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Children’s Dance Classes

Children and young people from 4 years old are offered classes in Ballet, Musical Theatre Dance, Tap and Contemporary Dance. Ballet and Tap classes from Pre-Primary upwards follow the ISTD syllabus. Students are offered the opportunity to take formal exams or just dance for fun!

Dance offers children structure, respect for others and a healthy, creative outlet to express themselves. My aim is to nurture healthy dancers, both mentally and physically.

Ballet Classes

ISTD Syllabus classes

 

 

 

 

Ballet Classes

Children’s Ballet is taught following the syllabus of the ISTD (Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing), one of the world’s leading dance examination boards.

Ballet is a fantastic way for both girls and boys to develop and refine gross motor skills, flexibility, fitness and social interaction. Classes for young children are structured to learn through fun, role-play and imagination! The Grades have been devised to provide a worthwhile sense of achievement for children and young people who dance for recreation and for children hoping to pursue a career in classical ballet.

Although children are offered the opportunity to take exams, there is no pressure and students can just dance for the love of it!

Find the perfect class below. Age ranges are just guidelines. If a child falls in the middle of one of the class age ranges, I will decide the most suitable class for them after a trial lesson.

Booking

Class4Kids is used for parents to make bookings, trials, re-enrol, pay for classes and update contact information. Choose the required class from the schedule and set up your account. If your child is trialling a class, you will receive an email after the trial which will ask you if you would like to book for the rest of the term or be forgotten. If you’re not quite sure which class to choose then please contact me to ask my advice.

 

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Pre-Primary Ballet 4-5 years (Reception)

Suitable for students who have started reception year at school. The Pre-Primary class is a combination of creative movement, mime and imagination coupled with set syllabus steps, creating a magical, adventurous ballet class. This class will allow children to express themselves while at the same time establishing the foundations of correct classical ballet technique.

 

Tuesdays 4:00-4:45pm

Fridays 4:00-4:45pm

Primary Ballet 6-7 years

The Primary ballet class begins to teach students the more in-depth movements of classical ballet technique, body awareness, style and poise.

It also introduces:

  • Dance dynamics
  • Concepts of music
  • Free interpretation through movement and music
  • Social and emotional development
  • Listening skills
  • Fine and gross motor skills
  • Concepts of direction and position
  • Physical fitness
  • Grooming and presentation skills
  • Self confidence and self esteem

 

Tuesdays 4:45-5:30pm

Fridays 4:45-5:30pm

Grade 1 Ballet

Grade 1 sees children being introduced to the barre for the first time. Children begin using the barre after they have established sufficient strength and control of their limbs and core. Students will begin to learn the French terms for steps and positions of the arms and feet and develop technique and presentation skills.

 

Fridays 6:15-7.00pm

Grade 2 Ballet

Grade 2 is the natural progression from Grade 1. Students will continue to develop a sound classical Ballet technique and further understanding of movement vocabulary and French terms used.

 

Tuesdays 5:30-6:15pm

 

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Contact me to sign up for a class or arrange a trial class before signing up to the term. I will get back to you as soon as possible to confirm your child’s attendance. If you’re not quite sure which class to choose then please contact me to ask my advice.

ISTD – Imperial Classical Ballet

The use of the Imperial Classical Ballet syllabi gives the teacher guidance in correct and safe teaching methods for all age groups and at all levels from beginner to professional. Children and students are encouraged to acquire a sound basic technique combined with an understanding of co-ordination and musical interpretation which are the essentials of a pure classical training. Numerous outstanding teachers, and classical dancers in major international ballet companies, have been wholly trained within the Imperial Classical Ballet syllabi.

Children’s Examinations

These have been devised to provide a worthwhile sense of achievement both for children and young adults who dance for recreation and for children hoping to pursue a career in classical ballet. The Grades develop a child’s technical ability and understanding, giving him or her a sense of dance, poise and an understanding of its relation to music. For each Grade the candidate is required to perform one of the set dances or classical variations appropriate for that level, thus developing their use of mime. Additionally there are mime and music sections in each of the Class Tests (Pre-Primary).

Pre-School Ballet and Tap

Drop in classes

Mini Ballet & Tap

Mini Ballet & Tap is suitable for 3-4 year olds before starting reception. The classes are imagination-based, using fun stories, props, illustrations and classical music specially arranged for pre-school age children. The class is split into 30 minutes of Ballet then 15 minutes of Tap. These classes develop co-ordination, good posture, strength and suppleness. Children will learn to dance one at a time, waiting in turn, spatial awareness, and musical appreciation. Ballet also encourages self-discipline, musicality, self expression and listening skills. This is the perfect stepping stone before starting Pre-Primary Ballet from when children start Reception. Parents are encouraged to allow their little dancer to take part in the class all by themselves while staying in a seated area in the studio to observe and aid any toilet breaks.

This class is Pay as you go and runs during term times.

 

Booking

Class4Kids is used for parents to make bookings, trials, re-enrol, pay for classes and update contact information. Choose the required class from the schedule and set up your account. If your child is trialling a class, you will receive an email after the trial which will ask you if you would like to book for the rest of the term or be forgotten. If you’re not quite sure which class to choose then please contact me to ask my advice.

 

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Mini Ballet & Tap 3-4 years

Tuesdays 11:15-12:00

£5 pay as you go

 

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These classes are pay as you go, drop in classes.

Contact me to book you child’s first visit.

 

 

Modern Theatre Jazz

ISTD Syllabus Classes

 

 

 

Modern Theatre Jazz Classes

Children’s Modern Theatre Jazz is taught following the syllabus of the ISTD (Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing), one of the world’s leading dance examination boards.

