Classes in Tunbridge Wells

OUR CLASSES INRoyal Tunbridge Wells

The Village School of Dance is very excited to be opening a brand new branch school in Royal Tunbridge Wells in September 2022! As this is a new location, we are starting off with just a few classes a week with the hope of opening more very soon. 

At this branch we offer classes in ballet (ISTD), tap (ISTD) and modern (ISTD). As well as pre-school classes at Bubba & Me, in the heart of Tunbridge Wells. We will also be starting a competition team that has the chance to dance at competitions locally and nationally! 

We pride ourselves in ensuring our students look the part in their dance classes. Not only does this reflect the discipline and professionalism dance instills in our children but it also makes us feel good and ready to perform. We will have a few items of uniform for sale at the school, which can be bought from us or ordered in, if a specific size is needed. You can find our recommended uniform by clicking here.

Autumn Term 2022
12th September – 17th December
Autumn Half-Term
23rd October - 31st October
Spring Term 2023
4th January - 2nd April
Spring Half-Term
12th February – 19th February

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THE CLASSESon offer

Classical ballet emphasises fluid, graceful movements and long, aesthetically pleasing lines, along with strict adherence to correct form and technique, especially turn-out of the legs. There’s also a focus on narrative and storytelling achieved through a combination of musical interpretation, mime and choreography.

 

ISTD (Imperial Society of Teachers of Dance) Imperial Classical Ballet is based on the teaching of the French School at the Paris Opéra and so provides the essentials of a pure classical training. The syllabus evolves to promote the English classical ballet style and to address the changing needs of ballet dancers today.

Classical ballet helps our students with co-ordination, strength, poise & posture, flexibility, grace, elegance, musicality, performance, confidence, sensitivity and much much more.

Our Classical Ballet level structure is as follows:

  • 2.5 – 4 yrs: Beginner Ballet & Tap dance
  • 4 – 5 yrs: Pre-Primary Ballet
  • 6 – 7 yrs: Primary Ballet
  • 7 – 9 yrs: Grade 1 Ballet
  • 9 – 10 yrs: Grade 2 Ballet
  • 11 – 12 yrs: Grade 3 Ballet
  • 12 – 13 yrs: Grade 4 Ballet
  • 11 + yrs: Intermediate Foundation Ballet & Pointe
  • 14 – 15 yrs: Grade 5 Ballet
  • 15 + yrs: Grade 6 Ballet & Pointe
  • 16 + yrs: Intermediate Ballet & Pointe
  • 16 + yrs: Advanced 1 Ballet & Pointe
  • 16 + yrs: Advance 2 Ballet & Pointe
 
To join us and book your first ballet class, click here
 

Modern Dancing is a highly energetic dance style which defies a single permanent definition. This is largely due to its ability to adapt, develop and evolve with the changing fashion in dance. Modern dancing can be performed to many different types of music and therefore, there are lots of styles within modern dance such as contemporary, lyrical, blues, jazz, isolations, musical theatre and increasingly commercial/street, all of which can be seen in music videos, on TV programs, at pop concerts and in theatre shows. Modern dancing is exciting because of the wide and ever-growing range of contrasting elements.

The whole body is used in modern dance to tell a story or depict an idea and travelling steps, high kicks, leaps and turns are included, so modern dancers need to be fit, flexible and strong.  Modern dance technique is derived from classical ballet and so we strongly recommend that children who wish to learn modern at higher levels also take weekly ballet classes.

As in all dance styles, rhythm is important in modern dancing to make it interesting, varied and often, surprising, so learning tap dancing alongside modern is advisable, especially at lower levels.

Our Modern Dance level structure is as follows: 

  • 5 – 6 yrs: Primary Modern
  • 7 – 8 yrs: Grade 1 Modern 
  • 8 – 9 yrs: Grade 2 Modern
  • 10 – 11 yrs: Grade 3 Modern 
  • 11 – 12 yrs: Grade 4 Modern 
  • 13 – 14 yrs: Grade 5 Modern 
  • 13 – 14 yrs: Intermediate Foundation Modern
  • 14 – 15 yrs: Grade 6 Modern 
  • 16 + yrs: Intermediate Modern
  • 16 + yrs: Advanced 1 Modern
  • 16 + yrs: Advanced 2 Modern

 

To join us and book your first Modern Dance class, click here

Tap dancing was born of the fusion of cultures on American soil in the late 19th century, influenced by African rhythms, Irish stepping and English clogging.  Tap dancing was a feature of vaudeville and music halls, later became a significant component of musical films and musical theatre.

 

 

The tap dancer wears shoes fitted with heel and toe taps sounds out audible beats by rhythmically striking the floor, or any other hard surface.

Tap dancing is so much fun for our students, giving them the opportunity to make as much noise as they like with their feet and learning to become a musician and a dancer at the same time!

