From two and a half years upwards we enroll our young students and encourage their natural abilities while gradually gaining new skills. We focus on story based exercises and dances, lots of props such as fairy wings and magic wands are used as the toddlers are transfixed by this new world of ballet make believe. Children learn how day to day movements such as walking, running, spinning and jumping can be turned in to dance steps. They also learn dance routines to show parents at the end of each term. Students do not participate in examinations until the age of 6 so up to this point we focus on small showcases and the enjoyment of dance without the pressures of passing the exams.
Whether building on foundations learnt in toddler ballet or coming to dance for the first time our young students can now enter for ballet exams through the Royal Academy of Dance or tap & modern exams through the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dance. Students will also start to incorporate stretching and strengthening exercises in to their classes in order to achieve the elusive “splits”! This does also combat posture issues as children grow and become stiffer or find some muscles getting tighter than others. We also specialise in exercises for hyper mobile students using fit balls. Students also perform in our showcases so that parents, families and friends get to see the students progress and gives students a chance to try out their performance skills.
For our older students we have beginners ballet available for over 16 years and for the more serious student we have vocational level ballet classes including pointe work. All of these classes include personal exercises to improve each students posture, alignment and flexibility. Intermediate Modern is also available as a challenging level of dance which incorporates exercises that stretch, strengthen, build on coordination and control. It also allows students to learn and perform dances to music they are interested in at their stage in life as there is a lot of student input required.