Classes

The Stoller School of DancingThe Stoller School of Dancing offers fun classes taught professionally in all aspects of dancing and musical theatre. There are opportunities to perform in open evenings / gala evenings, choreography competitions, summer workshops, professional workshops, Christmas reviews, an annual major production and to take ISTD graded examinations in all genres. Pupils also have the opportunity to perform with professional companies and begin their teacher training with us. Please note that these activities are not compulsory.

Classes are divided into age ranges; Primary classes are aimed at 3 – 6yrs. Junior classes cater for 7 – 10yrs and Senior classes are structured for 11 – 18yrs. These age ranges are only a guide and also depend on the ability and experience of the pupil.

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Street jazz is an umbrella term used to describe dance styles including popping, locking, breaking and hip hop that evolved in open spaces such as streets, parks, and nightclubs. It is often improvisational and social in nature encouraging interaction and contact with other dancers. Fast paced and challenging, street jazz classes are high energy and teach the most up to date moves and styles. This fun class focuses on technique, strength building, stamina, timing, co-ordination and development of personal style. All the latest chart tracks are used to teach funky, cool and fun routines.

Modern dance began in the early 1900s when dancers started to rebel against the constraints of classical ballet. Dancers began to focus on creative self-expression rather than on technique. Modern dance is a relaxed, free style of dance in which emotions and feelings are used. Because of the common history, modern and ballet share a similar terminology and structure. Modern classes will help develop core strength, flexibility, stamina, balance, co-ordination and a sense of performance. Modern explores varying rhythms and styles such as lyrical, contemporary, jazz and musical theatre. A variety of music is used from the latest hits to well known musicals. There are opportunities to take ISTD graded examinations in Modern.

Tap dancing was originally influenced by African Juba dancing, English Lancashire clogging, Irish step dancing and Spanish Flamenco dancing! During the 1930’s to the 1950’s the best tap dancers moved from Vaudeville to cinema and television. Tap dance is characterized by a tapping sound that is created from metal plates attached to the ball and heel of the dancer’s shoe that create a percussive sound like playing a musical instrument. Fun, yet challenging. Tap classes focus on rhythm, syncopation and self-expression through creative use of the feet. Other tap skills include timing, co-ordination, and fitness. An array of music is used in tap class to create different styles of tap including; Swing, Jazz, Latin, Musical Theatre, Pop and Contemporary music. There are opportunities to take ISTD graded examinations in tap.

Ballet is a beautiful core subject that provides the foundation for all other dance styles. Best known for its unique features and techniques, ballet puts great emphasis on the execution of movement. Distinctive features of ballet include the continuous outward rotation of the thighs from the hip, referred to as “turnout”, high extensions and graceful flowing movements. Ballet classes work on building strength in the legs and the core, developing flexibility and strong feet for pointe work. Classes will improve posture, balance, control and musical awareness. Ballet helps to build muscle strength therefore preventing injuries. It is a challenging yet extremely rewarding class for all age groups. There are opportunities to take ISTD graded examinations in Imperial Ballet.

Since the early 20th century, musical theatre productions have been called “musicals”. Musicals are performed all around the world in West End and Broadway productions, in smaller fringe theatres, on tour, or by amateur groups. Musical theatre is a form of theatre combining singing, acting and dancing. In class pupils develop a range of theatrical and performance skills and techniques. Script work, improvisation and drama games are used to improve acting skills. Techniques are used to improve singing, adding movement to create song and dance routines. Different styles of music are used from musicals to chart music to well-known films and TV programmes. Musical theatre is a great opportunity for pupils to grow in confidence and improve their social and performance skills.

Contemporary dance is a genre that has grown to become one of the dominant genres for trained dancers throughout the world. Originally borrowing from classical, modern and jazz styles, it has since come to incorporate elements from many styles of dance and is a now a fundamental part of any trained dancer’s repertoire. We encourage all pupils, where possible, to learn comtemporary to further enhance their technique and versatility.