Our Contemporary Dance classes follow the NATD (National Association of Teachers of Dance) syllabi and cover Grades 1 through to Vocational level, meaning students can train more in depth over several years, bridging the gap from childhood dance to professional.
The Syllabus is made up of a combination of styles by some of the worlds most influential contemporary dance practitioners including Martha Graham, Merce Cunningham and Jose Limon. Contemporary Dance Classes are strongly advised alongside Ballet and Ballet Conditioning, to mimic the training a student would receive at vocational College, and help prepare those looking to pursue a career in the classical dance sector.
Examinations and medal tests are offered in all levels, and are regulated and recognised by Ofqual and the DofE. Our Classes our split into 3 levels of training. We currently do not offer a Junior Level Contemporary Class.
Classes for children start from 7 years at Grade 1, and work through to Grade 3. The classes begin with the basic technical components of spirals, rolling, footwork, contractions and floor work. These Classes would ideally be studied alongside either Ballet or Modern Dance, but this is not compulsory.
Senior level classes develop further through Grades 4-6. Exercises start to lengthen consisting of more transitions between movement, include more fluidity and continue to work on the technical components, now including Barre work, and choreography. Students from Grade 4 will now start to begin exploring dance for themselves giving them the power to interpret movements and styles in their own way. We would now be strongly encouraging dancers to combine these classes with ballet to assist with the classical characteristics.
These Classes cover the Vocational Levels; Grade 6, Intermediate Foundation and Intermediate. They Prepare students for full time Vocational Training and Professional Dance practise. The Vocational levels earn UCAS points on completion of the relevant examinations, thus assisting with entry into further training at Professional Ballet and Contemporary Establishments or University.
To view class times or other classes we have on offer, please visit our timetable page.