Please find below a list of the genres of dancing that we offer at The Heights. Scroll down for the current class timetable.
The Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancers
The Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing (ISTD) is the world's leading dance examinations board. Formed in 1904, it is to this day a registered educational charity. It is the only organisation that covers the full spectrum of dance examinations on a truly global scale.
All teachers at the Heights are fully qualified teachers of the ISTD. We are currently the only ISTD School in Sheffield.
To learn more about the exams process of the ISTD, click here.
The Cecchetti method of Classical Ballet offers a complete and well structured system of training which caters for the small child through to the professional dancer and the future teacher. Enjoyment is of prime importance for a young child beginning to dance and the class examinations and performance awards provide ideal opportunities for those attending classes for recreational purposes on a once a week basis. For children wishing to study in greater depth, there are the more technically demanding grade examinations.
“The Cecchetti work has given me strength, discipline and co-ordination. It wasn’t until I got into the company that I realised how lucky I was to have had that training”. Darcey Bussell (Former Principal Dancer with the Royal Ballet)
Pre-School Ballet, Jazz and Tap
This class is aimed at children aged 2-4 and we learn lots of fun steps including marches, skipping, galloping while developing basic ballet steps. We use lots of different music for the children to encourage different dancing styles and rhythm. We always end our classes on a high with a fun jazz dance that always leaves the children with a big smile to go home.
Reception Ballet, Jazz and Tap
When the children get to reception age, we increase their learning as they start to prepare for a ballet exam. We keep their lessons fun, as we introduce props, tiaras, butterfly wings and princess wands and add themes to lessons. For tap and jazz, from the basic steps they learn in preschool we teach them with more detail starting to put them into routines, preparing them for when they move up to Y1 and they take a jazz and tap exam.
The Modern Theatre Dance syllabus combines many styles of dance, with an aim to produce confident versatile dancers. For children there are six grade examinations and three jazz awards. At the Heights we also teach the vocational Modern syllabus to those pupils who show potential and wish to study at a professional level.
Tap is one of the most enjoyable and rhythmic forms of dance, for both children and adults. All pupils studying Tap have the opportunity to take examinations, whether the technically demanding grade examinations or the performance based medals.
HATS - the Heights Amateur Theatre Society forms our Musical Theatre lessons. For children aged 5-18 with a passion for singing, acting and dancing who want to be part of annual productions at the Merlin Theatre. Lessons occur weekly on a Tuesday evening at Hallam Community Hall.
Previous productions by our Musical Theatre group include: Annie, Joseph and The Amazing Technicolour Dreamcoat, Matilda.
HATS - Musical Theatre
Acro is a challenging style for dancers and includes balancing, limbering, tumbling and partnering, based in flexibility, contortion and strength. Dancers who train through Acrobatic Arts have balanced development, are stronger, more flexible and fearless.
Contemporary dance combines elements of ballet, modern, and lyrical dancing to create expressive movement. Pupils are taught a mixture of free work and set exercises to help them explore new techniques and develop strength and control.
This is a relaxed class for those children who participate in our Modern Theatre classes. It gives pupils the chance to express themselves learning new and free styles. Commercial is similar to Street Dance and will build up children's repetoire of music styles and dance skills.
These are fun and relaxed classes for any adults looking to reignite their love of dancing. Open to all abilities running on Tuesday and Wednesday evenings.