PERFORMING ARTS SCHOOL

WEST WICKHAM

DANCE COMPANY SCHOOL

Dance Company School has been established since 1994. Previously in Beckenham now relocated to Hawes Down Junior School, West Wickham.

The school offers classes in ISTD Classical Ballet, Ballet Tots, Modern Theatre, Tap, Jazz, Singing, Drama, Pilates, Street Dance and Contemporary. Half term and holidays classes and workshops led by leading West End and industry professionals. All teachers are fully insured, and DBS checked. Ages 3 -18 years old.

We promote a fun and caring approach to teaching. Recreational and advised training. Pupils have gone onto train at some leading vocational schools and colleges including Italia Conti, Royal Ballet, Rambert, Brit School and the London School of Contemporary Dance. Past pupils can be seen in the West End, UK touring shows, Ballet and Contemporary Companies.

We have seen hundreds of children and young people pass through our doors, to experience performing arts and also to have fun and make new friends. 

We are very proud of the dance school and we look forward to a happy relationship with pupil and parent. The Principal, stresses the importance of correct technique and teaches the Istd syllabus, along with other genres,it allows regular progression towards a sound technical dance ability, which in turn enables the pupil to participate in free style dance and perhaps reaching a dream of becoming a professional dancer and performer.

Conan and Lauren, both professional performers, choreographers and teachers, have a wealth of experience working with children & young people, are very proud of the dance school’s success. 

Dance Company School have a registered charity Create Projects Studio and are able to provide dance classes for the local community free of charge via the charity.

TimeInfants HallJunior Hall
Wednesday
4.00-4.45pmPrimary Ballet
4.45 - 5.30pm Grade 4 Ballet
5.30 - 6.15pmGrade 3 Ballet
6.15 - 7.00pmGrade 2 Ballet
7.00 - 8.00 Inter Ballet
Thursday
4.00-4.50pmContemporary Juniors
5.00- 5.50pmContemporary Seniors
Saturday
9.00-9.30Junior Tap Beginners Tap
9.40 - 10.25Primary BalletBronze Tap
10.35 - 11.20Street Dance 10-18yrsStreet Dance 4-9yrs
11.30 - 12.15Grade 2 BalletGrade 3/4 Modern
12.15 - 13.00Grade 3 BalletGrade 2 Modern
13.00 - 13.45Grade 4 Ballet


AUTUMN TERM 2021

Sept 15th -  Dec 4th (10 Weeks)

Mid Term Break Sat 16th and Sat 23rd October (2 Weeks)


Imperial Classical Ballet

Imperial Classical Ballet is based on the teaching of the French School at the Paris Opéra. The syllabus, first written in 1913, has evolved to promote the English classical ballet style and to address the changing needs of ballet dancers today. Focusing on encouraging a sound basic technique and an understanding of musical interpretation it provides the essentials of a pure classical training

The Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing (ISTD) is the world's leading dance examinations board. Formed in 1904 it is today a registered educational charity and is the only organisation that covers the full spectrum of dance examinations on a truly global scale. The ISTD's chief objective is "to educate the public in the art of dancing in all its forms”

GENRES

Modern Theatre

Modern dance is often seen on the stages of musical productions and is known for its theatrical qualities. The style uses travelling steps, high kicks, leaps and turns which all need strength and flexibility. This is a highly energetic dance style.


Tap Dance

Tap Dance is an exciting, percussive, rhythmical dance form. The dancer uses their feet to strike the floor, beating out a melody, with tap shoes which have small metal plates on the toe and heel to give the distinctive sound. Tap dance is a theatrical art form often seen on screen and stage in musicals.

Street Dance

Hip hop is a culture, which includes music, dance and graffiti. It is a way of life. There are many hybrid styles that originate from these core elements. Due to the ever-evolving movement of Street Dance, there is controversy within the hip hop world about the true origins and names of certain steps, which differ from one generation to the next but the principles are the same.

Contemporary Dance

Contemporary Dance stems from the core, or torso, of the body and uses elements of contract, release, spiral, floor work, fall and recovery, and improvisation. This evolving style has fast become one of the most dominant genres for dancers throughout the world.

Musical theatre is a form of theatrical performance that combines songs, spoken dialogue, acting and dance. The story and emotional content of a musical – humor, pathos, love, anger – are communicated through words, music, movement and technical aspects of the entertainment as an integrated whole. Although musical theatre overlaps with other theatrical forms like opera and dance, it may be distinguished by the equal importance given to the music as compared with the dialogue, movement and other elements. Since the early 20th century, musical theatre stage works have generally been called, simply, musicals

Pilates is a physical fitness system developed in the early 20th century by Joseph Pilates, after whom it was named. Pilates called his method "Contrology". It is practiced worldwide, especially in Western countries such as Australia, Canada, the United States and the United Kingdom. As of 2005, there were 11 million people practicing the discipline regularly and 14,000 instructors in the United States.