At LDA we pride ourselves on having a very welcoming and supportive atmosphere within the school, offering a full range of classes in a variety of genres. We follow the examination syllabus of the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing (I.S.T.D), offering an all-inclusive environment with fun learning being our priority.
Classical ballet is a traditional, formal style of dance that adheres to classical ballet technique. It is known for its graceful, flowing, and precise movements and is particularly good for strength, flexibilty and posture.
Ages 3+. Introduction to Classical Ballet, music and movement.
Ages 4 - 18. Following the I.S.T.D Classical Ballet syllabus with creative and musical input. Optional examinations through the grades.
Ages 12+. Depending on strength and standard of the dancer.
Progressing Ballet Technique
It is sometimes difficult for students to feel what muscles initiate the correct alignment in ballet their training. However, as the fit ball is continually mobile under the student’s’ body it gives the students a proprioception for their posture and weight placement whilst feeling each correct muscle groups. Each exercise has been developed with care and guidance.
Tap Dance is a fun dance, in which the dancer wears shoes with taps on to create rhythmical patterns. Tap is a high energy, exciting form of dance, brilliant for co-ordination, rhythmical awareness and confidence.
Ages 5+. Introduction to Tap dance steps with use of instruments to discover rhythm and timing.
Ages 7+. Following the I.S.T.D Tap Dance syllabus with optional examinations through the grades.
Ages 15+. A free tap class inspired by American style tap and rhythm.
Modern dance falls somewhere between Ballet and Jazz. Whilst technical exercises are followed, it's a freer style of dance which encourages strong use of the body, travel and use of space. It also encourages the dancer to use various emotions according to the style of music.
Ages 5+. Following the I.S.T.D Modern syllabus with optional examinations through the grades.
Jazz dancing is a form of dance that encourages a dancer's individual style and originality. This type of dancing is energetic and fun, consisting of quick footwork, big leaps and quick turns. Jazz is usually done to upbeat, modern music and is a highly energetic class.
Ages 10+. Following the I.S.T.D Jazz Syllabus with optional medal tests.
Ages 16+. A free class learning West End repertoire, audition technique and various styles of Jazz dance.
Contemporary dance is a style of expressive dance that combines elements of several dance genres including modern, jazz, lyrical and classical ballet. Contemporary dancers connect the mind and the body through fluid dance movements. Contemporary stresses versatility and improvisation with use of floorwork, fall and recovery as well as exploration of movement and physical theatre.
Street Dance is an informal style of dancing that is energetic and strong. Classes are creative and blend original hip hop styles with modern commercial moves to the latest hip hop music.