Exeter Academy of Dance provides a variety of different classes for all different age groups, from the classic ballet to the modern street dance.
All classes are taught by our highly trained teachers, all with vast experience across many different aspects of dance.
The classes are all taught in line with their relevant syllabi, and we also provide examinations at the end of each course allowing the student to obtain different grades.
Our classes are tailored from primary to advanced levels, so there's something for everyone. And of course, the most important aspect to them is that our students have fun!
Please see below more information for the various classes we run.
Ballet is the basis of many dance styles and is the foundation of all dance technique. It can teach the students many important attributes including balance, poise, discipline, musicality, and co-ordination which can open doors to many other dance styles and also facilitate achievements outside of dance.
At the Exeter Academy of Dance, we teach the Royal Academy of Dance syllabus at both Graded and Vocational Graded levels. Children can take examinations at regular intervals and we are very proud of our 100% success rate.
All ballet classes are taught by Suzie Amiet, Tara Smith and Emily Cox and we also have coaching sessions by Royal Academy of Dance examiner Susan Dukes.
Children can enjoy ballet from age 18 months.
Tap classes are taught from age 4 at the Exeter Academy of Dance. Students can begin with the IDTA syllabus studied alongside their ballet sessions and then move on to the ISTD syllabus as they progress.
Tap is a percussive style of dance which focuses on rhythm and co-ordination. It is fun and lively and provides an excellent opportunity to improve, musicality whilst learning the tap technique that has developed over the last 90 years.
Suzie Amiet and Emily Cox use the ISTD syllabus teaching both grades and vocational grades. We also have a free work based Senior tap class and an adult tap class too which are taught by Daisy Harrison.
Modern is a dance style similar to that seen in the West End in musicals such as ‘Fame’, ‘Grease’, ‘Cats’ and ‘Dirty Dancing’. It is a crossover between the more funky street dance style and the discipline of classical ballet incorporating a combination of jazz and lyrical movement and isolations into prepared exercises.
The Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing syllabus is taught in these sessions and examinations can be taken from Primary – Advanced 2. We have a 100% success rate in all examinations.
Emily Cox and Suzie Amiet are our teachers for these sessions.
Students are accepted from the age of 5.
Contemporary dance is an expressive dance style that combines elements of many different dance genres including ballet, jazz and lyrical. It combines physical movement and self-expression to create an exciting dance form.
Classes are structured using floorwork, corner work and routines to learn contemporary technique as well as allowing time for freedom of expression.
Lessons can be taken from age 7 years and are taught by Daisy Harrison.
Lyrical dance is taught from our Junior level classes by Suzanne Gee. Lyrical is an emotive form of dance and it combines elements of all dance styles including ballet, jazz, acrobatics and contemporary. Dances are choreographed to the lyrics of the music and involve exciting leaps, turns and acrobatic skills.
Our musical theatre classes teach dancing, singing and acting to students and prepare them to become a "triple threat" withing the performing arts industry. Students will learn sections from many popular musicals such as Matilda, Mary Poppins, Chicago and Oliver! to name but a few. The classes are great fun and fast paced and students will make great friends, learn to enhance their communication skills, grow in self esteem and work on fitnees and co-ordination skills too.
Students will be given the chance to perform on stage and at various other events throughout the year.
Musical theatre sessions are taught by Emily, Daisy and Suzanne and classes start from the age of 4.
Our new group singing classes will be taught by Emily Cox. Vocal skills will be taught and students will sing as part of a group learning harmonies and key skills. Our singing group will perform at various events throughout the year.
Private singing lessons are also available.
Acro is a very exciting class teaching gymanstic skills in relation to dance. Our teachers are qualified in the Acrobatic Arts syllabus and students will be taught safely and effectively as they work through the required levels and skills. All work is floor based and works on the 5 principles of flexibility, strength, balance, limbering and tumbling. Our students love ther acro classes and it has been a great addition to our school over the past year.
Our classes begin from age 4 and are taught by Suzanne Gee.
Jazz Dance is a fun and energetic style of dance. It involves an eclectic mix of dance styles as seen in musicals, film and televeision. It can be both dynamic and lyrical and will bring together leaps, turns and high energy dance moves. Jazz dance is taught to poular music and continues to evolve in style as our culture progresses and changes.
Emily teaches our Jazz classes and they begin from age 4.
LEAPS AND TURNS
Our leaps and turns classes teach technique to hone the exciting jumps and pirouettes that we all hope to achieve!
Leaps and turns are open to dancers aged 8 and above, all dancers in these classes must also take another dance class.
Fitness classes work on strength and flexibility. They are an excellent asset to all of our dancers and are open to students age 9 and above. Whatever genre of dance you study these classes will help to gain the additional strength and flexibility required to improve your dance.