Learn to Dance
Ballet is graceful, fluid and precise - perhaps the most formal dance style, but the style which forms the basis for most others. Boys and girls can begin from the age of 3, learning the most basic steps through story telling and imaginative play with props. Pupils are encouraged to take exams when they are technically and emotionally ready, from the Pre-Primary and Primary award in Dance through Grades 1 - 8. Those with a particular passion and ability for Ballet can also enter the RAD's vocational exams, Intermediate Foundation - Advanced, either at our studios or at RAD headquarters in London.
Pointe work classes begin for students at Intermediate foundation level. We take care to ensure time is taken to learn slowly and carefully to prevent injury. Technique, strength and confidence 'en pointe' is built up as students progress to Advanced level.
Extension classes are designed to enrich and extend talented pupils across the age groups. The classes are available by invitation to those pupils we feel would particularly benefit from further training. Hour long, non-syllabus classes focusing on strengthening, stretching, technique, artistry, musicality etc, are taught to the students' needs beyond the requirements of the syllabus.
Students are expected to attend every week and be committed and hard working. Participation in these classes will be reviewed on a termly basis
Modern and Contemporary
Modern teaches children the foundations of dance movement, working on skills such as flexibility and strength, dance qualities and dynamics, rhythm, style and performance. It has roots in Ballet, and incorporates elements of Contemporary, Lyrical, Jazz and Musical Theatre, but is designed to give dancers a strong technique and the ability to dance in a variety of styles.
We also offer the ISTD Contemporary vocational grades from age 11+ which give students the opportunity to focus on this increasingly popular genre of dance and provides excellent technical training alongside GCSE and A-level dance. Many of our students go on to further training at prestigious Contemporary dance schools including Northern School of Contemporary Dance and London Contemporary School of Dance.
This dance form teaches children rhythm and musicality and they can enjoy expressing themselves through making different sounds with their feet. The recently updated ISTD Tap Grades are heavily influenced by American Tap and shows such as Stomp and Tap Dogs. Children can begin at any age and Adults can join the Lewes Adult Tap class.
These classes incorporate singing, acting, and dancing, and are designed to improve confidence and sense of performance. Pupils learn numbers from various Musicals and work towards shows.
More and more boys are beginning to take classes, and many find dance classes are where they can shine.
Adult Tap and Adult Ballet classes are tailored specifically for adults who want to improve fitness and learn a new skill in a relaxed and informal environment. No previous dance experience is required.
For a free trial class contact Turning Pointe: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 07947 803105
Frequently Asked Questions
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