SYDNEY DANCE RHYTHMS ('SDR') offers a range of classes for children including Ballet, Jazz, Contemporary, Hip Hop, Salsa, Latin and Ballroom dancing. At SDR your child will have the opportunity to develop dance skills, gain confidence, make friends and learn how to become great dance performers in a safe and friendly dance environment. Throughout the year SDR will hold performances at one of many events including local Festivals, Carnivals, Dance Spectaculars and other festivities, and your child may be chosen to show his or her newly learnt dance talent.

Ballet is a graceful and structured dance form that provides basic foundation for many other dance styles. 

Currently, our Ballet Dance Classes run only at our North Parramatta location on Friday afternoons and evenings.  

  1. Primary and Grade 1 Ballet for children aged 4-7 years old
    These syllabi develop students' physical skills, stamina, creativity, expression and musicality using a range of sounds and musical styles.  
    In both Primary and Grade 1, students, through participation and practice will be able to:
    • Articulate parts of the body
    • demonstrate awareness of positions of the body
    • perform with an awareness of space
    • demonstrate control
    • demonstrate co-ordination
    • demonstrate elevation
    • demonstrate use of appropriate movement dynamics
    • respond to the elements of music
    • perform expressively
    • perform a sequence of simple steps to depict a story
    • confidently recall the settings.
  2. Ballet Grades 2-3 Syllabi for children aged 7-10 years old
    These syllaby provide a broad practical dance education developing the technical, musical and performance skills of the students. 
    The aims of the Grades 2-3 syllabi are to:
    • promote the study of ballet as a leisure and/or vocational activity;
    • To increase the students ability to demonstrate practical knowledge of the dance disciplines of ballet;
    • promote and encourage enjoyment of movement as a form of physical exercise;
    • increase self-confidence in the student through the learning, memorising and performing of prescribed sequences of movement, studies and dances;
    • develop an awareness and understanding of working with others;
    • aid the development of a general appreciation of music and rhythmic patterns.
  3. Ballet Grades 4 Syllabi for children aged 10-16 years old
    These graded syllabi continue from the previous grades (1, 2 &3) with the enhanced learning of a broad practical dance education further developing the technical, musical and performance skills of the student.

Ballet is a style of dance that originated in the Italian courts during the Renaissance period in the 15th century, and has developed into a concert dance form in France and Russia. It has become really popular in all corners of the world. The dance is very technical, and the names of the Ballet moves are based on French terminology. 

There are a few types of Ballet: Story Ballet that tells a story, Plotless Ballet that has no storyline.

The styles of Ballet that have been studied along the time are:

Classical Ballet, which is the most common style of ballet, and what people usually think of when they hear "Ballet". This style is characterized by grace, flowing movements, pointe work, balance and symmetry, emphasis on story ballets and narrative, and it involves elaborate costumes.

Neo-Classical Ballet was introduced in the 20th century by choreographers like George Balanchine. It is characterized by speed, energy, asymmetry, off-balance feel. It includes manipulation of the classical ballet. It is often one-act ballets, non-narrative, and costumes are, in general, fairly simple. 

Contemporary Ballet includes floor work, turn-in of the legs, a great rage of movement and body line. This style is influenced by modern dance.  

Our Ballet Classes encourage children to discover their physical potential, movement and sense of gravity. Your child will start with fundamental movements and gradually progress to activities that are faster, bigger and more challenging. The classes will help the children develop strength, balance, coordination, good posture and proper alignment. Music is a major part of the class to instill melody and rhythm. 

Our dance classes for children are taught by highly trained teachers and classes with SDR will positively benefit your child's self-esteem development, coordination, confidence and socialization.

Please refer to the FAQ below for uniform and more information.

Please click on the image to watch a video with some of our beginner ballerinas in their first dance concert.

Kids Ballet Dance Classes

Kids Ballet Dance Classes


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Sydney Dance Rhythms is a well established Dance School in Sydney offering dance classes for children, adults and seniors.  We run dance classes in Summer Hill and Parramatta.  We have developed confident and competent dancers since the beginning of 2010, and we have given everyone the opportunity to perform at different small and large scale events in Sydney. No matter the reason you want to learn how to dance  for (be it for fun, to meet new people, socialise, for your wedding, for an event, to get back into dancing, to compete, to follow a career in dance), we can cater for everyone.   


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“Sydney Dance Rhythms have provided our school with great value and quality dance-fitness classes over the past two years. The energetic dance program known as ZumbAtomic covers a variety of dance skills including Hip Hop and Zumba. The sessions which incorporate fitness as well as dance certainly engage and motivate the students as well as develop their fitness level. Cristina and her staff are qualified professionals who have experience in dancing and teaching young children to grandparents.”


Principal at St Patrick’s Catholic Primary School Summer Hill

"I highly recommend Cristina and Sydney Dance Rhythms to anyone interested in wanting their children to participate and excel in dance. My daughter Elena who is 6 was fortunate to have a full term of dance as part of her school curriculum and absolutely loved it and flourished under the instruction of "Miss Cristina". She now attends a weekly jazz dance class and is thoroughly enjoying learning new routines and participating in a fun team environment. My daughter has been to other dance schools in the last 3 years but Sydney Dance Rhythms is definitely the one she has most enjoyed and looks forward to attending every week!"


Elena’s mum (Jazz Dance Class)

“I took my very first dance lessons with Cristina and it was amazing! I learned how to Salsa 6 months ago and I still remember the steps she taught me. I met great people while taking the course and at the end the whole class we went out to for an authentic Salsa night in Sydney. We all got to put our moves to the test, have fun and see how much more we can improve by watching everyone else at the club. Overall, it was a great and affordable opportunity in a relaxed, comfortable environment that everyone should take advantage of sooner than later!”


Latin Dance Class

“My daughter, Lizzie, has enjoyed participating in the Creative Dance Classes running on Saturday mornings. She loves pretending to be animals, doing silly falls, learning a little routine, pretending to sleep and wake like a flower. As a parent, I enjoy seeing the creative play, freeze, circuit, pompoms, the mix of boys and girls and parent involvement.”


Lizzie’s mum (Creative Dance Class)

“My daughter loves the Hip Hop classes. The teacher is wonderful, very friendly and easy going and my child loves her style of teaching.”


Ella’s mum ( Hip Hop Class)

“Our wedding was very memorable and I'm proud to say the bridal dance was the highlight of the night.  We had such great fun with you during the dance lessons, and you gave us so much confidence for our dance. You pushed us hard to do a dance that we didn't even think we had the capabilities to do.”


Wedding Dance Lessons

“It was fantastic having Sydney Dance Rhythms dancers demonstrate and then dance with the members of our senior’s club last week. Our members were very excited to get a chance to dance as most of them have not danced in a long while. It stirred up some lovely memories for them and started conversations about the past. Your friendliness and warmth drew our members into participating and it was a surprise to see some of our frailer seniors take to the floor. The music was well balanced and the variety was enjoyed by all. Our members have agreed that it would be wonderful to have you back again and we look forward to another session of dance and enjoyment.”


Manager at Sir Moses Montefiore Jewish Home