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ISTD Tap classes encourage young students to have fun exploring different rhythms and styles of dance that are part of musical theatre. As they progress, students develop their style with more emphasis on speed of footwork, syncopation, improvisation and stage presence.The Tap work has recently been re-developed bringing the syllabus up to date whilst still using the fundamental technique of Tap. Classes start with Primary and continue to Grade 6.
This syllabus introduces children to dance and movement using the natural actions of the body. It is a structured syallabus to aid children's physical development, co-ordination, spacial awareness, creativity and self-expression working individually, with a partner or as a group. It also introduces children to other fundamental curriculum learning skills such as counting, colour and shape recognition, vocabulary and language skills.
Ballet is the most disciplined form of dance and is at the core of all dance styles. The classes teach strong technique and correct body positioning. Following the ISTD syllabus, classes start at Pre-Primary through to Grade 6. The early training is designed to encourage students to be imaginative, musical and co-ordinated. Props and musical instruments are used and the students learn the basic movements of ballet, in a structured and fun environment. As the students progress, they develop strength, technique and fitness levels with extended class time. Every class is structured to impart the discipline of ballet technique whilst ensuring that it is always enjoyable and fun.
Modern is a technical form of dance combining jazz and lyrical styles working with everyday actions such as walking and running, through to contemporary dance movements. This encourages freedom of expression giving students the opportunity to be creative with choreography. The ISTD Modern syllabus is based on a warm-up, floor work, a rhythmical section leading to travelling steps and progress into an amalgamation and dance. Classes start from Primary to Grade 6.
Contemporary Dance is all about unrestricted lines and using the space around you. Elements of Jazz, Ballet and Modern dance are all present in contemporary, creating a fusion which is quite simply stunning to watch and perform in class or on stage.
But, unlike other genres such as ballet, contemporary dance is not associated with specific dance techniques, but rather with a dance philosophy. In contemporary dance, you will explore the natural energy and emotions of tyour body to produce dances which are often very personal to the performer.
Jazz, set to the latest chart music, is an expressive and dynamic form of dance, encouraging students to move freely with speed, energy and attack and incorporates many strong, isolated movements including kicks, leaps and turns. The classes follow the ISTD Jazz Awards syllabus (Bronze, Silver & Gold). Each award consists of a warm-up, floor work for flexibility and strength, combination steps, set amalgamations and a performed routine.
Acro Dance is style of dance that combines classical dance technique with precision actobatic elements.
More details about this class and the syllabus coming in September.