2+ Move to Music
The Movement to Music programme is the first step for our youngest pupils, and involves both the child and their parent/carer. At this age children love music, moving and storytelling - so we harness that energy and curiosity to explore their imagination through basic principles of dance. Little ones need encouragement and the hands-on approach of a grown up until they have the strength to go solo. They progress at their own rate, moving up to the next level of difficulty as they get stronger.
Ballet technique is built on good posture, enabling young dancers to turn out their legs to achieve a full range and ease of movement. With the body correctly aligned they can then build a secure technique that enables them to move with grace, poise and accuracy. Consequently, ballet class works all the muscle groups, creating a strong, flexible body which can perform intricate series of steps with energy and expression.
The Academy is our associate programme where our most enthusiastic and dedicated dancers can study in greater depth. Classes are intended to prepare them for the study of ballet at vocational level. They also provide them with extra opportunities to perform.
Our Adult Ballet classes are for everyone, whether they're beginners keen to enhance a healthy lifestyle, or those who took classes as a child and are keen to reawaken their skills. Everyone is assured of a warm welcome in a supportive, relaxed yet disciplined environment; one in which you are firmly encouraged to leave the strains and stresses of the day at the door!
Our Modern & Jazz classes are influenced by the sounds and rhythms of jazz music. They also showcase an individual child's skills in improvisation and their ability to work in a group. They encourage dancers to interpret the music using their emotions and moods, and to explore the use of gravity and their own body weight to enhance movement. Modern & Jazz classes include exercises that develop core strength, flexibility and stamina.
Musical Theatre uses the principles of drama in conjunction with songs, words and dance. Communicating the emotional content of the piece - humour, love and anger, as well as the story itself - is achieved by combining words, music, movement and the more technical aspects of stage entertainment.