ISTD Imperial Classical Ballet
The roots of Imperial Classical Ballet stem from the early days of the ISTD and the first written syllabus in 1913 which was based on the teaching of the French School from the Paris Opéra. The syllabus has now evolved to promote the English classical style and address the changing needs of Ballet dancers today.
ISTD Cecchetti Classical Ballet
ISTD Modern Theatre
Modern Theatre dance is a rhythmic dance style which originated in America before travelling to the rest of the world. It is often seen on the stages of musical productions and is known for its theatrical qualities.
The style uses travelling steps, high kicks, leaps and turns which all need strength and flexibility. This is a highly energetic dance style.
ISTD Tap Dance
This has evolved as an American dance form, popularised throughout the world, with debate about its origins coming from African dance, Irish dance and/or clog dancing. The dancer uses their feet to strike the floor, beating out different rhythms, with dancers wearing tap shoes which have small metal plates on the toe and heel to give the distinctive sound.
Tap dance is a theatrical art form often seen on stage in musicals.
Spanish Dance is a complex dance form and can be categorized into six groups: Flamenco; Classical Spanish Dance; Folklore; Eighteenth Century Dances; Ballet (Classical Dance); and Castanets. By far, Flamenco is the best-known Spanish dance form due to the many dancers and musicians performing this genre. As a result, Flamenco has eclipsed the performance of other Spanish dance forms outside of Spain. Classical Spanish Dance encompasses sophisticated choreography of Classical Music by great Spanish composers. Dancers wear either Spanish dance shoes or Ballet shoes, often while playing the castanets. The dance blends Flamenco, Folklore, and Classical Ballet.
Street dance is used to describe dance styles that developed outside of dance studios on the streets, in schoolyards and at nightclubs. Street dancers often make up the routine as they go, and encourage the crowd and the other dancers to interact with them. Street dance is also used to describe all the hip hop and funk dance styles that began appearing in the United States in the 1970s. Most of these styles such as breakdance, popping, locking, hip hop and house dance, are still alive and evolving within the hip hop culture of today, and are seen regularly in music videos. Classes are creative and blend original hip hop styles fused with modern commercial moves to the latest hip hop controversial beats!
Disco dancing is a dance style popularized during the 1970's. Disco dancing is usually associated with John Travolta's dance style in the movie "Saturday Night Fever." Disco dancing is characterized by hip and pelvic moves, along with raised arms, performed in time to the beat of the music.
Disco can be danced freestyle, with a partner, or in a line dance formation.