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Contemporary Level 1 For students from Age 6 run by Colours of Dance - Miss Brittanie at Cambridge Dance Studios Studio 1 on Fri at 4:30 PM

Modern & Contemporary

These classes offer a new way to move and think. Students will be taught exercises to improve rhythm & timing, posture and coordination. Pupils will also be introduced to contemporary concepts & choreography, creating their own movements and sequences, and learn how to describe both simple and complex movements in suitable language.

Modern Classes: These classes incorporate the ISTD Modern Theatre Dance syllabus throughout and at every age, as this offers an excellent foundation for all modern and contemporary dance while young students are learning basic vocabulary of movement. Those students who are interested to do so and judged ready by their teacher will be offered the opportunity to take the exam for their grade during the Summer or Autumn Terms.

We are proud to say that Colours of Dance students have an extremely high pass rate in Medal Tests and Exams.

Junior Contemporary Class: At this level, the classes become extended in length and complexity. Students are introduced to the fundamentals and performance skills of Cunningham, Release & Limon Techniques. Their choreographic skills, an essential part of contemporary dance will continue to be developed.

All children's contemporary dance classes are taught by a regular teacher, and we are also lucky to be able to call upon visiting and guest professionals (choreographers and dancers) from time to time to offer special workshops, or who can attend a normal lesson to work with the children for a special one-off class.

Adult Classes Our Contemporary dance class for adults is an hour long class led by Contemporary teacher and Choreographer Lucy McMahon. Starting with a warm up and based around termly themes, Lucy will develop ideas and movements within the group that allow a wide range of abilities the chance to create and dance together. Contemporary dance is incredibly accessible and inclusive and in the lovely atmosphere that Lucy creates with her groups, everyone can explore this ever changing and progressing dance genre.


Children's Ballet:

Classes follow the RAD syllabus.

Ballet classes are based around a series of exercises & dances, specifically designed to increase strength, posture, technique, musicality and performance. All classes are taught using imagination and a variety of musical styles, to encourage, energise and motivate every student irrespective of ability. The opportunity to participate in Examinations & Class Awards are offered to all students when they are considered ready, but are not mandatory for successful progression.

Entry ages for each class are approximately as follows, but will vary according to experience and aptitude and are decided by the Principal:

Pre-Primary in Dance - 4 and a half to 5 years old Primary in Dance - 5 and a half to 6 years old Grade 1 - 6 and a half to 7 years old Grade 2 to Grade 4 - from 7 years old Grade 5 to Grade 8 - from 10 years old Intermediate Foundation to Advanced - from 11 years old

Pre-Ballet for children age 3-5, the First Steps (age 3-4) and Next Steps (age 4-5) classes form an ideal foundation for ballet and other styles of dance. Children attend these classes independently and learn basic steps and how to handle themselves in a dance-class environment. First Steps and Next Steps are not examined, although the teacher monitors progress against a set of criteria set by the Principal to ensure their development.

Boys Ballet: A Ballet class exclusively for boys aged 7-11 taught by the Principal. This is a non-syllabus class introducing ballet posture, style and steps specific to boys to develop their strength, coordination and confidence. Students may attend this class as an addition to their regular dance class or as their weekly dance class. The choice of music, environment, atmosphere in the studio and language is all designed to enthuse and inspire male dancers.

We are proud to say that Colours of Dance students have an extremely high pass rate in Medal Tests and Exams.

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