Expression, interaction, exercise but most of all FUN!
We want all children to be healthy, be active and have fun, and this is what we strive to do at Picky Dance Academy. Dance teacher Charley uses her individual style and technique to teach weekly classes in styles such as Ballet, Modern Jazz and Tap. Our goal is to give the children the skills and confidence they need to develop their knowledge of dance through the dance syllabus grades.
Ballet is one of the most popular forms of dance for children. It is known for its grace and fluidity of movement, and is great for posture and balance. It dates back to the 17th century and the conventional steps, grace and fluidity of movement are still found in Ballet today. Ballet has a technique which is the foundation of all dance. Picky Dance Academy follows the Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) syllabus with classes offered for children ages 3-9 years old.
Pre-Primary Ballet (age 3)
Saturdays at 10:00 - 10:30am
This class is about learning the foundations of essential skills for life such as movements, listening skills and music in regards to expression and creatively, as well as magic and learning to use their imagination. They begin to learn the basic foundations of ballet steps e.g. first and second position.
Primary Ballet (age 4)
Saturdays | 10:40 - 11:10
Following on from Pre-Primary Ballet, this class develops many learning skills such as coordination, strength, teamwork, improving on listening skills and developing on ballet exercises focusing on techniques e.g. arm and feet positions.
Primary Ballet+ (ages 5-6)
Saturdays | 11:20 - 11:50
Following on from Primary Ballet, Primary Ballet+ takes everything the student as learnt so far from the previous ballet levels, and expands on these in more detail, as well as learning dance combinations. This level prepares students to progress onto Grade 1 Ballet.
Grade 1 Ballet (ages 7-9)
Saturdays | 12:40 - 13:15
Following on from Primary+ Ballet, Grade 1 Ballet continues to teach more advanced techniques through the use of more advanced exercises and dance combinations, with the use of introducing a ballet barre.
This form of dance is fun. It is a varied style of dance where one minute the child may be dancing to the rhythm of a drum, then next to a funky jazz style. Modern dance is great for physical strength and flexibility, and gives kids the opportunity to explore their feelings through dance. Picky Dance Academy follows the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing (ISTD) syllabus with classes offered for children ages 4-12 years old.
Modern Jazz Primary/Grade 1 (ages 4 - 7)
Saturdays | 12:00 - 12:30
This class is developed to fit a young child’s learning stages and help develop coordination, strength, reaction to verbal instructions and musical appreciation. The class plan uses Creative Dance and Storytelling through movement.
Modern Jazz Grade 2 (ages 9 - 12)
Saturdays | 13:25 - 14:10
Following on from Primary/Grade 1 Modern Jazz, Grade 2 Modern Jazz introduces modern techniques such as kicks, spins and jumps and is a really fun, high energy class. As well as learning the exercises from the grade, we also focus on fun ‘corner’ work and learning cool, funky dance routines.
Tap is a style of dance in which the dancer wears shoes fitted with heel and toe taps. Dancers use their feet like drums to create rhythmic patterns and timely beats, making it a fun and creative form of dance and expression. Picky Dance Academy follows the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing (ISTD) syllabus with classes offered for children ages 5-10 years old.
Primary Tap (ages 5 - 7)
Saturdays | 15:05 - 15:35
This class involves learning the foundations of the genre and developing on these skills. Children will learn the use of music and rhythms combined with the rhythm from their feet, as well as coordination and strength. They will learn basic moves such as toe heel, heel toe, shuffle, shuffle ball-change, big brushes, and so on.
Grade 1 Tap (ages 8 - 10)
Saturdays | 14:20 - 14:55
Following on from Primary Tap, children will use their learnt skills and expand on learning more advanced tap steps and combinations, using a variety of music and rhythms, while developing their coordination and strength.
All Ballet grades follow the RAD syllabus while all Modern Jazz and Tap grades follow the ISTD syllabus, and a class plan for the term. Please note that all ages are an approximate and the children’s abilities are also taken into consideration, as well as prior experience not always being necessary for higher grades.
It is important that all children wear the appropriate footwear and clothing when taking part in their dance class. If your child is new to Picky Dance Academy, we recommend purchasing the entire uniform as soon as possible, but the priority is the footwear. If your child has moved up a class/grade i.e from primary to primary+ ballet, and their shoes and uniform still fit, your child can continue to wear that uniform until they have grown out of it. Please find the links before to purchase the stated footwear and uniform for your children’s dance class. If you have any questions, please contact Charley.
If you have any questions, these can be directed to the Junior Courses team.