From the age of 2/12 years. (Tots dance is based around the fun and love of dance , natural movement, music and is the foundation of dance. This is further developed at the higher levels). Ballet technique is the foundation of all dance and artistry. Ballet for pleasure, Ballet for the more serious-minded. This classical style of expressive movement has something to offer everyone. Ballet dates back to the 17th century. The conventional steps, grace and fluidity of movement are still found in Ballet today.
Syllabus: IDTA Preparatory to Advanced 2. Medals.
For those students studying ballet at higher levels and have gain the strength and technical understanding for pointe work.
From the age of 4 years. Tap is rhythm – rhythm is tap. Its origins are many and varied. Americans claim its origin dates from the African Jazz age. The Irish stake their claim to the Jigs and Step Dancing. The English relate back to northern Clog Dancers but whichever one chooses to believe, Tap is as popular today as it was in the heyday of the great Fred Astaire and Gene Kelly musicals. Evergreen shows, 42nd Street and Crazy For You, and the more reecnt Stomp and Tap Dogs highlight the great diversities of style and music in tapping.
Syllabus: IDTA Preparatory to Advanced 2. Medals
From the age of 5 years. Modern Jazz is a fun and dynamic dance style. You will learn to develop many different movements reaching to a broad choice of varying rhythms and musical styles. Classes are structured to begin to prepare the physical strength and flexibility required to demonstrate emotion through interpretation of any musical genre, one minute you may be dancing to the rhythm of a drum, the next to a funky jazz style. You may explore contrast between expansion and relaxation or learn to isolate in a slick stylish mood, whatever the atmosphere of the class, kick, spin and leap your way into this exciting dance style.
Syllabus: IDTA Preparatory to Advanced 2. Medals.
For students from grade 4 upwards (A must for Intermediate, Advanced 1 & 2 Students). This is a none syllabus class where students are taught alternative techniques including musical theatre, commercial, jazz funk and contemporary jazz.
From the age of 7 years. These classes go hand in hand with Theatre Craft. In this class the “Triple Threat” is key. You will learn to sing, dance, act & these will culminate in West End/Broadway style performances. Is there a young musical theatre star inside of you waiting to get out?
Syllabus: IDTA Preparatory to Stage 5. Performers Certificate and Medals.
From the age of 7years. Drama allows you to discover a variety of performance skills from acting, including script analysis, characterisation & vocal development. You are also encouraged to explore your own creativity through improvisation and mime. These are realised through exercises and games, culminating in theatre & studio performances and promotion of self confidence. Children have the opprotunity to take examintions in acting. verse. mime, verse and prose and improvisation.
Syllabus:LAMDA All Levels.
Street Dance/Hip Hop:
From the age of 4 years. Have you ever seen the hottest pop band’s music video or performance on MTV? Then you will already know what Street dance looks like. Street dance takes any form of popular music, from pop to hip hop. These classes develop the swagger and attitude of the great hip hop artists. Styles include breaking, tutting, boogaloo, popping & locking to name a few. Get your swagger on and hip hop your way into dance.
Syllabus: IDTA Medals.
The name “Contemporary Dance” describes a range of techniques & styles used in classes and dance choreography. Contemporary dance was developed in the early 20thcentury as a reaction against the rigid technique of ballet. Pioneers such as Isadora Duncan & Martha Graham searched for ease of movement using the bodies natural lines and energy, allowing a greater range of movement than conventional dance techniques. Contemporary dance is characterised by its versatility: it can be danced to almost any style of music, or united with other dance forms to create new styles of movement. This style seeks to work with the natural movement of the body and therefore lends itself to the beginner. At the same time the ease of movement promoted by contemporary allows those more experienced dancers to push the boundaries of dance.
From the age of 7 years. Freestyle/disco is a high energy, fun dance class. In involves runs, spins, kicks and leaps as well as many other diverse steps and movements with lots of different arm and hand actions. The music can be fast and ‘beaty’ or slow and sensuous, allowing dancers of all ages to use freedom of expression to enhance their style.
Syllabus: Preparatory to Grade 5 and Medals.
Acro dance follows the Acrobatic Arts and IDTA syllabus. These classes prepare students in strength and flexibility. They will learn many tricks, tumbles, balances and flips through careful training methods. This serves to enhance the dancers repertory by combining dance with acrobatics.
Syllabus: Acrobatic Arts & IDTA
JUNIOR FESTIVAL TROUPE:
This class is by invitation only. Our junior competitors work on group dance for both festivals and events. Students must take a minimum of ballet & modern jazz and gain consistently high marks in examination before being invited to take part in this class.