Art House for Children & Teens

Why take classes is Performing Arts?

Dance and performing arts are FUN, and the benefits of learning to dance, sing, and act with groups of children outside of school are many!

Throughout a child’s time at our classes they’ll not only be taught how to reach their full potential as dancers and performers, but they’ll also expand their friendship group, maybe even yours too, they’ll enjoy the many social aspects of being involved in our theatre performances, and they’ll reap the benefits of working as a team with age groups both older and younger than their own.

The content of our classes are constantly changing, we’re always working on new dances, new songs, new productions, new techniques, and new work for their next examinations, keeping your children engaged, excited, and eager to do well.

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Ballet

Ballet is considered to be the foundation of most forms of dance, and is one of the most classical and artistic forms. It demands grace and precision, and requires careful training under qualified instruction for the young dancer to be ready for the physically strenuous moves that will be required as the dancers skill set advances.

It’s highly recommended that if you want to dance – you should take ballet alongside your other classes. Why? Well, to list a few reasons, it improves posture, develops highly focused technical awareness, increases agility, improves balance and flexibility, and teaches the dancer the importance of dedication and discipline.

Level / Grade Class Type Age Day Time
Early Years Ballet & Boogie 3-4 Saturday 10:25-11.05
Preparatory Ballet Ballet & Jazz combined class Reception Y1 Wednesday 16:00-17:00
Primary Ballet Ballet & Jazz combined class Y2-Y3 Saturday 09:00-10:00
Grade 1 Ballet Ballet & Jazz combined class Y3-Y4 Saturday 11:15-12:15
Grade 2 Ballet Ballet & Jazz combined class Y5-Y6 Wednesday 17:00-18:15
Grade 3 Ballet Ballet & Jazz combined class Y6-Y7 Friday 17:15-18:30
Grade 4 Ballet Ballet Y8-Y10 Monday 17:45-18:30

For all other secondary ages, please contact us for availability.

Contemporary Modern Jazz

Modern Jazz is an umbrella term for many different styles of jazz based dance forms. In our contemporary modern jazz classes we explore those different styles, giving our dancers a well rounded knowledge skill set of the following jazz/modern based dance forms:

  • Jazz Dance: a rhythmical dance style seen mostly in West End shows, films of Musicals, dance revues and music videos. Evolving from a blend of European and African traditional social dances, it has evolved through the decades, with ballet and modern dance technique contributing to its elegance and African Dance providing its rhythmic propulsion and percussive style.
  • Contemporary modern and lyrical jazz; this style maintains some of the rhythmic characteristics that define jazz, but it incorporates elements of ballet to give its flowing, lengthened look and lyrical quality.
  • Street style jazz: uses fun, high energy choreography is taught using the latest pop tunes and highly rhythmical, energetic music.
Level / Grade Class Type Age Day Time
Early Years Ballet & Boogie 3-4 Saturday 10:20-11.05
Preparatory Ballet & Jazz combined class Reception Y1 Wednesday 16:00-17:00
Primary Ballet & Jazz combined class Y2-Y3 Saturday 09:00-10:00
Grade 1 Ballet & Jazz combined class Y3-Y4 Saturday 11:15-12:15
Grade 2 Ballet & Jazz combined class Y5-Y6 Wednesday 17:00-18:15
Grade 3 Ballet & Jazz combined class Y6-Y7 Friday 17:15-18:30
Grade 4 Contemporary Modern Jazz (incorporating mixed styles) Y8-Y10 Monday 17:30-18:15

For all other secondary ages, please contact us for availability.

Tap

Tap dancing is such a lively and enjoyable form of dance – and so much fun! Especially if you love rhythm and making noise – it’s almost a form of drumming with the feet! It helps every dancer develop a strong sense of rhythm, and because of its fast nature of intricate small movements of the feet, can be quite a challenge. But for those who take to it, they often develop a complete love of it.

In our tap classes at the Art House, we work freely and very much tailor make these classes to the ability of the pupils. This is one of our team dance styles where instead of taking grades as individuals, we enter the pupils for IDTA team awards, meaning that we can choreograph immensely fun creative dances that the class members will thoroughly enjoy.

Age Day Time
Reception – Year 1 (mixed class of ballet, jazz and tap) Wednesday 16:00-17:00
Year 2-3 Saturday 10:00-10:20
Year 4 Saturday 12:15-12:35
Year 5-6 Thursday 16:45-17:30

For all other secondary ages, please contact us for availability.

Musical Theatre

In our musical theatre classes we learn all that is involved with the three musical theatre disciplines: acting, dancing, and voice.

  • Acting: for developing their acting skills we work with the pupils on creating stories, improvisations both individually or as a group (spontaneous and prepared), interaction with others, the importance of team cooperation (through drama games and more), character building, accents, dialects, movement and physicality, how to learn lines at home (which helps a child to understand learning responsibility), and many more.
  • Voice: they will learn many skills such as how to warm up the voice, vocal dynamics, keeping on pitch, diction, projection, memorise song lyrics, and as they develop their abilities they will go onto harmonies.
  • Dance: through dance many skills are developed such as coordination, balance, how to use the body as a form of expression, movement to music whilst staying in character, correct placement of the whole body, timing, and of course many, many dance steps.

Opportunities

In our musical theatre classes we provide equal opportunities for the children. We’ll encourage those who are confident and wish to get up and perform solo work (singing, dancing, or acting) have a chance to do so, whilst equally, we very much take the lead from a child who may be shy to begin with, gently encouraging them to help develop their confidence without forcing them to take on roles that they are not ready for.

We do musical theatre shows in house, at a local theatre, or other performance venue, where the pupils get to show you all their skills and abilities that they have been learning throughout the year (and of course have fun).

We also have examination opportunities available in musical theatre and drama with the IDTA.

Age Day Time
Reception – Year 2 Coming Soon on Mondays 16:00-16:30
Year 3-4 Saturday 12:35-13:20
Year 5-7 Thursday 16:00-16:45
Year 8 Upwards Please Enquire

Parent / Student Testimonials

  • Art House is a really special place. My son learned there — ballet and jazz — for seven years; not only did he become a good dancer, but he found such confidence in himself. He decided he wanted to dance as part of his career: he’s now at Guildford School of Acting.

    Ailsa
  • My daughter has been taught by Carolyn at Art House Theatre and Dance for over 4 years. Carolyn is enthusiastic, supportive and has a true love of dance which really shines through in her teaching. Thanks to Carolyn, my daughter has grown enormously, in both ability and confidence.

    Emma
  • Carolyn’s teaching of my sons over the last 8 years has been fantastic, progressing them from beginners to getting distinctions at Intermediate level for ballet and tap. Most importantly her lessons are great fun, and they look forwards to going each week. I thoroughly recommend Art House Theatre and Dance.

    Amanda
  • A few years ago, I started Adult Ballet classes and found such joy in it, that I now regret not having done ballet all my life! I now also do Adult Tap. Both classes are a great brain workout as well as a physical one, but Carolyn creates an atmosphere that is friendly and relaxed, not about worrying about getting everything right but enjoying what your body can do. Absolutely life-changing. Highly recommended.

    Ailsa
  • The Arthouse has been a major part of my daughters’ childhoods from aged 3 to 18. It is a fun, inclusive and safe place to be, where kids can learn to dance and perform, socialise with friends and build their self-confidence. Carolyn is a super dance teacher and a great support with lots of experience that the kids can benefit from. My daughters love it.

    Faith
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