Styles Of Dance

Ballet

Ballet is the foundation of all dance subjects.  It requires discipline, technique, control, balance, poise and dedication. 

Every ballet class always commences with exercises designed to warm up the entire body in order to perform the more energetic steps required during the class.

Pre-Juvenile, Preparatory & Primary pupils commence their ballet training with exercises designed to teach them the basic steps such as how to point their toes, skip and jump correctly.  They learn how to work in a group and with a partner and are also encouraged to learn dances which incorporate mime to themes such as "The toys in the toy shop" or "A day trip to the beach".

Classical technique develops from Grade 1 onwards where every class commences at the barre and all work is designed to encourage turnout, good posture and strength. 

Pointe work will generally commence when a pupil is of an excellent Grade 4 standard.

Tap

Tap is all about rhythm, musicality and noise - which is why this is a popular subject.

As the feet do all the work in Tap, strength in the insteps and loose ankles are a must and exercises in Preparatory and Primary help achieve these. 

From Grade 1 onwards pupils keep on learning more advanced steps including wings, riffs, pick-ups, shuffles and a variety of rhythmical timesteps.

Theatre Craft

This subject helps develop a sense of awareness of Theatre as pupils learn all the terminology such as green room, choreographer, foyer etc used in Theatre.  As they progress through the Grades they acquire the skills to dance the steps which you see in any West-end or Broadway show. 

Exercises are used in each Grade to help limber and strengthen the whole body.  Different rhythms are also introduced at each Grade to keep developing musicality. 

This dance form requires a theatrical performance. 

Modern Jazz

Children love Modern Jazz as it is fun and gives them the opportunity to express themselves in the free section which is included in each Grade.

There are many different movements to be learned through a variety of rhythms and musical styles. A great deal of physical strength and flexibility is also required to demonstrate the interpretation of any musical genre, as you may be dancing to the beat of a lone drum one minute, the next to a lyrical piece and then the next to a funky jazz style.

You gain the ability to show through dance the contrast between expansion and relaxation and learn to isolate different parts of the body such as shoulders and hips in a stylish way.