At this age our classes follow a more syllabus style class in preparation for examinations if students wish to take them. The syllabus that we follow in each class and our teacher’s lesson plans have been very carefully thought out and put in practise for many years ensuring that children progress and learn at stages appropriate for their age and stage development, keeping in mind the changing physicality of each dancer’s body as they grow. The classes have a fun element to them but are fully focussed so that they challenge the student’s to progress and reach their full potential. We now offer the Mini’s at this age to take part in our competition teams. Whether they want to do a Solo, Duo or Trio or just be part of a group performance there is something on offer within our competition team to suit all children and levels of confidence. The only requirement we have is that children take part in at least 2 classes a week and commit to our weekly competition class. We take part in competitions for fun more so than winning 1st place at this age but we recognise all successes the students achieve through hard work in rehearsal. We find that taking part in competitions gives the student a purpose and goal to aim to with their dance and performing arts classes learning vital life skills along the way.
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.