About Our Classes

Whether you're new to dancing or just new to Freesoles, here's a little more info...

Each grade takes at least one year of regular weekly classes to complete. Ages given are a rough guide for new starters.
Current pupils are in the correct class for their age, ability, and progression.

More information about the different dance styles we teach can be found here.

Age Groups

Our school is split into 4 groups: pre, infants, junior and senior.
Age groups are given as a rough guideline for new starters.
The best way to find the right group for your child is to book in for a trial class. You can fill in the enrolment form here.

Pre School
Age 2-4

Parents stay in class with pupils. We work on developing gross motor skills such as walking and running confidently, jumping with 2 feet, and balancing unaided.
At this age muscle strength is developing in the back and legs. This goes hand-in-hand with baby ballet and acro.
No exams are taken in the lower school, and all stage performances are accompanied by teachers to ensure pupils feel comfortable.

Infants
Age 4-6
Parents leave the studio (but you can wait outside if you really wish!). Pupils at this age are learning to work in groups, to take turns, to dance with new friends, and to follow simple instructions.
Gross motor skills are refined, and we start to develop fine motor skills (think twinkly fingers and good toes/naughty toes!). Pupils will develop independent thinking and begin to make decisions about their dancing.
The first IDTA exams are taken (Rosettes & Pre-Juvenile) and pupils will be involved in performance opportunities.

Juniors
Age 6-8

Here we take the skills learned in infant classes and develop them into refined styles (think ballet vs ballroom vs street dance). All of these styles use the same basic steps, but in very different ways. Pupils will expand their creative improvisation, musicality and rhythmic awareness, as well as learning longer exercises and routines. At this age, pupils enter the IDTA independent examination grades (Preparatory and Primary).

Seniors
Age 9+
At this age, you can really see the technical and performative aspects of dance evolve with each exam grade. The exercises established in infants and juniors gradually become longer and more difficult once the previous version has been mastered. This means that there is always something bigger and better to strive for with each lesson. Pupils are encouraged to discover performance skills to make their dancing flourish. From this age pupils take graded examinations (grade 1, 2 etc.) or medals (bronze, silver etc.).

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