Inspiring Dance and Drama Classes for Children 6 Years to Teenager
The BEST industry-recognised syllabuses throughout our classes...
Drama & Musical Theatre Classes
Pupils work towards shows, BTDA performance medal tests and LAMDA graded examinations.
Our pupils are grouped according to age and ability and learn genuine drama and musical theatre techniques to develop confidence, communication skills, advanced emotional development, various acting styles and many other professional, life and performance skills. This class can be taken on its own or with dance classes. As well as taking on the acting roles in our shows the following core components are taught:
Developing a strong speaking voice and good memory skills by learning and performing scripts.
Improvisation and Devising Drama
Developing creativity by exploring ideas and themes, and realising them through devised dramatic performances.
Gaining an understanding of non-verbal communication by exploring body language and facial expression, and putting it into a dramatic performance.
Speech and Speaking Verse and Prose
Develop the skills necessary for effective oral communication of the written word technical skills such as memory.
Musical Theatre help students to develop their acting and singing skills. It encourages empathy and self-awareness, as learners are required to present believable characters through both acting and song.
Our Classical Ballet pupils are grouped by age and ability. Classes focus mainly on the ISTD Imperial Classical Ballet syllabus but for variety will also include BTDA Classical Ballet work, plus other classical dance studies (our favourite being Classical Greek Lyrical). Junior to Senior pupils also have an in-class award scheme to reward their dedication to this perfect classical art form. Pupils work towards shows, BTDA performance medals and ISTD graded examinations.
Typical classical ballet classes include the full scope of ballet content: barre work, centre practice, port de bras, adage, allegro, petite batterie, demi pointe, pirouettes and variations.
Pointe work is strictly by invitation only after mature enough students have demonstrated correct strength and technique during pre-pointe evaluations.
The various levels and award schemes are as follows:
Junior Ballet Awards
Children collect ballet vocabulary stickers in their Junior Ballet dictionary and work towards Level 1, Level 2 and Level 3 badges. The vocabulary includes the French ballet terms, names of ballets and musical terms. Children are also introduced to the music of ballets such as Swan Lake, Giselle and Coppélia.
Junior Jewel Awards
The learning vocabulary progresses to include more ballet movements, directions, theatrical terms and music notation. The ruby, emerald and diamond jewel medals are a delightful addition to Melody Movement dancer’s collection. The award includes a simple question and answer choice for the student to prepare for her presentation.
Ballet Classique and Le Grande Classique (Senior Ballet Pupils)
This award scheme is optional as it is no longer worked on in the class structure, instead it is a fun home-study programme providing young dancers with opportunities to learn more about the world of ballet and dance, reinforce ballet vocabulary, study theatre craft and explore how art, sculpture, shape and form, nature and literature can be used as creative stimuli for dance and movement. Students can show and share their other skills such as writing, research, art and design and poetry as they complete the challenges. To celebrate students’ achievements there are a total of six Ballet Classique medals to work towards followed by Grande Classique Coins.
Pointe work will be offered to pupils when they meet the physical and academic prerequisites.
Our Modern Jazz and Lyrical classes are always varied and explore the diversity of this genre to the fullest. Routines are often stylised including everything from Charleston to Pop and Street. Pupils work towards BTDA Performance medal test, ISTD graded examinations and shows.
Our pupils are grouped according to age and ability and learn all of the core theatre dance styles as follows:
Modern Theatre Dance
Modern Theatre Dance defies a single permanent definition. This is largely due to its ability to adapt, develop and evolve with the changing fashion in dance. Through a carefully planned and well-tried syllabus, which combines modern dance, jazz, street and other dance styles, young people are trained to become disciplined and versatile dancers who have a professional attitude towards dance.
This beautiful style of dance is a fusion of ballet, jazz and contemporary. Because lyrical dancing focuses on the expression of strong emotion, the style concentrates more on individual approach and expressiveness than the precision of the dancer's movements.
Pupils work towards shows, BTDA Performance Medal Tests and ISTD graded examinations. We also participate in the national Tapathon world record attempts.
Apart from being an essential skill for the professional dancer, tap dance is one of the most enjoyable and rhythmic forms of recreational dance. Tap has evolved as an American dance form, popularised throughout the world, with debate about its origins coming from African dance, Irish dance and/or clog dancing. Tap dance is a theatrical art form often seen on stage in musicals.
We keep dancers interested by exploring as many different styles of tap dance - from Waltz & Lyrical to Jive & Urban.
Acrobatics Dance Classes
Pupils work towards Acrobatic Arts certification, BTDA performance medal tests and shows.
Acrobatic Dance, or acro as it is commonly referred to by dancers and dance professionals, is the beautiful fusion of classic dance technique and the precision and athleticism of acrobatic elements. Often defined by unique choreography, acro dancers seamlessly blend musicality, emotional expression, line and extension with acrobatic movements in a dance context.
Recently, acro gained popularity with the wide spread success of the contemporary circus productions of Cirque du Soleil. Main stream media including dance television programs like ‘So You Think You Can Dance’, ‘America’s Best Dance Crew’ and ‘Dance Moms’ have further fuelled it’s demand in amateur competitive dance and studio settings.
Acro is an especially challenging style for dancers to master as training in both dance and acrobatic elements is required. Acro technique includes balancing, limbering, tumbling and partnering, based in flexibility, contortion and strength.
Rebecca is a fully qualified Acrobatic Arts certified teacher, plus is a certified Alixa Flexibility instructor to provide safe and effective world-class techniques.
We highly recommend that all acrobatics pupils are enrolled on at least 1 dance class to ensure that the standard of dance matches their acrobatics knowledge.