classes & workshops

CLASSES RANGING FROM

beginner to advanced

BALLET

Ballet techniques are the foundation of all other dance genres and strengthens all the main muscles.

We teach the IDTA Ballet syllabus from the age of 5+ (Up to adults) as we feel this age, the children can learn, develop and enjoy the beautiful, graceful foundation movements which ballet has to offer

TAP

We offer Tap to children and adults alike from the age of 5+ Years. We enter our children and adults in the IDTA Tap syllabus. Tap is all about rhythm and there are some brilliant shows (e.g. 42nd Street) demonstrate just how amazing Tap is and how accomplished a Tap student can become

FREESTYLE

Freestyle is A Free Style of dance which is taken from the 70s Disco dancing Saturday Night Fever days

Music can be upbeat or slow and graceful and our pupils use their own freedom of expression to enhance their own style and dance mood. We offer IDTA Examinations in Freestyle and we teach from 6 year old up to Adults

DANCING WITH A DIFFERENCE

Multi award winning Dancing with a Difference Ltd

Aimed at youngsters from 3 to 8 year olds

(Older children with additional needs also benefit greatly)

Children who are excited to explore, inspire and express themselves through the delights of movement, dance, rhythm  and mime, understanding shapes, colours, co-ordination and so  much more!……

Also all Dancing with a Difference Ltd programmes conform to the EYFS and OFSTED regulations

INTRODUCTION TO DANCE

This class is structured for little ones, and we offer movement to Music incorporating simple ballet steps

We include mime, and use a variety of props to enhance the child’s imagination

TIPPY TAPPY TOES

This class is structured for little ones, and we teach very simple tap steps

We include counting games, and use musical instrument for their enjoyment and rhythm

WEST END WORKOUT

West End Workout is for dancers who want to get strong, limber and supple. It focuses on increasing flexibility and strength. This is an open level class, anyone can participate (From 8 years old) and everyone will benefit from the class

STREET DANCE

Street dance, also referred to as street, is an umbrella term which emcompasses a range of dance styles characterised by descriptions such as hip-hop, funk and breakdancing

PERFORMANCE GROUP

Our performance group is available to any pupil aged 5 years and over who want to perform in the Westend, Blackpool Tower Ballroom and Disneyland Paris.

This weekly class is very popular, but the pupils must be committed to raise money for their group, so they can reduce costs for their parents

WIGHT VARIETY COMPANY

Formed in 2010 by the late husband of Linda and father of Charlotte, Mr Ken Smith

Meeting once a week, they enjoy singing many genres of songs and  visit many places all over the island

Since 2010 they have raised thousands of pounds for charity and the Childrens’ Performance Group which help the students to perform at iconic venues such as The London Palladium and Disneyland® Paris at a reduced cost

WE ALSO OFFER

west end workshops

Monday 15th August – Friday 19th August 2022

10am – 4pm every day

Students will be invited to perform at Her Majesty’s Theatre in the West End on Tuesday 23rd August 2022

OFFERING: MUSICAL THEATRE! SINGING! DANCE! SCRIPT! FROM 8 YEARS OLD TO ADULTS

£165.00 for the five days (Mon, Tues, Wed, Thurs, Fri) or
£50.00 a day you can choose which day (Mon, Tues, Wed, Thurs)
Workshop will be at St Pauls Church Hall – Shanklin
Please contact us for application form

2 AMAZING WEST END TEACHERS!

Gary Wood

Selected theatre credits include:
Paul in the London revival of A Chorus Line (Palladium), Angel in Rent (Greenwich Theatre), Prince Chululongkorn in The King and I (National Tour and Curve, Leicester), 42nd Street (Chichester Festival Theatre) Wicked (Apollo, Victoria)
Film and Television credits include:
Casualty (BBC), World War Z (Paramount), Walking on Sunshine (Vertigo Films)

Emily Shaw

Selected theatre credits include:
Miss Honey in the RSC Production of Matilda, Hello Dolly at (Regents Park Open Air Theatre), Mary Poppins in Mary Poppins, Belle in Beauty and the Beast, Millie in Thoroughly Modern Millie, Dorothy in Wizard of Oz, Nessa-Rose in Wicked

SPECIAL GUEST EDWARD WATSON MBE

Edward Watson MBE is going to spend a day with us!

Edward is the principal dancer and coach with the Royal Ballet in London.

This power house Artist is a former Principal of The Royal Ballet and is globally celebrated as one of the world’s most distinctive male dancers of our generation, to date the longest serving Principal at The Royal Ballet. He has had an astonishing career, winning an Olivier Award for Outstanding Achievement in Dance for his performance as Gregor Sama in Arthur Pita’s Metamorphosis – Prix Benois de la Danse for his performance in Christopher Wheeldon, The Winter’s Tale and awarded an MBE in 2015 for his services to dance. Ed has had more roles created on him than any other dancer in The Royal Ballet, a huge accolade in itself! His many role creations for Wayne McGregor include, Symbiont(s), Qualia, Chroma, Infra, Limen, Carbon Life, Raven Girl, Tetractys, Woolf Works, Obsidian Tear and Multiverse.

Upon his retirement from dancing with The Royal Ballet, Ed took on the role of Répétiteur, coaching a new generation of principal dancers within the company.

Outside of life on stage Ed has engaged in many collaborations, among them fashion houses, editorials and runways, as well as high-profile photographers including, Nick Knight, Nadav Kandar, Anthony Crickmay and Rick Guest; with whom he created the special edition folio entitled, ‘Edward Watson, Portrait of A Dancer’, which captured and honoured Edward’s 30 years in dance.