Street Dance

Street Dance is a popular dance style that embraces the music of it's time. The Urban dance movement is the fastest growing dance culture. It is a fun and effective way of improving confidence, fitness and suppleness. This course has been designed to focus on the techniques of popping, locking and break dance used in the commercial dance industry. Students will be taught a series of street dance routines to commercial pop music which will grow in difficulty throughout the term to coincide with their increasing ability. We will be focusing on perfecting the technique, style, improving stamina and projection. Formation work and attention to detail are key to the success of the routines. It is fast moving and needs lots of attitude to capture the essence of the style, ready for performance.
The name "Contemporary Dance" describes a range of techniques and styles used in classes, workshops and dance choreography. Contemporary dance was developed in the early 20th century as a reaction against the rigid techniques of ballet. Pioneers such as Isadora Duncan and Martha Graham searched for ease of movement using the body's natural lines and energy, allowing a greater range and fluidity of movement than conventional dance techniques.
Contemporary dance is characterised by its versatility: contemporary can be danced to almost any style of music, or united with other dance forms to create new styles of movement. Contemporary seeks to work with the natural alignment of the body, and is therefore safe and accessible for beginners. At the same time, the ease of movement promoted by contemporary dance technique allows experienced dancers to push new boundaries of body movement.

dDCompany are a selected group of contemporary dancers brought together across all of the groups despite their ages, who make dance pieces for additional choreographic platforms, performed across the county representing drummondance.
(American Jazz Tap Style)

Tap has now been brought up to the 90's and beyond through to 2000 plus, with shows that have a contemporary feel such as Tap Dogs & Riverdance.
Tap rhythms can be used to express any type of popular music that is with us today. No matter how tap evolves in the future it's exponents will always be "Tap dancing in the shadow of the masters." We embrace the old techniques whilst challenging it to make it new!
(Royal Academy of Dance and Cecchetti Style)

Exercises at the barre follow a traditional structure to warm up the body, this includes such movements as stretching the leg ( tendu,) and bending the knees (plie'). All the exercises are done many times to develop good dancing habits and endurance.
After the barre work, the dancers take to the centre work exercises done without support. Improving balance, turn out and alignment throughout the body.
Adagio (slow movements that develop balance and control) and Allegro, (fast steps that increase speed and exactness) The class ends with big, energetic jumps, sequence work and pointe (toe) work for the girls. Studying Classical, Romantic and Modern Ballet, we work to engage modern music with the art form.
(Acro and Breakdance tricks)

This class works on flexibility and creativity. Students are taught the basics of acrobatics both singly and in pairs or group lifts.
It develops their trust skills and ability to bond.
Simple breakdance formats are developed into routines which become part of our shows
Musical Theatre Performance.
Theatre craft covers dancing, singing and acting. The integration of all three disciplines is a difficult skill to master. We work on the three disciplines and use West End production pieces to bring the elements together for performances.
Script writing is key to developing the students understanding of story telling, historical context and pace of a show.
Choreographic skills in dance are developed. The understanding of chorus work and lead role are covered. We address many traditional dance styles where appropriate to the era and character of the musical we are studying. It is very varied and challenging.
A detailed singing warm up is taken at each session and ensemble singing with ranging harmonies are incorporated, alongside solo singing to encourage lead roles.
We have to date written musicals, created montages of west end classics and tackle full length musicals all performed to a public audience.
Students are also encouraged to understand and take an active role in the production elements such as set, costume, lighting and promotion of the shows we produce.