Classes

Early dance training teaches lessons that last a lifetime

Classical ballet with its rich and graceful history as a performing art, remains a popular activity for children, distinguishing itself with formalized movements that have remained largely intact, since its origins in Italy during the 15thcentury. Its key movements and principles continue to form the basis for other forms and styles of dance, starting students on their magical dance journey. But it is the art forms impact on children that is much more profound than we can begin to imagine. Physical health, self-confidence, collaboration with peers, discipline, pursuit of excellence, and above all, self-expression are fundamental skills that will carry them through life.

As the school’s Principal, my moral sense, developed through years of learning and working, is that learning must be enjoyable and meaningful. Dancers must be guided towards striving to acquire the graceful movements of classical ballet that require artistry and athleticism to perform, whilst being encouraged to take ownership of their learning through being engaged in planning, monitoring and assessing their progression inside the dance studio. At all times emphasis is placed on encouraging the joy of music and dance and the development of the dancer as an artist.  

Our Classes

Introduction to Dance [age 3 upwards]Bbodance Introduction to Classical Ballet Syllabus:
Candidates are assessed in nine centre exercises in the fundamental principles and movements that you would expect in a ballet class at this level, such as plies, skips and gallops. If successful, candidates receive a report, certificate and badge. 

Bbodance Introduction to Tap Dance Syllabus:
Candidates are assessed in three exercises and one dance in the fundamental principles that you would expect in a tap dance class at this level, such as toe taps, toe heel walks, shuffles and ball changes.
If successful, candidates receive a report, certificate and badge.

Bbodance Introduction to Modern Dance Syllabus:
Candidates are assessed in nine centre exercises and one dance in the fundamental principles that you would expect in a modern dance class at this level, such as the use of breath, use of direction and pedestrianised movements including walking and running. If successful, candidates receive a report, certificate and badge.

As part of teaching and learning over the academic year, we also incorporate storytelling, creative dance and make-believe within the form and structure of the lessons to encourage and inspire our little dancers.
Pre-primary [age 5 upwards]Bbodance Pre-Primary Classical Ballet Syllabus:
Candidates are assessed in eight centre exercises which have been designed to provide a strong focus on performance: every step, exercise, dance and task has been considered with characterisation, personality, musicality and style in mind. If successful, candidates receive a report, certificate and badge.  
Bbodance Pre-Primary Tap Dance Syllabus:
Candidates are assessed in three barre exercises, six centre exercises and a dance, which have been designed with a strong focus on developing an awareness of the stylistic and rhythmic principles, synonymous with this form of dance. If successful, candidates receive a report, certificate and badge.

Bbodance Modern Dance Syllabus: 
Candidates are assessed in two barre exercises, eight centre exercises and a dance, which have been designed to provide a strong focus on performance: every step, exercise, dance and task has been considered with characterisation, personality, musicality and style in mind. If successful, candidates receive a report, certificate and badge.  
 
Bbodance Jazz Dance Syllabus: 
Candidates are assessed in three barre exercises, six centre exercises, five movement enchainment’s and a dance, which have been designed to develop the application of style, characterisation and performance qualities synonymous with this genre of dance. If successful, candidates receive a report, certificate and badge.  

As part of teaching and learning over the academic year, the student will also learn to further improve the key physiological skills that have been developed during the Introduction to Dance Classes, most noticeably, anatomical awareness in terms of technical application, proprioception and coordination. In addition, students will continue to develop fundamental physiological skills, including external rotation, flexibility and aerobic/muscular power.
Junior Classes [age 7 upwards]Bbodance Grade 1 Classical Ballet Syllabus:
Grade 1 constitutes the beginning of a series of qualifications which are recognised in England and Wales and form part of the Regulated Framework (RQF) at Level 1. Candidates are assessed via practical demonstration of the seven barre exercises and eight centre practice exercises. In addition, candidates are asked to respond to two theory questions relating to the genre, vocabulary and/or wider learning detailed in the syllabi. Students should respond verbally or physically, as the question dictates. Successful completion of the examination leads to the following qualification: 
BBO Level 1 Award in Graded Examinations in Dance: Grade 1

