Explanation of subjects!

Ballet:

Often described as ‘the key dance discipline’, ballet teaches grace, poise, musicality, correct posture, coordination, balance, strength and flexibility. It is one of the oldest dance forms, but is still hugely popular, and beneficial in providing a secure base for all other dance forms. We follow the Royal Academy of Dance syllabus.

Modern:

A fun and popular class, that combines the funky, trendy use of isolations found in street dance and jazz, with the solid, technical training of ballet. Modern incorporates many different styles of music, teaches students about rhythms and incorporates stretching, floor-work, strengthening, jumping, turning and leaping. It can include many different aspects of dance-styles from upbeat jazz combinations, to slower lyrical routines and even Latino or Celtic exercises. Modern is a style of dance often seen demonstrated by performers in West End musicals. We follow the ISTD syllabus.

Tap:

Tap focuses on making fun and interesting percussive rhythms, and incorporates many different styles of music. From the funky ‘Stomp’ style of tap, through to the West End ‘top hat and tails’ variety, there really is something to suit everyone. We follow the ISTD syllabus.

Street Dance:

Our street dance class, offers a combination of styles –   Incorporating many different dances taught to popular tunes. Fun and high energy!

Pre-School Dance Classes 

Our Pre-School classes (Walking upwards) introduce dance to our younger age range. Come along, and learn how to move and dance, A lovely, fun and friendly introduction to the world of dance, that will help your toddlers start to develop the skills of balance, control and coordination, whilst most importantly having fun with other children!

Pointe Work:

When students reach a certain level in ballet, they may wish to go ‘en pointe’. Whilst the effect is impressive, this specialised part of ballet requires significant strength and training. This class will ensure that all pupils are fully prepared and safely coached when embarking on point work.

ACRO

Junior class for children in Year 3 – Year 6, Senior class year 7 upwards. Introduces basic tumbling moves with a strong emphasis on stretching and strengthening exercises, which will prepare the student for more advanced work.

CONTEMPORARY

Blends elements of Ballet and Modern dance. This class builds and teaches freedom of expression, interpretation of music, principles of fall and recovery, control, breathing, and balance.

KICKS, LEAPS AND TURNS

is a technique class designed to assist students in strengthening and improving the skills of different leaps, jumps and turns that dancers perform in Ballet, modern, Contemporary and Commercial dance. 

COMMERCIAL

is a class that encompasses a range of styles. This can include Street, Jazz, Hip-Hop and Contemporary. It is the type of dance seen in music videos, on the catwalk and at fashion shows, artist tours, advertising campaigns, corporate events, TV and film etc.

** For all new classes pay £4 for the first couple of classes.

Each of these classes must be taken in addition to a Ballet or Modern class to ensure a strong technique**