It’s Time to Specialise
Performers’ Course – Customised to the Dancer
You have had many years of experiencing many different dance styles, drama, singing, gymnastics, recreational exams and putting on shows all squeezed into a once a week session.
Now it is time to open your wings and specialise.
This course gives you the opportunity for concentrated learning in the areas that most interest you!
Before we begin we really need to be sure that you know what you want and how much time you have to invest. We look at DVD’s, show examples of the different genres, discuss how much commitment you have and what there is to learn for exams and the show. We talk through your interests, the amount of time you have to invest and we plan a Customised Study Programme suited to your personal needs.
Dance styles on offer
You can choose from tap, theatre craft, ballet, freestyle/street/hip-hop, gymnastic-dance and/or musical theatre (singing, drama and dance)*. Lessons can be private or in small groups. You can do these classes with or without taking exams and participating in shows.
*see Lesson Descriptions below
IDTA is an Ofqual recognised awarding organisation. These exams appear on the Qualification and Credit Framework (QCF) Grade 1 – 5 and points are awarded in ballet, tap dance, theatre craft, modern jazz and freestyle.
There are exams in Musical Theatre and Gymnastic Dance, but currently are not accredited so no points are awarded.
These qualifications assist educational schools, colleges and universities plus employers to recognise the achievement of the IDTA dance examination candidates. Exams provide children and adults alike with a regular goal, a chance to judge their progress and a recognised qualification that will serve them well in a career in dance as well as being of value later in life when considering a further career.
Students will learn dances especially for the stage and need to attend rehearsals and work as a team.
If children are really passionate they could get involved with costumes, make-up and hair designs. They can be involved in photo shoots, helping younger classes and back-stage help. Many life skills and real life working skills can be learned by being involved in such a big production. Depending on the children’s time, commitment and interests we can put together a show schedule. It can also be included as work experience for school requirements and sections towards the duke of Edinburgh award.
Students are expected to arrive on time to class as missing the warm-up can potentially be harmful at this level.
Each student needs to take pride and wear their hair up at all times, a DCA uniform and no jewellery. Correct attire is essential if children are to take their dancing seriously, as it aids the learning environment, team spirit and feels good. It also allows the teachers to see their bodies to enable corrections and to keep safe whilst dancing.
They are also expected to try their best every lesson, work hard, and be kind to everyone and have a lovely time in an uncompetitive environment
Fees depend on whether it is a private or a group class, on the duration of the class, which exams are taken and so on. Once an individual plan has been established we are able to cost it and send it for your approval before commencing.
A style using shoes with metal taps: Ginger Rogers, 42nd street and Fred Astaire all express tap dance.
A technical style which prepares children for dancing on stage in Musical shows. It is based on a lot of kicks, turns, and stylized dancing because of the many different varieties of musicals.
Freestyle / Street
Cool moves to the latest music, a must have to keep up with the times. Street, funky, hip-hop, lyrical, urban, break dance all come under this name.
Drama, singing and dance are combined as one to make a musical theatre piece. The emphasis is on singing and drama.
Stretching and strengthening exercises and gymnastic elements are taught. Mainly floor/mat work. The tricks and elements are then put together in a dance form.