At Danceforce, students are progressed into our Junior School from Reception age through to Grade 2 dance. Classes offered include RAD ballet; ISTD Modern and Tap; Hip Hop; Junior Jazz and LAMDA Drama.
Danceforce follows the Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) syllabus.
The classes available are:
Reception ballet then Pre Primary to Grade 8 for children from 5-6 years and upwards
The graded examination syllabus incorporates ballet, free movement and character. It is recommended that children do two ballet classes a week from Grade 3 level.
Intermediate Foundation and Intermediate Ballet
For very dedicated students who would like to pursue a career connected with dance or for extra technique and strength for the Higher Grades 6,7 and 8.
Preparing for examinations gives students a sense of achievement, increased confidence and self esteem. The RAD is an awarding body accredited by the QCA and students can earn UCAS points.
Additional ballet classes:
Pre Vocational Ballet Class
Students who show potential in ballet and performance are invited to audition for our special Pre Vocational class. Designed as an extension class to improve their performance skills and technique to help prepare for auditions, Vocational examinations and shows.
Pupils from the school regularly audition and have been successful in obtaining places on the Royal Ballet School Associate schemes.
PBT (Progressive ballet Technique)
PBT is an innovative programme designed to train dancers in muscle memory to improve technique and awareness of muscles. This will benefit all types of dance whether ballet, modern, jazz or contemporary are studied.
Stretching is essential for dance students to help prevent injuries and to create long lean pliable muscles
ISTD Modern & Tap
Danceforce follows the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dance [ISTD] syllabus.
The classes available are:
All grades from Pre Primary to Advanced, for children from 4 years of age
Modern classes improve co-ordination, and help students to gain flexibility and strength. The syllabus covers lyrical, blues, jazz and funky isolations. It is recommended to study Ballet to take Grade 2 Modern and above as the syllabus is technique based. 15 minutes limbering is attached to Modern classes from Grade 3 upwards.
Tap is a great choice for promoting co-ordination, a sense of rhythm, and for strengthening and loosening foot, ankle and leg muscles. Tap dance is exciting and fun and children can’t wait to get those noisy shoes on! The ISTD examinations are also accredited by the QCA.
A fun and energetic Hip Hop class for boys and girls. They learn the coolest Hip Hop moves to fun and age-appropriate music.
Jazz is funky, fun and up to date. Classes are for ages 8 years and above. Older students can study the ISTD Jazz Awards in Bronze, Silver and Gold. Many of our students like to do both jazz and modern as it compliments the modern grades.
Our drama classes inspire children to become confident and creative communicators. The classes are geared for girls and boys. The youngest students from age 4 (reception at school) work with poems, stories and movement. Older students work towards LAMDA drama exams improving confidence and public speaking.