Classes

Pre-School Classes

Young children love to move. Through movement children develop their bodies, their minds, their confidence and their ability to communicate and express.

We accept children from the age of 2½, guiding them through two levels, our Tiny Tots and First Steps classes.

The Tiny Tots class is based on the RAD pre-school dance curriculum which is designed to be a fun and exiting introduction to dance. They get to know their own bodies finding out the different ways in which they can move and express themselves.

As young children grow they begin to develop their co-ordination and understanding of their physical self. They are hungry for new and more challenging movements. The First Steps class is based on the second stage of the RAD pre-school curriculum. They consolidate and extend the skills they have gained in the nursery class. They also get their first pair of tap shoes and enjoy learning to make (lots of) noise with them in different ways.

 


Junior Classes and Associate Courses

At school age children progress into our Junior School.  Each class delivers a fun and exciting mix of dance as students learn the specific skills of ballet, tap and modern.

We draw on the RAD and ISTD syllabuses to create classes with an emphasis on creativity and expression as children begin to learn the basis of dance technique.

In the year they turn 7 our children can choose to join our Pre-Professional Course and become an associate of the school.  They work their way through 4 levels, Pre-Associate, Junior Associate, Mid Associate and Senior Associate.  Our associate benefit from an intensive programme of classes with our expert faculty.  They study ballet, tap, modern and jazz dance; take exams with the Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) and Imperial Society of Teachers of Dance (ISTD); and take part in high profile performances and competitions.  They are given the opportunity to develop themselves as artists, dancers and self assured individuals.  We promote a warm, family atmosphere where our students create special friendship bonds with their peers and learn how to work as a team.

Those who wish to take a once a week class for fun and exercise can continue to dance with us in our Community Classes.  We provide highly creative and educational classes where children can learn sound dance technique, develop their confidence, artistry and learn about the background of the dance style they are studying.

Full details about our Junior classes can be found on our Community Classes and Associate Programme pages.

Boys Only Classes

At Expression we recognise the need for boys to have their own classes. Boys require a different approach to dance training which is often neglected in a class where they are outnumbered by girls.

When our boys reach school age they begin our boys only classes which are designed specifically for them. We provide our boys with a tough, energetic class working on strength and sound dance technique. They begin in our Klub Heroes class and then at age 7 join our Boys Associate Programme.  We welcome keen beginners and those with previous dance training.

Full details about our Boys Only classes can be found on our Community Classes and Associate Programme pages.

Senior Classes and Pre-Vocational Courses

At age 14 our students join the Senior School.  There are several different tracks that they can choose from to suit their individual needs.

Those who want to continue their dance training as a hobby can sign up for one of our Recreational Courses giving them access to all our drop in classes and exam training for a flat monthly fee.

For students aspiring to a career in dance it is essential to get the right training as early as possible. At Expression we are specialists in pre-vocational training preparing students for college and giving them a distinct advantage over other college applicants.

We offer a Part-Time Foundation Course designed to offer students everything they need to reach their full potential as well as support and advice to help them make the transition to vocational training if they choose to do so. We believe in teaching a broad and diverse curriculum opening doors to a full range of career opportunities in the performing arts. This includes the opportunity to take RAD and ISTD major examinations up to Advanced 2 level. The lessons are scheduled during evenings and weekends to ensure they fit around school, college or work commitments.

Alongside their training students are supported with guidance on where to study further, the application process and how to achieve their dancing ambitions. We take time to ensure that each student has a training programme individually designed to ensure they are making the most of their training whilst balancing it with their other commitments. Private tuition is available to help students reach their own personal goals. We believe in every one of the young people we teach and continuously strive to give them the skills and professional edge to take them where they want to go.

Full details about our Senior classes can be found on our Recreational Courses and Foundation Course pages.

Drop In Classes & Recreational Courses

We hold classes for teenagers and adults that suit every age, ability and ambition.  We open our doors to welcome beginners and those wanting to take a more leisurely approach to dancing. We also have a wide variety of Intermediate and Advanced classes. We offer a warm and friendly atmosphere where teenagers and adults can exercise, make friends and enjoy the pleasures of learning to dance.

Full details about drop in classes for teens and adults can be found on our Drop In Classes page.

Careers Advice

Our principal Sarah Stead is a freelance dance careers adviser with many years experience guiding young dancers to the right career choices. She is fully informed on vocational training options and keeps up to date with the industry by attending careers events and seminars across the country.

Sarah’s previous students have attended Tring Park, Bird College, The Urdang Academy, Performers College and many other highly regarded colleges. A number of Sarah’s students have also gone on to qualify as teachers. Sarah will work with her clients to take them right through the college application and audition process.

This support is completely free to those who are on our Foundation Course. Other clients will receive a free initial consultation and pay £15 per half hour session thereafter.