Baby Ballet is where it all starts. Ballet is the core of all forms of dance. Our youngest students start to develop rhythm, the early feet and arm positions, a sense of group work and development of fun and imagination. These classes also aim to encourage social skills and enhance coordination. We believe it is important for these introductory lessons to have a live pianist to accompany the children as we have discovered this helps with musicality and rhythmical understanding.
Ballet is the core dance form which assists with the learning of all disciplines of dance. Students quickly develop strength, flexibility, posture and discipline as they advance through the grades. We follow the ISTD syllabus which allows aspiring dancers to learn the basics right up to the advanced stages of training and beyond. For those that wish to eventually perform professionally or teach, classical ballet training is a must.
Modern theatre dance is the foundation of Jazz, Street Jazz, Lyrical and Contemporary dance forms. This subject gives more depth to movement, increased flexibility and is a vibrant way to express yourself to lively music. Once again, it helps to develop confidence, flow, coordination and strength, whilst being fun & exhilarating at the same time.
Tap, the favourite genre of many. Creating rhythms with your feet! There are many different styles of tap. We have many different classes to choose from for all ages and fantastic teachers who have performed with and have been taught by the best in the business. We will really show you what you can achieve with your feet.
National is folk dancing focussing on styles of dancing found all over the world. The classes involve learning about different countries and appreciating the forms of each countries official style of national dance. The dances include solo, partner and group work and is a very interesting subject which students learn not only about the geography of the dance but about the culture and lifestyle of the countries they study.
Jazz is an exciting extension of ISTD modern dance. Often fast and choreographed to up-to-the-minute music, jazz is the beginning of commercial choreography and musical theatre training. An important subject for those who wish to pursue a career in the performing arts.
Disco is a fast paced, freestyle dance style that originates from disco dancing in the 70's. However since then the dance form is full of short combinations, fast high paced technical work and also builds stamina and is a very physical subject. Full of high leaps, energetic turns and work that requires to build strength and flexibility it is a nice contrast to it's similar style like modern and jazz.
Street is an off syllabus style of dance and has become very popular in the commercial industry since 2002. We encourage students to be brave and express themselves with this complex and tricky various styles of the street form. Once mastered it can become an incredibly effective art form and brings great competitive spirit into the classroom allowing students to demonstrate individual tricks and abilities. Our diverse range of teaching staff enables us to provide adequate training for this. We look at Street Jazz, Hip-Hop, Popping and Locking, Commercial and Whacking.
Contemporary Dance is a 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. These classes will help students connect their dance ability with emotions and the qualities hidden within the music.
A great repertoire class for those wishing to / taking GCSE or A-Level Dance.
Dance Acro is a developed flexibility and strength building class designed for those who wish to enhance their dancing potential with specific exercises focusing on specific body conditioning, including core strength, turn out and range of movement. This then is worked into routines by adding the gymnastic/ acrobatics element. Students learn how to do tricks which is becoming more and more sought out for in performers in the professional world for shows and choreography. We like to teach these two techniques together so that all students gain safe techniques to enhance their overall strength and performance work
Pointe Work is for the more advanced student who will be encouraged to start pointe classes when our ballet teachers feel the individual is strong enough and have reached an appropriate level in their technique. This is covered in the more senior lessons as part of the syllabus work however we have a separate class to make sure students have time to really practice and learn strengthening footwork particularly for this section of the ballet curriculum. The class consists of foot strengthening, exercises for balance, core work and learning the progression and correct usage of demi pointe and full pointe in their work.
Adult Tap, Adult Ballet & Adult Freestyle are suitable for all adults and levels. Whether you've always wanted to give it a try or have danced the style previously these fun lessons are a great way to explore these different dance styles, meet new people and have fun. A combination of exercises and routines are taught to cater for those who want to improve their technique or those who simply come as another fitness/social option.Classes vary between 45mins-60mins per class depending on subject.
We offer dance coaching, acting coaching, vocal coaching and piano tuition (with ABRSM qualification through grades) for all levels of ability, whether it be just for fun or of a professional nature then just give us a call and we'll work out what's best for you. If you need help with preparation for an audition, backing track music or anything else musical, don't be afraid to ask.
Cancellation Policy: Teachers must be informed no later than 24hrs before the lesson cancellation otherwise the full private lesson rate will be charged to cover pre-booked studio and teacher time.