Disciplines Explained

Ballet

Ballet is a type of dance that originated in Italy in the 15th Century, and later developed in France and Russia to become a highly technical form of dance with its own vocabulary based mostly in French. It has been globally influential and has defined the foundational techniques used in many other dance genres and cultures.

Tap

Tap dance is characterized by using the sounds of tap shoes striking the floor as a form of percussion. The sound is made by shoes that have a metal "tap" on the heel and toe. Tap is fantastic for developing rhythm and musicality.

Acrobatics

Acrobatics involves floor-based gymnastics and dance. Our Acro pupils work on balance, agility, and coordination, while developing muscle strength and flexibility.

Modern/Contemporary

Modern dance is a free expressive style of dancing that developed in the early 20th century. Freesoles Modern classes incorporate elements of jazz and contemporary to create a well-rounded modern dancer. In 2019 our teachers went down to London to learn and qualify in the brand new Rambert Contemporary Grades.

Street/Freestyle

Street Dance is a social dance style that originated in New York in the 1970s. Street and Freestyle classes allow for individual expression and dancers are encouraged to create new moves and develop a personal style. Our teachers combine all of these elements into one fun class!

Musical Theatre

Musical Theatre classes are second-to-none for improving confidence as you sing, act, and dance your way through an immense library of stories and musicals.

Ballroom & Latin

Ballroom dance is a set of social partner dances including the waltz, foxtrot, and quickstep. Latin dance is an umbrella term for a number of dances originating in Latin America such as the salsa, tango, jive, and rumba. Think Strictly Come Dancing!

Aerial Hoop

An aerial hoop is a suspended circular steel ring often seen in the circus. From it we hang, spin, roll, and make interesting shapes to create routines.

Age Groups/Grades

Our school is split into 4 groups: pre-school, infant, 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

At this age we work on developing gross motor skills such as walking and running confidently, jumping with 2 feet, and balancing unaided. 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 5-7
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 7-9

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, Primary, Grade 1).

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 2, grade 3 etc.) or medals (bronze, silver etc.).

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