Little Caterpillars Ballet and Tap (from 3yrs upwards)

A fun Introduction to Ballet and Tap Dance preparing children for ISTD graded examinations

This class is structured as a 45-minute session, split between Classical Ballet and Tap Dance. Ballet is an excellent way of developing strength, flexibility, control and improving posture. Tap dance is excellent for developing musicality, co-ordination and also great fun.

The Ballet part of the class incorporates basic ballet vocabulary and mime. In tap we teach basic rhythm and footwork. We use props to make the class fun and interactive and focus on co-ordination and correct posture. Mime and storytelling also help children develop creativity and and imagination; which are important in child development. This class is suitable for all abilities and encourages group work and confidence building.

Children are assessed through class examinations or medal tests awarded by the UKA Examination board. This is a fun experience where the children learn and perform short routines as a group, with their class teacher to an external examiner. As a guideline, children usually complete the full UNI-TED plaque with 6 awards over a period of 18-24 months. This is based on taking 2 awards in their first year, and then 4 awards in their second year.

Once children have completed the UKA UNI-TED programme, they move onto ISTD Pre-Primary and Primary class test syllabi in ballet and tap. Classes are now 1 hour, split between ballet and tap. Children have the option of taking ISTD class test examinations if they fulfil the exam board requirements.

We understand that not every child wants to take exams, which is why all our class tests and exams are completely optional. Whilst UKA Class tests do not involve additional practice, ISTD exams do require more commitment, and coaching classes outside of normal lessons.

We also understand that all children progress at different rates and the variation in ability does not always depend upon age. Small group sizes with a maximum of 12 children in each class, allow us to focus on personalised learning and adapt our teaching level accordingly so we get the best out of each class.


Freestyle Street Dance for girls and boys (4-7yrs)

Suitable for all levels from foundation stage to year 3 in primary school.

Freestyle/street involves, spins, kicks and leaps as well as many other diverse steps and movements with lots of different arm and hand actions. You will experience a fusion of modern music and dance styles, encouraging freedom of expression and artistry. Because the nature of freestyle is so diverse – routines and music may be influenced by hip hop, street jazz or pop videos. Each lesson will include a warm up and set of short combination steps followed by a routine, which will be added to each week.

Performing Arts (4-7 years)

Suitable for all levels from foundation stage to year 3 in primary school.

Learn to sing, dance and act. Build confidence in reading and speaking out loud, challenge your performance skills and work as a team. This lesson leads to a short performance piece based on a West End musical production twice a year. Each lesson consists of a warm up, followed by a song, dance routine and/or script work.

Acrobatic Dance (4-7yrs)

Suitable for all levels from foundation stage to year 3 in primary school.

Acrobatic Dance, is the beautiful fusion of classic dance technique and the precision and athleticism of acrobatic elements.  As seen on ‘So You Think You Can Dance’, ‘America’s Best Dance Crew’ and ‘Dance Moms’, Acro is an especially challenging style for dancers to master as training in both dance and acrobatic elements is required.  

It includes balancing, limbering, tumbling and partnering, based in flexibility, contortion and strength.

The initial training covers the safety aspects, technique and training exercises, which you need to practice and perfect.

We will then move onto the Acrobatic Arts professional curriculum for acrobatic dance. This programme is designed to promote excellence in tumbling, flexibility, strength, balance, contortion and partner/group stunting for dancers. As part of the training children will develop flexibility, and technique required to perform tumbling and partner/group tricks on stage as part of a complete dance routine.

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