Children’s Classes

Children can join the school from 3 years of age and continue with us right through to pre-vocational level.  We teach graded BBO Dance Classes in Ballet and Tap, and Acrobatic Classes following the Acrobatic Arts system of training. 

 

Ballet

The benefits of taking a ballet class for children are far reaching.  Ballet offers a solid foundation and serves as a great starting point for all dance forms.  It is an intensive form of exercise working every part of the body from the finger tips to the toes. It helps develop long, lean and strong muscles whilst cultivating coordination, balance, strength and flexibility.  Combinations of movements are taught that involve jumping and leaping increase heart rate, which can improve endurance, stamina and overall cardiovascular health. Mental and emotional benefits include increased focus, concentration, determination, self discipline, and well being.  Through the process of memorising movements in sequences, concentration, memory and cognitive ability are developed, increasing the ability to learn faster, all vital skills that can be used in and out of the dance studio.  

Tap Dance

Tap dance is a fun energetic way of learning about rhythms whilst exercising and strengthening children’s legs, feet and ankles.  A 15 minute taster class is taught in combination with both our baby ballet and Primary ballet classes. 

Arobatic Arts

Relatively new to Brigthon Ballet School the Acrobatic Arts program is based on safe and effective progressions with proven results in five divisions of AcroDance: Flexibility, Strength, Balancing, Limbering and Tumbling.  Developed with input from professionals and experts in ballet, modern dance, jazz, contortion, artistic gymnastics, rhythmic gymnastics, sport acrobatics, yoga, acro yoga, pilates, physiotherapy, hand balancing and more, you will not find a more comprehensive program.  Simple thoughtful progressions take the beginner preschool level dancer from log rolls and summersaults to the advanced dancer tumbling effortlessly across the stage! 

 

Paying your fees

We offer a 3 week trial to help settle students into their classes and decide whether they would like to continue. After this we ask that you pay the remainder of the term’s fees.  Fees are not transferable or refundable once booked.  Please refer to our terms & conditions for more information. 

Exams

We hold exams at least once a year in Ballet, Tap and Acrobatics. We have a 100% pass rate, with an average of 70% of students receiving a Merit or Distinction.

When can parents watch

Parents are welcome to stay with their children for the first couple of weeks whilst they settle into their classes.  We encourage parents to leave their children as soon as everyone feels comfortable to do this.  Parents are then invited to ‘watching week’ at the end of each term.

What to wear

There is no need to purchase the uniform during your child’s initial 3 week’s at the school  We ask you to purchase the uniform at the end of your trial period through our school shop. You can find out more details of what is required in each class here

 

Performance Opportunities

We offer our children plenty of opportunities to perform in recitals, competitions, festivals and put on a show in a professional theatre once every 2 – 3 years.

 

Vocational training, audition preparation, pre-pointe work assessments and private lessons make up a large part of what we offer.

 

We have had many students progress on to further their training at vocational schools such as The Royal Ballet Associates, Elmhurst Ballet School, Legat School of Dance, London Contemporary School of Dance, Laban Conservatoire for Dance, Rambert School of Ballet and Dance, Central School of Ballet, School of Ballet Theatre UK, BBO Dance Scholars, London Children’s Ballet,  To book a private class please call us. 

 

Adult Classes

Our adult school is unique.  We have BBO Dance graded classes for adults, from a complete beginners course through to Advanced Level Ballet.  We are one of a very few schools in the country that offer a graded ballet class for adults with exam opportunities at every level, in Ballet & Tap Dance.

 

Beginners Level Ballet

Our beginners class is designed as a gentle introduction to the basics of ballet.  Suitable for any age or ability, you will learn the essential elements that make up a ballet class in a welcoming, supportive and fun environment.  The benefits of ballet class are endless including better posture, coordination, stamina, flexibility and general well being.  It’s also a really fun, social way of exercising

 

 

Graded classes in Ballet

We have graded classes in BBO Dance Syllabus for adults, from Grade 1 through to Grade 8 and Advanced Level. We use this syllabus as a framework to teach ballet technique to the highest level.  Classes combine a mixture of free-work, syllabus, technique and body conditioning.

 

Ballet

The benefits of taking a ballet class are far reaching, especially for adults.  It is an intensive form of exercise working every part of the body from the abs to the shoulders, arms, legs, ankles and feet. It helps develop long, lean and strong muscles whilst cultivating coordination, balance, strength and flexibility.  Combinations of movements are taught that involve jumping and leaping increase heart rate, which can improve endurance, stamina and overall cardiovascular health. Further benefits include increased focus, concentration, determination, self discipline, and mental well being.  Through the process of memorising movements in sequences, concentration, memory and cognitive ability are developed, increasing the ability to learn faster, all vital skills that can be used in and out of the dance studio.  

We believe there are no boundaries for adult dancers, and encourage students to progress through the levels in their own time when they are ready.  We have many students who joined as beginners and are now taking exams at vocational level en pointe.

 

Tap Dance

Tap dance is a fun energetic way of exercising whilst learning about rhythms, strengthening legs, feet and ankles and improving cardiovascular fitness. Our adult tap classes are offered at two levels, beginners and improvers and are a great, social way of exercising that always raise a sweat! 

 

Male Dancers 

Male dancers of any age and ability are welcomed at any of our classes.  We have had many men join us over the years progressing through the grades, taking exams and achieving remarkable goals.    

 

Paying your fees

Fees are payable at the point of booking in full in advance for the course you wish to take to reserve your space.  We do offer drop in classes in all our classes except beginners adult ballet.  You can find out more details about how to drop in to a class here.  Fees are not transferable or refundable once booked.  Please refer to our terms & conditions for more information.

 

Exams

The majority of our adult students do take exams each year, with exceptional results.  We have a 100% pass rate, with 70% of students receiving Merit or Distinction.  It is not compulsory for Adults to take an exam to progress to the next level, however we must feel they are ready for the next step before they can move up.

 

What to wear

Advice on what to wear for the class you wish to take can be found on the class details or by clicking here.  For exams we require adults to purchase the Brighton Ballet School adult uniform through our School Shop (which has been agreed by BBO Dance for our school specifically for the purposes of our adults).

 

 

 

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