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Dance Classes for Children and Teens in Bishops Stortford

Dance & Musical Theatre Performance Classes for Children & Teens

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.

Classical Ballet Dance Classes

Incorporating Modern Ballet and Pointe Work

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.

Achievements in Ballet
  • All England Dance, Finalist of Young Ballet Dancer of the Year
  • All England Dance Regional and National Finals gold, silver and bronze medalists
  • Central School of Ballet, Senior Ballet Course
  • Chelmsford Ballet Company
  • Dance World Cup Finalists
  • Elmhurst Ballet School, full time training
  • English National Ballet Summer School
  • English National Ballet School, full time training
  • London Children's Ballet
  • Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures, Nutcracker!
  • National Youth Ballet of Great Britain
  • RAD Catherine Bellock Scholarships for Essex region, Class Winner of Senior Allegro
  • The Royal Ballet School Junior, Mid and Senior Associates
  • Winner of the Baines Hewitt Imperial Ballet Awards
Tap Dance Classes

Tap Dance Classes

Incorporating Rhythm Tap

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.

Achievements in Tap
  • All England Dance, finalist and winners of Young Tap Dancer of the Year
  • All England Dance Regional and National Finals gold, silver and bronze medalists
  • Brighton Tap Festival
  • British Dance Championships, Theatre Dance Council International, Tap Bronze medalist
  • Dance World Cup Tap gold medalists
  • Finalists and Runner up of the ISTD Marjorie Davie Star Tap Awards
  • ISTD Tap Challenge, Senior and Premier Winners
  • ISTD Senior Bursary Awards, Lowry Theatre, Manchester – Senior Commendation bursary award to support further training and development, representing the ISTD Tap Faculty
  • Jazz Tap Masters, New York with Savion Glover, Professor Robert Reed and Bill Irwin
  • Scholarship to Sevilla, Spain with Ruben Sanchez
  • Scholarship to Odessa, Ukraine with Ruben Sanchez
  • Winners of the IDTA British Dance Juvenile and Senior Tap Championships
Contemporary Dance Classes Bishops Stortford Hertfordshire

Modern Theatre Dance Classes

Incorporating Lyrical and Contemporary Dance

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.

Achievements in Contemporary Dance
  • Alvin Ailey School, New York
  • Bath University, Dance & Psychology
  • Chichester University, Dance & Education
  • Dance World Cup Finalists, based on the Martha Graham technique
  • Laban Conservatoire, Contemporary Dance
  • Martha Graham School of Contemporary Dance, New York
  • Middlesex University, Dance & Performing Arts
  • Surrey University, Dance & Contemporary Dance
Achievements in Modern Theatre Dance
  • All England Dance Regional and National Modern Dance Finalists gold, silver and bronze medalists
  • All England Dance Regional and National Lyrical Dance Finalists gold, silver and bronze medalists
  • Dance World Cup Modern, Jazz and Lyrical Dance Finalists
  • Finalist and winner of the IDTA Master Dance Awards
  • Finalist and winner of the Janet Cram Modern Awards

Jazz Dance

Incorporating Body Conditioning

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 Classes

Classical Greek Dance Classes

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.

Achievements in Classical Greek
  • All England Dance Regional and National finals Classical Greek gold, silver and bronze medalists
  • Choreographic Award winner at the ISTD Classical Greek dance festival
  • Dance World Cup classical Greek gold, silver and bronze medalists
  • Gold, silver and bronze medallists, musicality winner and winners at the classical Greek dance festival
  • Winners of the Anne Tyrer Greek Award, All England Dance
  • Winner of the Senior Ruby Ginner Classical Greek Award
National Dance Classes

National Dance Classes

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.

Achievements in National Dance
  • All England Dance National and Regional Finals National dance gold, silver and bronze medallists
  • Dance World Cup, Best Overall Junior National Award
  • Dance World Cup, gold, silver and bronze medalists
  • Grandison Clark National Dance Awards gold, silver and bronze medalists including winners of the overall class award and musicality

Competition and Festival Dance Classes

Alongside pupils’ core training, National, Character and Song and Dance are performance based and focus primarily on taking part in festivals and competitions.

Musical Theatre Classes

Musical Theatre Classes

Incorporating Song & Dance

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.

Achievements in Dance & Musical Theatre Diploma and Degree Courses
  • Arts Educational School, London
  • Bird College
  • Laine Theatre Arts Ltd
  • London Studio Centre
  • Urdang Academy, Anglia Ruskin University
  • Tring Park School for the Performing Arts
Achievements in securing Professional Musical Theatre contracts
  • Annie The Musical, West End
  • Cats, Tour
  • Charlie in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, West End
  • Cossette in Les Misérables, West End
  • Curly in Oklahoma, Grange Park Opera House
  • Dancer in Billy Elliot, West End
  • Eponine in Les Misérables, West End
  • Fagin’s Boys in Oliver, West End
  • Gavroche in Les Misérables, West End
  • Hamilton, West End
  • Hairspray, National tour
  • Half a Sixpence, West End
  • In the Heights, Kings Cross Theatre
  • Know Moe in 5 Guys Named Moe, West End
  • Matilda in Matilda, West End
  • Mary Poppins, West End
  • Nativity, The Musical, Apollo Theatre, Hammersmith
  • On the Town, Regents Park Open Air Theatre
  • Seven Brides for Seven Brothers, West End
  • Starlight Express, National Tour
  • Summer in School of Rock, West End
  • The Scottsboro Boys, West End
  • The Railway Children, Kings Cross Theatre
  • WildParty, West End
  • 42nd Street, National tour and West End
Modern Ballet Classes Bishops Stortford Hertfordshire

Other Achievements

Achievement in securing professional contracts at Disneyland Paris
  • Dance captain and variety of other performing Disney characters
Achievements in professional Pantomines
  • Cinderella, Wyllyotts Theatre, Potters Bar
  • Jack and the Beanstalk, Millfield Theatre, North London
  • John, Michael, Tinkerbell, lost boys and girls in Peter Pan, Harlow Playhouse
Achievement in amateur West End performance
  • Dance Proms at the Royal Albert Hall, London
  • Her Majesty’s Theatre, London
  • Sadlers Wells and London Haymarket Theatre with Bonnie Langford
Achievements in Modelling
  • Modelling for ITV commercials, artists and catalogues including Burberry, USA Pro, Marks & Spencer, John Lewis and Prada
Character-Dance-Classes Bishops Stortford Hertfordshire

Private Coaching

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.