A brief introduction to the classes we provide here at Top Hat Theatre School.
For new students, classes will be allocated based on age and previous dance experience.
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The foundation of all dance forms. Body placement, flexibility, alignment, strength and technique are achieved through barre and centre floor work following the ISTD syllabus. Advanced classes will include Pointe Work.
This is where we encourage fun whilst learning! Classes are action packed, fun filled and driven.
Here we introduce the three basic skills of musical theatre: acting, singing and dancing. Combining those three skills to produce scenes and musical numbers from hit West End shows.
This form of dance teaches the student the basic fundamentals of tap sounds and steps leading to advanced rhythms. Students develop coordination of mind and body and a more perceptive sense of rhythm, timing and phrasing.... and a lot of fun along the way!
Jazz is the dance style of the stage, screen and music videos. The classes include a warm up, isolations, across-the-floor work and technique ending with choreography set to contemporary music.
Modern Theatre dance is often seen on the stages of musical productions and television.
The style uses traveling steps, high kicks, leaps and turns which all need strength and flexibility. This is a highly energetic dance style. We follow the ISTD syllabus where children are entered into examinations.
Students are taught confidence building techniques through the form of drama based games and the studying of monologues, duologues and poems in preparation for festival participation auditions and LAMDA examinations.
In this class, children are taught correct singing technique and confidence. Confidence to sing in public. Classes are group based with those wishing to sing solo are encouraged to do so.
Progressing Ballet Technique (PBT) is an innovative body-conditioning and strengthening program for students to understand the depth of training muscle memory in achieving their personal best.
This very popular class is only available to those who also take dance class with us. In this class we learn how to safely execute a correct handstand right up to flips and aerials when each student has accomplished the necessary skills required.
Ages 3 - 4
At the age of 3, the children follow a structured, independent class (no parents) consisting of Ballet, Tap and Modern. Aimed very much at
using their imagination through movement and beginnings of technique.
The coolest moves to the coolest tunes!
In this high energy class, students learn choreography and routines covering various urban and commercial styles.
Ages 4 - 5
This hour long lesson is split into 3 focusing on the fundamentals of
Tap, Ballet and Modern following the ISTD syllabus.
Here children will begin preparing for examinations (should they wish to be entered). Designed specifically to capture the children’s imagination.