National Dancing

 

In these classes, children have the opportunity to learn some of the dances and techniques from various European countries.  Children are encouraged to write mini projects on each country, enhancing their understanding of the dance style, national costume and the country in general.  The focus of the National Dance classes is to improve the ability to dance in formations and with partners – an important aspect of all genres of dance that is not comprehensively covered in the ISTD (Imperial Society of Teachers of Dance) Imperial Classical Ballet syllabus.

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Children have the opportunity to take ISTD National graded examinations.

National Dance classes are compulsory for all children in Primary to Grade 5 ballet. And Ballet must be learnt alongside National.

Class Times

Please refer to our timetable for class days and times for various levels.

Uniform

Girls Uniform

  • ISTD ‘Molly’ style by Roch Valley in lavender cotton lycra (not RAD or Katz)
  • Roch Valley wrap around chiffon skirt in lilac (Primary only)  please ensure the ballet skirt fits tightly on the waist, not hips
  • Lavender ballet belt (Grades 1 & 2) (comes with leotard as standard)
  • ‘Nicky’ style crossover by Roch Valley in lavender cotton lycra
  • Pink ballet socks (Primary & Grade 1) ‘older’ beginners in Grade 1 ballet may wear pink seamless ballet tights instead of socks if they prefer
  • Pink ballet tights without seam (Grade 2)
  • Pink leather full-sole ballet shoes with pink satin ribbons (Primary & Grade 1 ballet classes) 
  • Pink satin full-sole ballet shoes with pink satin ribbons (Primary & Grade 1 ballet examinations)
  • Pink canvas split-sole ballet shoes with crossed pink elastic (Grade 2 ballet upwards classes) 
  • Pink satin split-sole ballet shoes with pink satin ribbons or full-sole if need wide fitting shoe (Grade 2 ballet upwards examinations)
  • Circular National skirt  – girls must be measured by a teacher and ordered in bulk from Duo Dance.  You may need to adjust the button on the National skirt so that it fits tightly on the waist, not hips.
  • Black leather National shoes by Freed – low heel with button fastening for small feet and higher heel with buckle fastening for bigger feet

Uniform notes for girls 

  • If your daughter is very cold in the studio, she may wear pink seamless ballet tights – no other tights though please!  We do, however, prefer pink ballet socks.  Children should not wear socks and tights at the same time!
  • Vests and pants should not be worn under the leotard
  • After an initial period of half a term, your child must be wearing correct uniform
  • Long hair should be neatly tied back in a classical ballet bun
  • Any hair band should match the leotard and should be kirby gripped on otherwise the band will slide off
  • No jewellery allowed (including earrings)
  • Dance shoes should not be worn outdoors
  • Please ensure your child’s name is on each piece of clothing

Boys Uniform

  • White Royal Academy of Dance leotard or plain white vest/tight fitting t-shirt
  • Black cotton leggings and soft belt
  • Dance support
  • Long white ballet socks
  • Black leather full-sole ballet shoes with crossed black elastic (Primary & Grade 1)
  • Black leather split-sole ballet shoes with crossed black elastic (Grade 2) (canvas optional for classes)
  • Boy’s National shoes

Uniform notes for boys

  • After an initial period of half a term, your child must be wearing correct uniform
  • No jewellery allowed (including earrings)
  • Dance shoes should not be worn outdoors
  • Please ensure your child’s name is on each piece of clothing

Where to get the uniform

Most uniform items and all dance shoes must be purchased from a specialist dance shop.  ‘Duo Dance’ in Herne Hill is the closest – 020 7274 4517.  

‘Dancia’ in Covent Garden and ‘Julienne’ in Beckenham also stock some items of our uniform.

Fees

National 30 minute class £50 12 week term
National 45 minute class £64 12 week term

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