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.
Styles at Freesoles
Ballet - age 2+ (inc. adults)
Tap - age 4+ (inc. adults)
Modern/Contemporary age 8+ (inc. adults)
Acrobatics age 3+
Musical Theatre age 6+
Ballroom & Latin age 4+
Freestyle/Street Dance age 4+
Aerial Hoop ages 8-14
Our new uniform website is now up and running.
For a detailed overview of what your child needs to wear, click here
The compulsory uniform required for each discipline and age group varies slightly.
Hair should be worn in a bun for ALL classes.
Uniform is branded with the Freesoles logo, so must be purchased from the correct website.
Our school is split into 4 groups: pre, lower, middle, and upper.
Age groups are given as a guideline for new starters.
The best way to find the right group for your child is to book in for a trial class.
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, and this goes hand-in-hand with baby ballet.
No exams are taken in the lower school, and all stage performances are accompanied by teachers to ensure pupils feel comfortable.
Parents leave the studio (but you can wait outside if you really wish!). Pupils at this age are learning in the studio to work in groups, to take turns, to dance with new friends, and to follow simple instructions.
Gross motor skills are further 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.
Here, we take the skills learned in pre- and lower-school 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).
At this age, you can really see the technical and performative aspects of dance evolve with each exam grade. The basics established in lower- and middle-school 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.