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Creative Dance Movement Creative Dance (Age 7-10yrs old) run by Colours of Dance - Miss Rachel at Cambridge Dance Studios Studio 4 on Wed at 4:00 PM

Developed and led by Miss Rachel, this class is for any student aged 7-10 who wishes to dance and explore movement.  Creative dance movement classes are so fun and exciting, inspiring students to tell stories through movements, explore feelings, texture and spaces, using ideas and music as inspiration.  This class is equally suitable for total beginners and those with dance experience.

Ballet

Ballet classes at Colours of Dance are varied and cater for almost everyone from age 2 to Adult, according to demand. Our core method is the method and syllabus of the Royal Academy of Dance, of which our Principal is both a Registered Teacher and Trustee. All our graded ballet classes offer the RAD syllabi, and whilst examinations are not mandatory for development and progression, we do think they offer a valuable target and benchmark. From G6, they also come with UCAS points attached! All future dance teachers require a minimum standard of RAD Intermediate to be able to progress into teacher training.

We also offer Non-Syllabus classes, and the theme and methodology of each these will depend on the teacher. We are proud to work with several non-RAD teachers who have been trained in the wonderful Vaganova method (originally from Russia and prevalent throughout Europe and the USA), which offers an alternative focus and different settings, thus enriching the experience of our dancers here - whatever their age and aspirations. All our non syllabus classes are designed to offer really good quality teaching and dancing experience that stands on its own, but is also really useful as a support and addition to syllabus classes, so that a wider vocabulary may be explored and techniques may be applied differently.

RAD Graded classes start with Pre-Primary, which is examined through a Class Award, then then these progress from Primary and then into Grades 1 to 8. From Grade 1, the graded ballet classes include Character Dance, which is based on folk dance from various countries around the world, and relates directly into the classical ballets of the 18th and 19th centuries - think party and ballroom scenes from Nutcracker, Swan Lake, Sleeping Beauty etc. Children will be required to learn character technique and dances, and to have special character shoes, (and for the girls, skirts) in addition to their ballet shoes.

At around Grade 4, some students who have the commitment, are invited to join the RAD Vocational Graded track in addition to continuing with their Grades. The Vocational Graded exams are designed for potential Vocational dancers, or those who would like to study Pointework and have a purely classical setting. The marking system is somewhat different and there is no character dance content. The Vocational work offers a wonderful challenge as much to those who are committed to a career in dance, as to those who are committed to ballet as their primary hobby.

Appropriate entry into graded classes is partly based on age and partly on experience, so if you are in doubt, please ask. For entry to G1, the minimum age is age 6, as the minimum exam entry is age 7.

A Note on the RAD Pre-Grades

RAD Pre-Grades classes follow the RAD syllabus of Pre-Primary and Primary. Children prepare particularly for entry into classical ballet but also other dance genres by starting with these two preparatory levels, which are focused on developing strong posture, good musicality & basic dance movements.

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

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


Latin & Ballroom

Children's Strictly: Classes for those interested in learning Social Dance, perhaps inspired by the celebrities & professionals alike on BBC 1s Strictly Come Dancing! Children will learn the basic steps and technique for ballroom and Latin style dance & then develop short routines. Students can be entered to take ISTD Medal Tests where they perform one or two dances they have learnt that term and they may also be entered for competition should they be keen.

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

Medal Tests can be undertaken at a variety of levels, appropriate to the ability and experience of the child, and it is normal to have children of different levels and experience in the same weekly class. The teacher will manage the challenge or standard of output required of each child on an individual basis within the class context. This makes for a lovely class dynamic, as peer-friendships can be maintained, even while skill levels within a peer-group might differ.

Ballroom and Latin Classes are all taught by Chrissie Allen-Moore of CAM Dance, an experienced dancer and competitor, and now fully qualified teacher. Chrissie has a relaxed and supportive style allowing each child to develop in their own way whilst learning correct technique. She offers opportunities to Colours of Dance pupils to compete when they are ready, through her own school, and in 2015 had 5 children competing into the second rounds of their levels in the ISTD National Finals in Blackpool.

Our Strictly Beginners class is suitable for ages 5+. Depending on age and dance experience, some children will be able to start at a higher level, please contact us to find out which level would be suitable for your child. We also have our Teen class which is aimed at ages 13-16yrs and is for beginners and improvers. This is also a transition class for those who are new to ISTD or are wanting better technique. Our Strictly classes will cover some or all of the following dance styles: Rumba, Cha Cha, Jive, Samba, Waltz, Quickstep, Foxtrot and Tango


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.


Street Dance

Classes start at age 4, this is a highly popular dance style. Classes strive towards unity and clarity of movement from individuals during routines but also as a whole group whilst exploring the diverse and on trend style. Children can look ahead to taking medal tests, a fun and enjoyable way to show off what they have learnt over a term twice a year and be rewarded with a medal or trophy!

Street Dance is an umbrella term for a variety of new dance styles including, but not limited to; locking & popping, hiphop and b-boy breaking.

Classes are organised according to age and ability: Beginner - approx age 4-6, Junior - approx age 6-8 Intermediate - approx age 8-11yrs Senior - approx age 11-15 Elite - approx age 12+ (entry to this class is solely at the discretion of the teacher and is based on ability)

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

Medal Tests can be undertaken at a variety of levels, appropriate to the ability and experience of the child, and it is normal to have children of different levels and experience in the same weekly class. The teacher will manage the challenge or standard of output required of each child on an individual basis within the class context. This makes for a lovely class dynamic, as peer-friendships can be maintained, even while skill levels within a peer-group might differ.


Tap Dance

Children's Tap

Classes start from Tiny Tots Tap (ages 4-5) and students may progress through to Advanced, following the ISTD syllabus and exam structure. This is a style for those who want to explore rhythm and movement through the body whilst also focusing on mobility of the feet and ankles to create the different sounds. And you are encouraged to make a lot of noise!

During the Summer and Autumn Terms for those who are ready students can progress to the next grade by preparing for an exam. Examinations ensure that their sense of performance style and technique is progressing against the standards set by the ISTD. These exams are a fantastic opportunity for children to set a goal for themselves and then achieve it in a measurable way. Examinations will require attendance at additional special classes in the run up to the exam, and will be planned well in advance to allow time for preparing the application forms and booking an examiner. The exam day itself may be a weekday and absence requested from school.

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

Adult Tap

Introduction to Tap: Especially designed for adults who have never done tap before, this is a complete introductory course run over 10 weeks taking you through the basics of tap. You will be introduced to new and correct vocabulary, tap techniques and learn the skills necessary to continue in a general class setting. For those less confident this class could be repeated or be attended in addition to a beginners/general class.

All adult tap classes are loosely based around the ISTD method & framework by way of knowing what steps one should know at each level before progressing in a safe and suitable way. There are no set exercises or routines as classes are adapted by the teachers to suit the group.


Children

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.


Creative Dance Movement

Creative Dance Movement is exactly what is says it is! It is not genre-specific (ie it's not ballet or jazz or contemporary), so everyone is welcome.

As dancers, our role is to tell stories and unfold feelings using our bodies to interpret music or ideas and put it into movement. As dancers we can get very focused on technique or steps, and this class is designed to free the dancer to focus on telling the story, or exploring an idea through movement. It is ideal for a student who is completely new to dance, or for a budding actor who wishes to be more physically confident or imaginative in their drama classes & productions or for a student already attending a syllabus class who would like to explore a more creative space or develop their own dance ideas.

Be prepared to open up your mind and create your own wonderful world.


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