SkyeDance provide a diverse range of classes for those as young as 18 months up to Adults across Skye & Lochalsh.
We also deliver weekend, one off and holiday workshops. Please see our events page for up-coming workshops.
See below our class descriptions 🙂
Tiny Tots (18 months -4)
This 45 minute class is designed for little ones, boys & girls, who want to explore dance and movement in a fun and creative way. We will explore music and dance through favorite nursery rhymes, as well as developing essential life skills such as, imagination, co-ordination skills, social and motor skills. We ask that a parent/guardian is present in this class and we are happy for one adult to be in charge of two children.
Our Tiny Tots classes run alternative weeks in Dunvegan and Portree. Please contact us for specific dates and times.
Mini Ballet (4-6):
This 45 minute class is an introduction to ballet. We will develop the skills and techniques of Ballet through the use of music and props. We promote a fun filled and imaginative class in a safe and nurturing learning environment. Within our classes we work to create a relaxed but disciplined atmosphere. This class requires a set uniform which you can find on our uniform sheet.
Beginners Ballet (7-11)
This 60 minute class introduces the fundamental techniques of Ballet, working on turn-out, posture, flexibility, discipline and poise. The class will strive for the best of the pupils ability helping to build social and co-ordination skills, as well as spatial awareness and performance skills. We incorporate Floor Barre into this class to help build flexibility and strength within the body. This class requires a set uniform which you can find on our uniform sheet.
This 60 minute class works on the dancers stamina, strength and ballet technique. Throughout the class they take part in barre exercises, centre work and travelling sequences which incorporate techniques practiced at the beginning of class and built up. The level of concentration needed is high, and the dancers learn ways to carry out each technical movement in its simplest form before progressing to learn its advanced version.
This 60 minute class is aimed at the more advanced dancer who has previous taken classes in Ballet and/or Contemporary Dance. Working on barre exercises, centre work and travelling sequences to strengthen technical and performance ability, learning sequences at an advanced level.
*Classes are decided by ability of dancer over age and the decision of which class the young person will be put in will be made at teachers discretion. Please contact us for guidance of levels.
MODERN THEATRE & TAP:
Mini Modern, Tap & Creative (4-6)
This 60 minute class is full of 20 minutes each of Modern, Tap & Creative movement. We will explore high and low, left to right, back to front a range of dance movement. This class develops the child’s own creativity and imagination to dance, fundamentally engaging the child to explore their personal movement range. As well as this we do incorporate set movement tasks specific to an area of development, such as the use of floor, space, musicality and use of rhythm. We follow the set syllabus for ISTD Modern and offer free tap and creative movement. The use of props and unusual music is essential in this lesson.
Grade 1 Modern & Tap (7-11)
This 60 minute class for 7-11 years follows the ISTD Modern Theatre syllabus and an introduction to tap. The class is developed to build strong technique, musicality, rhythm as well as performance skills in a fun and engaging learning environment. We work towards Modern Theatre exams in this class.
Tap Dance (12+)
This 45 minute class will work your feet hard. From a shuffle ball change to a Susie Que we will learn all the classic tap moves. This is a fun and energetic class which will really make you want to move your feet. Building on rhythm and performance skills this class will strengthen your ankles and help you build on isolations. A great class for any dancer to make sure they understand dancing to the beat, on the beat or off the beat.
ISTD MODERN THEATRE (Grade 1-6)
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. These classes are usually 60 minutes where we will work towards sitting exams in which you will receive a certificate and can work towards higher levels which offer UCAS points. This class requires a set uniform which you can find on our uniform sheet.
ISTD Modern Theatre level is decided on ability over age group and decisions of which level will be made at teachers discretion. Please contact us for more information.
Junior Creative Dance (7-11)
This 60 minute class promotes individuality and self-expression. This high energy class offers young people the chance to learn how to choreograph and create their own dance routines. Following mainly a contemporary style technique, we will also try out dance styles such as hip-hop, Jazz, Modern, alongside other styles. Working individually, in pairs, trios or groups we offer young people to build working relationships with their peers and develop essential social skills.
Contemporary Level One (11-13)
This 60 minute class is an introduction to the techniques of Contemporary Dance. Incorporating the use of flow, connection, release, floorwork, contractions, elevation and expression within dance exercises and routines will offer the dancer the chance to connect with how their body moves. A high energy class which will work on increasing stamina, strength, flexibility, co-ordination as well as social skills, self-expression and confidence building.
Contemporary Level Two (14+)
This 60 minute class is an intermediate level to Contemporary Dance. In this class we will expand on the techniques and exercises built within the Level One class (you do not need to attend the Level One class to attend Level two) we will develop a stronger connection to the body and how it responds to movement. Building strength and flexibility.
BoysONLY Youth Squad (6-15)
This high energy 60 minute session is for BoysONLY. Designed to build strength and stamina, fancy footwork and co-ordination. Perfect compliment to any sports or just for something fun to do. We try out styles such as Hip Hop, Street, Contemporary, Capoeria and Creative Dance.
Junior Hip-Hop (7-11)
A 45 minute session where we learn movements from styles such as hip hop, street, break-dance, popping and locking and many more. This class will allow you to explore how to isolate your body movements whilst looking cool when you do them. A fun an energetic class.
Teen Hip-Hop (10-12)
A 45 minute sessions developing a deeper understanding and knowledge of Hip-Hop and the many styles that come from it. This session will allow you to work on your technique whilst learning how to perform.
Senior Hip-Hop/Commercial (13+)
This 45 minute class focuses on sharp movements to strict timings. The class consists of learning Hip Hop techniques along with some commercial style routines, and working on the dancers confidence and precision. Variations of Hip Hop styles are taught to the dancers and music is used to help influence the dancers movements and the way they hold their bodies whilst dancing to this funky and often serious dance style
Adult Dance Mix
This 45 minute class is set in a fun and laid back atmosphere, to upbeat and funky music to get you in the mood for dancing like you just don’t care! Aimed at all ages and abilities of adults, this class will help to build on your co-ordination, rhythm, flexibility and fitness. The styles can vary from contemporary, jazz, country, ballet and many many more. Each session is built up of different exercises all of which are taught and broken down each week. At the end we work on a short dance that is practiced each week (last term we did Rock ‘n’ Roll). No dance experience is needed and the class is a drop in!