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Children's Strictly Grade 3 run by Colours of Dance - Chrissie at Cambridge Dance Studios Studio 3 on Thu at 6:15 PM

Latin & Ballroom

Children's Strictly: Classes for those interested in learning Social Dance, perhaps inspired by the celebrities & professionals alike on BBC 1s Strictly Come Dancing! Children will learn the basic steps and technique for ballroom and Latin style dance & then develop short routines. Students can be entered to take ISTD Medal Tests where they perform one or two dances they have learnt that term and they may also be entered for competition should they be keen.

We are proud to say that Colours of Dance students have an extremely high pass rate in Medal Tests.

Medal Tests can be undertaken at a variety of levels, appropriate to the ability and experience of the child, and it is normal to have children of different levels and experience in the same weekly class. The teacher will manage the challenge or standard of output required of each child on an individual basis within the class context. This makes for a lovely class dynamic, as peer-friendships can be maintained, even while skill levels within a peer-group might differ.

Ballroom and Latin Classes are all taught by Chrissie Allen-Moore of CAM Dance, an experienced dancer and competitor, and now fully qualified teacher. Chrissie has a relaxed and supportive style allowing each child to develop in their own way whilst learning correct technique. She offers opportunities to Colours of Dance pupils to compete when they are ready, through her own school, and in 2015 had 5 children competing into the second rounds of their levels in the ISTD National Finals in Blackpool.

Our Strictly Beginners class is suitable for ages 5+. Depending on age and dance experience, some children will be able to start at a higher level, please contact us to find out which level would be suitable for your child. We also have our Teen class which is aimed at ages 13-16yrs and is for beginners and improvers. This is also a transition class for those who are new to ISTD or are wanting better technique. Our Strictly classes will cover some or all of the following dance styles: Rumba, Cha Cha, Jive, Samba, Waltz, Quickstep, Foxtrot and Tango


Children

Children's Ballet:

Classes follow the RAD syllabus.

Ballet classes are based around a series of exercises & dances, specifically designed to increase strength, posture, technique, musicality and performance. All classes are taught using imagination and a variety of musical styles, to encourage, energise and motivate every student irrespective of ability. The opportunity to participate in Examinations & Class Awards are offered to all students when they are considered ready, but are not mandatory for successful progression.

Entry ages for each class are approximately as follows, but will vary according to experience and aptitude and are decided by the Principal:

Pre-Primary in Dance - 4 and a half to 5 years old Primary in Dance - 5 and a half to 6 years old Grade 1 - 6 and a half to 7 years old Grade 2 to Grade 4 - from 7 years old Grade 5 to Grade 8 - from 10 years old Intermediate Foundation to Advanced - from 11 years old

Pre-Ballet for children age 3-5, the First Steps (age 3-4) and Next Steps (age 4-5) classes form an ideal foundation for ballet and other styles of dance. Children attend these classes independently and learn basic steps and how to handle themselves in a dance-class environment. First Steps and Next Steps are not examined, although the teacher monitors progress against a set of criteria set by the Principal to ensure their development.

Boys Ballet: A Ballet class exclusively for boys aged 7-11 taught by the Principal. This is a non-syllabus class introducing ballet posture, style and steps specific to boys to develop their strength, coordination and confidence. Students may attend this class as an addition to their regular dance class or as their weekly dance class. The choice of music, environment, atmosphere in the studio and language is all designed to enthuse and inspire male dancers.

We are proud to say that Colours of Dance students have an extremely high pass rate in Medal Tests and Exams.


Syllabus

Classes follow the RAD training methodology, building towards the presentation of a set age-appropriate syllabus at examination as a student progresses through the grades. Syllabus classes may be attended by children or adults, as there is no upper age limit to participation in class or examination.

Ballet classes are based around a series of exercises & dances, specifically designed to increase strength, posture, technique, musicality and performance. All classes are taught using imagination and a variety of musical styles, to encourage, energise and motivate every student irrespective of ability. The opportunity to participate in Examinations & Class Awards are offered to all students when they are considered ready, but are not mandatory for successful progression.

Entry ages for each class are approximately as follows, but will vary according to experience and aptitude and are decided by the Principal:

Children's Graded Examinations: Pre-Primary in Dance - 4 and a half to 5 years old Primary in Dance - 5 and a half to 6 years old Grade 1 - 6 and a half to 7 years old Grade 2 to Grade 4 - from 7 years old Grade 5 to Grade 8 - from 10 years old

Vocational Graded Examinations: (all from 11 yrs old) Intermediate Foundation Intermediate Advanced Foundation (not yet offered) Advanced 1 (not yet offered) Advanced 2 (not yet offered)

Other Graded Examinations: Discovering Repertoire - Level 2 Discovering Repertoire - Level 3 Discovering Repertoire - Level 4 (not yet offered)

We are proud to say that Colours of Dance students have an extremely high pass rate in Ballet Exams. We hold regular exam sessions held at our own studios in the Autumn Term and the Summer Term. Entry for examination is determined by the teacher in consultation with the Principal, several months in advance, so as to be able to plan exam preparation lessons and adhere to the entry deadlines set by the RAD for each session. If you have any questions about exams, please do ask them at any time.

We also offer many non-syllabus ballet classes suitable for anyone wishing to develop ballet skills.


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