Another form of dance that is at home on the stage is tap and theatre – we teach this as a combined class as there is a lot of overlap in rhythm and musicality – and both a featured greatly in musical theatre. To find out a little more – check out or blog on Tap and Theatre.
All can join in
Tap and theatre are a great class to try something different but that isn’t too complex. Of course there are certain steps and techniques but there is a bit more freedom and less strict guidelines that ballet for example.
Tap – the music and the dancer
In tap – not only do the steps form a dance – they create a beat – a noise – each movement with its own sound. It is an excellent way to develop musicality and rhythm. Tap dancing to music means finding beats and patterns – which is a great help to all other forms of dance and well as general musicality.
Designed to perform
Theatre dance is designed just for that reason – to be performed. So from the start we consider stage space, the layout, the directions, where the audience is. It is created to showcase the dance in the best way to those watching. It’s therefore fantastic for any dancer who wants to develop confidence in performing.
A brain work out too
Tap can get quite complex – the movements may all seem very similar and are confined to the legs and feet, but the variety of steps and indeed combinations is huge. Learning these, remembering these, and dancing these is a great way to help children develop thinking and memory skills.
We’ve love for your dancer to be part of our dance family. React Dance Academy holds tap and theatre classes every Monday at Church of the Ascension, Kenton at 5:15pm – please see our timetable for times (and speak to us about ages as these are suggested – we know each child is different). Then please contact us and we can send you more information. We highly recommend this class as a partner with our Youth Theatre programme which runs on a Thursday
For our pre-school ballet and dance (under 5 or nursery and preschool) please visit our dedicated preschool class website
Thank you all so much for a wonderful Intro week last week – we are so excited to get down to dancing now! So here is a brief overview of what is happening this term!
So we work as much as we can with school terms so we are on our half term break from ‘regular classes’ from October 23rd to 29th. But we will be confirming 3 workshops that week in the next couple of weeks.
So term has started properly and we are focusing on developing our technique. There may be lots of new words and phrases (some French) to learn, as well as practicing at home. Have patience – practice will help!
Half term workshops
- Monday 23rd October – Ballet and lyrical
- Wednesday 25th October – Modern Jazz and Street
- Thursday 26th October – Musical Mayhem – Play in an afternoon!
Christmas Showcase (times tbc)
- Run through rehearsal – all cast Saturday 9th December 11am to 1pm
- Dress rehearsal – all cast – Thursday 14th December 4pm to 6pm
- Show Day – Saturday 16th December – attendance from 1pm to 7pm. Shows at 2pm and 5pm
This first half of the term we will be working on technique – building our confidence with exercises, steps, and phrases. After half term we are in SHOWMODE!
Christmas will be here as we prepare for our “Christmas Memories” Christmas Tale – inspired by A Christmas Carol, The Nutcracker, The Grinch who stole Christmas, The Elves and the Shoemaker – filled with dance and christmas magic!
As mentioned – we’d love all dancers to have our leotard – two orders will be placed before they are required wear at our show (estimated prices £15-£20) so there is time to save or offer as a birthday present. Certain classes will requires shoes – ballet and tap especially, ideally all to have their own jazz shoes too
Order forms will be available at each class and via email – any questions or concerns please don’t hesitate to get in touch!
Attendance as often as possible is required for your dancer to get the most out of being part of our group, and also so they can keep up. Please do get in touch if regular attendance may be an issue!
Welcoming more dancers
We always love to welcome new dancers into our group – feel free to share your experiences with friends, on Facebook page, check in at class – the more dancers we have the better – they bring new ideas, energy, inspiration and friendship!
We are so excited to welcome you to our Dance Academy website! And would love for you to get in touch with us to find out more about joining us in September.
We will offer a wide range of classes working towards a minimum of 2 performances per year and yearly examinations with the IDTA. Both of these are optional and your child can still enjoy our classes without taking exams or being part of our show.
However, we believe in helping children gain confidence, and students become confident performers so we’d love all our students to take part.
Our 2017-18 plans
September we will love to welcome our new enrollments and for the first part of the term we will work on getting our basic technique right. After our half term workshops we will start preparation for our Christmas Showcase – 2 shows on 16th December 2017
We will spend our Spring term really working on our dance skills and (should children wish) preparing for examinations. This means we will also host a medal presentation and announce our scholarship award winners
After our Easter Dance Camps, we will be heading towards our Summer Showcase – this term is about creativity and choreography so there will be a focus on learning new combinations, improvisation, working as a solo, duet, and team to create some fun pieces for our Summer show
Summer we will host a minimum of 2 dance camps and several workshops
Helping dancers be the best
Regular attendance is key, as is practicing at home to improve and develop as a dancer. As mentioned on our site we expect (after your trial) that payments are made on the 1st of each month for that months classes – we have worked out the cost over a year (September to July) and divided it so it is an easy amount to budget each month.
As shows and examinations are optional extras – fees for these will be set out at the start of each term.
We also will have a dress code for classes – each class will have its own requirements and will be provided to you on enrollment or you can see them on our website. We have a uniform order service for you to buy their leotards, shoes, etc. Appropriate wear is important for safety and to allow them to dance the best they can – without restriction.
React Dancers work hard and have fun
We can’t wait to help your child be the best dancer they can be and to enjoy their sessions with us each week. We hope you encourage them to practice at home, for our younger ones to come to the lesson prepared and our older ones to support them in getting ready for class.
We are always here to talk, answer questions, support and guide you as a parent of one of our dancers. Class time is busy but you can call, email or text at any time and we will get back as soon as we can if we aren’t available there an then
A bright future
We look forward to your support as we build up our dance academy, as we welcome more children, as we see them develop. We are exciting to offer more and can’t wait for you to see how much they will have learned at Christmas
Theatre craft is one of the main disciplines in a performing arts company – along side ballet and tap. It generally falls in with acting and singing in Musical Theatre studies. It can be one of the most fun to study, as while there is plenty of technique, it has less so than Ballet or Tap. And comes down a lot to performance.
What is it?
It is a fun, varied, performance based dance style. It has a variety of styles under the umbrella term “Theatre Craft” including cabaret, musicals, pantomimes, and commercial. It is led by the music.
There are a huge range of steps and ideas that can go into a theatre craft dance piece, but certain aspects are key, and tend to be found in most piece. These include kick variations, turn variations, use of strong arm positions, as well as rhythmical awareness and use of props and accessories.
Artistic ability here is the ability to interpret the music and tell a story on stage. It is more about the performance than necessarily the steps.
Day to day Theatre
Where can you see it or find it? Its the Broadway or the West End, down to school productions. Theatre craft is what is shown across the world, mixing acting, dance and song to tell stories.
You will be familiar with the Lion King, Singin’ in the Rain, Phantom of the Opera, West Side Story – all popular musicals. From makers and legends such as Gilbert and Sullivan, Rodgers and Hammerstein, to Andrew Lloyd Webber – stories have been told through dance for decades.
It could be a story based musical – like West Side Story (based on Romeo and Juliet), or a TV or Film – such as Moulin Rouge, Glee even, or maybe what is termed as a Juke Box Musical – where they songs of an artist are used as inspiration – The Buddy Holly Story, We Will Rock You, the Jersey Boys.
Tell us – what is your favourite musical?