Following on from Tap & Modern Jazz combined classes, the techniques are now separated to enable us to spend sufficient time working with the students on each technique. It also allows students who may be stronger in one technique than the other to continue to progress and move onto higher levels.
From Primary Modern Jazz onwards more technical work is covered incorporating movements such as contractions, isolations, fall-away and off-balance. Creative shapes are continued with use of instep development and on one leg. Contrasting movements and dynamics are addressed such as expansion and relaxation, line and curve and so on.
All the grades include free work where the students are encouraged to be creative, improvise and choreograph their own movements. Students still have the opportunity to dance to pop music which is very much enjoyed and other musical styles and influences are also incorporated from jazz to African drumbeats!
Once a student reaches vocational levels the classes become far more demanding with a great deal of strength and flexibility being vital components. We can offer classes all the way up to IDTA Advanced 2 if required, our highest level currently is Advanced 1.
Students work towards graded and vocational exams with the IDTA, the higher levels of which are accredited and on the National Qualifications Framework alongside GCSEs, NVQs etc. Dance exam results can therefore be used on University applications (UCAS forms) and count as 'points' towards entry.
Modern Jazz is considered to beone of the threecore dance techniques,along with Ballet and Tap and therefore assists in vocational college entry for those who wish to pursue dance or Musical Theatre as a career.