Northamptonshire School of Dance offers lessons in Ballet, Tap, Street, Contemporary, Modern and Progressing Ballet Technique (PBT)
We welcome girls and boys from the age of two and a half in our beginner's ballet classes and children in their pre-school year to tap and street dancing. Those with or without dance experience can join our contemporary dance classes from 10 years of age. We offer adult ballet lessons for those of any ability - the beginner to the experienced. One to one Ballet lessons in a private studio are also available on request.
Outside of our weekly dance class schedule we also encourage and promote further enjoyment of dance through:
> Production of exciting shows with original choreography - Invitation to the Dance (2012), Celebration of Dance (2014), The Nutcracker (2018)
> Organised theatre and show trips at reduced group rates
> Special Dance Days with guest professional ballet, contemporary and singing teachers
> Invitational classes from top London Dance College teaching professionals and ballet companies
> Promotion and attendance of courses, workshops and classes at the RAD’s centres in Birmingham and Cambridge
WHAT, WHEN AND WHERE?
Ballet classes are held at Spratton Hall School, East Haddon Village Hall and Creaton Village Hall/Creaton United Reformed Church on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays,
Contemporary classes take place on a Thursday in Guilsborough Primary School.
Tap and Street classes can be found in East Haddon Village Hall on Saturdays.
Modern classes will be found in Long Buckby Community Centre on Mondays from January 2019.
As well as undertaking lessons and exams, we think it's important for children to experience being part of a full length dance production, whether they come to our classes just for fun or are an aspiring professional dancer.
In 2018, 260 of our students (and approximately 1000 costumes!) took part in two performances of The Nutcracker at The Derngate in Northampton. In addition to the classical ballet one might expect to see, teachers worked hard to choreograph numbers to incorporate all of the school's dance disciplines. A memorable highlight was the heavenly singing from The All Saints Church Choir of Northampton during the Waltz of the Snowflakes, as snow fell magically onto the stage and assembled cast. You can find a gallery of images here.
Should you wish, your child can be entered for the Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) ballet and International Dance Teachers Association (IDTA) tap and street examinations.
Although taking exams is not compulsory in our school, children are encouraged to do so as they enjoy the sense of achievement and pride that success can bring.
FURTHER TRAINING AND PERFORMING OUTSIDE OF NSD
Our pupils have enjoyed wonderful successes over many years with the following associate schemes and youth companies. We encourage, manage and prepare pupils for auditions for:
> Junior Associates at the Royal Ballet School
> Associates and Classical Ballet Academy at Tring Park for the Performing Arts
> Associates at Elmhurst Ballet School
> National Youth Ballet of Great Britain
> English Youth Ballet Company
> Midland Theatre Ballet