Melody movement early learning is a unique dance curriculum which addresses the needs of children aged 18 months to School year1.
It is tailored to discovering & fulfilling the potential of each child, nurturing their creative development in musical movement, ballet & tap.
Loveable teddies Melody & Milligan Bear are the focal point of the early years curriculum & all their activities, stories, ideas & dreams can be told through dance & movement.
The carefully planned learning experience of each child ensures a successful transition from one stage to the next. The Melody & Milligan bear journey ends at the foundation ballet level as the children wave farewell to them at their graduation ceremony!
Ballet is the basis of all dance and we encourage all our pupils to include a ballet class in their weekly timetable. These classes develop a strong basic technique combined with an understanding of co-ordination and musical interpretation, all of which are essential parts of classical training.
All pupils reaching Grade 5 will then be assessed as to their suitability for pointe work classes.
Any pupils of an exceptional standard are encouraged to apply for royal ballet associates programme / summer school.
The 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 have had 3 of our students competing for Team GB & many attending the associates programme.
The ISTD modern syllabus incorporates many different styles including Lyrical, Jazz & Contemporary. It is often seen on the stages of musical productions and is known for it’s theatrical qualities.
It provides a good technical grounding whilst encouraging musicality & performance. We suggest our students add a technical jazz class alongside their modern to further enhance their work.
Musical Theatre classes encompass singing technique, confidence building, performance & audition skills.
Students will work on combining singing, dance and acting. We teach our students a range of vocal & dance techniques giving them the ability to pass from dialogue to song & dance seamlessly within a performance.
These classes also provide our students with the knowledge of theatrical forms & techniques including improvisation, mime, script work, projection & diction.
Dance Connection has created its very own high energy 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/ Leaps / Jumps / Improvisation & Performance skills
Acro & Dance Tech
Dance Connection have their own Air Track. The tracks are used for Tumbling, Acrobatics & travelling steps and are perfect for beginners to advanced students. They allow the students to create additional height, to correct technique & achieve new skills.
Skills that can achieved on the Air Track Ballet conditioning, Jazz Technique, Flexibility, Elevation, Ariels, Flicks and other acrobatics tricks. These skills can then be transferred to the floor.
Drop in Stretch & Limber
These weekly drop in classes are suitable for all dancers aged 5+. These classes are designed to support students with increasing their flexibility and body strength, as well as their stamina, to improve their technique and support work done in syllabus classes, performance work & Tech Jazz.
It is a great class to see all ages and abilities working alongside each other with our senior students on hand to mentor and inspire our younger dancers. This can be taken as a stand alone class but is always placed on the timetable prior to a Technical Jazz Class as these two classes compliment each other perfectly.
£4 per class – pay on the door.
These classes are for those who are completely new to dance, who have danced in the past or are still dancing now. All classes are adapted for different abilities, which means everyone can join in to a level that suits them.
All classes we offer help improve, mobility, posture, balance and co-ordination, energy levels, muscle strength and beating stress.
One of the best things about dancing is that while you’re having fun moving to music and meeting new people, you are getting all the health benefits of a good work out.