winters with influences from ballet, jazz, modern, yoga, and pilates, all contributing to the creation of the most well rounded and athletic young dancer.

Performance arts training: What Young Performers cover

  • Musical theatre - classes cover all Broadway and Westend musical genres from 1920's to present day. Students incorporate both song & dance in their routines and therefore must also attend jazz and singing classes. All students present a well rounded performance in musical theatre.
    • Drama - catering for students who would like to build their confidence at the same time as developing skills that can be taken into the professional industry. All classes are age appropriate with younger students concentrating on building every genre of the industry such as:
      • stage technique
      • TV acting
      • film acting
      • Technique based classes include Stanislavski and Laban Movement
    • Group singing - The class is a fun, social way to learn the fundamentals of singing as a group.  Over the term students learn basic technique, breathing, harmonies and cover a curriculum of different musical styles and genres.
    • Private singing - An intensive program for the more serious young singer.  Private singing lessons are tailored to the individual needs of each student.  Lessons will cover technique, repertoire from different era’s, genres and styles, and are geared to learning the stagecraft of performing as a solo singer.  Students need to be able to commit to regular home practice in order to reap the full benefits of private singing.

    Download your copy of the Course Information Guide 2013 here:

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TESTIMONIALS

  • I chose Brent Street because I can excel in what I love doing and it’s also good because you can relate to everybody and everybody understands what you’re saying and it feels like one big family.
    Siena Elchaar  (role of Annie 2012)
  • My daughter tried out both RAD Ballet Grade 5 and Contemporary on Tuesday night and is keen to get started. I would also like to pass on how helpful Lucas Newland has been. Being new to Brent Street and coming from a small stuio - he has made the place feel a little smaller, very welcoming and friendly. Kaaren
  • We finally went (for our free trial class) last Thursday and Uma loved it. She is enrolled now in acting and singing!Thanks a lot. Cheers, Ana
  • Lucas you have been so helpful I can honestly say you are a credit to Brent Street ... I have never dealt with anyone more efficient, Thanks so much Fiona

  • I could not help myself but congratulate all of the singing teachers and student for the BEST BEST SINGING NIGHT EVER (October 2012)I have been to. I was blown away (in a good way:)  by every single child that went up on that stage tonight!You must me so proud of everyone, regards Danijela

  • Hi, just wanted to say thank you for a fabulous week of summer school. The 12 students I brought over from Adelaide had an absolute ball. They said all teachers were fantastic and all staff were very friendly and helpful. Once again thank you! Jayne Spencer - Jayne Southern Dance Studio 
  • I brought the girls along on Monday to try out a few classes and they absolutely loved every moment. Everyone was so lovely and helpfull.  I look forward to a great year of dancing.Thank you for your help last week on the phone much appreciated. Regards, Fiona
  • I would just like to say a very big thank you for the fantastic year that my daughter Jessie Tucker had at Brent Street. This was her first year with Brent Street. She did the Junior  Jazz/Tap class with Nadia each Wednesday at 4.30. Jessie and I have been so impressed with Nadia’s commitment to the classes. Each week Jess came away from the class telling me how much fun she had with her new friends and how much she loves Nadia as a teacher. In addition to the classes, the concert was fantastic. I brought along a few family members and we were all so impressed with how professional and entertaining the concert was. After being involved with a small local class a few years ago we could really appreciate the difference between dance schools. The whole experience including practices etc. was fantastic and not one little problem. Kind regards, Wendy
  • Monique loves the acrobatic class - and is also enjoying the singing class and happy to stay with the younger group for the short term. We will look to move her into a singing class in her own age group with the start of the new year. Cheers, Narelle
  • This was the first time I attended a Brent Street Concert.  I thought it was fantastic compared to the local one Cassie used to attend to for the last 5 years.  Well done Brent Street on a great show...Very professional and appealing!  Didn't get bored for one minute!Kind regards Julie
  • Can you please thank your wonderful dancers for such a great performance I was asked by so many people during the evening when are they coming back!We hope we can work with you  again Kindest regards
     Leanne (Prince of Wales Hospital Foundation)
  • I just want to thank all the Brent Street staff and parent volunteers for coordinating such a fantastic concert.  It exceeded our expectations.  It was extremely entertaining and we were overwhelmed with the choreography and the talent of all the teachers and how professional the children were on stage.  It was amazing how you managed to get one dance flow into another.  We loved it!!!!!  I have nothing but praise for you all.  We were captivated and entertained the entire concert.  It was brilliant and you all should be congratulated.Kathy