Tiny Dancers

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HOP

2.5 - 4 yrs

This class introduces pre-school children to dance using music, props and stories. 

The emphasis is on moving and capturing the imagination. Each exercise builds essential motor skills, co-ordination and rhythm. Children work in groups to discover their first Tap, Modern and Ballet steps. This nurtures their social and emotional development.

Pupils can also study Ballet, Street + Yoga in separate classes from age 3. Please see below for further information.

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SKIP

4 - 6 yrs

Children are now able to remember the names of the steps they learn and begin putting them into short sequences. Following the Pre-Primary ISTD syllabus in Tap and Modern provides an appreciation of the contrasting styles and accompanying music, for example; rhythmic tap and jazzy modern.

Pupils now study Ballet separately in a dedicated class - see Pre-Primary Ballet below.

We also offer Street + Yoga classes for pupils of this age.

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JUMP

6 yrs +

Having learnt to ‘Hop’ and ‘Skip’, pupils now jump into dance with longer sequences demonstrating more precise technique. Improvisation is encouraged, drawn from the range of steps they have developed in their classes so far. There is an option of taking a class exam (where the teacher is present) in the Primary ISTD  Tap and Modern syllabi they have learned. 

Pupils continue to study Ballet separately in a dedicated class. - see Primary Ballet below.

We also offer Street + Yoga classes for pupils of this age.

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Beginners Ballet

3 - 6 yrs

Pre Primary Foundation (3 - 4 yrs), Pre Primary (4 - 6 yrs) + Primary (6 yrs +) are the introductory levels of the RAD’s graded examination syllabi. The classes develop physical skills, stamina, creativity, expression, and musicality using a range of sounds and musical styles. This prepares students for the transition to ballet and other dance genres at higher levels.

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Beginners Steet

3 - 5 yrs

Set to contrasting music from our other classes, street allows our tiny dancers total freedom of movement and expression.

Our style has a commercial/jazz edge to it, with dances always performed to the latest chart tunes.

There are no exams associated with Street - just fun!

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Beginners Yoga

3 - 5 yrs

The focus of these classes is on creativity, followed by a meditative aspect.

For our beginners pupils  'yoga' is broken down into a rhyme or story with lots of opportunity for children to use their imaginations.

Yoga improves flexibility and strengthens growing bodies as well as develops concentration.

Junior, Intermediate + Senior Dancers

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Tap

7 yrs +

Pupils continue to follow the ISTD syllabus and are now given the opportunity to take graded examinations. Tap is now taken on it's own in a dedicated 45 minute class.

The process of learning, memorising and performing choreographed sequences and dances increases self-confidence as well as strength and flexibility.

If taken to Grade 6 and above, the marks attained also count towards UCAS entrance points as they are recognised by Ofqual - the Office for Qualifications and Examinations Regulation.

Guide ages:
Grade 1: 7 - 8yrs, Grade 2: 8 - 9yrs, Grade 3: 9 - 11yrs, Grade 4: 12 - 14yrs, Grade 5 + 15yrs +

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Yoga

6 - 8 yrs

The focus of these classes is on creativity followed by a meditative aspect. 

For Juniors, there is more physicality and learning about their bodies. Yoga improves flexibility and strengthens growing bodies as well as develops concentration. The practice can also provide tools to manage anxiety.

 

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Modern

7 yrs +

Pupils continue to follow the ISTD syllabus and are now given the opportunity to take graded examinations. Modern is now taken on it's own in a dedicated 45 minute class.

The process of learning, memorising and performing choreographed sequences and dances increases self-confidence as well as strength and flexibility.

If taken to Grade 6 and above, the marks attained also count towards UCAS entrance points as they are recognised by Ofqual - the Office for Qualifications and Examinations Regulation.

Guide ages:
Grade 1: 7 - 8yrs, Grade 2: 8 - 9yrs, Grade 3: 9 - 11yrs, Grade 4: 12 - 14yrs, Grade 5 + 15yrs +

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Performance

7 yrs +

45 - 60 minute sessions incorporating limbering (for strength + flexibility) as well as new steps and routines not covered by the ISTD or RAD syllabi. Exercises become more challenging as the students progress through the classes and their stamina increases.

A variety of music and dance styles are covered in classes as pupils learn how the steps they have mastered translate to the stage, as well as how to perform in a group.

Guest teachers are invited in each term to cover all aspects of performance. This is a non exam based class and any performance opportunities sought out by teachers are offered to pupils of this class first.

Guide ages:
Junior: 7 - 9 yrs, Inter: 10 - 12 yrs, Snr: 13 yrs +

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Ballet

7 yrs +

By taking classes and working towards graded examinations, pupils develop core stability, weight placement, turn out + line.

Awareness of artistry and dynamics is also recognised and rewarded. Exercises encourage the development of sound technique, relevant for the ballet world of today. 

If taken to Grade 6 and above, the marks attained also count towards UCAS entrance points as they are recognised by Ofqual - the Office for Qualifications and Examinations Regulation.

Guide ages:
Grade 1: 7 - 8yrs, Grade 2: 8 - 9yrs, Grade 3: 9 - 11yrs, Grade 4: 12 - 14yrs, Grade 5 + 15yrs +

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Street

6 yrs +

'Street' is an informal style of dance involving a variety of moves often developed in public spaces such as streets, clubs and playgrounds.

Our style has a commercial/jazz edge to it which will challenge student's technique whilst they dance to their favourite music.

Guide ages:
Junior: 7 - 9 yrs, Inter: 10 - 12 yrs, Snr: 13 yrs +

Additional Classes

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Limbering

A free of charge class that is compulsory for anyone wishing to take Modern exams from Grade 1. The class is designed to increase strength + flexibility which cannot be covered within the syllabus Modern classes themselves.

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BBCon

Ballet Body Conditioning

A free of charge class for students Grade 1 + upwards. The session aims to improve flexibility, core stability, strength, fitness levels, stamina and coordination. This is achieved througha unique mix of body conditioning and ballet-based floor work.

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Pointe Prep

A free of charge class offering specific strengthening exercises to prepare pupils for the demands of pointe work.

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Vocational Training

Intermediate Foundation is the first of the RAD Vocational Graded Examinations in Dance Syllabus.

It provides an in-depth study of ballet; developing the technique, music and performance skills of the student. It also introduces Pointe work as part of the exam.

This is highly focused and practical training. For students wishing to take exams at Grade 4 and up; two ballet classes a week is standard. 

Vocational Graded classes require maturity and technical aptitude.