Please find below the range of classes that we offer, for everyone from just 18 months to Adult.
Little Bear Feet
Little Bear Feet classes are the first step in the Melody Movement dance program. In addition to movement skills, children are introduced to other fundamental curriculum learning skills such as counting, colour and shape recognition, vocabulary and language skills.
The strength of the system is that learning is achieved through imaginative movement which is enjoyable and fun. Melody Movement provides every child with the opportunity to discover and fulfill their own potential whilst nurturing creative development.
Melody Movement (3 - 4years) Melody Movement introduces children to dance and movement using the natural actions of the body such as running, walking, jumping, hopping, skipping and galloping. It is structured to aid children’s physical development, coordination, spatial awareness, sensory development, creativity and self-expression, working individually, with a partner, or as a group.
The syllabus is designed around the Early Years Foundation Scheme (EYFS) and introduces children to fundamental curriculum learning skills such as counting, colour and shape recognition, vocabulary and language skills. The strength of the system is that learning is achieved through imaginative movement which is enjoyable and fun.
Dawn has created weekly lesson plans in which Melody and her friends share an adventure or experience with the children each week. Many dance genres are included within the lesson plans so that the children gain a broad experience of dance styles. The children, whilst enjoying the experience, are taught fundamental dance principles to prepare them to move onto the next level on their fourth birthday.
Border Rose Ballet
We are very proud to offer a comprehensive method of ballet training within our Border Rose Ballet section at DC Dance & Performing Arts. Our teachers are constantly taking part in continued professional develop in order to provide top quality ballet education to our students.
Pre School Ballet
The school offers fun and imaginative classes in both preschool and classical ballet for our younger dancers. Within our sessions we utilise RAD (Royal Academy of Dance) and Melody Movement dance syllabi along with developmental exercises of our own creation. We concentrate upon building fundamental movement and age appropriate dance skills; thus preparing our students to move into our junior section and beyond.
Border Rose Ballet Lower School
The students begin their journey within the lower school upon reaching academic year 2. The dancers will study IDTA (International Dance Teacher’s Association) Preparatory level to Grade 1 inclusive and select RAD (Royal Academy of Dance) graded classes as an optional extra for those keen to progress with their classical studies.
Border Rose Ballet Upper School
The students enter this part of the journey at IDTA Grade 2 level and can progress to vocational studies. Upon reaching this level, students are encouraged to study ‘Progressing Ballet Technique’ modules to support their training: an innovative programme developed to help students understand the depth of training muscle memory in achieving their personal best in classical ballet. Throughout this section, students are also offered the chance to continue their RAD (Royal Academy of Dance) studies to further enhance their classical ballet technique, artistry and musicality.
The school offers pointe work training to students who show dedication, strength, alignment and technique within their classical studies. Dancers are carefully and continually assessed at Border Rose Ballet to maintain correct and safe training whilst dancing en pointe. During her degree, Dawn spent one year specialising in the training of pointe work and using her research has developed a training programme for those wishing to dance on pointe and we now offer varying levels of classes to cater for all of our students. Teachers have also taken pointe shoe fitting guidance from Grisko and Capezio as well as attending courses with the Royal Ballet School about the teaching of pointe work.
The school has enjoyed much success within this genre with pupils gaining: Royal Ballet Junior Associate Programme places, Northern Ballet Junior Associate places, The Hammond Ballet Associate Programme, Elmhurst Junior Associate Ballet Programme, finalist places at UKA Scholarships, Nominations for IDTA scholarships, performing with English Youth Ballet, gaining many medals and trophies at dance festivals.
DC Dance is very proud of it’s ballet achievements so far, and wishes to continue the high standards we have so far achieved. We therefore, employ a number of specialist ballet teachers to ensure that all pupils gain a rounded ballet experience at the school.
Progressing Ballet Technique & Pointe work
During our pre-pointe training at the school we utlise the Progressing Ballet Technique training programme that both Miss Dawn and Miss Mary have undertaken training with.
rogressing Ballet Technique (PBT) is an innovative body-conditioning and strengthening program that has been designed to enhance students' technique by focussing on training the muscle memory required in each exercise in all forms of dance. It is a unique training system using ballet-technique specific exercises to train skill acquisition in a graded and progressive manner from junior through to advanced levels. PBT helps teachers around the world prepare their students to receive the strength they need to achieve their personal best.