Bbodance Grade 1 Tap Dance Syllabus:
Candidates are assessed in four barre exercises, four floor pattern exercises, four enchainment’s and a dance. In addition, candidates are asked to respond to two theory questions relating to the genre, vocabulary and/or wider learning detailed in the syllabi. Students should respond verbally or physically, as the question dictates. Successful completion of the examination leads to the following qualification: 
BBO Level 1 Award in Graded Examinations in Dance: Grade 1

Bbodance Grade 1 Modern Dance Syllabus:
Candidates are assessed in four barre exercises, five centre exercises, four floor work exercises, six travelling enchainment’s and a creative dance. In addition, candidates are asked to respond to two theory questions relating to the genre, vocabulary and/or wider learning detailed in the syllabi. Students should respond verbally or physically, as the question dictates.  
Successful completion of the examination leads to the following qualification:
BBO Level 1 Award in Graded Examinations in Dance: Grade 1
Bbodance Grade 1 Jazz Dance Syllabus:
Candidates are assessed in five barre exercises, eight centre exercises of which four are floor exercises and a dance. In addition, candidates are asked to respond to two theory questions relating to the genre, vocabulary and/or wider learning detailed in the syllabi. Students should respond verbally or physically, as the question dictates.  
Successful completion of the examination leads to the following qualification:
BBO Level 1 Award in Graded Examinations in Dance: Grade 1.

As part of teaching and learning over the academic year, the student will also learn to further improve the key physiological skills that have been developed during the Pre-Primary Classes, most noticeably, anatomical awareness in terms of technical application, proprioception and coordination. In addition, students will continue to develop fundamental physiological skills, including external rotation, flexibility and aerobic/muscular power.
Intermediate Classes [age 10 upwards]Bbodance Grade 4 Classical Ballet Syllabus:
Grade 4 continues a series of qualifications which are recognised in England and Wales and form part of the Regulated Framework (RQF) at Level 2. 
Candidates are assessed in twelve barre exercises and twelve centre practice exercises. In addition, candidates are asked to respond to two theory questions relating to the genre, vocabulary and/or wider learning detailed in the syllabi. Students should respond verbally or physically, as the question dictates.  
Successful completion of the examination leads to the following qualification:
BBO Level 2 Award in Graded Examinations in Dance: Grade 4.

BBO Grade 4 Tap Dance Syllabus:
Candidates are assessed in five barre exercises, three floor pattern enchainment’s, five combinations and a dance. In addition, candidates are asked to respond to two theory questions relating to the genre, vocabulary and/or wider learning detailed in the syllabi. Students should respond verbally or physically, as the question dictates.  
Successful completion of the examination leads to the following qualification:
BBO Level 2 Award in Graded Examinations in Dance: Grade 4.

BBO Grade 4 Modern Dance Syllabus:
Candidates are assessed in five barre exercises, five centre exercises, five floor work exercises, four amalgamations and a dance. In addition, candidates are asked to respond to two theory questions relating to the genre, vocabulary and/or wider learning detailed in the syllabi. Students should respond verbally or physically, as the question dictates.  
Successful completion of the examination leads to the following qualification:
BBO Level 2 Award in Graded Examinations in Dance: Grade 4.

BBO Grade 4 Jazz Dance Syllabus:
Candidates are assessed in ten barre exercises, fifteen centre exercises, nine enchainment’s and two dances. In addition, candidates are asked to respond to two theory questions relating to the genre, vocabulary and/or wider learning detailed in the syllabi. Students should respond verbally or physically, as the question dictates.  
Successful completion of the examination leads to the following qualification:
BBO Level 2 Award in Graded Examinations in Dance: Grade 4.

As part of teaching and learning over the academic year, the student will also learn to further improve the key physiological skills that have been developed during the Grade 1 Classes, most noticeably, anatomical awareness in terms of technical application, proprioception and coordination. In addition, students will continue to develop fundamental physiological skills, including external rotation, flexibility and aerobic/muscular power. Furthermore, students will begin to develop the technical, physical, artistic and professional attributes needed by aspiring dancers in the 21st century, alongside preparing their professional and promotional materials needed for entry into full-time vocational or further and higher education dance/performing arts courses.
Industry Workshops and MasterclassesOver the duration of the academic year workshops will be held covering a range of dance forms and styles, largely Commercial Dance, Acro, Lyrical, Singing, Acting and Musical Theatre Jazz Dance.
Private CoachingExaminations, non-syllabus, pointe work and competitions.
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