DANDELION

CLASSES

Term Dates:

Our current term (summer ends on July 13th)
The last week of classes is from 8th to 13th July and is fun/bring-a-friend week
We are running summer workshops during the holidays (see details on the Dandelion Theatre Arts main page)
Classes resume September 10th to December 7th
Half term is October 22nd to 26th (we will be running a workshop that week)
The winter term show is Sunday December 1st

Drama

Improvisation + imagination = confidence and creativity

All children are natural actors, so through a mixture of drama games and theatrical improvisations we aim to inspire their innate ability.

This includes:

• a variety of drama games every week to awaken their self-awareness

• individual exercises designed to improve their confidence

• small-group tasks which develop their imagination and co-operation

The classes include plenty of opportunities for the children to explore and develop their natural tendency towards performance, as well as the practice and use of the body and voice in theatre.

Singing

 

Finding their musical voices

 

In this part of the class the children are encouraged to be as loud as they like!

 

• vocal warm-up

• teaching of traditional and contemporary songs

• learning how to deliver and perform a song, not just how to sing it

 

We sing as a group and encourage those who are ready to sing solo, and will vary the songs each term. Singing and dancing are often combined into routines for our end-of-term shows.

 

Dancing

 

Letting their feet do the talking

 

Moving to music is, almost without exception, the part of the class that the children will take to without any inhibition.

 

The session include:

 

• a warm-up to music, engaging all the major muscle groups

• learning many different types of steps, from marches to slides, skipping to pirouettes

• a wide range of music to suit all tastes and levels of ability

 

Most children have a natural sense of rhythm, and by breaking down the steps and with continuous repetition, we simply show them how to move, impressively, in time with the music.

 

Street dance

 

It’s all about attitude

 

This freestyle form of dance, which began on the streets as young kids improvised body movements to catchy tunes, is ideal for those seeking an alternative to more contemporary forms of dance. It is both an art form and a great way for youngsters to keep fit.

 

They can:

 

• learn the very latest in urban choreography

• dance to up-to-the-minute music

• engage in high energy classes taught by dancers at the cutting edge of the scene

 

Tap dance

 

Modern twist on an old favourite

 

Though its origins are varied, tap dance is all about rhythm. Until most recently commonly associated with Fred Astaire, West End shows such as Stomp and Tap Dogs have regenerated interest in this form of dance by demonstrating how it can be adapted to modern tastes and styles of dance.

 

Tap provides:

 

• classes requiring discipline and concentration

• tremendous satisfaction when tap steps are mastered

• learning steps like the shuffle-ball-change, cramproll and buffalo

 

Contemporary dance

 

There’s no business like show business!

 

This exciting form of dance encompasses a wide spectrum of steps from a diverse range of musical theatre and classic-sounding-pop-blended music.

 

In these classes there is:

 

• an emphasis on interpreting the music with the body

• learning to prepare the body to execute the steps with pizzazz, fluidity and precision

• the teaching of steps in the style of some famous West End musicals

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