AJL Dance Studio offers a number of different disciplines to cater for all tastes. Students range from age 3 to senior citizens.
Our annual dance show uses each discipline, so each student can showcase everything they have learnt throughout the year. Professional examinations are also available for those who wish to progress through the British Theatre Dance Association recognition system.
Our fully qualified Dance instructors work to create an energetic and fun environment, whilst also getting your heat pumping and your toes tapping!
Tap is characterised by the percussion sounds made using metal taps on the balls and heels of tap shoes. An energetic but technical style of dance, students can start learning tap when they are doing Mimes with the fun ‘Teeny Tappers’ classes. Students will then move onto Rose Awards before progressing onto the graded syllabus once they have completed the Rose Awards.
Tap is a rhythmic style of dancing that will teach students to use sounds in order to provide a beat to the music. Students will enjoy learning tap and the various styles of tap that are associated with it, for example, ‘funky tap’ which is characterised by the heavy beats made by the tap shoes.
Students will use what they’ve learnt in classes to take part in a tap number in the annual show. Previous tap numbers have included the West End Musical ‘Top Hat’, ‘Anything Goes’ and Beyonce’s ‘Run the World’.
Classical Ballet has been adapted over the years from its French origins but it still remains a core form of dance that your child will learn at AJL Dance Studio. Classical Ballet is notable for its technique and discipline, combining this with graceful movements to create elegance and a classic style that can be seen in famous pieces such as Swan Lake.
Children will also have fun just as much as they learn about ballet, building movement and skills to music they often already know and love!
Lyrical is taught to the students at AJL Dance Studio once they have completed Mimes and Rose Awards and they are in Preparatory Ballet, Modern and Tap. Lyrical is a style of dance that combines ballet, modern and contemporary dance. Lyrical inspires strong emotions through the use of movement and the music. Following a programme of study, students will learn the style of lyrical and how to adapt technique already learned in Ballet and Modern. Lyrical will inspire our students to add feelings and emotions into their work. In Lyrical, female students have use of a skirt that is used as part of the movements and adds to the feeling of lyrical as a whole.
Modern or modern jazz is taught to students after they have completed Mimes and Rose Awards. Modern is a style of dance that emerged in the 1950s and is still popular today. Modern is the style of dance that students will be able to recognise from popular reality tv shows. Through Modern, students learn about stamina and flexibility and will strengthen their dancing styles using exercises compiled in a detailed programme of study. Modern uses a lot of the technique taught to students in Ballet, however it is developed to allow students to challenge themselves. Modern is a fun and energetic class that all students will enjoy.
Dance and Tone
Dance and Tone is the all welcoming, fun and challenging fitness class for people of all ages and abilities. Taking influence from a variety of dance disciplines and popular music, such as Motown, Bollywood and Swing. Starting with influence from classical ballet to build strength in core muscles, onto upbeat exercises to get your heart pumping. Classes will progress through a number of enjoyable genres, culminating in the development of a number of dances that get your body moving!
A physically demanding dance form derived from acrobatic traditions of entertainment. This discipline places an emphasis on athleticism, agility, strength, control and balance, in order to ensure graceful and apparently effortless movement and sculptural representation. As a form it uses transitions in body shape to express feelings and emotions by exercising control over space and movement.