Children can start Mini Stars from the age of 3. This is a combined class the emphasis is on the Ballet with a little taster of Tap! Basic dance steps and music interpretation are taught in a varied way in a fun “play” atmosphere. Early dance helps to develop co-ordination, confidence, spatial awareness, basic technique and social skills. When the children reach full-time school age there is a natural progression to the next level of classes, where all subjects are taken separately and they can start working towards exams if they wish.
Classical Ballet & Pointe Work
Ballet is the basis of all dance and we encourage all our pupils to include a ballet class in their weekly timetable. Our classes follow the Imperial Ballet syllabus which develops a strong basic technique combined with an understanding of co-ordination and musical interpretation, all of which are essential parts of classical training.
Our rising 5’s will start off in Pre Primary which is a very creative syllabus which leads to a “class style” exam which allows the teacher to accompany the children into their first exam. Pupils then progress through the grades at a pace dictated by the individual. All pupils reaching Grade 5 will then be assessed as to their suitability for pointe work classes.
Our classes follow the ISTD Tap grades. The new ISTD tap grades encourage a greater understanding of cultural music and rhythms and develop an up to date relaxed and easy Tap style.
Tap Dance is one of the most exciting and rhythmic forms of dance. As pupils progress through the grades they will gain an extensive knowledge of Tap vocabulary and strong sense of timing & musicality – above all else it is great fun! We have strong links with http://www.tapattack.co.uk and currently have 3 of our students tapping for The England Team.
Again our Modern classes follow the Imperial syllabus. The syllabus incorporates many different styles including Lyrical, Jazz, Contemporary and other dance styles which give pupils the ability to adapt to the ever changing fashions in dance.
The children’s Modern grades are based on natural movements: walking, running, jumping and skipping. Modern classes help develop flexibility, stamina and strength.
We encourage our Modern students to add a Technical Jazz Class to their timetable to enhance their work.
Musical Theatre classes will work on singing technique, confidence, performance & audition skills.
The Musical Theatre students will learn the art of blending Song & Dance and will have the opportunity to perform at many Dance Connection productions & events. We would hope to give all our Musical Theatre students at least one stage performance per term.
Classes will cover:
Songs from the Musicals
Songs from the screen
Plus many more….
Dance Connection has created its very own Technical Jazz Syllabus. As with most things dance is constantly evolving, so to keep our students challenged and current this specially designed syllabus has been implemented throughout the school.
There are 4 levels to the syllabus and each level is designed to build on the skills learnt in the previous level.
Warm Up / Flexibility Exercises / Core strength Exercises
Dance Vocabulary / Tricks / Corner work / Turns