Langley School of Dance
Langley School of Dance

What is ISTD?

Most dance schools follow a dance examination board and examination syllabus, at Langley School of Dance we study the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing (ISTD Examination) for Ballet, Tap and Modern dance. This syllabi has been carefully structured to reflect the progression and development the children are experiencing at their specific age. It is excellent for giving recreational dancers the knowledge to work through the grades and progress to the best of their ability whilst enjoying their classes. This syllabi has been used to train professional dancers world wide for any years.

Examinations are great for building the children’s ability, strength and confidence. Children will only be chosen to participate in an examination session when they show the discipline and ability required to meet the grade. We ensure that each pupil is well prepared for the examination having extra classes to focus on how the examination will be. Examinations are not compulsory.

 

Students are delighted when they successfully complete an exam, and the whole experience is truly special.

 

Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing - Ballet - Primary - Intermediate

Classical ballet is any of the traditional, formal styles of ballet that exclusively employ classical ballet technique. It is known for its aesthetics and rigorous technique (such as pointe work, turnout of the legs, and high extensions), its flowing, precise movements, and its ethereal qualities.

 

The ISTD describe ballet as… ‘The roots of Imperial Classical Ballet stem from the early days of the ISTD and the first written syllabus in 1913 which was based on the teaching of the French School from the Paris Opéra. The syllabus has now evolved to promote the English classical style and address the changing needs of Ballet dancers today.’

 

Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing - Modern - Primary - Intermediate

Modern Theatre dance is a combination of Modern dance, Ballet, Contemporary and Jazz.

The syllabus is carefully structured and teaches the pupils a set of exercises, amalgamations and dances to help them to be versatile and disciplined. It helps to build core strength, flexibility, sense of performance and spacial awareness from a very early age through to adult level. Modern.. much like Ballet is an incredibly important dance discipline and will enhance your daughter’s dance training.

 

The ISTD describe Modern dance as… ‘a rhythmic dance style which originated in America before traveling to the rest of the world. It is often seen on the stages of musical productions and is known for its theatrical qualities. The style uses traveling steps, high kicks, leaps and turns which all need strength and flexibility. This is a highly energetic dance style.’

 

Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing - Tap - Primary - Intermediate

Tap dance is an indigenous step dance form, it explores complex rhythms executed audibly with the toes and heels of the feet.

 

The ISTD describe tap dance as… ‘Tap has evolved as an American dance form, popularised throughout the world, with debate about its origins coming from African dance, Irish dance and/or clog dancing. The dancer uses their feet to strike the floor, beating out different rhythms, with dancers wearing tap shoes which have small metal plates on the toe and heel to give the distinctive sound. Tap dance is a theatrical art form often seen on stage in musicals.’

 

Street Dance

Our Street classes are held for girls on a Friday afternoon. There are no examinations taken in these classes. They allow the children to dance to popular music and encourage them to create their own sense of style. They help children with flexibility and Co-ordination. 

 

Boy’s Street Dance

Our boys street dance classes are held on a Thursday afternoon. These classes are strictly for boys. There are no examinations taken in these classes. They allow the children to dance to popular music and encourage them to create their own sense of style. They help children with flexibility and Co-ordination. 

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