Dance

 

Classical Ballet

 

Classical Ballet is the foundation for all dance styles.

Our classes teach all the foundations required for technique, correct body alignment, flexibility, strength, grace, co-ordination, musicality and performance qualities.

Age Guidelines:

PRE-SCHOOL BALLET classes for 3-4 year olds introduces creative movement through fun and engaging imaginative play. Children will develop their basic motor skills, including running, walking, jumping, skipping and galloping. The emphasis of this class is learning through FUN and a wide range of teaching methods are used, along with the use of imagery, props and varying styles of music which aids the development of their musicality.

PRE-PRIMARY BALLET classes for 4.5-5 year olds in their Reception year at school. The class builds upon the Pre-School Ballet class and starts to establish the basis of ballet technique but still maintains a creative and fun environment through a structured environment. Children will be introduced to basic feet and arm positions, vocabulary, body alignment and musicality to establish a solid foundation for progression through the next levels. Learning through fun remains paramount and a wide use of props, imagery, varying music and handouts are regularly used.

PRIMARY to GRADE SIX BALLET classes for 6 + year olds now follow a more structured style and develop further the foundations laid in the earlier classes. KD Dance follow the ISTD Graded examinations and Class examinations syllabi which are recognised worldwide. Each level has been devised to assist the student to reach their full potential through a series of structured exercises and enchainments. Within the Graded syllabi there is an emphasis on free work and this is developed on a weekly basis, through the training of the steps and use of the French terminology.

POINTE WORK for students reaching Grade 4/5 level are introduced once an individual dancer has been assessed and acquired the necessary strength and physical development. This begins with a Pre-Pointe class initially to ensure that dancers have the necessary strength and precision to progress onto pointe. Dancers then progress onto point which is an extremely exciting and memorable experience and the class begins with barre work before progressing into the centre over the coming weeks and months.

VOCATIONAL LEVEL BALLET is offered at the school for those students who have reached the necessary standard required through hardwork and dedication. These well structured classes help students to attain a high level of dance and are accepted from Grade Six and above on the UCAS point system.

Modern Theatre Dance

 
Modern Theatre dance is a rhythmic dance style which originated in America before travelling to the rest of the world.

It is often seen on the stages of musical productions and is known for its theatrical qualities. The style uses travelling steps, high kicks, leaps, and turns which all need strength and flexibility. This is a highly energetic dance style.

Tap

 
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.

The dancer uses their feet to strike the floor, beating out different rhythms, with dancers wearing tap shoes which have small metal plates on the toe and heel to give the distinctive sound. Tap dance is a theatrical art form often seen on stage in musicals.

National Dance

 
Traditional folk dances from around the world, in particular European dances including Scottish, Finnish, Danish and English to name but a few, are explored along with their unique styles and background.

Pupils learn to work as a team and develop co-operation skills through social dances, as the majority of dances involve working as a partner or as a group

Classical Greek

 

Classical Greek dance encompasses many different styles but overall it develops musicality, fluidity, a natural flexibility and sincerity of dramatic expression which enhances the classical dancer.

This dance form is based on Ancient Greece and was developed by Ruby Ginner, who founded the Classical Greek Dance Association in 1923. Her study of ancient Greek art, sculpture and pottery resulted in the 20th century reconstruction of Classical Greek dance.

The movements are expressive and range from lyrical to dynamic athletic sequences. Dancers perform barefoot, wearing tunics and often use props such as scarves, ribbons or bows.