We take great care when training our ballerinas in their pointe shoes and we are constantly monitoring and observing our students to record and aid their progression.
Both Miss Dawn and Miss Mary have undertaken teacher training with the Royal Ballet School's 'Inspire' teacher training programme and are dedicated to keeping our dancers safe during their pointe training at the school.
Tap dance is one of the core theatre subjects with origins that are many and varied. The Americans claim its origins are in African Jazz, the Irish claim it's from jigs and step dancing, the English from Clog dancing.
Tap has been extremely popular ever since it began. Musical Classics such as 42nd Street and Crazy for You and more modern pieces such as Stomp and Tap Dogs highlight the many different styles of tap.
DC Dance has enjoyed much success in the genre of tap dancing with pupils gaining many finalist places at UKA scholarships and winning the 16 years plus UKA Tap Scholarship in 2008. The school trains pupils using the IDTA syllabus and pupils can enjoy a wide range of training throughout their classes at DC Dance working towards shows, festivals, fundraising events or simply just for fun. Classes are Fun and give you the chance to make plenty of noise.
Contemporary Modern Jazz
Modern is fun. You will learn to develop many different movements reaching to a broad choice of varying rhythms and musical styles. Classes are structured to begin to prepare the physical strength and flexibility required to demonstrate emotion through interpretation of any musical genre, one minute you may be dancing to the rhythm of a drum, the next to a funky jazz style.
You may explore contrast between expansion and relaxation or learn to isolate in a slick stylish mood, whatever the atmosphere of the class, it will be a wonderful opportunity to react and interact with other members of the class and really dance to express your feelings.
We are very proud to be teaching the IDTA's brand new Contemporary Modern Jazz syllabus at the school.
Theatre Craft is a most exciting dance form encompasses the wide spectrum of productions that are Musical Theatre. Shows like Grease, My Fair Lady, Bombay Dreams, The Lion King etc all diverse styles but all embraced by the Theatre Craft Title. A dance form for theatrical performance, preparing the body physically through exercise and stimulating artistic ability through dance movement, improvisation and interpretation of music. The use of hand props, make up and much more - it provides all the 'must have' qualities for today's amateur and professional dancer.
DC Dance & Performing Arts trains pupils using the IDTA syllabus which is a dymanmic and exciting in content.
This all-encompassing class combines dance, drama, and song. A fusion of all modern music and dance styles, Musical Theatre takes you to inspirational heights.
Miss Alex who runs our Musical Theatre classes at the school has a wealth of experience as a performer, director and choreographer. She has won NODA awards for her work within the theatre, and works closely alongside our community theatre Todmorden Hippodrome. Alex is also a member of our musical faculty offering vocal tuition to pupils.
The spotlight’s on you!
With inspiration from gymnastic floor work and rhythmic gymnastics, this dance style incorporates acrobatic movement into elegant flowing routines, with creative, expressive lifts and poses.
Requiring strength, flexibility and technique, AcroDance produces inspiring performances for the dancer and audience.
One of the training programs we use within our school. The program is based on safe and effective progressions with proven results in five divisions of AcroDance: flexibility, strength, balance, limbering and tumbling.
DC Dance & Performance Arts are excited to be launching the new IDTA examination syllabus within our school.
Ballroom, Latin & Sequence
Whether you wish to learn to dance socially, to take part in competitions and exams or for a special 'first dance' at your wedding, DC Dance can offer you expert tuition.
There are five main dances included in our Ballroom section: Waltz - is one of the most graceful of the Ballroom dances, Tango - an exciting dance, steps relating to the raw Argentine Tango, Foxtrot - graceful and beautiful, most challenging of the Ballroom style, Quickstep - like a Foxtrot to a slower tempo, with echoes of the Charleston and Viennese Waltz - originally danced by the Viennese aristocracy.
