Emphasis is on creative movement. Mime and imagination with use of props creates a magical, adventurous ballet class. The first steps into the ISTD ballet exam syllabus.
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History of the Tap Faculty
Tap is a great dance form to learn as it combines a love of dance, music and performance. It teaches the dancer about choreography, improvisation and syncopation. It requires a lot of aerobic movement and weight shift which improves your fitness, coordination, balance, and core control. Tap dance can be adapted for any age or fitness level, from young children to senior citizens and everyone in between. Tap steps are complex. Learning, practising, and putting them together is great exercise for your brain. The combination classes are great for younger kids as they love the variety and get a taste of them all.
By this stage Examinations within the syllabus become more popular so we aim to approach the stage whereby the children can take their Grade 1 Tap Exam, if they so wish. Exams are not compulsory and many children just to move up to the next grade, however Welland School of Dancing likes to offer the option of Tap exams to those pupils who are keen to focus on perfecting the syllabus. In Grade 1 Tap, children are introduced to their sense of rhythm with exercises such as Close Work Warm-Up and Close Work Crawl where the children are expected to tap the balls of their feet and their heels in time with the music. Tap encourages self-discipline, self expression, allowing children to develop their listening skills and also encourage children to follow instruction. ISTD Tap helps children learn to work as both an individual and in a group, developing co-ordination, good posture, strength and suppleness, a great sense of rhythm and timing, also a chance to be free with the entertaining music and the ability for the children to use their imaginations and facial expressions.
There is a clear progression through the grades and students are encouraged to take examinations to give them a sense of achievement when they have reached the required standard. Pointe work is not a required element of the Graded Examinations, but students may be invited to take part in separate Pointe Classes. Vocational Syllabus Classes. These classes follow the Royal Academy of Dance syllabi and are intended to run alongside the Grade classes for dancers who are more able. Attendance at these classes is by invitation only and students may be required to attend one or more trial classes. Pointe work is a required element of the Vocational Examinations.