Graded and Competition Dance Tuition
Excellence as Standard
Competitive freestyle Dance has been a recognised dance form in the UK for some years now. Originally taking its’ roots from The Saturday Night Fever craze of the late 70’s, the dance form has come on leaps and bounds and is now almost unrecognisable to those Disco Dancing Days. Whilst the required elements are noted within the guidance of the Freestyle Syllabus, what makes this particular dance style most exciting is the evolvement of new moves and how up to date choreography is constantly being introduced, providing pupils with new challenges on a regular basis.
The UK is the leading country for Freestyle dance but many others ( South Africa, Norway, Sweden and Russia) are now regularly attending the bigger competitions and weekend festivals. As a nation we are continually being challenged to keep hold of our dominance in this dance style. Competitive Freestyle dance can be described as a fast and exciting form of dance showing a dancer’s agility, flexibility, speed, strength and technique. This dance style is often seen performed to the latest high energy, dance music often heard in the charts. Consequently, this makes it so popular and appealing to young children and teenagers alike.
Competitions are a great way to asses a child’s progress with their dancing. They can also help to develop a child’s confidence as at some festivals they may be required to perform in front of hundreds of spectators. As a teacher, there’s nothing more rewarding than seeing a quiet, shy child go from walking into their very first dance class to develop into an outgoing and confident dancer. This confidence often becomes evident in other aspects of their lives such as school.
Other benefits include the impact on a child’s physical health and strength. Children who train with us have told us of their success in alternative sports (we have lost count of our Style kids who have won all of their events entered at school sports day for example). Additionally, it is necessary to show discipline and respect to others, as is the importance of working hard to achieve their own personal goals.
Over the last 20 years, Slow Dance has been introduced to Freestyle Competitions, thus increasing its’ popularity. Slow Dance gives the dancer more time to show off their technique and feel for the music. With this is mind, we offer slow dance and lyrical classes on a weekly basis. Our pupils especially enjoy how these classes give them the opportunity to demonstrate emotion through a combination of dance and music.
Acrobatics are an important part of some of the genres of dance taught within Style Dance Academy, so with this in mind we offer classes aimed specifically at confidence buliding within the demonstration of gymnastics and trick elements. It is essential that such moves are learnt in the correct manner with teacher instruction and supervision at all times in order to prevent injury. A child’s safety is always of paramount importance to us.