WELCOME TO THE ACADEMY
Thank you for considering classes at Elevations Academy Leeds. We are a family-run school offering a friendly, secure learning environment. We appeal to the 'hobby student' to those who have professional aspirations gearing up for a career in the arts. In addition to dance, we are very lucky to have the Defying Gravity Gymnastics Clubs running from our school.
We welcome children from the age of 2.5 years*. Many students return year after year; not leaving us until College/University- but then even after that- we find whenever they are back 'in Leeds' they still come back for more! In addition to classes for children, we also have a popular Adult Programme whereby the emphasis is based upon fitness, fun and learning new steps and skills (or perhaps you are revisiting an enjoyable hobby from your youth).
Children can typically commence dance class at any point in their lives... especially those auxillary styles of dance like Street, Musical Theatre, Contemporary, Jazz. Traditional styles of dance such as Ballet and Tap is defined by ability as opposed to age. Whilst earlier grades are split into ages/stages.... in later years this is much harder to do as students spend years building knowledge, strength, technique and skills which prepare our body (and mind) to attack the higher levels. This said, we often do get the odd late starter in Ballet and Tap which we would always welcome; and advise of a suitable starting level.
You're never too old to dance!
*DG gym club is 4-14 yrs
The school is fully registered with the Royal Academy of Dance and the International Dance Teachers Association. Students have the option of taking yearly examinations with these worldwide organisations. Award systems are in place from the tender age of three however we completely realise some pupils attend for pure pleasure- and are not interested in tangible achievement- which is fine.
Pleasure or professional- the choice is yours, but be assured that progression is made and is continually monitored throughout the year. We are very proud to have a 100% pass rate to date- with many students achieving top marks of distinction with the RAD and honours with the IDTA.
The Dance Faculty completes an annual show at the Carriageworks Theatre usually around March. We also hold a relaxed showcase in a professional working theatre for our younger students. It is a chance to showcase the students’ talents and hard-work to parents, friends and family. This is always an excitable time of year for students.
Children are split into performance teams.
Our next performances-
- Friday 18th and 19th March 2022 at the Carriageworks Theatre
- Sunday 20th March 2022 at the Riley Theatre, NSCD