Our Classes

Ballet

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The RAD is one of the world’s most influential dance education organisations.  Their exams set standards in classical ballet and are a global leader in Continuing Professional Development for dance. The Royal Academy of Dance offers an internationally recognised portfolio of examinations and assessments designed to encourage, motivate and reward students of all ages and abilities, outlining a progressive structure for learning and achievement in dance.

Students start with the Dance to Your Own Tune curriculum, move through Pre-Primary and Primary levels and then into eight Graded and six Vocational Graded levels. Students can move from Graded Examinations to Vocational Graded Examinations at an appropriate time; or they can study both pathways simultaneously. The Dance School offers classes in the full range of RAD Examinations and many students study syllabus work alongside other styles of dance. Our exams are recognised by Ofqual and contribute to UCAS points. The RAD's patron is Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II.

Ballet Uniform and Etiquette

Ballet is a wonderful art form and we are so lucky to be able to learn the Royal Academy of Dance Ballet Syllabus. It is a fantastic organization at the forefront of ballet training.
With classical Ballet also comes discipline and it is a genre that requires certain standards in student behavior and uniform. The way you approach your class is so important. At The Dance Factory we want to encourage students to be responsible for their appearance and for them to know that it is important when studying dance, even if it is for fun. Students are expected to enter the ballet studio and be focused throughout the lesson. Please respect your teacher by listening and responding to corrections and of course HAVE FUN! We all want to to enjoy our ballet class and this can still be achieved when we listen and pay attention.
We hope parents will support our expectations!

Uniform

Shoes – Should be snug, especially when taking exams. Toes should be straight and touching the end of the shoe. A ballet shoe that is too big encourages the dancer to curl the toes to keep the shoe on and we want to keep the toes extended. Elastics need to be sewn on at the ankle so they keep the shoe in place. There should be no space between elastic and foot.
Leotards – Please ensure your leotard is well fitting, it should not be baggy. A belt should also be worn from Grade 1 – this usually comes with your leotard. This is an important part of the uniform, helping the dancer know where their waist is when working on weight placement. Bras should not be worn under your leotard unless it is a support bra. Leotards have a shelf lining which is your ‘ballet bra’, extra straps look untidy and spoil the look of your leotard!
Extra Layers - Cotton lycra cross–over cardigans in the same colour as your leotard can be worn for class. This is the only layer that will be allowed. Baggy jumpers and fashion tops are a no no! If you wish to order a cross over, please contact us and we can order it at a reduced rate. We just need to know your grade and size of leotard.
Sizes 00-2a £13.50
Size 3+ £15.00
Character Uniform – Shoes are very important. Low heel canvas for G1 and G2, Cuban heel from G3. It is a different style of dance so ballet shoes should not be worn. The skirts are expensive but must be worn for exams and class so please do check the swap shop to see if you can buy a second hand one.

Hair

Please check that your children have hair kits in their ballet bags and encourage them to help each other with buns before class.
Ideally in a bun from Grade 1.
Baby Ballet to Primary - A neat ponytail, if you can do a bun you get extra brownie points!
G3 and above - a BUN is a must!! Girls are more than able enough to do their own hair before class.
Wearing hair down and / or moving around obstructs the line of the head and neck and can be off putting when turning or moving quickly! It is safer that it is out of the way. From G3 and above students will be given two warnings about their hair and asked to come the following week with correct hair. A student may be asked to watch their class if they are not dressed correctly.

Tap

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The Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing (ISTD) is one of the world’s leading dance examination boards. Since 1904 they have provided training for dance teachers and examiners, enabling teachers to enter their students for examinations, develop new techniques and spread the joy of dance.

ISTD Tap 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.

Modern

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ISTD 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.



Contemporary

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Street / Jazz

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Musical Theatre

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Extra Lessons

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