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Contemporary Dance

Contemporary dance is a style of expressive dance that combines elements of modern jazz, lyrical and classical ballet.  Contemporary dance classes contain fluid dance movements and grounded floor work using different styles of music to inspire personal artistry and creativity.  

Acrobatic Dance

Acrobatic Dance is a beautiful fusion of the artistic motion of dance and the athleticism of acrobatics.  AcroDance is not the same as gymnastics.  An AcroDancer must complete all the skills on the hard stage without the  advantage of a sprung floor, while seamlessly integrating musicality, emotional expression, extension, control and line.

This programme is designed to promote excellence in flexibility, strength, balance, limbering, tumbling, basic contortion and partner/group stunting for dancers.

Our programme will offer an internally graded syllabus from Primary to Grade 6 and external  IDTA grade exams.

Singing (for Show Group)

An exciting class for Juniors (5-9 years olds) and Inter/Seniors (10 and above).  The children will be working on voice technique, voice production, harmonies and diction under the direction of Helen Johnson. The children will work on age-appropriate songs from stage and film.

Pre School Ballet

A class designed for boys and girls aged 2 and half to school age to encourage musicality, imagination, freedom of movement and build confidence.  Loosely based on classical technique using action songs, stories, percussion and props to inspire movement and create fun.

Based on numbers enrolled, this class may be split into; 2-3 years and 3-4 years.  

Ballet (IDTA syllabus)

Ballet and classical technique is the foundation for all dance styles.   The International Dance Teachers Association (IDTA) ballet grade syllabus provides the young dancer with challenging and exciting ‘building blocks’ to progress from Preparatory to Advanced II.

Teen and Adult Ballet

Wish you had never given up? Or wish you had taken lessons when you were younger?  Perhaps you are taking GCSE or BTEC dance at school and would like to improve your technique.  Whatever the reason, adult and teen ballet could be for you.  These are non-syllabus classes.

Modern Jazz

Modern jazz is based on classical technique and classes are designed to be a combination of structure and fun.   Classes are set to music from every genre and musicality and performance is encouraged.  Modern jazz is a popular class and a natural progression from classical ballet.   A mix of syllabus and free class format is used.  Classes are currently available from Preparatory level to Grade 5.

Tap

A popular class with all ages, tap encompasses all music genres.  A mix of syllabus and free class format is used to keep the interest and fun-factor high!  Classes are currently offered from Preparatory level to Grade 5.

Freestyle

Freestyle dance has increased in popularity over recent years.   Young dancers, inspired by street and commercial dance that is so popular on the television, greatly enjoy dancing to the latest music and the less structured approach to dance.  Freestyle is offered for senior for boys and girls 11 and over..

Musical Theatre

A chance to sing, act and dance - all in one class!  The class will comprise; warm-ups, drama games and drama techniques, vocal technique and production, acting through song and dance.

The juniors will work towards IDTA Rosette awards and the intermediates and seniors will work towards IDTA Star Dance awards.

Competition Squad

Our competition squad rehearsals began in September 2015 to prepare groups and troupes for dance festivals and competitions throughout Yorkshire.  Our elite dancers compete at festivals throughout Yorkshire and beyond in groups and troupes, duets, trios and solos. 

 

'Squad' is by invitation-only.

Private Lessons

One to one sessions are offered to students to prepare exam work and learn routines for dance festivals and competitions. 

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