A Guide to Class Levels .......
Ages 3 and 4 years old. Emphasis is on imaginative and creative movement, story telling and play. Building communication, co-ordination and listening skills.
Ages 4-5. Basic ballet steps and creative movement.
Becoming a more structured class.
Primary Syllabus work, with a view to take the examination
at approximately 6 years old.
Ballet Grades 1-6
The grade examinations are taken at the teacher's
discretion. The age they are taken depends on the speed at which the pupil learns the syllabus, theory and a dance. It also depends on the pupil's physique, musicality and sense of performance. Pupils entering for grade three and above will be encouraged to take two classes a week. The candidates enter the exam in pairs. Grade 6 is equal to a GCSE, and is a fantastic level to reach. The majority of our pupils reach this level.
Ballet Standards 1-6
Standard examinations are a less formal procedure. The examiner will watch the pupils in a class environment along with their teacher. These exams are ideal for pupils who only come to one class a week.
Ballet Vocational levels
There are vocational examinations into which we enter pupils with an aptitude for Ballet and a strong technique. Intermediate foundation, Intermediate and Advanced levels are all taught, and entered for examinations.
Modern Dance is a mixture of jazz, lyrical jazz, street dance and commercial jazz. We follow the syllabus as outlined by the ISTD and are able to enter children for grade exams. It is fun to do both dance forms as they compliment each other. Modern Grades run from 1-6 and then move on to the same vocational levels as Ballet.
Contemporary Dance is a free and expressive dance form. This includes floor work with flowing and sometimes unusual movements. The contemporary class involves a body conditioning section. Contemporary compliments the other dance forms buy adding a new dynamic to the dancer and is a lot of fun too!
Commercial jazz is a very popular class. If you would like to dance like you see in music videos, live pop music performances and high energy group routines then this would be right for you.