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Contemporary Level 4 For students aged 15+ and at Intermediate standard
Modern & Contemporary
These classes offer a new way to move and think. Students will be taught exercises to improve rhythm & timing, posture and coordination. Pupils will also be introduced to contemporary concepts & choreography, creating their own movements and sequences, and learn how to describe both simple and complex movements in suitable language.
Modern Classes: These classes incorporate the ISTD Modern Theatre Dance syllabus throughout and at every age, as this offers an excellent foundation for all modern and contemporary dance while young students are learning basic vocabulary of movement. Those students who are interested to do so and judged ready by their teacher will be offered the opportunity to take the exam for their grade during the Summer or Autumn Terms.
We are proud to say that Colours of Dance students have an extremely high pass rate in Medal Tests and Exams.
Junior Contemporary Class: At this level, the classes become extended in length and complexity. Students are introduced to the fundamentals and performance skills of Cunningham, Release & Limon Techniques. Their choreographic skills, an essential part of contemporary dance will continue to be developed.
All children's contemporary dance classes are taught by a regular teacher, and we are also lucky to be able to call upon visiting and guest professionals (choreographers and dancers) from time to time to offer special workshops, or who can attend a normal lesson to work with the children for a special one-off class.
Our Contemporary dance class for adults is an hour long class led by Contemporary teacher and Choreographer Lucy McMahon. Starting with a warm up and based around termly themes, Lucy will develop ideas and movements within the group that allow a wide range of abilities the chance to create and dance together. Contemporary dance is incredibly accessible and inclusive and in the lovely atmosphere that Lucy creates with her groups, everyone can explore this ever changing and progressing dance genre.
Adult classes are available in the following techniques:
Ballet, Ballet Barre, Contemporary, Tap, Pilates, Bellydance & Flamenco
All adults are welcome to come and try or enrol in a class, no matter what experience you have previously had (or not). Evening classes may usually be attended on a week by week basis, but day-time classes usually require a term's commitment and associated fee.
All CoD ballet classes are devised particularly for adults are designed to be appropriate for mixed groups of anyone from aged 18 and above. All Colours of Dance teachers are experienced in working with mixed age groups, as well as mixed abilities. However, we know from experience that students, whatever their age, are most comfortable when the ability mix in a class is not too diverse, so that there is a good mix of comfort and challenge within the group, no matter what the age mix, background, reasons for coming and personal ambition for attending the class. We seek to give a good class with opportunity to lose yourself in great settings and lovely music, balanced with good feedback that will help you keep up your technique and improve each week. In this way, we have developed supportive, fun and respectful groups of dancers who enjoy their class, their friends and the environment. We are able to offer examinations for those adults who wish to participate. All classes are group settings where there is no requirement to dance solo unless you wish to!
We offer a mixed of non-syllabus and syllabus classes, which we have categorised in a series of levels to try to make it easy for you to find the right class, as follows:
Foundation Level -
An Introduction to Ballet - a 10 week course designed for those who are absolute beginners or who have been attending classes for less than 6 months, or who for another reason (a medical condition perhaps) may wish to take things nice and slowly. Non-syllabus, on Monday evenings.
Barre - a short weekly class, great as an introduction to ballet, as a warm up before Pilates, or for those returning to ballet after a long break or for those looking to have an extra focus on posture and placing and other technical fundamentals. Non-Syllabus
Level 1 -
Generally an hour-long general ballet class suitable for those with 6 months to 2 yearsâ€™ experience. Currently held on Monday evenings. Simple settings, lots of supportive feedback to help you improve and learn the vocabulary, a steady pace. A non-syllabus class following traditional pattern of barre, centre practice and allegro. Possibly Wednesday mornings when there is demand.
Level 2 -
Weekly classes varied during the week, comprising a mixture of non-syllabus and syllabus classes, weekday mornings and Monday evenings. Level 2 classes will last between an hour and an hour and a half, and are suitable for those who have taken ballet classes for approximately 2-5 years. You will have a good broad knowledge of vocabulary and are looking to improve your technique (as ever!) as well as challenge yourself whilst thoroughly enjoying the feeling. Non-syllabus classes will cover barre, centre, allegro and syllabus classes will be defined by the development of the syllabus and or exam timings. Student classes at this equivalent level to which adults are also welcome would include Grades 5-8. Monday & Friday mornings for 'Discovering Repertoire' syllabus adult classes, Wednesday mornings & evenings for non syllabus adult classes, Saturday afternoons for student classes at this level. Monday evenings when there is demand.
Level 3 -
Weekly or twice weekly classes suitable for those who have studied ballet for 5 years or more. Syllabus and non-syllabus classes following a traditional pattern as described at level 1 & 2, plus pointe work (and preparation for pointework, as necessary). These classes will have pace and lots of multi-level feedback from your teacher! Student classes at this equivalent level to which adults are also welcome would include Intermediate Foundation and Intermediate (Thursday and Saturdays). Non-syllabus class, Tuesday evenings.
Tap: These classes are loosely based around the ISTD method & framework by way of knowing what steps one should know at each level before progressing in a safe and suitable way. There are no set exercises or routines as classes are adapted by the teachers to suit the group.
Contemporary: A fun and interesting class based on various contemporary techniques such as Cunningham, Release & Limon. This is a time for anyone to come and explore new ways of moving and thinking. A great class for anyone who wants to be a part of something relaxed, fun and a bit of a challenge!
Pilates: Led by Sally Parker, a highly qualified and experienced Pilates teacher. These are group mat-work Pilates classes and designed to offer general strengthening, toning and centring no matter what your previous experience or goals. All our our teachers work individually within the group to adapt and respond to each person's needs or constraints. The Breast Cancer Rehabilitation class is specifically designed for those women who are recovering from surgery and are looking for a sympathetic exercise programme to help them in their recovery.All our teachers are available for private Pilates sessions and/or consultations.
Belly Dance: Bellydancing originates in the folk dances of the Middle East, which works with your body's natural range of movements and allows you to express your individuality. This beginner's course will introduce you to the fundamentals of bellydance technique and posture. The characteristic movements of bellydance are very natural and work with the body, making it a dance suitable for everyone regardless of age or fitness level.
Flamenco: A variety of Flamenco groups run classes from the Colours of Dance studios. Wednesday evening's monthly classes are led by a group of flamenco dance students who bring in a professional teacher from Spain, Felipe de Algeciras once a month for a workshop. Classes are challenging but a lot of fun and are all accompanied by live guitarists! Thursday evening classes are led by professional teacher & dancer Thurid Gspaan.
Classes are shown as either being 'free/general' which means non-syllabus or with a level (ie beginners or intermediate). For some classes, a syllabus is followed and it is possible to take exams at that level.
Injuries & pre-existing or new conditions:
Please keep your teacher informed of all injuries or pre-existing conditions. Ballet is an incredibly therapeutic form of exercise for many conditions and injuries, but adaptions may be needed and sensible. Your teacher will be able to advise, support and adapt most exercises within a class for you should you need it, but they can only do this if they know what they are dealing with! As we age, niggles arise and or biology and centre of balance can change, so we need to be body aware, and re-asses ourselves as dancers as we progress.
Commitment and Payment:
Non-syllabus classes are generally a choice for adults of pay weekly or termly commitment (which includes a discount), whereas syllabus classes are generally only payable termly (given the nature of the development & commitment from both teacher and pupils). Please see the class timetable for details of days, times and teachers, as well as payment options.
For further information about styles, please see the info pages relating to the styles, even if they are linked to the children's classes, as these will give you the information you need to know.
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.
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