Children agedBaby Ballet: 2 to 3 years
Ballet: 3 to 5 years
Ballet: 4 to 7 years
A fantastic class designed for tiny children to work their muscles, improve their posture, coordination and movement. Our dance teacher, Joanna, helps the children with their listening and language skills too.
In classes we cover:
- Pointing and flexing
- Arm movements
- Balance (on a small beam, with assistance)
- Baby/easy steps
- Simple choreography
- Use of props, scarves and wings etc
For all children from beginner to intermediate levels. Children can join at any time.
Both boys and girls love this class! Ballet strengthens all muscles and improves posture, which helps children become more able in many other sports.
The children cover a main syllabus and may work on one specific dance piece, or practice for a show, dependant upon the time in the term. At the end of term parents are usually allowed to view a class or show (by invitation).
Ballet sessions include:
- A strong warm up
- Center training that includes basic ballet skills
- Practice work strengthening the core
- Occasional balance beams
- Diagonal work on turns, jumps, leg strengthening
- Basic choreography and initial Ballet positions (plies, relevés and tendús in some classes).
Our dance instructors are professional ballet dancers who have performed and worked as instructors, soloists and with the corps de ballet. They guide the children through a range of basic steps and movements, whilst using their energy and charismatic manner to encourage the children to pose, follow instruction and enjoy! They use a wide variety of music ranging from modern dance, Disney/musical and abstract, to classical (and piano).
The children copy the same basic ballet format as above, but are able to hold more challenging poses and create dance steps with short choreography, and they learn how to use the space in a more energetic way.
Joanna Fijal (Ballet)
Joanna has been teaching our ballet classes for 9 years now and she is very popular with all age groups. She is a very kind and softly -spoken dancer who makes the children feel protected and cared for. They learn quickly to trust her and within weeks they are showing us their true, inner ballet dancer!
Joanna began official dance training in 1996, when she joined the Youth Dance Theatre (Poland), specializing in Ballet and Jazz, Contemporary Dance. Five years later she moved to London and enjoyed studying Lyrical Jazz dance at the London Studio Center, which led her to Japan. It was in Japan in 2003 that she began her relationship with Hip Hop dance and since then she has also studied Tango and Latin American dance, and returned to ballet again!
Joanna worked as a performer, choreographer, dance event organizer and teacher, with clients as diverse as Universal Studio Japan, Miss Universe Japan, the Southern All Stars and Aerosmith! Of course Joanna hasn’t been living the high life completely and she has worked with many schools including Sacred Heart International and The American School in Japan.