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 based on a variety of techniques. Advanced classes will include optional work en Pointe.
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.
This form of dance teaches the student the basic fundamentals of tap sounds and steps leading to advanced rhythms and syncopation. 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!
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.
Modern Theatre dance is often seen on the stages of musical productions and television and is known for its theatrical qualities.
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.
In this class, children are taught correct singing technique. Half the battle is confidence. Confidence to sing in public. Classes are group based with those wishing to sing solo are encouraged to do so.
Children are again taught audition technique, and encouraged to enter local festivals. At our last festival Top Hat Theatre School gained all the 1st, 2nd and 3rd places!!! No other school got a place!
We are super lucky to have the Acrobatic Arts Syllabus here at Top Hat. Having universal certification standards helps immensely in measuring where a dancer stands.
Teaching standards are random. A universal standard
helps control the quality of teaching as well as help students advance to the next level of their dance education only when they are ready for it. Advancing to a level above one's capacity can be
not only dangerous, but can actually have negative effects on technical training. It can cause a student to regress instead of advance. In this class we learn acrobatic skills which benefit all dancers enormously. Strength, flexibility and Acro skills fill our class structure.
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 and LAMDA examinations. Children are also taught audition technique. A very important and valuable part of a performance led class especially if your child wishes to follow into the performing arts as a career choice.
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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.
Teddies are still encouraged to accompany the children to their class.
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.
Learning is made fun which is what dancing is all about.
In order for students to participate in festivals and auditions, it is important that they have private lessons to prepare.
Once audition / festival pieces have been choreographed, children may join our festival class each week to practice.
Drama and Singing
These will be available on a Monday and a Wednesday (other days available on request). Fun and supportive sessions that will build your child to be the best performer they can be. These sessions can be tailored to suit your child's requirements - whether that is an ongoing need or a one off session to go over a monologue or song for a particular event.
*diction and voice work
*the truth and honesty of acting- a believable performance
*character & text analysis
*acting through song
These lessons are available throughout the week from any of our teachers each specializing in their own forte.
In these classes we aim to choreograph your child's chosen style of dance in preparation for festival or audition.
Once mastered, students will be invited to attend festival class where routines will be perfected, allowing the student's confidence to grow in preparation for performance.