Children and adult classes are held daily at the studio in all disciplines. Children can start from the age of two with a specially structured class for under 3’s. These classes are based on story themes encouraging the children to use their own imagination and enjoy dance.
Vocational classes are held in R.A.D. Ballet and I.S.T.D. Modern and Tap.
Ballet is an artistic dance form that requires many years of training. It is expressive and includes precise steps with gestures that are graceful and fluid. Our ballet classes promote physical strength and agility, discipline, improve posture as well as boosting the student’s concentration and focus whilst developing an understanding of music and rhythm. At Julia’s Studio we encourage students to use their imagination and explore their love of dance. We do this by engaging students in fun enjoyable lessons whilst learning sound technique and ensuring that safe practice is taught. The techniques found in classical ballet are a framework for many other styles of dance including jazz, modern theatre and contemporary dance. Within our Royal Academy of Dance Syllabus, we include Character dance and Free Movement.
Character dance is the stylised representation of traditional folk or national dance which has been adapted for the theatre. Character dance is integral to the classical ballet repertoire and can be seen in ballets such as Swan Lake, Don Quixote and La Sylphide.
Free Movement is the Academy’s term for its integration of modern dance and improvisational elements into its comprehensive ballet syllabi, with the emphasis on musicality and expression. Free movement is an important part of the complete ballet education.
We offer ballet classes from two and a half years through to adults and offer students the opportunity to take ballet exams with the Royal Academy of Dance.
Most young ballerinas dream of dancing en pointe (on their toes) for years before they tie their very first pair of pointe shoes. Here at Julia’s Studio we offer Pre Pointe classes to students on an invitation only basis. These classes are offered to boys and girls. The boys will develop their core and leg strength, agility, technique and control. The girls will further develop and strengthen the muscles necessary to dance en pointe. Many factors are involved in Pre Pointe readiness, including the strength of the feet, legs and ankles, a maturity towards their dance training, commitment to classes and correct ballet technique. The girls that are invited to attend these classes should firstly wear soft satin ballet shoes with ribbons, they will be advised by their teacher as to when they are ready for pointe work. Students will be required to continue with their usual ballet class alongside the Pre Pointe lesson.
Vocational classes This is the next stage for Pre Pointe students. These classes are invitation only and students work towards the Intermediate Foundation exam followed by Intermediate. These examinations are held at the Royal Academy of Dance headquarters in London. At Julia’s Studio we expect students in these classes to be taking at least two vocational classes a week plus their graded class, to enable them to achieve their full potential.
Pointe Work Class Non Syllabus This class is open to all students who have learnt the basic pointe technique and wish to strengthen their technique, alignment and control. This class is tailored to suit the needs of all students and to have fun whilst developing the strength needed to sustain a class en pointe.
Tap dance is a form of dance characterised by using the sounds of tap shoes striking the floor as a form of percussion. Tap dancing is widely performed in musical theatre shows and can be seen in Hollywood movies. Students develop musicality through various exercises, routines and dances. These classes are fun and challenging, the students learn to develop a sense of rhythm using different beats and sounds whilst also developing a combination of timing, coordination, style and technique. Classes in Tap dancing are offered from Primary school age through to adults with students having the opportunity to take exams with the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing if they wish to do so.
Modern Theatre dance is an invaluable combination of Modern dance, Jazz, Contemporary and Ballet. This style is a rhythmic dance style which originated in America but is now enjoyed across the globe. Modern dance is usually found in Musical Theatre productions and is known for its theatrical qualities. This style is highly energetic using travelling steps, kicks, leaps and turns, all of which require strength and flexibility. At Julia’s studio we work towards exams with the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing. Students begin by learning natural movements, running, skipping and jumping. As students progress they then begin to learn exercises, amalgamations and dances that enable them to become disciplined and versatile dancers, building core strength and flexibility. Modern Theatre Dance is offered from Primary school age through to adults and compliments classical ballet training perfectly.
Commercial dance is the most current dance style around It is a strong style with elements of street and sometimes jazz and is often seen on music videos and TV shows such as X Factor. Students learn different choreography and routines each week as well as learning specific moves and tricks. This is a non-syllabus class aimed at allowing students to build confidence learn the dynamics of performing, whilst enjoy themselves dancing with friends to the latest music.
Contemporary dance is a style of expressive dance that combines elements of several dance genres including, modern, jazz, lyrical and classical ballet. Contemporary dancers strive to connect the mind through fluid and lyrical movements. Contemporary dance stresses versatility and improvisation, unlike the strict structured nature of ballet, it also focuses on floor work and should have a feeling of freedom of movement and inner emotions.