The College prides itself on its two dance studios, each with sprung floors and mirrors. Dance activities at beginner, intermediate and advanced level are offered in ballet, jazz, tap and street dance.
Some of the many benefits of dance include:
- Keeping the body and the brain active
- Improving strength and flexibility which will help to keep muscles and joints healthy
- Learning about your body in order to improve your posture and balance
- Taking part in a hobby which can help to reduce stress levels
- Gaining insight into other cultures
- Increasing your self-esteem and confidence through mastering new skills
- Helping to build vital communication skills which are needed in every profession
- It offers a creative outlet for people to express their personalities in a safe environment
Whether you are a beginner or a dancer hoping to improve, we have a ballet class suitable for you. The group classes at Epsom involve barre work, centre work and pointe work. There are lots of pirouettes and allegros to be enjoyed and we always work towards a dance.
Stretching, strengthening and conditioning play an important role in the classes too. In our fun and relaxed environment, personal goals are achieved and improved.
If you are joining Epsom hoping to continue (or start) with your RAD Grades, one-to-one classes are available.
One of the great benefits of achieving Grades is that they are valued by universities and can contribute towards your UCAS points.
Ballet is the foundation for all dance genres and a wonderful art form. The dedication, discipline and determination you need in a ballet class equips you with a wealth of life skills beyond the class.
Ballet also has very useful cross-curricular benefits with Music and Drama; as a ballet dancer, your musicality is of key importance and the ability to tell a story, express emotions, perform in the class, are all aspects of learning ballet.
Contemporary dance is a genre that developed during the early 20th century and has since developed to become one of the main genres for formally trained dancers throughout the world. In terms of its technique, contemporary dance tends to combine the controlled legwork of ballet with modern. Contemporary also focuses on floor work, fall & recovery, and improvisation characteristics of modern dance. Unpredictable changes in rhythm, speed, and direction are often used, as well. Students at Epsom are able to take part in Contemporary classes on a Monday and a Friday at the College.
Jazz dance is a term that can refer to several related dance styles. They are connected through the dance genres of tap & ballet and jazz music. A strong technical foundation for Jazz enables a dancer to focus on the stylistic and performance aspects of dance. Technique is essential for jumps and turns, where correct posture is essential to properly execute such moves. Also, jazz dancers’ strong and sharp movements are greatly aided by a good background in ballet technique. Epsom students have access to specific Jazz classes as part of the activity programme.
A free expressive style of dancing that developed in the early 20th century as a reaction to classical ballet. In recent years it has included elements not usually associated with dance, such as speech and film. Epsom students can access specific modern classes as part of the activity programme.
In the Street Dance group classes you will have a lot of fun learning great routines to great music. Not only do these classes offer you a chance to improve your dancing, but you will also develop your understanding of rhythm and improve your coordination, strength and performance skills.
If you are joining Epsom hoping to continue (or start) with your ISTD modern Grades, one-to-one classes are available. One of the great benefits of achieving Grades is that they are valued by universities and can contribute towards your UCAS points.
With Street Dance, the clue is in the title. The urban feel of this dance genre will transform you into a very masterful and accomplished dancer. And you will finally learn to move well to your favourite songs.
Tap dancing is wonderful fun. Your coordination will be challenged to the maximum but it’s a great feeling when you get your taps, stamps and claps all in the right order.
The group classes at Epsom are open to everyone. They focus on sound and performing skills that will result in great routines.
If you are joining Epsom hoping to continue (or start) with your ISTD Tap Grades, one-to-one classes are available. One of the great benefits of achieving Grades is that they are valued by universities and can contribute towards your UCAS points.
In addition to being a great form of dance, Tap is also a fantastic stress buster and aerobic workout. If you enjoyed dance shows such as Stomp or found yourself mesmerised by tap sequences in films like Billy Elliot, Chicago, Singin’ in the Rain or The Artist, then why not try it out for yourself here at Epsom.