These classes are lively and lots of fun! They follow the ISTD Modern Theatre Syllabus where children learn core dance skills which are developed and built upon as they progress through the grades. The lessons are based around a structured syllabus which involves learning set exercises as well as free dances, providing the children with the opportunity to take exams.

This style of dance is one of the three core Theatre Dance subjects, (Ballet, Tap & Modern) and often seen on the stages of musical productions and is known for its theatrical qualities. The style uses traveling steps, high kicks, leaps, and turns which all need strength and flexibility.

Booking

Class4Kids is used for parents to make bookings, trials, re-enrol, pay for classes and update contact information. Choose the required class from the schedule and set up your account. If your child is trialling a class, you will receive an email after the trial which will ask you if you would like to book for the rest of the term or be forgotten. If you’re not quite sure which class to choose then please contact me to ask my advice.

 

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Junior Modern 7-11 years

 

Thursdays 5:30-6:15pm

Fees
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Contact me to sign up for a class or arrange a trial class before signing up to the term. I will get back to you as soon as possible to confirm your child’s attendance. If you’re not quite sure which class to choose then please contact me to ask my advice.

Children’s Examinations

A series of examinations has been created from children’s grades through to professional teaching qualifications. The children’s work is based on natural movements: walking, running, jumping and skipping. It is designed to encourage an imaginative and rapid response from beginners. The Jazz Awards provide a basic grounding in modern jazz, and are ideal for the late beginner or as a recreational course of movement. Boys’ work has been developed to meet increasing demand for a modern dance training for boys.

Tap Classes

ISTD Syllabus classes

 

 

 

 

Tap Classes

Children’s Tap is taught following the syllabus of the ISTD (Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing), one of the world’s leading dance examination boards.

Tap dance is one of the most enjoyable and rhythmic forms of recreational dance. Tap is excellent for developing a sense of rhythm and musicality and children have great fun making different sounds with their feet!

Find the perfect class below. Age ranges are just guidelines. If a child falls in the middle of one of the class age ranges, I will decide the most suitable class for them after a trial lesson.

Booking

Class4Kids is used for parents to make bookings, trials, re-enrol, pay for classes and update contact information. Choose the required class from the schedule and set up your account. If your child is trialling a class, you will receive an email after the trial which will ask you if you would like to book for the rest of the term or be forgotten. If you’re not quite sure which class to choose then please contact me to ask my advice.

 

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Primary Tap 4-6 years

The perfect class to introduce children to the concept of tap dancing. A fun class exploring basic tap steps and rhythms.

Thursdays 4:00-4:45pm

Junior Tap 7+ years

Using different rhythms and time signatures, children develop a well tuned sense of musicality, along with co-ordination and appreciation of different types of music.

Thursdays 4:45-5:30pm

Fees
Locations
Term Dates
Uniform

Contact me to sign up for a class or arrange a trial class before signing up to the term. I will get back to you as soon as possible to confirm your child’s attendance.

 

Musical Theatre Dance

Drop in classes

Musical Theatre Dance

A fun, structured dance class to encourage children and young people to dance and be fit, active and healthy! These classes begin with a warm-up, moving onto traveling steps including kicks, jumps, turns and leaps, floor work to strengthen, stretch and loosen the muscles and joints and finishes with fun routines to musical theatre favourites.

 

Students who wish to take their dance studies further, will be offered the opportunity to join a more structured exam class following the ISTD Modern Theatre Syllabus. (Junior Modern Theatre Dance – Thursdays 5.30-6.15pm)

 

Children can start Musical Theatre Dance classes from the age of 6. Classes are divided by age based on standard child cognitive development and capabilities. This ensures that that the content is suitable for them.

 

This class works through dance steps, developing musicality, flexibility, strength and dance style. Children learn the Jazz dance style through fun and imagery. This class will allow children to express themselves while at the same time establishing the foundations of dance technique. The young children’s work is based on natural movements; walking, running, jumping and skipping.

 

 

Booking

Class4Kids is used for parents to make bookings, trials, re-enrol, pay for classes and update contact information. Choose the required class from the schedule and set up your account. If your child is trialling a class, you will receive an email after the trial which will ask you if you would like to book for the rest of the term or be forgotten. If you’re not quite sure which class to choose then please contact me to ask my advice.

 

BOOK A CLASS

 

Theatre Dance 6-8 years

Fridays 5:30-6:15pm

 

Fees
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Term Dates
Uniform

These classes are pay as you go, drop in classes to encourage children to dance and be active!

Contact me to book you child’s first visit.

 

 

Contemporary Dance

Classes for 11+ years

Contemporary Dance

This class is perfect for students from the age of 11, who want to explore free movement and creativity while learning dance technique, proper alignment, use of breath and weight and performance quality. This class is fun yet challenging and is the perfect partner for any child wishing to study GCSE or A Level dance or those who want to dance just for fun!

Contemporary Dance classes will start with a warm up, floor work, travelling steps from the corner and across the floor and end with short dance sequences. Students will also be given the opportunity to explore their own choreographic ideas and work with other students.

Booking

Class4Kids is used for parents to make bookings, trials, re-enrol, pay for classes and update contact information. Choose the required class from the schedule and set up your account. If your child is trialling a class, you will receive an email after the trial which will ask you if you would like to book for the rest of the term or be forgotten. If you’re not quite sure which class to choose then please contact me to ask my advice.

 

BOOK A CLASS

 

Contemporary Dance

Mondays 5:00-6:00pm

 

Fees
Locations
Term Dates
Uniform

Contact me to sign up for a class or arrange a trial class before signing up to the term. I will get back to you as soon as possible to confirm your child’s attendance.