CHILDREN’S BALLET CLASSES
TODDLER BALLET CLASSES age 2yrs +
For our youngest of children’s ballet students. This class is all about introducing young children and toddlers from the age of 2 years to the ballet basics through movement, song and play.
We encourage our budding ballerinas to explore their own ability to move and develop their confidence levels through dance and singing. This class brings so much joy and laughter to our toddlers.
PRE-SCHOOL DANCE CLASSES
Pre-School Ballet classes start at the age of 3. The class is a ballet structure with expressive musical movement incorporated with the steps. A lot of basic co-ordination is learnt here and taught in nursery rhyme form. After a year to eighteen months the children are usually ready to attend a more structured class and will be ready for Primary Ballet Class where they will be able to work towards their first ballet exam. The primary class is quite structured and the children will learn the Cecchetti Primary Syllabus.
We open Modern and Tap dance classes to the children after they have taken their first primary ballet exam.
JUNIOR DANCE CLASSES – (GRADE EXAMS)
The KS Dance Junior Programme offers a wide variety of dance classes for all ages, including Classical Ballet, ISTD Modern, Jazz, Hip Hop and ISTD Tap. If you require more information about the classes or on registering, please contact us. KS Dance does recommend that children consider ballet above other subjects as a classical foundation gives a strong base for all dance subjects.
SENIOR DANCE CLASSES – (MAJOR EXAMS)
From the beginning of training at KS Dance, it is essential that the children and students attend at least 2 classes per week of the same subject if they are working toward an exam, in order to achieve the required standard.
KS Dance is fortunate to have this unique facility for Junior dance programme students.
Students displaying certain qualities and natural talent as well as dedication are prime candidates to be invited to attend the Graduate Class. This involves an extra class per week predominantly ballet class consisting of unset steps (enchainements). These classes take the form of technique development, artistry improvisation, Spanish dance or contemporary dance.
The Junior Graduates age range between 9-12 years and Senior Graduates 13-16 years. These children are invited into the Graduate Class by invitation from the Principal and are usually already dancing 2 ballet, 1 modern and 1 tap class per week.
When the children’s ballet students have passed grade 6, they are then able to move on to the major syllabus and senior work, starting with Intermediate Foundation, Intermediate, Advanced I and Advanced II (all major syllabus grades follow the Cecchetti method).
MODERN AND TAP
Major exams follow from Grade 5 starting with Pre-Intermediate, Intermediate, Advanced I and Advanced II. Examinations are taken in ISTD Modern and Tap.
The Junior Programme also have their own productions for young students to have the opportunity to perform on stage in a theatre. It is valuable experience for children and KS Dance believes that it is an important aspect of their development. It enables our younger students to grasp a sense of where their training is leading them. KS Dance also participates in dance competitions for juniors: Cecchetti Classical Ballet Awards, Molly Lake Awards, Star Tap Awards and Janet Cram Awards in Modern.
All students from Grades 3 and up have the opportunity to create their own work in either classical dance, modern dance, tap dance or any chosen dance genre, which is then performed in our Annual Choreographic Competition, part of Prize Giving and Graduation.