Classes

​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

The Cecchetti method of Classical Ballet offers a complete and well structured system of training which caters for the small child through to the professional dancer and the future teacher.

Spanish Dance

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.

 

Progressing Ballet Technique

This class gracefully improves your dancing muscles in an alternative way to a typical ballet class often with the use of equipment such as Yoga Balls and Stretch bands. This class will help you to develop a lean and strong abled body perfect for those studying Ballet as well as any other genre.

 

Pointe Class

Dancing on pointe is the act of standing on the tips of the toes while performing steps from ballet. Also known as pointe work, it is performed using hard–toed and stiff-shanked pointe shoes. Dancing on pointe requires strength and skill, so prior permission from instructor is required before students begin taking pointe classes.

 

Contemporary

Contemporary dance is a popular form of dance which developed during the middle portion of the twentieth century and has since grown to become one of the dominating performance genres for formally trained dancers throughout the world, with particularly strong popularity in the U.S. and western Europe. Although originally informed by and borrowing from classical, modern, and jazz styles, it has since come to incorporate elements from many styles of dance, but due to its popularity amongst trained dancers and some overlap in movement type, it is often perceived as being closely related to modern dance, ballet and other classical concert dance styles.

Yoga/Pilates

Yoga is a form of exericise that uses slow movements and stretching. It is good for increasing flexibility and balance. It is also good for relieving stress and relaxing. Yoga has been used as a meditation technique for thousands of years. Pilates is a system of controlled exercises that engage the mind and condition the total body. The blend of strength and flexibility training improves posture, reduces stress and crea tes long, lean muscles without bulking up. Pilates takes a balanced approach so that no muscle group is overworked and the body moves as an efficient, holistic system in sport and daily activity.

 

Ballet Production

Ballet Production slass is for anyone who wishes to be involved with ballet show work within the school. In this class you will learn dances and practise for future performances.

 

Ballet Performance

Ballet Performance class is designed to develop confidence in performing and how to show emotion through movements. This will help with exams, festivals and show work.

 

Production Class

Production Class is for anyone who wishes to be involved with show work within the school. In this class you will learn dances and practise for future performances.

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.

Street

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!

 

Acrobatic Arts

Acrobatic Arts is a unique blend of dancing and gymnastic disciplines that is taking the dance world by storm.  Loved by both Teachers and Students alike, Acrobatic Arts is a multi-discipline blend and is also known as AcroDance.

 

Musical Theatre

Musical theatre is a form of theatrical performance that combines songs, spoken dialogue, acting, and dance. The story and emotional content of a musical – humor, pathos, love, anger – are communicated through the words, music, movement and technical aspects of the entertainment as an integrated whole. This class explores all these aspects of Musical Theatre in a fun and creative way taht makes this class a popular one.

 

Exercise/Stretch Class

A total-body stretch class. Great for relaxing, stretching and lengthening tight muscles. Stretching is important for people of all ages. One of the greatest benefits of stretching is that you’re able to increase your range of motion, which means your limbs and joints can move through a greater range, helping to ward off injury. Other benefits of stretching include reduced muscle tension, enhanced muscular coordination, increased blood circulation and higher energy levels.

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