Disco Ducks (18 months - 3 years)
Disco Ducks is the ultimate pre school dance experience, written & created by ISTD Fellow & Examiner Amanda Hughes. The benefits of dance in young children are immense, writes Amanda Hughes, to teach children to dance and discover the joy it brings is a real privilege! The list of qualities are endless: Increased self esteem, co-ordination, balance & poise, concentration and most important of all a real sense of fun! With fun, catchy bespoke music & themed classes with a very special fluffy friend.
Pre School Ballet & Tap (3 & 4 years old)
Our Pre School class is suitable for children aged 3 & 4. This is a combined class the emphasis is on the Ballet with a little taster of Tap! Basic dance steps, mime and music interpretation are taught in a varied way with the emphasis on enjoyment. Early dance helps to develop co-ordination, confidence, balance and social skills. When the children turn 5 years old there is a natural progression then to the next classes, where all subjects are taken separately and they can start working towards exams if they wish.
Classical Ballet (5 years upwards)
Ballet is the basis of all dance. The classes follow the Imperial Ballet syllabus which develops a strong basic technique combined with an understanding of co-ordination and musical interpretation, these are essentials of classical training. The grades all progressively develop in technical ability and understanding, giving each pupil a sense of dance , poise and it's relation to the music. Once pupils arrive at Standard 5 they are individually assessed by their teacher for their suitability for pointe shoes and progressing to pointe work.
Tap Dance (5 years upwards)
The classes follow the new Imperial syllabus and once again there are seven grades ranging from Primary to Grade 6. Tap Dance is one of the most enjoyable and rhythmic forms of dance. Through the grades the pupils gain an extensive knowledge of the Tap vocabulary and a greater understanding of music and rhythm.
Modern Jazz (5 years upwards)
The classes follow the Imperial syllabus. There are seven grades ranging from Primary - Grade 6. The syllabus combines modern dance, jazz and other dance styles with ability to adapt with ever changing fashions in dance. The children's work is based on natural movements: walking, running, jumping and skipping. Modern classes help develop flexibility, stamina and strength. From Grade 3 upwards pupils also study the Jazz Awards between the grades, providing a basic knowledge in Jazz and is also great fun dancing to chart music!