Dinky Dancers is an introductory class for children aged 2 years plus.
The children are introduced to rhythm, movement and creativity studying ballet , tap and modern. From the age of 3 the children can take group rosettes with the IDTA which introduces them to their first experience of dance examinations and is great fun for the children to work towards.
Modern dance originated in America and combines elements of jazz, freestyle and contemporary dance to focus on isolations of the body, strengthening and control. The style can vary from upbeat to sassy and is danced in bare feet for exams and classes but jazz shoes can also be worn.
Lyrical dance is based on modern styles and focuses on flowing movements to express the emotion of the music or theme. American lyrical dance tends to include acrobatics but a lot of UK compeitions ask that acrobatics are not included in the flowing movments of lyrical dance
The school follows the IDTA Gymnastic and Acrobatic Dance syllabus.
With inspiration from gymnastic floor work and rythmic gymnastics the syllabus incoporates acrobatics and dance together. It requires strength and flexibility as well as an understanding of dance technique
Commercial dance or what is sometimes know as street dance refers to dance styles performed in music videos and live shows. It can take influences from jazz dance, hip hop, modern and popping and locking. It is great fun, very upbeat and entertaining.
The school follows the ISTD Classical Greek syllabus following the technique of Ruby Ginner. The dance style can be flowing and elegant and strong and athletic. Greek is danced bare foot with a sense of relaxation and opposition through the movements. Stories are often referenced, including themes of nature and myths.
Stretch and Flex
This class supports a dancers technical development through flexibility and core training. The sessions not only work on improving overall flexibilty, they support that progress with core strength and stability exercise. A must for any dancer who wants to pursue a career in dance and performing arts
The exciting Theatre Craft syllabus exists to develop the versatile show dancer. Full to the brim with varied styles, including; Musical Theatre, Pantomime, Cabaret and Commercial Dance.
Essential elements – kicks, turns, and rhythmic awareness – are all explored, whilst props and accessories are used to assist the styles. The fully orchestrated musical pieces add to the excitement and atmosphere of this unique performance-based syllabus.
We offer group and private lessons in singing to ensure our dancers can be a triple threat. Singing supports posture, public speaking and vocal control. Participants learn a range of songs styles and are offered the chance to take LAMDA singing examinations.
Ballet focusses on precise posture, alignment & core strength. The dancer works in a turned out position, with arms and legs working together. Older dancers work en pointe. Dancers work from five positions of the feet.IDTA examinations are also taken in ballet from Preparatory to Advanced level. This class is compulsory for all competition team members.
Tap dance focusses on rhythm and pattern through the sound of the taps on the shoes . Dancers start with simple steps , developing complex rhythms as they develop. UC Dance teach both American and British tap styles.
Contemporary dance uses a variety of techniques including Graham, Cunningham, Release and Gaga but focusses on the defined principles of contraction and release, fall and rebound, the use of breath and gravity to initiate movement.
There can be quite a lot of floor and gesture work.
In our classes we follow the IDTA musical theatre syllabus which combines singing, dancing and acting. The students review work from both current and historical musical theatre and study mood and style, pitch, diction and tone as well as overall performance skills.
Heels class combines traditional musical theatre and show girl techniques as well as commercial heels which combines jazz funk, vogue and burlesque.
Progressing Ballet Technique
PBT is a programme developed by Marie Walton-Mahon to help dancers advance in all dance forms by training muscle memory. PBT focuses on core stability and alignment and uses pilates methods and equipement including exercise balls and stretch bands to support training.
Pirouette and Pointe
This class supports dancers ballet technique with a focus upon stregthening the feet for pointe work and building on the technical development of pirouettes outside of grade work. The school also has a preparatory class for those dancers who are not yet ready to go onto pointe. These classes support the technical stregthening required to go onto pointe and the fundamentals of turning.
Tumbling and Tricks
This class supports the acrobat and gymnast. With exercises to support contortion and gymnastic tumbling. The class provides the correct techniques to support our dancers with how to tumble correctly.
Cheerleading is a team-based sport that involves stunting, pyramids, baskets, tumbling, jumps and dance. It was initially started in the USA, and now its the fastest growing sport in the UK. Why? Because it’s fun! To perform a Cheerleading routine you need to be able to throw someone in the air then immediately do your gymnastics tumble pass.