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Introducing Modern Theatre Dance

Dance defies a single permanent definition. This is largely due to it’s ability to adapt, develop and evolve with the changing fashions in dance. Through a carefully planned and well- tried examination syllabus, which combines modern dance, jazz and other dance styles, young people are trained to to become disciplined and versatile dancers who have a professional attitude towards dance.

Modern Theatre Dance helps to develop a sense of various styles from 1920’s ‘Charleston’ to 2010 ‘Hip Hop’ and ‘Street’. It trains dancers to be at ease with the demands of the big ‘West End’ shows or as the backing dancers for the ‘Pop Video.’ By maintaining close ties with the profession the faculty ensures that the syllabus reflect the trends in the theatre.

Young children’s work is taught in Musical Theatre and is based on natural movement: walking, running, jumping and skipping. It is designed to encourage an imaginative and rapid response from beginners.

The grades provide a technical grounding which develops the dancer through: stretching exercises to increase suppleness of limb and grace of movement; exercises to strengthen the core muscles to keep the spine safe; cardiovascular exercises to build up stamina; isolations and dynamics to help to create a sense of style, co-ordination and stage presence.

Vocational classes (from Inter foundation upwards) develops all of the above and trains the dancer to a professional level for theatre performance and teaching.

Teenage Jazz provides a basic grounding in modern jazz and is ideal for the late beginner or as a recreational course of movement. As in the grades, the students build up stamina, strength, suppleness of body, co-ordination, learn great routines and has fun doing so.


Boy’s work has been developed to meet the increasing demand of modern dance training for boys, building up strength, stamina, co-ordination and stage presence.

Adult Jazz is a fun class that provides the more mature, with a physical work out for the body to keep the muscles stretched and supple and the joints mobile. Core muscles are strengthened to keep the spine and pelvis in line and short dance routines are designed to develop various styles and movement

A series of examinations has been created from children’s grades through to professional teaching qualifications. (ISTD)