2½ – 4
A magical class for igniting the child's imagination, guiding them to express themselves through movement and mime while learning very basic introductions to ballet and dance.
Modern dance classes are great for little movers to develop their coordination and strength, increase their musicality and introduce them to a form of dance that gives them a chance to express themselves through less traditional dance movements.
Creating sounds through their feet opens up the endless possibilities of what else their bodies can do. The children will explore their own capabilities and engage with the wonderful world of rhythm and music. Tap dancing enhances co-ordination skills, musicality and self confidence.
Acro is an athletic style of dance combining various dance styles and techniques with acrobatics. While learning skills of balance and co ordination, the students develop great upper and lower body strength. The acrobatic elements and aerial stunts common in routines require the students to support themselves as well as their fellow students. This team work builds great self confidence in the students both mentally and physically. It is recommended that all Acro students take up a Ballet, Modern or Contemporary class to compliment the Acro syllabus.
From Pre-Primary through to Vocational level as well as Adult Ballet classes we cover Grades and Standard levels in the *Cecchetti Method of dance training. Classical Ballet training offers enormous benefits for healthy bodies and healthy minds developing natural co-ordination, balance, agility and artistic appreciation. The discipline of ballet provides the body with strength and good posture whilst focusing and stimulating the mind. With regular classes a child will develop and stimulate their musicality and imagination, gain confidence in their physical abilities and enhance their social skills. Our ballet classes are accompanied by a live pianist.
* Enrico Cecchetti was an Italian ballet dancer, mime artist and founder of The Cecchetti Method of Classical Ballet. Famous for creating the roles of Carabosse and Bluebird in Marius Petipa's ballet Sleeping Beauty, his ground breaking work transformed and greatly enhanced the role of the male dancer in classical ballet.
This technique passed down to Cecchetti, he then passed on as a renowned teacher, training dancers such as Anna Pavolva and Dame Ninette de Valois, the founder of The Royal Ballet. The Cecchetti Method of training produces a dancer with great strength, stamina, speed and a beautiful, elegant line.
Body Conditioning classes focus on building stamina and flexibility while strengthening the necessary muscle groups to improve technique and avoid any risk of injury while dancing. Through circuit, pyramid and interval training, isometric and dynamic exercises these sessions aim to increase physical fitness levels and build a stronger and safer body for all styles of dance.
Contemporary Dance is an expressive and collaborative form of dance with influences from many different styles predominantly Ballet, Modern Jazz, Lyrical and Hip Hop. Incorporating improvisation, these classes engage muscles throughout the body that develop strength and co-ordination. Working through a wide variety of movement techniques the students minds are opened to the endless possibilities of dance and movement.
Junior & Senior classes
These classes offer students the opportunity to expand their dance skills beyond a set syllabus. Using the techniques they learn from other dance forms, this Free class allows the students the freedom to perform within different genres of dance such as Lyrical, Theatre Jazz, Jazz Technique, Commercial and Hip-Hop. They will learn a range of repertoire from West End theatre shows to Diversity which stimulates the students passion for dance and enhances their performance skills.
This full GCSE qualification course provides an opportunity to engage with dance beyond class.
Previous dance experience is not necessary. GCSE Dance is for anyone interested in dance and performance. The students will develop technical and expressive dance skills along with a knowledge and understanding of dance through performance, choreography and critical appreciation.
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Broadway Jazz or Theatrical Jazz are derived from African American styles of dancing that emerged with Jazz music including Lyrical, Blues, Jazz & Funk and Free Form. All work is technique based so it is recommended that pupils study Ballet along with Modern Jazz in order to gain the strength and stamina needed to enter the examinations (Modern Grade 2 and above). Modern Jazz develops strength, flexibility and artistry in the dancer. This class focuses on strong physical expression within the discipline of the technique.
An essential skill for the professional dancer, tap dance is one of the most enjoyable and instantly satisfying forms of dance. Tap is great for enhancing co-ordination, a sense of rhythm, and for strengthening and loosening foot, ankle and leg muscles. Tap is a popular choice with all age groups and we have classes for students from the age of 4 through to Adult Classes for either beginners or the more experienced.
Younger students delight in their ability to dance whilst simultaneously making rhythmical sounds with their feet . Advanced students feel a great accomplishment from learning to perform technically complex steps and rhythms whilst creating the light and shade of sound through their technique.
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