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Dance Magic

With Bay Dance Academy

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Dance is for Everyone

Would you like to meet new friends, create fun memories and make dance magic? Bay Dance Academy is a dance school in Nelson Bay which provides a secure and happy dance environment.  Students of all ages and abilities can express themselves freely, bringing out the best in themselves and each other. We help dancers to reach their highest potential in all dance disciplines including Jazz, Ballet, Contemporary, Hip Hop and Tap.

Bay Dance Academy offers a number of  performance opportunities each year, allowing dancers to show off all their hard work on stage in front of live audiences in creative themed dance spectaculars. Your search for the right dance school in Port Stephens ends here. Bay Dance Academy is quickly becoming famous for  unsurpassed dance education with a lot of fun along the way.

Ballet, Tap, Hip Hop, Contemporary, Jazz

Bay Dance Academy opened its studio doors in Nelson Bay 2008 with a fresh, fun approach to dance tuition. The studio offers classes in Classical Ballet, Jazz, Hip Hop, Tap and Contemporary dancing. Class sizes are kept at around 12 so that each student receives the personal attention they need to grow as a dancer.  Bay Dance Academy offers the Australian Teachers of Dance Exam Syllabus (A.T.O.D) in Jazz, Tap, Ballet and Hip Hop, plus contemporary, yoga/pilates and boys only classes. Private lessons are available plus the opportunity to join the Performance Group. All students also perform at the Annual Concert held in November.

Age Guide

Pre Dance – Level 1 & 2
3-5 year olds – Preschool
Level 1
5-6 year olds – Kindergarten
Level 2
6-7 year olds – Year 1
Level 3
7-8 year olds – Year 2
Bronze Medal/Star
8-10 year olds – Year 3/4
Silver Medal/Star
10-12 year olds – Year 5/6
Gold Medal/Star
13-15 year olds – Year 7/8/9
16-18 year olds – Years 10/11/12

2018 Enrolment

Saturday, 20th January – 9am-12noon Rego/Open Day

Monday, 22nd to Wed 24th Jan – 4pm-7pm Rego existing members


Bay Dance Academy has something for all ages and abilities. Miss Kate will be happy to help you find the right dance experience for you. Don’t forget to ask about private lessons, and our boys-only classes!

Pre Dance

For Ages 3-5yrs


At this young age, children are growing in motor skills and are keen to put their new-found coordination to the test in a fun way. Bay Dance Academy’s PRE DANCE classes give the little ones a chance to sample jazz, tap and ballet, while developing social skills, discipline, coordination and strength. There’s no danger of kids growing bored as the dance is ever-changing and always filled with giggles.



An exciting and ever evolving dance form full of rhythm, syncopation, passion and life. Classes explore body isolations of the head, shoulders, ribcage, feet and arms and encourage individual expression and the development of personal style. Jazz can be powerful and percussive or expressive and lyrical. Ever evolving, jazz dance is taught with the music of today together with the classical jazz of yesterday. Classes teach basic jazz dance technique, terminology and movement quality with an emphasis on proper execution of jazz isolations, rhythms and style performed to contemporary music.



Beauty, flow and elegance are inherent in the elements of ballet. Ballet is the classical dance form that can be mastered by itself or used as a technical base or supplement to other dance forms. Classes focus on overall body alignment and awareness with emphasis on proper usage of feet and legs and execution of turnout. Carriage and usage of upper torso and arms are also stressed. Traditional barre work, center work and combinations are included in all classes.



Classes emphasize the development and strengthening of basic tap technique and terminology highlighting the importance of rhythm and sound. Tap focuses on rhythms and intricate footwork, creating a percussion instrument out of the dancer’s feet. Just like jazz vocalists who add rhythms to music by scatting, tappers add their voice by “scatting” with their feet. Rhythm tap tends to be a heavier or harder-hitting form of tap than Broadway tap, and sounds are made not only with the bottom of the shoe, but also with the back, sides, and tip.



Contemporary dance places a heavy emphasis on the connection between mind and body, with dancers being encouraged to explore their emotions through dances which push against traditional boundaries. This style of dance often involves a great deal of playing with balance, floorwork, fall and recovery, and improvisation. In contemporary dance classes, students learn to use their bodies in a variety of ways, and they focus on breathing, posture, and emotional state to establish a mind-body connection. Students may learn choreographed works, or they may be encouraged to improvise dance pieces.

Hip Hop


Learn funky dance moves and routines from shows and movies such as MTV music videos, ‘So You Think You Can Dance’, ‘Step Up’, ‘Honey’ and more!! This class also incorporates movement vocabulary from the RnB, Pop, Latin and Dancehall genres.

Kidz Yoga


Kidz Yoga is dynamic, bursting with fun filled creative movement in a non-competitive way. Develops body awareness, imagination and self- esteem. A great way for children to channel all that energy!

Performance Groups


This year there will be Junior, Intermediate and Senior Performance Groups. Performance students are selected from exam classes only. NBD is involved in various local performances and competitions throughout the year.