Modern Dance Classes
What is Modern Dance?
Modern Theatre dance originated in America before travelling to the rest of the world, often seen on stage in musical and theatre productions. The ISTD is one of the world’s leading dance examination boards and ensures that all their registered teachers are thoroughly trained to be safe practitioners of dance.
Modern Theatre Dance
Designed for students ages 4 years and over, this class encapsulates all styles of dance you might see in a modern theatre – from jazz to lyrical, street to contemporary. Emphasis is on the learning of solid technique, increasing strength, coordination, musicality, rhythm and stage presence. Classes follow the ISTD syllabus, where there is the opportunity to enter for examinations.
Infant / Pre-School Dance Classes
This class offers an introduction to modern dance for 3-4 year olds in a safe and nurturing environment. Emphasis is on imagination and fun, while teaching them the basic skills needed to progress in Modern. We use lots of props and games to really bring the class to life for little ones. Classes start from age 3 and a half – children need to be happy to be left at class without a parent watching.
Dance Academy Shows & Examinations
All students (normally age 6 and over) are offered the opportunity to participate in the annual Dance Academy Showcase. Each class gets the opportunity to showcase what they have learnt on the stage at the Footlights Show. Children are fully costumed and get to experience a professional theatre environment. Performance skills are vital in dance and these shows really give them an opportunity to enhance those skills.
As well as our annual showcase, we also offer our students entry for examinations with the ISTD where suitable. We have an 100% pass rate, with the majority of students receiving Merits and Distinctions. Dance examinations give students a great sense of achievement and let them see their own progress. They are also good preparation for academic examinations, public speaking and job interviews, preparing them well for a variety of scenarios.