Are you a Fred Astaire fan? Do you crave Broadway music and style in your life? Do you like to dance? A dance class at Sydney Dance Company could be just what you need! Located in The Wharf, Pier 4, Walsh Bay, Sydney Dance Company is Sydney's answer to the quintessential city dance studio. It is an iconic institution in an iconic location, with a backdrop of the Harbour Bridge, and Luna Park.
Interestingly, until September 1983, The Wharf, Pier 4 was derelict and disused. Originally an early 20th century warehouse for ship cargo, the NSW State Government financed its conversion to a theatrical space in the 1980's. History is seeped into the wood at The Wharf Pier 4 today and wonderfully, the refurbishment process retained The Wharf's early industrial character. It now is home to a number of performing arts institutions, including Sydney Theatre Company, Bangarra Dance Company, Sydney Philharmonia Choirs, Australian Theatre for Young People and of course, Sydney Dance Company.
Sydney Dance Company offers a range of dance styles, from the more traditional ballet, tap and jazz disciplines to new age JFH and hip hop. Classes are classified from Absolute Beginners to Advanced, which means all dancers of all levels can find a class that is right for them. The dress code is relaxed - you wear what you feel comfortable in and can dance in (so those with ballet leotard nightmares can breath a sigh of relief). There are no lock-in periods or minimum number of classes to purchase at Sydney Dance Company. You simply turn up, when you can, and enjoy.
I have been dancing with Sydney Dance Company for years. Its city location and accessibility have been perfect to fit in around university and corporate life. I am still intrigued at the range of dancers that come to class. I have seen professional actors, singers, corporate workers and footballers, all bunked together, nutting out tap shuffle combinations. This is why Sydney Dance Company is so fantastic - it welcomes anyone and everyone looking to brush up on their dancing skills.
So the next time you are at a loose end one night after work, be spontaneous! Take yourself down to Walsh Bay and visit Sydney Dance Company.