Our Junior Classes are longer in length and challenge and push students more than the Mini’s classes. Students who are at the older end of the Junior Age Group and have good strength, turn out, great Ballet technique and who have been dancing with us an appropriate amount of years might able to join our Pointe classes (at the teacher’s discretion and judgement).
Our Musical Theatre Class is now longer to allow for more rehearsal time for shows. Our Junior students’ combine with our seniors to take part in the end of year musical every June at a local theatre. We encourage students now to also explore taking part in Musical Theatre Solo examination – a great way to achieve a worldwide recognised qualification, expand skills and have fun.
Our Junior Students all work towards the same goals in class and are not split into exam and non-exam groups. We do put more emphasis on exam work now because at this age we feel it is important for the student to have a solid achievement to work towards. There is no better feeling than a student putting in extra hard work for a few months before an exam and being able to celebrate their success with them. Our competition team for this age group continues and if children haven’t already done so, we encourage them to explore the option of performing Solos and Duo/Trios
Classes now move onto covering grade work and developing old and teaching new steps. We start to work on routines suitable for examination and show purposes. Through the routines we work on developing rhythmical skills alongside presentation and performance aspect of Tap dance.
Ballet is the basis of all genres of dance. With our Mini’s we now start to work more on creating a solid technique from which we can then work on developing and teaching harder dance steps. We use a variety of Ballet techniques (IDTA, BATD, ABT) and aid the teaching of this technique with the use of PBT (progressing Ballet Technique). We feel following this programme weekly enhances and solidifies correct and safe dance technique quicker than other, older methods. PBT is the highlight of the week for some children !
This class now works on developing a more solid foundation for stretching and conditioning. We use a variety of barre, floor and centre exercises to achieve a great technique suitable for current Modern Jazz trends. Our students just love to see how high their leaps and jumps go, how close they are to all 3 types of splits and how many turns they can do ! Certainly a hard working and lively, funky and modern class to go to....
Highland & Scottish National
We now start to work on our set Highland and Scottish National dances. A proper and correct technique is taught and developed which will allow students to take part in examinations or Highland Competitions. After a 45 minute highland dance class our students are certainly much fitter – did you know that a 6 step fling is the equivalent to running a mile ? No wonder our dancers are so fit !
Individuality is the main aim of this class. Students are now comfortable with the 4 main styles of street – Hip Hop, Popping, Locking and Breaking. We allowed the students the chance to become choreographers developing new steps and their own identity and sense of style through improvisations and ciphers. We educate the students on the history of street so they know how and where their style of dance has come from and how it may develop in the future years – after all our children are our future dancers and choreographers ....
This is now run through our Acrobatic Class with Scottish and British Gymnastics. The classes are run as recreational ones where we work on building vital strength required for Acrobatic tricks, Flexibility and individual / Pair / Trio / Group skills, balances and tempo moves. We do have a more serious class for students who wish to compete. There is an element of extra commitment for the competitive Acro classes but our staff are happy to talk this through with you if your child shows an interest in competing.
Musical Theatre (2 hr Class)
Our class now is longer so we can work on mini performance pieces. The students enjoy 40 minute classes in Singing, Jazz Dance and Acting. We encourage students to take part in the class in groups and also perform in solo parts. Occasionally, depending on what end of year Musical we have, we may invite students to take part in the show. Children are offered the chance to take part in the Young Performers Trinity College exam or if they are towards the Junior age group we will encourage them to take part in a solo exam.
Acting and Performance
This class harnesses the acting tools the student already possess – your body, voice, and imagination – to physically express ideas, transform into multi-dimensional characters, and tell moving stories. Gain skills in creative thinking and public speaking, building confidence in yourself and your craft. Children learn to develop their creativity and imagination through mime and improvisation.