Classical Coaching at Sparks Dance Centre offers passionate, dedicated dancers the opportunity to work with Christina Sparks on a personal level.
'Tina' has trained many students who have gone on to professional careers in the industry. She has trained in Berlin Germany, worked in America, Sydney, Gold Coast and owns her own studio in Hervey Bay, QLD.
You do not need to be a current student of her school to receive Classical coaching. Permission from your current studio is appreciated.
Christina’s coaching is available to students aged 8-18 years.
Tina’s Coaching will assist and develop the dancer in preparation for:
WHAT DOES THE ABOVE MEAN?
Students can bring in a certain exercise or steps they are currently having issues with and work on specific areas of concern.
Tina will give corrections to help Students reach a higher level of marks in their next exam and give tips and hints of the professionals to help them reach their goals.
Training to go into auditions takes time and preparation from inside out, the mind gets in the way for a lot of dancers. Tina will help students find their own little bag of tricks to take into the audition to make them feel successful and happy no matter what the outcome may be for each.
This means variations of professional solo pieces such as Esmeralda, or Giselle to be performed at Elite competitions and to learn steps of the professionals. Tina will also work along side with your teacher and discuss options of what variations will suit you the most.
Pointe work takes so much time and dedication. With Tina’s background in Sports Medicine you will receive Pre pointe assessments to take back to your teacher before taking the next steps to pointe. Exercises for home and class will be put into place to give you the best opportunity to start or continue work en pointe.
Tina will help you improve your technique and performance in all dance forms by strengthening the body’s core while improving your coordination, balance, alignment and flexibility. The result is more lift without tension , deeper plies, higher jump with less effort, tighter turns and improved extension and turn out. Tina has a certificate in Advanced strength and Sports conditioning.
Tina believes a tight body that holds a lot of tension also then limits the flexibility and flow of a dancers movements. Often tight hamstrings or low kicks have nothing to do with the legs. Upper body massage can assist greatly in allowing the body to function at a higher level. Tina is qualified in massage, rehabilitation, injury prevention and is a trainer with Sports medicine Australia
Often Dancers who are moving onto a more elite level of training need to look at their fuel intake. If fatigue, sore muscles or mood swings start showing up, often the Nutrition needs a little shimmy up. Tina has a Diploma in Exercise Science and Fitness management covering Nutrition, rehabilitation and advanced programing.
Tina is Qualified in Rehabilitation and combines her dance background in providing programs that not only help the dancer recover but also come back from an injury stronger and more focused than previously.
Tina loves working with dancers who are willing to take the next step. If there is no challenge … there is no change! Programs are developed to challenge and promote growth from a mental and physical aspect. Deciding to become a dancer is an easy decision, what happens next is the challenging part. We work together to become the best rounded person you can be.
ANXIETY & STRESS
There are a lot more anxious children than there was 5 years ago. Social issue are real. Tina works closely with children’s parents to tackles these issue and also has mentoring programs still in place with professional dancers and past students still to this day.
10 years ago Tina developed her own cosmetic line for dancers called Stand out cosmetics- On stage and Off-. Tina is a qualified Beauty therapist and make up artist and trained by top artist who did the Lord of the rings, the last samurai and more. Tina loves working with dancers to teach them how to do their own make up and when older develop individual looks to make their features stand out on stage the best! We create good skin habits and discuss different looks for auditions via social media and in person. We work on show reels, how to write CV’S and general presentation tips.