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Classes are available in Ballet, Tap and Singing for Children and Adults and in Modern Jazz Dance and Acrobatics for children and teenagers who already do Ballet with us.
All children take exams and perform in our shows and other performances. It is also possible to enter scholarships from Grade 3.
Adults are not expected to take part in shows, but some of them choose to.
Children under the age of 8
Young children need variety in their classes in order to keep them amused and gain some understanding of the variety of subjects that we teach in preparation for moving into more specific subjects when they are older. Imagination is very important in dance, and using a wide variety of music and themes, the children learn the basics of all the subjects we teach, before progressing into the other classes. All children are different and we cater for the needs of individual children, to ensure that all children in each group are working to a level which is suitable for them. In this way, the children will build up confidence which will help them in all walks of life. Younger children have an opportunity to dance for the Silver Rose Award and Gold Rose Award, in which they perform simple exercises and a Mime, for an examiner, but with the teacher present to instruct. This is a fun way to be introduced to examination procedures.
Children from age 6 upwards
As children get older they are able to pick up additional subjects. Whilst we do allow Tap or Ballet as stand alone subjects, it is important that dancers continue with Ballet whilst studying Modern Jazz Dance or Acrobatics, because all subjects require good technique for safety and to be able to take the examinations. Movement from one class to the next is only through the examination system, although sometimes an entire class takes an exam, then becomes the next level. Age and amount of time dancing has no bearing on progress. Younger children need to work through the Preparatory and Primary exams so that they progress gradually, and at the same time, still cover the imaginative work.
Older Children and Teenagers
Our older children and teenagers have progressed through the exam system, and it
is not possible to put older beginners with dancers of their own ages. With teenagers,
we recommend that they join a beginners Adult Ballet or Adult Tap Class to learn
the basics, so that they can be transferred to a suitable level at a later date.
It may also be possible to take private lessons, especially if groups of friends
get together. This is particularly recommended for those who would like to study
ballet technique to help them with GCSE/AS/A level dance, or in preparation for Performing
Arts Courses. We are hoping to start a beginners group for children aged 9 and
over in the near future, as with more maturity, they are usually more able to understand
technique more quickly and may have better co-
Adult classes are for fun, fitness and relaxation. Our adult classes are not based on any exam syllabus, but have developed through years of experience. Our beginners Adult Tap Class has been created to help members feel they are really tap dancing in just a few weeks, whereas our other classes are geared at tap dancers of all levels. We use a wide range of music, from both traditional musicals/jazz to more recent music which may surprise you.
The ladies beginners ballet is suitable for beginners or for those who reached Grade 3 or 4 standard as teenagers. The class is mainly barre exercises and slow artistic centre exercises. Faster, more energetic exercises are done towards the end of the class, but this depends on the group present at the time. To attend our Advanced Ballet group, dancers need to be of Grade 5/Intermediate/Advanced level, or have studied ballet for a minimum of 5 years to a high level. The enchainements are more complicated and more Allegro work is included in the classes. We work on a play list/set of exercises/steps for a half term or term, then move onto a different one. Much of the music used is recordings by pianists who are accompanists for ballet companies, who have arranged classical, familiar songs and music from musicals, specifically for ballet class as well as a variety of other music.