Ballet for pleasure or ballet for the more serious-minded. This classical style of expressive movement has something to offer for everyone of every age! Ballet dates back to the 17th century and the conventional steps, grace and fluidity of movement are still found in Ballet today. Ballet has a technique which is the foundation of all dance and we believe the study of Ballet to be highly valuable even if the dancer later decides to specialise in a different dance genre.
Ballet Shows and Companies
- Royal Ballet - London
- Bolshoi Ballet - Moscow
- English National Ballet
- Swan Lake
- The Nutcracker
Famous Ballet Dancers
- Darcey Bussell - English - Born 27/04/1969
- Margot Fonteyn - English - 18/05/1919 - 21/02/1991
- Rudolf Nureyev - Russian - 17/03/1938 - 06/01/1993
- Adeline Genée - Danish - 06/01/1878 - 23/04/1970
Tap is rhythm - rhythm is tap. Its origins are many and varied. Americans claim its origin dates from the African Jazz age. The Irish stake their claim to the Jigs and Step Dancing. The English relate back to northern Clog Dancers but whichever one chooses to believe, Tap is as popular today as it was in the heyday of the great Fred Astaire and Gene Kelly musicals. Evergreen shows, 42nd Street and Crazy For You, and the more recent Stomp and Tap Dogs highlight the great diversities of style and music in tapping. A gentle, rhythmical and enjoyable way to keep fit!
Tap Shows and Companies
- Tap Dogs
- 42nd Street
- Crazy for you
- Anything Goes
Famous Tap Dancers
- Adam Garcia - Born 1/6/1973
- Fred Astaire - USA - 10/05/1899 - 22/06/1987
- Bill 'Bojangles' Robinson - USA - 25/05/1878 - 25/11/1949
- Ginger Rogers - USA - 16/07/1911 - 25/04/1995
- Gene Kelly - USA - 23/08/1912 - 02/02/1996
- Shirley Temple - USA - Born 23/04/1928
Modern Jazz is fun. You will learn to develop many different movements reaching to a broad choice of varying rhythms and musical styles. Classes are structured to begin to prepare the physical strength and flexibility required to demonstrate emotion through interpretation of any musical genre, one minute you may be dancing to the rhythm of a drum, the next to a funky jazz style.
You may explore contrast between expansion and relaxation or learn to isolate in a slick stylish mood, whatever the atmosphere of the particular class, it will be a wonderful opportunity to react and interact with other members of the class and really dance to express your feelings.
Funky Street or Freestyle/Disco is the trendiest and most popular form of dance in the UK today. In involves runs, spins, kicks and leaps as well as many other diverse steps and movements with lots of different arm and hand actions. The music can be fast and 'beaty' or slow and sensuous, allowing dancers of all ages to use freedom of expression to enhance their style.
Funky Street and Freestyle shows/films
- Centre Stage
- Step up (1,2,3)
- You got served
- Saturday Night Fever
Famous Funky Street and Freestyle Dancers
- John Travolta
- Justin Timberlake
So you wanna be a star? Or maybe you just want to have the moves - and the fun - of the stars. So start with our Musical Theatre classes! A fusion of all modern music and dance styles, Musical Theatre takes you to inspirational heights. The spotlight's on you as we explore dancing, singing and acting all at the same time!
Musical Theatre Performers
- Michael Crawford
- Kerry Ellis
- Lea Salonga
- Michael Ball
Musical Theatre Shows and Companies
- Les Miserables
- Anything Goes
- Mary Poppins