Niamh began dancing with
us here at ADS aged just 5 years old.
Senior Scottish Ballet Associate
We offer an exceptional range of classes for children in Ballet, Tap, Modern Theatre and Street Dance (including pre school). These dance styles are taught by experienced and qualified teachers trained in Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing (ISTD) and Royal Academy Dance (RAD) syllabi.
@dance scotland We take a developmentally appropriate approach to teaching dance, from developing basic movements in the younger classes to instilling a sense of self motivation and achievement in the exam classes. As children grow they gain more control over their movements. We then teach them to refine them and think about fitness and performance.
Melody Movement early learning is a unique dance curriculum geared towards children aged 18 months upwards. Loveable teddy Melody Bear is the focal point of each class and through her activities and stories children learn their very first dance and movement steps. Melody Bear prepares children for their future in the dance class. Through creativity, imagination and lots of fun and interesting props, children learn the basics of dance; how to make shapes and keep in line etc as well as life skills such as sharing and waiting their turn.
In ballet we offer examinations in pre-school, primary, grades 1-6 and major grades in both ISTD and RAD examinations boards.
These classes are for children aged from 2½ to around 5. Early childhood includes the development of gross motor skills. This means children learning to control the large muscles in the body that help them walk, skip, run, jump and move around in different ways. We use stories, games and colourful props to help bring these classes to life.
Modern and Jazz
When your child reaches Primary Grade they will begin learning Jazz and Modern in their classes. We offer the ISTD examination board’s grades to majors in Modern Theatre Dance and Bronze to Gold awards in Jazz.
Learn to dance, sing and act (all at the same time!) in our musical theatre classes. From Matilda to Mary Poppins these classes give children a chance to perform songs and extracts from their favourite musicals, while at the same time building confidence, creativity and communication skills. Musical theatre classes are a great way for children to interact with each other, make new friends and most of all have fun!
In tap we offer examinations from grades to majors with the ISTD examination board. We also offer the opportunity to learn time steps to Susie Q in our adult tap class.
As the name suggests 'street dance' has evolved from the streets and is often improvisational and social in nature with a lot of interaction between dancers. There are many different styles of street dance including hip-hop, popping and locking and waacking. Street dance classes aim to provide an insight to all the different styles of street.
Classes take place all over East Lothian and Midlothian
In order to offer the widest variety of classes at convenient times, we often need to use venues that are not purpose built. Although not always ideal, we try to be flexible in order to keep classes local. We may occasionally teach two groups of children in the hall at one time. The children can see what the older children are doing encouraging them to progress, and allowing us to provide extra exam practise classes as required.
We now offer one-to-one lessons. Your child may benefit from individual attention if working towards a specific goal. For availability and prices please contact us.
@dance scotland are delighted with the tie in of the Royal Academy of Dance and SQA. Childrens exams from Grade 1 onwards are credited with National 3 to Advanced Higher Level certificates. Since 2012 the University and College Admissions Service (UCAS) are introducing a point allocation for major dance examinations. These points can be used towards all UK university and college admissions. For example, an award of Distinction at Intermediate level is the equivalent point allocation to a B in Higher.
Erin is a 3rd Year at Lasswade High. Here she is with her RAD Grade 5 Ballet Certificate which now give her a National 5 in dance from the SQA.