Dance Training

Ballet Class – Pointe Work

For Ballet Class and Pointe Work there are 3 levels based primarily on age but also on ability. The aim is to ensure that each student works as closely to their individual standard as possible, neither under or over challenged. This maintains our small class policy ensuring plenty of personal feedback.

Level One study with Gilly who diligently provides guidance in a slow nurturing environment. She instils sound technical base and encourages personal artistry through that technical understanding.

Level Two are looked after by Iohna Loots who develops those skills in the students who are ready to take the next step. Intense study at a faster pace building strength and stamina in preparation for auditions.

Level Three enjoy Bronte Kelly.  She challenges the more advanced students and encourage fearless performance and powerful virtuosity.

121 Coaching with Gillian Revie

Gillian offers weekly private coaching sessions with all students. This personal time allows Gillian to articulate any technical or artistic issues that need attention, and gives students time to process the corrections in a calm, stress free environment.

Pas de deux

Supported adage is crucial element to training. Balance, endurance and learning to trust and connect with your partner is the main focus in this class. Alistair Stewart

Character

Traditional Character dancing is led by professional musician Mark Dubrovsky and taught by Vadym Domashchenko. This genre of dance compliments classical ballet training teaching strength, posture, stamina and style.

Contemporary

Contemporary dance encourages self expression, natural movement and personal interpretation. Cooper Terry develops technical skill, provides tools required for improvisation, and helps dancers to break free of the classical ballet mould. Companies throughout the world require versatile, intelligent performers, there is no such thing as a purely classical ballet company.

Solos

Carefully selected solos will be chosen termly. These will be analysed in depth and will be used as a tool for developing artistry through technique. Students will experience solos that suit them, and ones that perhaps don’t. This is crucial training for company life since dancers tend to not have a choice of the repertoire they must perform. It is crucial to be versatile. Gillian Revie – Iohna Loots.

Repertoire

The Repertoire class helps to build a strong understanding and appreciation of traditional to contemporary ballets. Students learn how to stand in line in the corps de ballet, how to move in unison and how to emulate specific choreographic styles. Gillian Revie – Iohna Loots.

Virtuosity

Time slips by very quickly in class due to the care and attention needed for accuracy, so often dancers don’t get the chance to practise grand allegro and coda. This class provides the students with the much needed attention to power, height and speed. Alistair Stewart – Bronte Kelly

Spanish

Marina Tamayo and Aitor Hernandez provide weekly spanish lessons. Flamenco dance  is a highly-expressive, Spanish dance form. Characterized by hand clapping, percussive footwork, and intricate hand, arm, and body movements, this develops coordination, flavour and intensity to the dancers work.