I am experienced in teaching all types of dance to all age groups – from preparatory level to advanced and my classes include: Ballet, Modern/Jazz, Tap, Song & Dance/Musical Theatre, Cheerleading, Freestyle and Speech/Drama.
Ladies Class – I also take a Ladies Class which incorporates many dance styles from Tap to Rock ‘n’ Roll, Freestyle to Salsa.
Adult Ballet – Whether you’ve done it before or not, you’re very welcome. All standards from none whatsoever at all – accepted here!!!
Zumba Fitness – Zumba uses Latin inspired rhythms and easy-to-follow moves to create a fun dance fitness class. No experience required, just a desire to have fun, make new friends and get fitter!
Ballet begins at age 2 and a half and I like to approach it in a very relaxed way. The children are introduced to this lovely art form using dance movement to well known music from sources they may be familiar with such as Disney movies, charts, children’s tv programmes etc. This encourages each child to have fun whilst learning very rudimentary ballet movements.
Older children learn in a more traditional fashion but still have great fun by dancing to music that’s more familiar to them. I like to mix this with the occasional use of more traditional but familiar classical compositions. They begin to learn the theory, ie converting French ballet terms into English, the discipline & technique etc.
Many of us as children have had ballet lessons. This time, whether you have or not, you can learn Ballet in a friendly environment. The Royal Academy of Dancing, the UK’s leading Ballet training school, has realised how important it is to offer all forms of dance to every age group and I host Ballet classes aimed at the more mature of us.
Yes we do focus on technique, yes we do focus on posture, yes we do focus on core strength as these all help whether you just want to improve your sense of well-being or aim to become our next Darcey Bussell!
We don’t mind.
Don’t feel like you can’t give it a go? You won’t know until you try. It’s NEVER too late!
This is where a story is told in dance using body movements and facial expressions. Younger children begin by pretending to be animals or characters from their favourite stories.
Older children develop this and also learn how to tell a story by mime alone without music, eg: an extract from a fairy story, performing a job such as window cleaning, hairdressing etc.
For young children Tap is great fun. It makes a lot of noise!!! Although very technical, young children enjoy tap from an early stage and it greatly increases their understanding of music theory like time signatures and note values. It is a great aerobic dance form and therefore increases fitness.
As they develop, Tap becomes very technical and even more rhythmic which makes it very entertaining to both learn and watch. Tap can also be incorporated with song very easily which increases a child’s self confidence.
Modern / Jazz is a discipline which encourages pupils to learn another dance form. This syllabus covers a wide range of topics, not just dance but also different types of music and note values etc, to knowing what part of the body is being exercised and what sort of movement it is.
It is ideal as a strengthening and stretching exercise. From slow controlled movements to fast, floor exercises and leaps. This is a fully encompassing subject to learn and very enjoyable.
From beginners onwards this class is great for:
• Learning a new skill
• rekindling a childhood hobby
• Keeping / getting fit
• Making new friends
From Tap to Cheerleading, Disco to Rock ‘n’Roll, Salsa to Cha Cha Cha. No dance is safe!!! We’ll have a go at anything!
Our philosophy is to have fun and if we learn something it’s a bonus! As a result, it’s amazing what we’ve achieved so far and we are always learning something new, so no time is a bad time to join us. There’s no pressure – only to have a good time! So don’t put it off!
Some of our ladies!!!!
There is also a ZUMBA® Fitness class which uses latin-inspired rhythms to help improve fitness though movement. No experience necessary!
This is a latin-inspired, easy to follow, dance fitness class. The music’s great! The moves motivate! You burn calories whilst having fun! There’s no right or wrong way to do this – just keep moving. If you can’t find someone to come with you – don’t worry, you will be made very welcome.
I know what the sign says above, but you do what you feel you can!
For further details: please use the contact us page on the website, phone me or turn up at the centre on tuesday at 6.30Pm. (For 16 years and over. Discount applies for students in full time education up to 18 years.)
Including: Disco / Street / Hip Hop Styles.
This class incorporates a wide range of dance styles from Disco to Rock ‘n’ Roll, Cheerleading to Street Style dance. We also, at times, do some contemporary, Rock ‘n’ Roll, Cha Cha Cha and Salsa, some Acro, etc. Less structured than more set dance forms such as Ballet, which are important for ensuring good technique and strength, this gives the students an opportunity to ‘let their hair down’ and bring more of their own personality into the dance.
(Don’t forget your Pom Poms for the Cheerleading!) It’s energetic and great fun!!
Just some of our wonderful freestylers!!
These 2 run with our combined Tap and Modern Class. Using music from many of the popular musicals, such as High School Musical, Hairspray etc for inspiration, singing is accompanied by dance.
This gives pupils a more varied outlook on different types of music and dance styles as it incorporates elements of drama by assuming roles from musicals or characterising a song, introducing actions and sometimes props!
They are also able to learn more about a musical and, along with Speech & Drama, feel more assured when speaking to others.
A great confidence builder!
This cake was made by one of our pupils for our annual Macmillan Coffee Morning.
From learning poetry to extracts from plays, acting to a good old game of charades, this encourages the development of communication skills. Some are a little wary at first but when taking part in small groups, confidence to do something on their own builds over time AND in their own time.