We also offer Latin (Rumba, Cha Cha Cha, Jive, Paso Doble and Samba) and Sequence routines (16 bar set sequences of Ballroom, Latin or Old Time). We also add other Latin dances to build your repertoire such as Merengue, Mambo and Samba.
Tuition in Argentine Tango is also available at the school alongside the launch of the IDTA's new Argentine Tango syllabus.
DC Dance now offers Ballroom, Latin and Sequence Graded Examinations that hold Ofqual accreditation. The graded examination system was launched by the IDTA in 2013 and IDTA Ballroom and Latin teachers were proud to be present at the launch and are excited to role out the new system within the dance school.
DC Dance is also very proud to take part in local and national ballroom events. Pupils at the school can take part in IDTA medallist competitions, local tea dances and social gatherings and have even appeared on ITV’s This Morning in a ‘Baby Ballroom’ competition.
Line Dance: As with any style of dance, Country & Western dancing did not just begin – it evolved. It combines many different forms of dance and cultures, and has been strongly connected to Folk Dancing and heavily influenced by European immigrants travelling to North America in the mid 1800’s.
Round and square dance formations, together with the folk dances practised by the multi-cultural American West at this time, resulted in the development of a new style. Line Dancing as we know it today is rapidly growing and progressing.
Other influences include dances from the film Saturday Night Fever, the crossover of Disco and Country music, and the popularity of performers such as Billy Ray Cyrus, Jimmy Nail, Shania Twain, and Lee Ann Rimes.
Freestyle/Disco is the trendiest and most popular form of dance in the UK today. It involves runs, kicks, spins and leaps as well as many other diverse steps and movements including lots of arm and hand actions. The music can be fast and ‘beaty’ or slow and lyrical, allowing dancers of all ages to use freedom of expression to enhance their style.
Freestyle dance at DC Dance is taught by Ex-Championship Freestyle dancers who have also gained IDTA awards for their teaching abilities and hold adjudicator licenses. The staff are committed to ensuring fun, yet safe coaching and training methods to the pupils and are available for both general and competitive freestyle dance training.
DC pupils can either choose to dance simply for fun or if they wish, work towards competition standard. Competitive freestyle involves more intense training sessions to improve technique, stamina, strength and flexibility. Our freestyle staff offer private tuition in order to train pupils to competitive standard. Classes also work towards Medal Test Examinations with the IDTA and additional performing experiance in our annual Show.
Today, the term street dance covers many different styles of dance including: Break, popping, locking, robotic liquid and house. It has become highly popular due to commercial dance troupes such as Diversity.
At DC Dance our experienced teachers try to include many different styles to give an all round background to this ever changing genre. Our Street Dance staff are qualified with the IDTA and have also received street dance training with Firefly and UDO and are committed to providing the highest standard classes.
The school is also equiped with gymnastic equipment in order to train pupils safely in break dance styles. Classes work towards Medal Test Examinations with the IDTA and performing experiance in our annual Show.
Cheerdance UK is new to our school for 2021. Although many of the staff have held Cheerleading Qualifications for many years we are re-intorducing Cheer to our school and are excited to be part of Cheerdance UK.
All ages and abilities from beginners to established competitive dancers are welcome at Cheerdance UK competitions. Cheerdance UK brings together the knowledge, skills and experience needed to create an affordable form of competitive dancing, whilst maintaining excellent competition standards.
We are delighted to offer the following competition categories:
Set Routine Solos – dancers can choose from our 5 set routines that are designed to cater for the complete beginner to the elite competitor. The set routines change every 6 months and are supplied by us to the teacher by email link.
Cheer Fusion Solos – A brand-new solo category to be offered at our events from September 2019. We will announce in advance a selected music track for each age group. Dancers can perform their OWN choice of choreography which should be based on the fundamentals of Cheerdance but may also be influenced by other dance styles such as Street, Jazz, Latin American etc.
Squads – Within each age category we offer small squad for up to 12 dancers and large squad for 13 or more dancers. Dancers use own choreography
Pairs – Team up with another dancer and use own choreography.