Ballet,Pre-School, Pre-Primary, Primary
These classes are designed to develop children's musicality and joy of dance, coordination and balance. Children are encouraged to express themselves through mime sequences, basic steps and improvisation. They also develop listening skills and spatial awareness providing a solid foundation in preparation for the graded syllabus.
Children’s ballet classes are graded following the syllabi of the Royal Academy of Dance. Initially classes concentrate on strengthening the back and torso, and the ability to move lightly and gracefully to classical music focusing on fantasy and musicality. This stage mastered, lessons move on to create strong legs and feet in order to hold the “turnout of the legs” whilst executing more complex steps and exercises. Incorporated in the ballet class are Classical mime, National dance, working on steps and dances from around the world, and Free Movement which allows the student to express themselves musically and from within.
Vocational ballet/tap/modern classes are suited to those students wishing to take their hobby more seriously and with a view to involving dance in their career. Class work is non-syllabus until the strength and standard is attained to enter for the relevant exam.
These are more extrovert forms of dance than classical ballet. Classes are graded following the syllabi of The Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing. Concentration is placed more on the gravity of natural body movements, with early importance given to rhythm and speed in both faculties. In the early stages tap and modern dance are taught in our musical course. This course enables the student to study each subject back to back but with a full lesson of ¾ hr for each subject. Both dance forms are compulsory on this course as the lessons are constructed to complement and support both styles to maximize on learning outcomes, progress and achievement. Older students have separate lessons and follow each subject in more depth. Good posture is of equal importance in any form of dance and is the basis of all courses.
Jazz is an advanced dance technique which is best studied after completing the modern grade work or for teenagers starting dance. Today it is probably one of the most well known types of dance among children who are well acquainted with video clips and also musicals. Its emphasis is focused on strong body control, speed, suppleness and personality.
Contemporary dance is also an advanced style for older students and follows on from the modern grade work. This style of dance gives the dancer freedom of movement and the chance to discover how far each movement can be taken and adapted. In this course students are encouraged to experiment and find the gravity and centre of each movement.
Higher grade and vocational students learn works from the classical and musical repertoire. This gives them the chance to bring their exercises to life and also recognize excerpts when visiting the theatre.
Classical mime is incorporated in all ballet classes from Pre-Primary onwards.
Early court dances have had a major influence on the classical ballet technique since its beginnings in 1661. Study of these dances from the 18th and 19th centuries promotes the posture, poise style and use of head and arms in classical ballet, whilst developing coordination artistry and musicality. The formations and choreography of these dances introduces the student to partnering and group patterning, creating a greater awareness when studying corps de ballet or group dances.
Street Dance refers to dance styes - regardless of country of origin- that evolved outside of dance studios in any available open space such as streets, dance parties, block parties, parks, school yards, raves and night clubs. They are often improvisational and social in nature, encouraging interaction and contact with spectators and other dancers.
Drama skills will enhance characterisation and performance through mime, improvisation, devising and working with text. LAMDA examinations in Communication and Preformance are offered. LAMDA exams encourage imaginative and confident expression, the development of creativity, an awareness of dramatic framework and the disciplines required for successful performance. Students wishing to be submitted for exams would be expected to attend additional lessons as required.
Classes are designed to combine music, songs, dialogue and dance. Students are given the chance to broaden their knowledge of the skills required for Musical Theatre, using a variety of Musical repertoire, This is a fantastic opportunity to build confidence and maximise skills learnt in Jazz, Drama and Singing.