Our Tap Dance level structure is as follows: 

  • 5 – 6 yrs: Primary Tap
  • 7 – 8 yrs: Grade 1 Tap
  • 8 – 9 yrs: Grade 2 Tap
  • 10 – 11 yrs: Grade 3 Tap 
  • 11 – 12 yrs: Grade 4 Tap
  • 13 – 14 yrs: Grade 5 Tap
  • 14 – 15 yrs: Grade 6 Tap
  • 16 + yrs: Intermediate Tap
  • 16 + yrs: Advanced 1 Tap
  • 16 + yrs: Advanced 2 Tap

 

To join us and book your first Tap Dance class, click here

Jazz is style developed from the Modern Dance Genre, but in this class we don’t follow a syllabus or take exams.

This class is focused on working on our technique for kick, leaps, turns and flexibility as well as learning fun and exciting routines in a range of styles! 

Although it is fantastic to gain exams and work hard to progress, sometimes it’s nice to just let loose and dance with our the pressure of exam work. We believe taking part in both syllabus and non-syllabus classes is the best way to become well rounded and inspired dances. 

We have 3 levels of our Jazz classes: 

  • 7-10yrs: Junior Jazz
  • 11-14yrs: Intermediate Jazz
  • 15+yrs: Senior Jazz

To join us and book your first Jazz Class class, click here

Pointe work is a part of our Classical Ballet training program, as from grade 6 onwards it is an integral part of the students’ exams. 

Pointe work is the pinnacle of ballet training, and something that all of our students look forward to learning. We love it when we can finally see their pointe shoe dreams come to reality! 

Because pointe work is challenging, it is very important that we ensure our students are physically strong and developed enough to go en pointe. 

To ensure our students are strong enough to work en pointe, the pre-requisite for pointe work is to be at least 11 years old, to be in grade 4 or above and to attend at least two ballet classes as well as a point work class a week. 

To join us and book your first Ballet class, click here

We offer private lessons in any style of dance you wish your child to learn. 

Many of our private lesson slots are used to prepare our competition team for their festivals. To find out what festivals are, click here 

Others use private lessons to improve certain areas of their technique, or to help them progress through the grades at a faster pace. 

Private lessons are a fantastic way for our teachers to work 1-2-1 with our students and tailor make the sessions for your child’s specific needs. 

To book a private lesson with us, click here

EXTRA CURRICULARactivities

At The Village School of Dance, we try to be more than just a dance school. We strive to create a community and family, where the children feel they can be themselves and offer our students every opportunity to develop and nurture their skills inside and outside the dance class.

Therefore, alongside our regular syllabus classes, we also provide a wide range of other activities for our students to come together and make friends, as well as learning more about the world of dance and inspiring their creativity. 

Discover our extra curricular activities below:

Performance opportunities
Festivals & Competitions
Festivals are competitions where students compete with children from other dance schools. Categories are divided by age and subject, and then by solo or duet etc. All children are awarded a certificate and there are medals for 1st, 2nd and 3rd places. If children gain a high enough mark at one of the 'qualifying festivals', they can enter the regional heat of the All England Dance Festival (held bi-annually over June half term in Cranbrook). The All England National final is held every two years in a West End theatre...
Performance opportunities
Inspirational opportunities
Regular Workshop with Industry Professionals
Between Katherine & Chloe, we have lots of contacts within the dance and performance industry. Therefore, we are always inviting west end performers along to take workshops for our students. From Hairspray, to Frozen, Chicago to Swan Lake, we love seeing our students get immersed and inspired in the magic of musical theatre. Workshops teach students routines and songs from the musical, and then stay of a Q & A session where you can ask anything you'd like to know about being a dancer! Workshops usually take place on a Sunday or in the Holidays.
Inspirational opportunities
Performance Opportunities
Regular School Shows
We know that our syllabus work is important, but there is nothing quite like putting on a show and dancing under the spotlights! We run school shows every 2 years, where our student learn dance routines, put on their sparkly costumes and step out onto the stage to perform at a local theatre for friends and family.
Performance Opportunities
Creative development
Choreography Competitions & Awards night
There are so many different ways dance can enrich our lives, and develop our creativity. One way we love to encourage this exploration of creativity is through our annual choreography competition. Students make up their own dance, pick the music and costume to match. Then perform on stage for friends and family. We invite an industry professional to come along and judge the competition. Plus we had out awards to our students to celebrate all of their achievements across the year.
Creative development
Inspirational Trips
Theatre Trips
The ultimate inspriation for a dancer and performer is going to the theatre and watching the magic of dance come to life on stage. We arrange regular theatre trips either in and around Tunbridge Wells, and sometimes in the West End, to spend a lovely day out together, making wonderful memories!
Inspirational Trips
Advice & Support
Career Advice & Audition Prep
We know that many of our students are interested in taking their dance training to the next level and turn it into a career. There are so many paths you can take as a dancer, and we are here to help you find the right one for you. We offer career advice to all of our students and dependent on which route you might like to take, we offer preparation package to help you feel ready, confident and prepared for your auditions or interviews.
Advice & Support