Dance training begins at a very early age with our Parent/Toddler little stars class where young children are introduced to music and moving to music in a fun way. Children of this age have basic motor skills but love music so we use different types of music and different props to stimulate creativity and instill a love of dancing. Pupils then attend our Pre-School classes where we use lots of imagination and props to develop their large motor skills of running, walking, turning, jumping and skipping as well as starting to develop fine motor skills of the hands, legs and feet.
Once children are old enough to start school, their classes become slightly more structured and we begin to work towards the examination specifications of the Royal Academy of Dance (R.A.D.) and the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing (I.S.T.D). The emphasis is still firmly on fostering artistry, developing motor skills and laying the foundations of good dance technique whilst having fun.
As children get older, they will begin to refine their technique, skills and artistry in ballet lessons based on the training of the RAD and modern and tap lessons based on the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing syllabi, and can take examinations when they are ready. This is always at the discretion of the teacher, who will only enter children for examinations when they are completely ready.
Other classes available include
Adult classes in ballet and tap
Body conditioning for dance students (open to dancers from other dance schools, with teachers' permission)
For more information on exams visit www.rad.org.uk or www.istd.org