With Ballet at the core, a wide range of classes are on offer at Twickenham Academy

Classes are held in The Studio and two attached halls. Uniquely, classes held in the Studio can be viewed by parents, something we encourage, particularly with the younger children as they approach exams. Where possible, classes are run back to back for convenience of parents and children.

Due to Twickenham Academy’s reputation and popularity, demand for places is high. Registering your interest as early as possible is recommended. We run a waiting list when we are not able to offer you a place immediately.

A free trial class is always on offer, so you can be sure the class is suitable for your child.

 

BALLET

With the exception of Street Dance classes that can be attended independently, ballet is the core compulsory subject at Twickenham Academy. We follow the Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) syllabus. Pupils are trained and prepared for exams from Pre-Primary level all the way through to Grade 8. There are then a full range of complementary classes available to all students. Vocational ballet classes are also offered for further training, by invitation only.

Tiny Tots Ballet For the youngest dancers, each 30 minute class is fun-filled and designed as a very early introduction the world of dance. Parents and carers are encouraged to join in the fun and support their little one in this class for toddlers aged 18 months to 2½ years

Baby Ballet (Pre-School Ballet) Designed for children aged 2½ and above, the emphasis of this class is on developing co-ordination and rhythm with movement and imaginative games and adventures, whilst giving a basic introduction to ballet.

Pre-Primary to Grade 8 RAD Ballet These classes are syllabus based with the option of taking the exam when individuals are ready. Exams are not compulsory however it gives pupils motivation and a great sense of achievement in taking an exam.

Vocational RAD Ballet Grades These classes are by invitation only and are focussed on enhancing the ballet technique already learned in other classes. These classes are structured towards examination in the prestigious RAD Major syllabi.

IDTA Free Syllabus Class These classes take place on a Saturday, expanding pupils’ knowledge and vocabulary leading to the option of taking IDTA Medal Tests.

 

MODERN

Modern is a complementary and optional class at Twickenham Academy. We offer graded Modern working within ‘The Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing’ (ISTD) syllabus and non-syllabus classes within ‘The International Teachers Association’ (IDTA).

IDTA Free Syllabus Class These classes take place on a Saturday, expanding pupils' knowledge and vocabulary leading to the option of taking IDTA Medal Tests.

ISTD Graded Modern These classes are offered at Twickenham Academy as an optional class. Within these classes pupils learn a solid knowledge of modern technique and vocabulary, which complements other studies beautifully. Classes are structured towards examinations however participation in exams is not compulsory.

ISTD Vocational Modern Grades The Vocational Grades are accredited by Ofqual and include Intermediate Foundation, Intermediate, Advanced 1 and Advanced 2. These examinations form a cohesive bridge between the work covered in the Grades and professional training and work.

 

TAP

Tap is a complementary and optional class at Twickenham Academy. We offer graded Tap working within the ISTD syllabus and non-syllabus classes within the IDTA.

ISTD Graded Tap Within these classes pupils learn a solid knowledge of tap technique and vocabulary, which complements other studies beautifully.

ISTD Vocational Tap Grades Within these classes pupils learn a solid knowledge of modern tap technique and vocabulary.

IDTA Free Syllabus Class These classes take place on a Saturday, expanding pupils' knowledge and vocabulary leading to the option of taking IDTA Medal Tests.

 

STREET JAZZ

From the age of 6, there are various groups available. Street dance is the common form of dance found in music videos and films. Pupils enjoy choreographed routines to current popular music. These classes help pupils to develop their own personal style also improve their confidence; encourage own choreographic style and own dynamics.

 

LIMBERING / STRETCH

Available from age 6, limbering classes complement the techniques already covered by pupils. Classes aim to improve flexibility and strength, which will assist the pupil’s development in all dance styles. At Twickenham Academy we aim to keep these classes fun, to help build confidence and self-awareness. Limbering classes are encouraged, but are not compulsory.

 

MUSICAL THEATRE

These classes are taught by professional dance and singing teachers alongside guest West End professionals. Each term the classes have a different musical theme and week by week pupils enjoy learning dance routines, songs and script extracts from each different musicals.

At various times there is opportunities for parents/ carers to view pupils work.

These classes offer a great insight into the world of Musical Theatre and are great fun for all involved.

 

FESTIVALS AND COMPETITIONS - by invitation only

Festivals are a great way of boosting confidence, social interaction and are an excellent method of preparation for the professional dance world. Twickenham Academy participates in at least 4 festivals a year in the region. Many successful pupils qualify for the Regional and National Finals.

 

A free trial class is offered to all newcomers - contact us now.

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