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GUIDED LEARNING HOURS FOR FULL TIME STUDENTS

Each day will contain a programme of six guided learning hours. Student centred learning will vary according to studio space for choreography, musical theatre and drama assignments. Ballet, Modern Theatre dance, character, tap and general dance classes and the academic subjects to be taught in class format but singing for those who want to sing solo, is taught on a one to one basis according to the differing levels of the student's skills.

Each day begins with one and a half hour ballet class, followed by a break, then
two classes of an hours duration, one, with a different type of dance, drama or singing. Two of these sessions require extended periods. Academic lessons complete the timetable.

The afternoon session begins with a daily, mandatory, half hour class of body conditioning, stretch and strength that is the responsibility of the students to teach and run. Two afternoons will be devoted to modern theatre dance, contemporary dance, tap and associated subjects. The remaining two afternoons will be project work and assignments and when and how it arises.

Students with a lower level of work will be expected to attend evening classes with the part time students of their appropriate standard to catch up with their professional dance examinations. The timetable is liable to be disrupted from time to time by theatrical performances and examinations.

Students will be expected to take responsibility of children’s classes and rehearsal classes as a part of their teaching practice.

Examinations

The school is one of the three ISTD Approved Study Centres, therefore, performing examinations, Intermediate and Advanced parts I and II, examined by outside bodies, are allowed to be taken in the studios of the school.

Ballet Examinations

These are accompanied by a pianist. Students are responsible for their examination fees, the examination expenses and the pianists’ fee. Other examinations use recorded music.

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