All classes are taught by a qualified Royal Academy of Dance licentiate and incorporate a warm-up, syllabus work and free enchainements. Opportunities for examinations, holiday workshops and performances are available at all levels. If you are unsure which level is most suitable for you or your child, please do not hesitate to contact us and we’ll be happy to help.
PRE-PRIMARY AND PRIMARY IN DANCE
For children from 2 ½ years. A short, fun class to initiate children’s musicality and creativity while establishing basic ballet technique.
Children are grouped by age and ability and follow the Royal Academy of Dance syllabus which includes classical ballet, free movement and character dance. These classes provide a broad practical dance education and develop technical, musical and performance skills.
Students aged 12+ have the opportunity to learn variations from classical ballets; this is a fun and creative alternative to the graded syllabus focusing on performance skills.
INTERMEDIATE FOUNDATION AND INTERMEDIATE
These classes are suitable for conscientious dancers aged 11+, providing a healthy challenge with a more in-depth study of ballet, requiring strong technique and a good knowledge of vocabulary. Introduces pointe work.
For dancers with secure technique and a passion for dance who have successfully taken Intermediate. Advanced Foundation is a demanding class suitable for older students with longer enchainments and more pointe work.
A non-syllabus class for vocational students, with a focus on artistry and developing technique outside of set exercises. This is an excellent class to help prepare for auditions and further training.
PRE-POINTE AND POINTE CONDITIONING
For all students at a vocational level wishing to increase their foot strength and develop stronger technique for pointe work.
Suitable for dancers aged 11+, classes will focus on performance and artistry. Each class will develop repertoire and new choreography in preparation for performances in the local community.
Suitable for dancers of all ages, this a fun and lively session with a focus on the joy of dance. Every class starts with a warm up, stretching and barre work before moving into the centre for simple exercises and more complicated dances.
Available on request subject to timetable constraints.
PROGRESSING BALLET TECHNIQUE
PBT is a series of carefully devised exercises using large and small exercise balls and therabands that works on specific muscle groups, technique and artistry needed for ballet. There is no charge for this class as it is a helpful addition to enhance students’ technique, focusing on training the muscle memory required for ballet. It requires regular attendance due to following a programme of classes which increase in difficulty as they are worked through.
**NEW FOR SEPTEMBER 2022** Contemporary Dance stems from the core, or torso, of the body and uses elements of contract, release, spiral, floor work, fall and recovery, and improvisation. This evolving style has fast become one of the most dominant genres for dancers throughout the world and is extremely beneficial for anyone preparing for a career in dance. We will begin with the ISTD Intermediate Foundation syllabus.
We offer a mixed ability tap class suitable for all abilities and a beginners class. Both open to all ages. A fun class and a great way to exercise both mind and body.
CREATIVE DANCE AND DRAMA
This class provides students with the opportunity to explore ideas and work collaboratively to create pieces of drama and physical theatre. Students are encouraged to investigate their ideas through whole group improvisation: learning how to negotiate, adapt and modify their ideas with others – an important skill for working creatively. They are also taught how to artistically communicate their ideas through performance skills.