Age Groups


Children's Classes From 3 Years to 5 Years

Simply Dance Academy has developed its own program for Preschool children. Susan believes that dance for children of this age group should be special and magical and encourage the joy of movement through the use of imagination and mime. Ballet and Tap are incorporated into this 45 min Nursery class Parents are welcome to stay to watch their child’s first lesson . We would then hope that the pupil can stay on their own from their second attendance. Pupils are easily distracted and need to know that it is the teacher who is directing them. Many basic steps are covered in a fun way to help the child enjoy learning. The format of the class evolves as the students gain their confidence with the help of their teacher and Melody Bear. Melody is our class teddy who loves dance with the children. Opportunities for taking Nursery Awards are fun for both students and teachers. These classes are so popular we often have parents putting their child’s name down at two years of age so they can secure a place once they turn three.

Classes For 5 Years and Upwards

Pre Primary

Combined Ballet and Tap class of 45 min duration.

Pupils are taught to co ordinate movements within the range of their own physical capabilities.

Freestyle Fusion

Stretching strengthening and aerobic movements, utilising variable popular dance styles, emphasis on rhythm and FUN.

Classes are 30 or 45 minutes duration depending on day time and age group.

 
Examinations may be taken in the above subjects and the opportunity to perform in our Bi Annual Shows.
 

Transition from Pre Primary to Primary Grade

Primary

Separate classes may be taken for Ballet and Tap 30 minutes duration each.

Basic dance vocabulary is taught along with formalising and developing technique.

Freestyle Fusion

Stretching strengthening and aerobic movements, utilising variable popular dance styles, emphasis on rhythm and FUN.

Classes are 30 or 45 minutes duration depending on day time and age group.

 
Examinations may be taken in the above subjects and the opportunity to perform in our Bi Annual Shows.
 

Transition from Primary to Grade 1

Grade 1

Separate classes may be taken for Ballet and Tap 30 minutes duration each.

Dance vocabulary and terminology is taught alongside combinations of steps with emphasis on quality of movement, precision control and musical appreciation.

Freestyle Fusion and Modern Jazz

Popular genres of modern dance are developed encouraging flexibility and confidence.

Classes 45 minutes duration depending on day time and age group.

 
Examinations may be taken in the above subjects and the opportunity to perform in our Bi Annual Shows.
 

On to the next level...

Pupils move through their grading onto the next level Transition through the school is usually by ability not age group. Susan believes this the safest way to train and develop correct skills.


All students have the opportunity to perform in our bi annual show, concerts and Professional touring productions

Grade 2-3

Examinations can be taken in Ballet, Tap and Modern Jazz, emphasis on technique precision and developing sensitivity to the musical content.

Grades 4, 5, & 6

Examinations can be taken in Ballet, Tap and Modern Jazz, emphasis on consolidating technical skills, and understanding of the appropriate style and greater sensitivity to varying musical qualities. Developing an ability to work with others and responsive to performing to an audience.


Classes of different time durations (See timetables)

Freestyle Examinations are on an Award Basis


● Bronze


● Silver


● Gold

Vocational performing classes are available after Grade 6

Many Students who are 18 plus go on to Student Teacher Training within the school, and eventually qualify as a dance teacher.

Some students get accepted into vocational schools in London to pursue a performance career.

(See The Hall of Fame)