Ballet is an artistic dance form performed to music, using precise and highly formalised set steps and gestures. It is characterised by grace and precision of movement. Our students study the highly acclaimed Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) syllabus and is taught by fully qualified RAD teachers. Students will be taught by teachers who have performed on stages all over the world and have trained to a high level and they are delighted to pass on their knowledge to the students of FitzGraham. Our ballet classes are offered to children from 18 months upwards.
Modern Theatre dance is a rhythmic dance style which originated in America before travelling to the rest of the world. It is often seen on the stages of musical productions and is known for its theatrical qualities. The style uses travelling steps, high kicks, leaps and turns which all need strength and flexibility. This is a highly energetic dance style. Our students work their way through the ISTD Modern grades guided by professional and qualified teachers of the ISTD syllabi.
This has evolved as an American dance form, popularised throughout the world, with debate about its origins coming from African dance, Irish dance and/or clog dancing. The dancer uses their feet to strike the floor, beating out different rhythms, with dancers wearing tap shoes which have small metal plates on the toe and heel to give the distinctive sound. Tap dance is a theatrical art form often seen on stage in musicals. Our students will study the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing (ISTD) Tap dancing syllabus working their way through the grades. Our ISTD teachers are of a high calibre and are fully qualified teachers of the ISTD syllabi.