Ballet technique is the basis of all dance forms. Classes aim to teach all the foundations needed for technique, correct body alignment, flexibility, strength, grace, co ordination, musicality and performance quality. Ballet also builds up stamina and produces an inner discipline of mind and body.
Our classes teach students to work both as a soloist and as part of a team. Ballet gives students exceptional posture and a strong sense of achievement whilst also being great fun!
We offer ballet classes following the Royal Academy of Dance syllabus from Pre-Primary up to Advanced.
Modern has a variety of styles from a slow, soft lyrical feel to a
strong jazz style. It focuses on core strength, posture and
technique. Working to the ISTD syllabus students learn various
exercises for general strength and flexibility leading to dance
amalgamations and sequences. Classes will improve a student’s
co-ordination, balance and style. It will also develop a sense of
performance and promote confidence.
Through the carefully planned and well tried examination syllabus students become discipined and versatile dancers.
Tap dance is not only an essential skill for the professional dancer but is a great fun, rhythmic form of dance. Tap turns the dancer into a percussive instrument experimenting with different sounds and beats. It is a great way to develop rhythm and co-ordination. Dancers learn an acute sense of timing and an agility of footwork.
Students can start from age 3-4 and we offer ISTD examination classes from Primary upwards.
Contemporary dance is a popular style of expressive dance that combines elements of several dance genres including modern, jazz, lyrical and classical ballet. Contemporary dancers strive to connect the mind and the body through fluid dance movements. As it does not follow a syllabus it allows the students to express themselves and work on performance skills whilst learning and perfecting new routines.
Pre School Ballet
These fun classes are for children aged 2 1/2 upwards. They are a briliant
introduction into the world of dance. We introduce creative movement with different music from nursery rhymes to classical pieces and use props such as wands, scarves and pom poms to enhance the experience. Dancers love being butterflies, soldiers and hopping bunnies and they all look forward to their sticker at the end of class to go into their Footsteps sticker book.
Acrobatic Dance, or acro as it is commonly referred to, is the fusion of dance technique and acrobatic elements. Often defined by unique choreography, acro dancers seamlessly blend musicality, emotional expression, line and extension with acrobatic movements in a dance context. Acro technique includes balancing, limbering, tumbling, balancing and partnering, based in flexibility and strength. We follow the Acrobatic Arts syllabus which is a 12 step programme that starts at the very beginning of the acro journey. We also will be offering Acrobatic Arts Exams.
Acro-Dance is not the same as gymnastics and requires different training. Dance training is essential to the success of the Acro-Dancer. The students will learn to seamlessly incorporate their Acro skills into dance routines.
Pointe and Technique
Students are invited to these classes once teachers feel they have the
strength & technique needed to enable them to work safely on pointe. This is a big achievement and students are all very keen to get their first pair of pointe shoes!
The class works on the strength, poise, balance and flexibility to enhance
pointe work. Classes will also include general body conditioning. Pupils are encouraged to continually work on their strength and flexibility to improve their ability as a dancer.
Progressing Ballet Technique
Progressing Ballet Technique is an innovative program using a fit ball
developed by Marie Walton-Mahon for students to understand the depth of training muscle memory in achieving their personal best in classical ballet. It improves students understanding of core stability, weight placement and alignment.
It is sometimes difficult for students to feel what muscles initiate the correct alignment in their ballet training. However, as the fit ball is continually mobile under the student’s’ body it gives the students a proprioception for their posture and weight placement whilst feeling each correct muscle groups.It is a truly fantastic programme that not only hugely benefits the students alongside their ballet classes but is great fun!