Imperial Classical Ballet
Classical ballet classes give children the opportunity to be creative and use their imaginations with mimes and use of props, which they love. Classes are fun but disciplined, encouraging the dancer to maintain excellent posture, gain strength and flexibility, extension of the legs and feet, and encouraging the dancer to be graceful.
The Imperial Classical Ballet syllabus was originally based on the teaching of the French School from the Paris Opéra. The syllabus has now evolved to promote the English classical style and address the changing needs of Ballet dancers today. Imperial Ballet is one of the most popular and successful ballet organizations in the world.
Every child in our Ballet Minis class gets a reward chart when they join. Every week they get a sticker to go on a section of their chart, explaining what they did well in class. We do this after the children have done their curtsey/bow at the end. The children love this part of class as it gives them a real sense of achievement, knowing that they have improved or achieved a certain element of the class, and can’t wait to show their mummies and daddies what they got their sticker for each week!
Tap dancing is an excellent way to gain rhythm and musicality as well as making lots of noise and having fun! It is a form of dance, characterised by using the sound of one’s tap shoes hitting the floor as a percussive instrument. Two major variations on tap dance exist: rhythm (Jazz) tap and Broadway tap. Broadway tap focuses more on the dance. It is widely performed as a part of musical theatre and is often seen on stage in musicals, old Broadway films and even in modern films such as Step-Up. Rhythm tap focuses more on musicality, and is also commonly considered to be a form of music. Here at Dance Dedication, we teach a combination of both styles.
Modern-theatre is a rhythmic dance style, done to a wide range of music that children love. It originated in America before travelling to the rest of the world, and it is known for its theatrical qualities. A few advanced modern-jazz steps, which you may have seen include travelling steps, kicks, turns, leaps and jumps. This genre of dance needs tons of energy, is an enjoyable way to keep fit, and can improve fitness in many ways. Just a few reasons why it is beneficial are that helps build stamina, as well as coordination, strength and flexibility. It teaches a wide variety of techniques in commercial, jazz, lyrical and contemporary styles, which can often be seen on the stages of musical productions, music videos, concerts, live shows and commercials.
The origins of street dance cannot be exactly traced, but they have evolved as part of counter cultures and have mostly developed with the emergence of jazz and later, hip-hop. Street dance is used to describe dance styles that originally developed outside of dance studios on the streets, in schoolyards and at clubs. With this in mind, our street dance classes aim to include many current trends, including street dance, hip hop, commercial and jazz dance. The classes are fulfilled, energetic and lively, and a great way of improving fitness, coordination and musicality.
Musical theatre is a form of theatrical performance that combines songs, spoken dialogue, acting, and dance. The story and emotional content of a musical – humour, pathos, love, anger etc– are communicated through the words, music, movement and technical aspects of the entertainment as an integrated whole. Many popular musicals currently running are ‘Thriller’, Matilda’ and ‘Sound of Music’, as well as many more. Our musical theatre classes will include singing, drama and natural movement through games, projects and working on scripts and songs. Not only musicals will be covered, but also films and themes e.g. Disney.Just a few of the benefits musical theatre has to offer are: self expression, confidence building, teamwork, physical skills, creativity, expression and musicality.