''Dance is the hidden language of the soul'' - Martha Graham
fun and focused
Emboîté classes have a friendly atmosphere, with the emphasis being on enjoyment whilst delivering sound technical training.
The school aims to broaden our students' creativity and inspire them to perform with artistry and expression. We aim to nurture confidence, encouraging students to work together and support one another.
planning for progression
Qualified teachers plan classes to enable easy progression, ensuring that steps and skills learned at lower levels prepare the students for more complex movements later. This approach promotes the development of good technique, gradually building on our dancers' strength and co-ordination.
a class for everyone
There are various styles of class available. Students can choose to focus on one area or several, giving them a more rounded approach to the world of dance. Whether they want to participate for fun or are looking towards a career in the dance industry, we believe our classes can 'fit together' with your needs. Below, you will find a brief description of the styles of dance we teach.
Uniform requirements for each class can be downloaded by clicking on our Uniform List.
Ballet is characterised by light, graceful movements, with turned-out extensions and beautiful lines. It involves the precision of formalised steps in flowing patterns, and gestures creating expression through each movement. In our ballet classes, students establish awareness of alignment and posture whilst developing their artistry. Classes follow the Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) Syllabus; to learn more about the RAD, please click here for their website.
Modern dance is known for its theatrical qualities, showcasing a huge range of skills including high kicks, leaps and turns. The genre is less formal than ballet, yet it still demands technique, building students' strength and flexibility. It is rhythmical and expressive, developing students' musicality. Classes follow the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing (ISTD) Syllabus; to learn more about the ISTD, please visit their website here.
Dancers wear tap shoes that have small metal plates on the toe and heel to make distinctive sounds when they strike the floor. It develops students' coordination and control through intricate footwork, forming various patterns and rhythms. Classes follow the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing (ISTD) Syllabus; to learn more about the ISTD, you can visit their website here.
Musical Theatre classes give an introduction to the Broadway or West End style of performance. Students work together using games, improvisation and handouts, exploring acting exercises, simple movement, and an introduction to singing. It is an inspiring and imaginative class, building on students' creativity and confidence.
Pointe technique was born from a desire for female dancers to appear weightless and sylph-like. Whilst wearing pointe shoes, a ballet dancer's body weight is supported on the tips of their toes. Students will practice many of the same positions and steps they learned in their regular ballet class, but will execute them on pointe. Classes are for senior students who have developed the strength and technique needed for pointe work.
Conditioning includes elements of Pilates, yoga, stretching and floor-based exercises to improve students' flexibility, strength, and stamina. This will have a positive effect on all other dance classes.