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The Ison Aslanoff School of Dance & Theatre Performance offers a wide range of dance performance and musical theatre performance classes each week in Bishop’s Stortford, Hertfordshire and in Palmers Green and Winchmore Hill, North London.
Classical Ballet is fundamental in establishing core technique and therefore it is strongly suggested that all dance pupils take a minimum of one ballet class per week to maximise potential in all dance disciplines. However, this is not a requirement for specialist LAMDA pupils.
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 examination programme provides a sense of achievement for both children and teens dancing either for recreation or to pursue a career in dance. 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.
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 along with other tap styles are developed and progressed through the school.
Modern dance develops a secure foundation, building rhythmical movement, isolations, turns, leaps, kicks, travelling sequences and exciting dance combinations combined with artistry and musicality. Basic exercises increase strength, develop flexibility and improve core stability, which in turn secures technique. Performance and projection are enhanced and a well limbered 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.
In addition, the lyrical style of dance blends the sustained controlled movements of ballet with freedom, power and the dynamics of jazz and modern dance. Lyrical is a fusion of ballet and jazz with movements which flow seamlessly from one to the other, held and suspended, connecting motion and emotion.
The school focuses on the contemporary technique of Martha Graham which concentrates on the opposition between contraction and release, a concept based on the breathing cycle which has become a trademark of modern dance forms.
Its other dominant principle is the spiraling of the torso around the axis of the spine. The technique is also known for its unique dramatic and expressive qualities and distinctive floorwork. In addition, dancers are given the opportunity to be creative and to explore movement using improvisation to develop their ideas and choreographic skills.
Our Jazz technique classes, based on the style of Matt Maddox, pioneer of jazz dance, will push pupils to the limits of their creative and physical ability and involves a variety of challenging sequences and combinations combining the essential ingredients of rhythm, co-ordination and isolations; whilst developing a strong sense of artistry and style. There is also a strong focus on body conditioning which concentrates on increasing strength, speed and endurance.
Classical Greek Dance makes a distinctive contribution to the education of all pupils in that it uses movement and gesture, which are the fundamental modes of human expression. The style works with the natural body alignment developing freedom of movement, strength, poise, balance and control. It offers a range of learning opportunities and enables pupils to enjoy physical expression as well as develop intellectual sensibilities. Pupils develop the skill and understanding of Classical Greek Dance, which is based on ancient civilization, myth and nature, whilst at the same time as building a sound technique by developing the physical ability to communicate through movement in an expressive and artistic way.
This dance style brings the joy of folk dance to all ages. National dance is taught and choreographed specifically for competitions and festivals. Performers have the opportunity to embrace different cultures giving them an understanding of different countries' history and geography, and of course, each country's colourful music and costumes.
Alongside pupils’ core training, National, Character and Song and Dance are performance based and focus primarily on taking part in festivals and competitions.
Our musical theatre classes are performance based and focus primarily on taking part in festivals and competitions. The intake for each of the Junior, Inter and Senior groups is 24 pupils. We look for children with personality and a love for performing.
The training initially focusses on building self-confidence and team building skills to expand and develop communication and stimulate the imagination. During the rehearsal process children work on staging, choreography, dancing and acting through song. The group work as a team and weekly classes promote confidence and team spirit.
One-to-one coaching can develop confidence, improve technique and support the work in any genre. Tailored to your individual needs, coaching can be used to supplement regular classes, as a booster prior to examinations, audition or competition preparation, or for personal development. Coaching classes are available in all forms of dance, drama and singing but need to be booked in advance.
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Ison Aslanoff School of Dance & Theatre Arts
Studio Centre, Millars One, Southmill Rd, Bishop’s Stortford, Hertfordshire, CM23 3DH.
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