Classes start from Tiny Tots Tap (ages 4-5) and students may progress through to Advanced, following the ISTD syllabus and exam structure. This is a style for those who want to explore rhythm and movement through the body whilst also focusing on mobility of the feet and ankles to create the different
sounds. And you are encouraged to make a lot of noise!
During the Summer and Autumn Terms for those who are ready students can progress to the next grade by preparing for an exam. Examinations ensure that their sense of performance style and technique is progressing against the standards set by the ISTD. These exams are a fantastic opportunity for children to set a goal for themselves and then achieve it in a measurable way. Examinations will require attendance at additional special classes in the run up to the exam, and will be planned well in advance to allow time for preparing the application forms and booking an examiner. The exam day itself may be a weekday and absence requested from school.
We are proud to say that Colours of Dance students have an extremely high pass rate in Medal Tests and Exams.
Beginners tap (L1)
This class is designed for adults who are new to tap, or who have less than 2 years of experience. If you have had a long break from tap dancing then this may also be a good class to get you back into it. In this class the teacher will explain each step clearly, developing exercises to work on rhythm, tone and technique throughout the term. You will learn a variety of new steps and the associated vocabulary, and be able to put steps together into short sequences. Videos of the steps will be made available to you via our online portal throughout the term.
Improvers tap (L2)
To join this class, you will need at least 1 or 2 years’ experience of tap dancing. You will be able to dance basic steps such as shuffles, tap-step, riffs and cramp rolls. Throughout each term steps will be developed and worked into short exercises or sequences, and you will learn to use more complex and interesting rhythms such as syncopation and cross accenting. If you’re not sure if this is the level for you, then you are welcome to attend a trial lesson, and the teacher will be able to tell you to which level you are best suited. If you’re an experienced tap dancer who has had a long break, then this may be a good class to get you back in the swing!
Advanced adult tap (Intermediate ISTD)
If you are an advanced adult tap dancer then we encourage you to join the Intermediate ISTD tap class. In this class you will explore a large variety of steps and styles, from short exercise drills, to performance sequences. To join this class you will need to be confident at learning new sequences, dancing elevated pick-ups on two feet or one foot, and have good turning skills. If you aren’t sure if this is the level for you, then please sign up for a trial class and the teacher can advise you afterwards.
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