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Breathe to Live. Live to Dance.


Everyone can dance. Young. Old. Pros.

Headphone-Boppers.

YOU can dance. Find out how.

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Breathe to Live. Live to Dance.


Everyone can dance. Young. Old. Pros.

Headphone-Boppers.

YOU can dance. Find out how.

Term 1 enrolments now open

with brand new kids classes!

 along with adult ballet & jazz

click here for more info

 
 

Get to know us better.

8 Count Dance, housed at Jungle City Studios in Brunwsick, is a company that cares about the well being of the student. We love what we do. We're passionate & knowledgeable. It's important to us that we care for each individual differently & help each person to accomplish new experiences safely, and fulfil your need for dance in the way that it suits YOU.

Most of all, it's all about fun! Instructors at 8 Count Dance are here to fill your world with music, movement, & laughter. We're known for getting to know each student & enjoy watching them develop over the years. So take a look around, & welcome to the family. 

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Classes/Services


Classes/Services


All classes are taught by qualified instructors who have years of professional training & performance experience. They boast comprehensive understanding of anatomy & kinesiology, & relay this information easily to all levels of students. 

"All level" classes accommodate different dancers with the use of variations. A great instructor comes to class prepared with variations of movements. Beginners feel comfortable learning, and experts feel challenged!


Adult Ballet (all levels)

Enhancing posture, grace, strength & flexibility. Simple exercises isolate & target muscles while allowing dancers to move throughout the room. Variations on typical exercises suit both beginner & advanced levels in one class. more info

PRESCHOOL DANCE (AGES 3-5 YEARS)

A 45 minute class starts off with an upbeat cardio and stretching session to prep those growing muscles. Children with learn elements of Ballet, Jazz, & Tap, all in a fun and safe environment. more info

Kids Jazz & Acrobatics (Ages 6-8, 9-11)

A fun & safe minute Jazz & Acrobatics class for kids! Children will learn dance technique and moves like turns, kicks & jumps appropriate for their age as well as getting a chance to stretch, strengthen and learn some tumbling on a matted surface. more info

Adult Jazz (all levels)

An hour long jazz class consists of a short warm up & deep stretch, short exercises across the floor including kicks, turns & jumps, & a mini dance routine to apply all those exercises & get your funk on. more info

KIDS BALLET (AGES 6-8, 9-11)

Under the ATOD Syllabus (Australian Teachers of Dancing) classical ballet is taught in a fun & relaxed environment at an age appropriate skill level. Students will gain confidence, strength, flexibility and discipline that will help them with overall child development. more info

kids tap & jazz (ages 6-8, 9-11)

A fun combination of upbeat tap and jazz dancing. Students will learn tap dancing technique, learning to articulate foot and leg muscles, and discover musical rhythms. Jazz technique compliments the tapping with kicks, turns and stylish arms. more info

 


Other Services

Hen's Parties

Unleash your wild side! Dance classes are a great way to bond a group of girls in a fun, friendly, & sometimes sexy environment. Best of all, no dance experience necessary! Styles include burlesque, pole dancing, tease, salsa, hip hop, 80's, Michael Jackson, Lady Gaga themed, or anything else that thrills your senses. All props are included as well as a little gift for the bride to be. more info

Wedding Dance

If a traditional Bridal Waltz isn't for you, let us know what your style is. You choose the style, song, & schedule, & over the course of five or ten weeks, a private instructor will work at your pace to perfect your first dance as Bride & Groom. more info

Private Lessons

Learning is accelerated under private instruction with one on one interaction between teacher and student. Instructors work at the level of each individual, finding his or her strengths & weaknesses to build an appropriate class in any style. Small group can also be accommodated. more info

Corporate/Professional Choreography

Dance is used to tell a story and compliment productions, small and large. Choreography can be used to enhance runway shows, music videos, television and film, showcases, music performances, theatre, and so much more. 8 Count Dance can accommodate for any scale of your production. more info


Lady Gaga Theme Hen's Party. Photos curtesy of Stylework Productions

Lady Gaga Theme Hen's Party. Photos curtesy of Stylework Productions

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Meet the Director


Meet the Director


Meet The Director

"I'll never forget celebrity choreographer Shane Sparks. I used to take his hip hop classes in LA, and one day at a film audition, he asked me why he hadn't seen me in a while. I told him the truth; things were tight & I just couldn't afford it. He gave me his phone number & told me that any time I wanted to take class, just call him, & he would put me on the list. To this day, I firmly believe in fairness, & that ANYONE can dance. Fitness should be physically & financially attainable no matter who you are." 

Originally from San Francisco, Maria Trenton (Hontalas) started her Classical Ballet training fifteen years ago. Although starting at "mature" age of fourteen, she was always found contorting & rolling around her house as a young child. Her fascination with figure skaters & gymnasts inspired her to bend & flip flop in her own backyard. Music had been the original art form in her household, as her father, a musician, enrolled her into piano & singing lessons at eight years old. That soon turned into her involvement with a youth musical theatre company & eventually, dance lessons in her high school's after school program. It wasn't until her third year at California State University Fullerton studying for her Bachelors in Dance, when her years of performance finally tunnel visioned into her passion for dance. 

To pay for University, Maria started auditioning in Los Angeles, managing to land dancing & acting rolls alongside some of the best actors, dancers, & choreographers in Los Angeles. This expanded her vocabulary in Ballet, Jazz, Contemporary, & Hip Hop. After moving to Melbourne seven years ago, Maria started experimenting with more unique performance artistry such as aerial skills, burlesque, acrobatics & contortion. Her passion is performing, teaching & sharing her knowledge to beginner & advanced students alike. 

While in LA, Maria appeared in numerous music videos and films under the choreography of the likes of Mia Michaels (So You Think You Can Dance), for celebrities like Wayne Brady (How I Met Your Mother) amongst others, while taking class at the world famous Millennium Dance Complex. She even has a choreography credit for the independent film, "The Appearance Of Things". When Maria relocated to Melbourne, she continued performing, headlining a national touring show titled "Simply Burlesque". She's guest performed with "Man In The Mirror", a Michael Jackson tribute show, and has performed and competed interstate. Even so, Maria is happier focusing her time on instruction while thoroughly enjoying her students perform and demonstrate their growth.

 

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Connect


Connect


Have a question or just want to say hello? 

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Classes run @ Jungle City Studios Level 1, 7-9 Hope Street, Brunswick, VIC 3056  

Off Sydney Road, entrance on Ovens Street

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