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Ballet develops the foundations of excellent dance technique, improving posture, core strength, flexibility, musicality and artistry. Ballet transforms pupils into dancers and inspires them musically. The Royal Academy of Dance syllabi provide a sense of achievement for both children and teens dancing either for recreation or to pursue a career in dance. Our classes are graded from Pre-Primary up to Advanced 2 with opportunities to take part in festivals and competitions.
All classes are based on a creative syllabus designed to develop the very young dancer. It emphasises development of body strength, co-ordination and the discipline necessary for the learning of classical ballet.
The classes really start moving as basic ballet skills are practiced and developed. Correct French terminology is slowly introduced as well as basic positions, port de bras and basic ballet movements. The class continues to be of a fun nature designed to stimulate imagination through creative movement and basic ballet skills. Opportunities exist to take a ballet examination and work toward receiving a medal, report and a beautiful certificate.
Beginning at age 7 years, slowly the demanding nature of true classical ballet is introduced at this level of ballet. Two weekly classes are required as the technical skills increase, and further steps at the barre and centre work are introduced. Classes should be increased if the budding ballerina or virtuoso dancer wishes to study the vocational graded syllabi.
For the aspiring ballerina or male principal dancer, students start to increase their levels of ballet classes as this bridges the gap between the graded syllabi and the vocational syllabi. A minimum of three technique classes per week are required combined with pointe work and virtuosity classes. For the gifted and talented, we offer great opportunities to train with the associates of the American Ballet Theatre (ABT).
Quite simply a ballet class for teenagers who simply enjoy their ballet dancing but don't want the pressures of preparing and taking examinations. Ideal for those studying GCSEs and A Levels. Classes are fun and it's a great way to keep in shape and meet new friends. Classes are open to members and non members.
Once you put on those tap shoes, you just can't stop yourself from jingling your feet.
Tap is for all ages and abilities, once the basics have been learnt, rhythm tap is developed and progressed through the school. Come and trade taps whilst meeting new friends – a great hit with the boys. From paradiddles to wing buck and slide and even the Shim Sham Shimmy, why not come along and "riff and roll" with some of the most highly qualified and experienced teachers in the country.
Lots of opportunities to compete in competitions and festivals and for those wishing to take examinations, why not study hard and earn that well deserved medal, report and certificate?
Our beginners will be introduced to basic tap jazz technique. We begin by using simple tap movements and combining steps into short combinations and routines. By using songs and dance movements, performance skills are developed. In addition, the rhythm tap rookies will work on simple rhythms, formations and occasionally with props. A routine for performance is prepared. Can't wait? Get those shoes on and start tapping!
This is a super class which introduces the young tapper to rhythm tap technique and rhythm steps. The class will focus on rolls, heel and ball work, paradiddles and closework. This is a great class for the fast beginner. The class continues to focus on the vocabulary of tap steps, technique and movement as well as preparing a routine for performance. Can you find out what is Tip Tap Toe? Come along and let us know...!
It's a great class for anyone wishing to improve their level of tapping and for the more adventurous, learn how to riffle and grab off! Come and learn some fantastic tricks, amaze your friends with fast footwork, and take the opportunity to train in New York! Learn some show stopping routines and take part in various performances so why not come and take a bite of the big apple and see if you can catch the beat!
Bringing fabulous myths and historic legends from ancient Greece to life creating a style of dance which encourages self expression and personal development. If you're not sure of any Greek myths or legends start now by watching Disney's "Hercules" – this will tempt the spirit in you! Come and be a Hercules, Persephone or even Hades if you dare!
Classical Greek dance is fun and requires no turnout! The style works with the natural body alignment developing freedom of movement, strength, poise, balance and control. Why not combine history, culture and dance? At the end of each term, there is a Greek Myth quiz together with many prizes to be won - what are you waiting for! For the experienced Modern or Ballet dancer starting Classical Greek dance you will find that the Greeks got there first! Intrigued? Come along and find out! Examinations are offered from Primary through to Advanced 2 level as well as festival and competition work.
Riverdance and Lord of the Dance fans will learn both traditional and contemporary Irish dance styles – both light and heavy. This will build strength and establish familiarity with the music as our enthusiastic dancers begin with the fundamentals essential to traditional Irish dance, including foot placement, body alignment and the basic steps of the easy reel and easy jig. Having secured the basic technique pupils will learn the single jig, easy slip-jig and the hard reel, concentrating on technique and carriage, with a new focus on timing and listening skills.
As confidence grows, pupils may expand their speed and proficiency in the beginner dances as they begin hard shoe skills, learning the treble jig and hornpipe as they build strength and balance. Pupils begin hard shoe at the teacher's recommendation. Pupils successfully demonstrating all beginner level dances, with a solid understanding of techniques and steps will continue hard shoe skills with emphasis on style, rhythm and timing, moving on to more advanced reels, jigs and hornpipes. Great opportunities to take part in shows, displays and competitions.
For the adventurous, this dance style brings the joy of folk dance to all ages. Performers have the opportunity to embrace different cultures giving them an understanding of different countries' history and geography, and of course, with each country's colourful music and costumes. These fun classes will take your child from England to Russia and everywhere in between. Examinations are offered from Primary through to Advanced 2 level as well as festival and competition work.
Modern dance develops a secure foundation building rhythmical movement, isolations, turns, leaps, travelling sequences and exciting dance combinations combined with artistry and musicality. It incorporates a variety of different styles, including jazz, lyrical, contemporary, blues, hip-hop and more!
Basic exercises increase strength, develop flexibility and improve core stability, which in turn secures technique. Performance and projection are enhanced and a well toned body is ensured.
Modern as a genre has the ability to adapt, develop and evolve with the changing fashion in dance, thus helping to create versatile dancers who have an all-round ability. Within the professional dance syllabi, the boys' work has specifically been developed to meet the increasing demand of today's choreographers.
Examinations are offered from Primary through to Advanced 2 level as well as festival and competition work.
From Dirty Dancing to Saturday Night Fever, here's your chance to dance to the all time music greats. Disco Freestyle Dance is an artistic dance form that co-ordinates accentuated body movements with a number of basic steps incorporating arm, head and hand positions and movements. For those who want to look and feel great then this is the class for you.
Get on the floor and impress your friends with slides, spins, kicks and tricks. Great for parties!
Check out the latest moves with this free-style, non-syllabus class, which will push you to the limits of your creative and physical ability! A variety of challenging sequences and combinations in many different styles are learnt.
A good warm-up and limber starts the class before increasing the pace to the latest sounds! These fun classes develop a strong jazz technique combined with choreographic ideas.
A glitz and glam introduction to Ballroom and Latin dancing for boys and girls. Get on your sparkly or patent shoes and for a moment imagine you're on Strictly Come Dancing. You will be eased into dances in such a way that you will not realize you have mastered them, until one day, you will find that you are actually dancing.
Our classes in Latin American are included in the beginner classes along with Ballroom dancing, as the two disciplines complement each other for the beginner and the intermediate dancer. Dance styles include: Waltz, Quickstep, Foxtrot, Tango, Viennese and the Waltz, Rumba – Cha Cha Cha – Samba – Paso Doble – Jive.
The School has an excellent track record for the teaching and training of boys in dance, singing, acting, and musical theatre. Many have gone on to win full scholarships at leading performing and theatre arts colleges as well as working professionally in television, West End and the film industry.
"Diversify", our performance programme is dedicated to the training of boys, offering a creative, athletic experience for boys ages 9-16 to develop dance skills and co-ordination through music, movement and tumbling techniques. Slide and Glide!
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