Our dinkiest dance class! This class is a combination of Ballet, Theatre Craft & Tap aimed at helping to build the basic foundations like rhythmic development, following instructions and developing memory skills in preparation for them to study other dance styles we offer at The Lonsdale Academy of Dance while also incorporating elements such as using ribbons/scarves, musical instruments and our creativity!
This class is suitable for 2 - 4 year olds. Students in this class are assessed in line with the International Dance Rewards scheme.
Ballet is the foundation of all dance. Its origins stem from Italy. It is a highly technical form of dance with its own vocabulary. It is best known in the form of classical, but can additionally include neoclassical and contemporary ballet.
At The Lonsdale Academy of Dance, we follow the IDTA ballet syllabus from preparatory right through to professional level.
Theatre Craft is a dance form for theatrical performance. Theatre Craft classes prepare the body physically through exercise whilst encouraging artistic ability through interpretation of music. With the help of hand props, make up and a little imagination – the dancer can enter a hundred different worlds and understand many varying musical theatre characters.
We follow the IDTA Theatre Craft syllabus.
Tap is the only form of dance which incorporates sound. The name comes from the tapping sound made when the small metal plates on the dancer’s shoes touch a hard floor. This lively, rhythmic tapping makes the performer not just a dancer, but a percussive musician.
Tap classes will develop rhythm, style and sound. Students will learn a variety of tap styles from Broadway to Rhythm tap. Exercises focus on building flexibility of the knee and ankles, coordination, and speed of movement. Class emphasis is on developing proper tap technique, producing clear tap sounds, having fun!
Students are trained under the IDTA Tap Syllabus.
Jazz is an umbrella term that refers to several related dance styles including roots from tap, ballet, jazz music and African-American rhythms and dance. Originating from the African American vernacular dance, jazz dance evolved from a number of influences including Vaudeville and Broadway. Notable choreographers and dancers of jazz dance include Katherine Dunham, Jack Cole, Bob Fosse and Gus Giordano.
At The Lonsdale Academy of Dance, we enter students in for examination under the IDTA Modern Jazz Syllabus
Acrobatics is the art of slow controlled movements using the flexibility of the back, legs and shoulders. Acro is one of the performing arts and involves difficult feats of balance, agility and coordination. Gymnastics is the sport of power tumbling executed by a straight back using strength and speed.
Classes will focus on increasing flexibility, balance, strength, muscle control, discipline and concentration. Emphasis will be placed on developing fundamental acrobatic technique, teaching skills such as handstands, chin stands, elbow stands, cartwheels, back bends, walkovers, balance and contortion tricks, all at each student’s individual level of experience.
Acrobatic examinations are taken with the IDTA
Hip Hop is a high energy, athletic, popular dance style originated on the streets in the late 80’s with break dancing. Hip-Hop has come full circle incorporating Capoeira, Martial Arts, Jazz, and Modern dance.
Hip-Hop classes infuse the latest styles of street dancing, breaking, popping, and locking. Students will be encouraged to step outside the box by bringing their own individual style and personality to the movements. Dancers will have fun as they learn combinations to popular and high-energy music!
Contemporary is a dance performance genre developed during the mid 20th century and has since grown to become one of the dominant genres for formally trained dancers throughout the world. It is a style of expressive dance that combines elements of several dance genres including modern, jazz, lyrical and classical ballet.
Dancers in this genre strive to connect the mind and the body through fluid dance movements.
Students will learn to use their bodies in a variety of ways. Traditional modern dance, release techniques and intense athleticism are combined to attain a grounded sense of freedom within the body.