The ISTD is one of the world’s leading dance examination boards and have been providing training for dance teachers and examiners since 1904 enabling teachers to enter their students for examinations, develop new techniques and spread the joy of dance.
Here at Codanza we offer ISTD ballet, tap and modern theatre dance classes to both boys and girls from Pre-Primary at the age of 4 right up to the Senior Major exams.
Examinations are offered as an option and often encouraged but are not considered compulsory.
All of our teachers hold well respected qualifications with the ISTD, hold DBS checks and are fully insured.
Imperial Classical Ballet
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.
Modern Theatre dance is a rhythmic dance style which originated in America before travelling 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 travelling steps, high kicks, leaps and turns which all need strength and flexibility. This is a highly energetic dance style.
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.
Junior and Senior Jazz - Taught by Miss Katie
Jazz classes are energetic and fun whilst working on strength and flexibility. Jazz combines a variety of dance styles including commercial and street dance. The classes allow students to work on key dance techniques, including turns, isolations, kicks and leaps, whilst combining this into different routines to help enhance their dance knowledge and grow more confident to become stronger dancers that are able to adapt to a variety of styles.