Ballet is the foundation of dance. From Intro through to Prep, the basics of ballet are taught through syllabus work in a fun and encouraging way. Mime and story-telling through dance are at the heart of the IDTA and RAD syllabus. From Primary through to Grade 1, we start to work on our classical technique and deportment whilst venturing on to more complex exercises that require focus and self discipline. From Grade 2 and beyond... we work at a much higher level with the aim of becoming a real 'ballet-bod'. Once your child has reached a certain level and their feet are strong enough- they will be invited to partake in our pointe class- which is a very exciting time for the young dancer.
Tap is rhythm and rhythm is tap. From Intro through to Prep we learn the basics and get to grips with using our ball and heel taps to discover the different sounds and steps that can be done. From Primary through to Grade 1 things become a little harder- as we then have to focus on leg control with faster steps and more complex rhythms. It is very enjoyable indeed. From Grade 2 and beyond we venture onto bigger and better things that are challenging for the young dancer.
Modern dance is a rhythmic dance style which originated in America before travelling to the rest of the world. It is often seen on the stages of musical productions and is known for its theatrical qualities. The style uses travelling steps, high kicks, leaps and turns which all need strength and flexibility. This is a highly energetic dance style.
Defining this style of dance can be difficult, as contemporary dance is an extremely fluid and a very nebulous style of dance. Unlike traditions such as ballet, contemporary dance is not associated with specific dance techniques, but rather with a dance philosophy. In contemporary dance, we explore the natural energy and emotions of our bodies to produce dances which are often very personal. Our schools' style of contemporary dance is very lyrical, and typically we use well-loved songs and ballads that are really enjoyable to work with. It is a really good 'top to toe' workout for children.
Street Dance is a popular form of dance that is often featured in Music Videos. Current, popular music is used complemented by high energy, fun moves.
If you love anything from the West End or Broadway- this is the class for you. Singing, dancing and a hint of drama we have sooo much fun putting together our cast for big musical numbers. Think Disney, Cats, Mary Poppins, Grease, Chicago, Lion King, Hairspray, Wicked, High School Musical, Sister Act, Bugsy Malone.....and the rest!
We follow all 4 aspects of gym- floor, vault, beam and bars. The Gym Faculty also owns its' own air track- which is a useful resource to aid coaching. Students get the chance to partake in numerous displays as well as completing Gym Badges. Our gym club is a private club that offers a fantastic student-teacher ratio.