Please contact us in advance to book Taster Class(es). Anyone visiting Curtain Upp for the first time is given the opportunity to participate in the weekly classes (listed below) at just £1 each.A Taster session will give you, or your child the opportunity to try our classes before deciding to join the School. Classes are offered during term times only, and optional classes may be offered during holidays.
Students are asked to wear something comfortable and safe to dance in (no long dresses). Ballet shoes are not essential, so please do not feel the need to buy any to enjoy a taster class. However, each child should bring a drink of water to the session. If you, or your child, have any medical issues please inform the Principal, Helen, upon arrival. Parents will be asked to complete a Registration Form and read the School Policies. We are taking Coronavirus very seriously and are compliant with the government guidelines and advice offered by the leading dance organisations.
Uppingham Town Hall
49 High Street East, Uppingham
Dancing is a highly physical activity and the children which participate regularly are likely to see significant improvement in their overall physical health. Dance can also increase your child’s flexibility and stamina.
There’s a growing interest in the power of dance to improve physical and mental well being in later years. Research suggests that the social dimension is almost as important as the physical.
classes provide a chance for anyone to participate in a full class for just £1, providing the opportunity to try our classes before deciding to join the School. Classes are offered in term times only.
NATD aims to promote the enjoyment and knowledge of a variety of dance genres through our teachers' passion and commitment to the art form. It offers an extensive range of dance forms with a comprehensive range of carefully developed graded syllabi for the amateur and professional. The aim of all our examinations is to encourage a positive approach to achievement and strive for the development of each individual to their maximum potential.
There are Grades 1 to 8 preceded by Preliminary and Class Examination levels, which may be taken from the age of four years. After mastering these initial grades, there are further professional and performance options available. Supplemental to these examinations are various junior and senior medal tests to encourage the sense of dance quality and performance. Children with special needs are encouraged to participate in our classes and examinations. The teachers are supported by theatrical examiners who visit their schools and by the theatrical committees who constantly assess the syllabus and the training of the teachers.
Contemporary dance emerged in the 1950’s, after the modern movement and post-modern movement, combining elements of modern dance and classical ballet. An unprecedented interest of the academic study in Contemporary dance swept across Britain in the past three decades and it’s popularity is still growing . This development and demand is visible in theatres, television and film. As teachers it is our responsibility to enable our students to appreciate and understand this art form alongside their traditional classical studies and other modern styles, whilst enriching their experiences as practitioners of dance and contributing greatly to their understanding of the performing arts in the 20th century. The National Association of Teachers of Dancing was the first awarding organisation to offer a graded syllabus. The NATD syllabus relates to the work of three pioneering choreographers of our time, Martha Graham, Merce Cunningham and Jose Limon. It employs contact work between dancers, release technique, fall and recovery, floorwork and improvisation, creative freedom and provides an excellent basic knowledge for pupils, that can take them confidently as dancers to a degree level standard, or support their understanding of choreography required in todays dance work place. NATD syllabi are available for Grades 1 to 6, Intermediate Foundation/Intermediate and Associate with an accompanying DVD pack.