The Art of Movement specialises in several styles of dancing, some at an examination level, others at simply competition level, and others at a social level.
Each student will be carefully placed in the class we believe most suitable for them. In each class students are taught dance technique, choreography & performance. Our classes are kept small in order to ensure that students receive as much attention as possible, helping to refine their technique and develop their overall capabilities.
The Art of Movement hosts ballet, modern, tap & hip hop classes for adults and children as young as 4 years old. We prepare our students for their annual ISTD ballet examination, competitions, and end-of-year productions. Salsa classes are available for adults only.
Imperial Classical Ballet
The roots of Imperial Classical Ballet stem from the early days of the ISTD and the first written syllabus in 1913 which was based on the teaching of the French School from the Paris Opéra. The syllabus has now evolved to promote the English classical style and address the changing needs of Ballet dancers today.
Modern Theatre Dancing
Modern Theatre dance is a rhythmic dance style which originated in America before travelling to the rest of the world. It is often seen on the stages of musical productions and is known for its theatrical qualities. The style uses travelling steps, high kicks, leaps and turns which all need strength and flexibility. This is a highly energetic dance style.
This has evolved as an American dance form, popularised throughout the world, with debate about its origins coming from African dance, Irish dance and/or clog dancing. The dancer uses their feet to strike the floor, beating out different rhythms, with dancers wearing tap shoes which have small metal plates on the toe and heel to give the distinctive sound. Tap dance is a theatrical art form often seen on stage in musicals.
Perhaps fittingly, given its humble beginnings as a street dance, hip hop has become increasingly popular in the past two decades. Thanks to irresistible rhythms and eye-catching steps that break many of the conventions of classical dance, hip hop has caught the attention of the modern public. Hip hop started on the streets in some of the United States’ ghettos, and has made its way to illustrious performance venues across the globe. In a short period of time, hip hop has carved a substantial chunk of dance culture out for itself, and dance lovers celebrate the innovative nature of hip hop choreography and style.
The Art of Movement is an ISTD affiliated studio…
The Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing (ISTD) is one of the world’s leading dance examinations board. We cover the full spectrum of genres and for more than 100 years we have provided training for dance teachers and examiners, enabling them to enter their students for examinations, develop new techniques and spread the joy of dance.
As a registered educational charity, the ISTD’s mission is to educate the public in the art of dancing in all its forms, to promote knowledge of dance, to provide up-to-date techniques for our members, and to maintain and improve teaching standards. We support and train our members through a wide variety of courses, summer schools and congresses, updated teaching syllabi and techniques upon which to train dancers for the profession.
Many of our members are leading figures in the dance industry around the world, from esteemed West End choreographers and legendary teachers, to up-and-coming stars of the future.
The ISTD at a glance…
- 250,000 dance examinations globally each year
- Multiple styles of dance with 12 different faculties
- Dance courses, teacher training and qualifications
- Syllabi with the latest techniques
- 7,500+ members in more than 75 countries around the world
Grades & Examinations
We host classes from Pre-primary – Advanced 2 in all styles. We work on Graded Examinations, Class Examinations and Medal Tests, as well as Vocational Grades.
The examination structure of the ISTD is designed to cater equally for those who wish to progress to making dance their profession, both as a performer or dance teacher, and for those pursuing dance purely as a leisure activity.
Typically it takes one full year, with a minimum of 70% attendance to be ready for an examination and move on to the following grade.
Below is a rough idea of which class you or your child will be placed in:
- Pre-primary: 4 – 5 years old
- Primary: 5 – 6 years old
- Grade 2: 7-8 years old
- Grade 3: 9 – 10 years old
- Bronze: 11 – 13 years old
- Grade 5 ballet: 11 – 13 years old
- Grade 5 mod: 13 – 15 years old
- Intermediate: 15 and up
- Advanced: Dependant on dance experience
- Adult Classes: Over 18, no maximum age limit 🙂 If you can keep up we will be happy to have you