Modern Theatre Dance defies a single permanent definition because of its ability to adapt, develop and evolve with the changing fashion in dance but is often described as a fusion of Contemporary Dance and Jazz. Modern Theatre dance is a rhythmic dance style which originated in America before travelling to the rest of the world. It is often seen on the stages of musical productions and is known for its theatrical qualities. The style uses travelling steps, high kicks, leaps and turns which all need strength and flexibility. This is a highly energetic dance style making it great for children of all ages and teenagers! Through the ISTD examination syllabus, which combines aspects of Contemporary Dance and Jazz as well as other dance styles from around the world young people are trained to become disciplined and versatile dancers who have a professional attitude towards dance as well as gaining strength and flexibility to prepare the body for all types of Dance.
As well as the graded syllabi from the ISTD which starts from 5 years old we also offer the Jazz Awards. The Jazz Awards provide a basic grounding in modern jazz, and are ideal to complement the Modern grades, for people who feel a Modern exam is too much to take on but want to take an exam, for the late beginner or as a recreational course of movement. The jazz syllabus has been designed to complement the Modern Theatre faculty, offering a freer dance based examination. The jazz faculty is much more performance based, however the technique and strength gained from Modern Theatre class will enhance the look of each routine. The Bronze and Silver jazz amalgamations were revised in 2010 to incorporate the trend towards street and hip hop dancing, and a new Gold Star examination is currently being choreographed.