Dance Classes

Dance is a wonderful form of exercise. It is fun and rewarding but at the same time structured and challenging. A dancer is always learning, perfecting, achieving, training, rehearsing and performing.

Danz Royal follows the Royal Academy of Dance syllabi in classical ballet education.

Dance Classes for Adults

We also have the following dance classes available for adults:

Introduction to Ballet for Adults

  • Saturdays 13:00 to 14:00

Contemporary Dance

  • Thursdays 19:15 to 20:15

Tiny Tots Ballet (3 to 4 years old)

Ballet class is a magical introduction to dance for a young child. The basic elements of dance are introduced in a positive and loving way using props such as scarves, hula hoops and musical instruments. A fun-filled half-hour class that engages the child in age appropriate activities while teaching drama, music, and the excitement of the world of dance.

Our Tiny Tots Ballet classes are based upon the RAD's "Dance To Your Own Tune", which is a pre-school dance curriculum that is firmly grounded in educational and developmental theory.

Pre-Primary and Primary Ballet (4 to 6 years old)

pre-primary students

These are brand new syllabi from the RAD, which have been devised to provide a strong foundation for future dance training that is appropriate and relevant to young children of today. Great fun to do, these syllabi develop students’ physical skills, stamina, creativity, expression and musicality using a range of sounds and musical styles. The syllabi prepare students for a successful transition to ballet and other dance genres at higher levels.

Graded Ballet Levels (7 years old and above)

The Graded syllabi provide a broad practical dance education, progressively developing the technical, musical and performance skills of the student. They incorporate Classical Ballet, Free Movement and Character:

graded students in character
  • Classical Ballet - the foundation and the most important part of the syllabus.
  • Free Movement - it has been influenced by and incorporates movements in common with other dance styles such as Natural Movement, Contemporary and Classical Greek Dance.
  • Character - the theatrical presentation of national dance using original ethnic dance and music which has been freely adapted for the theatre. The three styles — Hungarian, Russian and Polish — were selected because of their historic importance in the development of the nineteenth century full-length classical ballets.
graded students

There are nine levels of examination, progressively structured in terms of difficulty. Students are assessed by an RAD examiner through observation of performance of a selection of the pre-set exercises, studies and dances. Successful candidates receive an Examination Result Form and a Certificate from the RAD.

Vocational Ballet Levels (11 years old and above)

The Vocational Graded Examinations in Dance syllabus provides an in-depth study of ballet developing the technique, music and performance skills of the student. It introduces pointe work for female candidates. This highly focused and practical training education prepares students for a dance, or dance related, career.

There is nothing but positive benefits from doing ballet classes. Ballet has many benefits in terms of exercise; it will improve co-ordination, posture, flexibility and general health and well-being.

Modern & Contemporary Dance (11 years old and above)

Our Modern & Contemporary dance classes are non-syllabi ones based upon Cunningham, Graham, and Limon (release) techniques amongst others.

Cunningham and Graham are particularly good for complementing ballet technique as they require a similar amount of control and understanding of line; whereas Limon is very good for enhancing the Free Movement section of the ballet exams as it requires a good use of gravity and the ability to let go of the upper body and relax into the movements.

Modern Jazz

Jazz dance evolved from early African American vernacular dances during the early 1900s. It incorporated unique moves, elaborate footwork, large leaps, rapid turns, and imaginative improvisation to bring an energetic and entertaining experience. Jazz dance requires the foundation of classical ballet to embody balance and agility. Jazz dance is viewed in the spotlight with movies, on stage performances, and in urban areas of the streets and clubs. The transformation of jazz dance into dance theatre and the important role of professional techniques and choreography, created “modern jazz dance”.

Acro Dance

Acrobatic Dance, or just “Acro” as it is more commonly known, is the beautiful fusion of classic dance technique and the precision and athleticism of acrobatic elements. It is defined by its athletic character, its unique choreography, which seamlessly blends dance and acrobatics, and its use of acrobatics in a dance context. It is a popular dance style used professionally; e.g. in contemporary circus productions such as those by Cirque du Soleil.

The dance movements in acro are founded in ballet, jazz, lyrical and modern dance styles. The main characteristic of acro is the smooth, graceful transitions between dance and acrobatic movements.

Tap Dance

Tap dance is a type of dance characterized by using the sounds of tap shoes striking the floor as a form of percussion. The sound is made by shoes that have a metal "tap" on the heel and toe. Tap dance is often characterized by syncopation and improvisation.

Tap dance has its roots in the fusion of several ethnic percussive dances, including Spanish flamenco, African tribal dances, English clog dancing and Irish jigs.