Ballet is the foundation of all dance and is a wonderful form of dance focussing on line and posture.
Dance to your own Tune
Suitable for ages 2 ½ to 5 years
The Pre-School Dance Curriculum aims to capture and nurture young children’s instinctive joy of movement and freedom of expression.
The Pre School Dance classes are designed to enable children to participate in dance activities that are developmentally appropriate, helping to facilitate the learning of dance skills at a later age.
The goals for the Pre-school Dance Curriculum are:
• To enhance children’s movement abilities and physical fitness
• To aid children in becoming physically and spatially aware
• To stimulate children’s listening skills
• To encourage children to move expressively
• To build children’s confidence and self esteem
• To encourage children to become co-operative and sociable
The content of the class is therefore non prescriptive, i.e. there are no set exercises to follow. To help stimulate the creative process, themes are provided within each level along with the use of props.
Classical Ballet – focussing on posture, classical lines and positions. This works to strengthen and extend the muscles to give the impression of defying gravity.
Free Movement – developing the pupil’s natural sense of movement. This encourages musicality and develops co-ordination and the use of gravity.
Character Dance – from Grade 1 upwards Hungarian, Russian and Polish dance help to develop rhythm and style.
Royal Academy of Dance Class Awards and Examinations and International Society of Teachers of Dancing Class Tests and Examinations
Examinations at all grades are optional and any pupils who do not wish to take examinations will move up with their group to the next class, following the examination session providing they are ready. For those pupils who do wish to take examinations it is expected that they have studied the syllabus for at least a year, have good attendance and are committed to home practice.