Curriculum

Pre-School (2½ - 4 years) and Pre-Primary (4 - 5 years) Classes

These lessons are ballet-based and are designed to enable the children to participate in dance activities that are developmentally appropriate and which encourage co-operation and social interaction.

In our Pre-School classes we aim to encourage and develop the children’s imaginations by enabling them to explore and practise a wide range of fundamental movements through story-telling and listening to music.

Pre-Primary classes continue to improve the children’s range of movement abilities and help them become more physically and spatially aware. Creative use of movement and props encourages the development of their expressive and interpretive skills as well as promoting self-confidence and self-esteem.

At 4 years old the children can begin modern and tap lessons which further improves their co-ordination and starts to develop their rhythmical awareness.

Graded Examination Classes

From about 5 years old a more structured approach to lessons is begun through the ballet syllabus of the Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) and Tap and Modern syllabi of the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing (ISTD). The Grades build up progressively so that skills learnt at lower grades prepare students for the more complex movements later on. The lessons are complemented by non-syllabus work to encourage creativity and a sense of performance.

Vocational Graded Examination Classes

These classes are offered to follow on after the completion of the Grades and/or as additional classes in preparation for a career in dance.

Musical Theatre

These classes develop singing, acting and movement skills together with stagecraft. There is the option of taking LAMDA examinations in Acting or Verse & Prose. The classes aim to improve self-esteem and confidence in performance as well as the ability to communicate clearly.

Acro Dance

The syllabus of Acrobatic Arts is followed and is the fusion of classical dance technique with the precision and athleticism of acrobatic elements.

It is based on safe and effective progression through 5 sections: flexibility, strength, balancing, limbering and tumbling. Classes are of mixed ability and students work through the levels at their own pace.

Acro Dance differs from gymnastics in that it is performed on a hard stage. Dance training is therefore essential as students must be able to dance in and out of tricks. Its primary aim is to encourage a balanced development through its progressions so that dancers are less likely to develop injuries.

At Clandon School of Dance Acro Dance is taken in conjunction with a ballet class and from when they are in Grade 1 Ballet (approx. 7 years upwards). Spaces in the classes are limited.

Non-syllabus Jazz Classes

Street dance, Commercial Pop, Contemporary and Lyrical techniques are developed in the Jazz classes. These lessons are designed to complement the modern syllabus work in a less formal style. They are available to children from 8 years.

Examinations

The school holds examinations at various times of the year and consistently achieves very good results. With a 100% pass rate, 99% gain As (Distinctions) and Bs (Merits) of which three-quarters regularly achieve over 70%.

Examinations are not compulsory. However we do encourage pupils to take exams as we feel it benefits them to focus and work towards a goal. Pupils who do not wish to take exams can progress to the next class when they have reached a good technical standard.

Coaching lessons are compulsory for those taking exams and these are held on Saturdays in the term of their exam.

Timetable

Classes are held after school and on Saturdays during term time. The timetable aims to be flexible around school hours and many classes have a choice of day/time.

Please contact us to discuss the classes which are most suitable for your child.

Staff

Linda Streat BPhil(Hons). BSc. LRAD. ISTD:CDE. AISTD
Jessica Todd ISTD:DDE (Modern, Tap, Ballet). RAD:DDTS
Rose Blackley (Musical Theatre)

Contact: Linda Streat | Telephone: 01483 282506 | Email: [email protected]