At The Bridge Academy, we are passionate about dance, we have danced the dance ourselves and want to share this with our students! We are always developing our work further, so watch this space for more options... we might be on the brink of adding ISTD (Imperial Society of Teachers of Dance) Modern Theatre Dance to our program too. If that interests you then do let us know!
The classes currently available:
When a child learns to dance, they may well have dreams of becoming the next Carlos Acosta or the next Darcy Bussel, or they may just enjoy jumping around to the music and you might have thought that doing this in an organised manner might well do them good. Alternatively you might be looking to improve your child's attention in school, or increase their social activities away from technology and dance is such a good way of doing this on so many levels.
Whatever the motivations, we aim to offer the highest possible quality of dance classes, and in reality, they are likely to learn so much more than how to dance. Dance classes can help develop so many life skills, as well as creating an active, child who may well grow up into an active adult, which is always good for long term health and happiness.
Some of the many things your child will learn in dance class:
Physical exercise: this can help brain function too as active children tend to learn best.
Learning to collaborate: working as part of a team is vital as a dancer, and in life too.
Learning the art of conversation: simply by allowing each person to speak, the children learn the art of listening and waiting their turn.
Overcoming shyness: a shy child will sometimes shine when they can dance through their emotions.
Developing the imagination: with the chance to get creative in our classes, children will learn so much more.
Improving cognitive development: many movements help the cognitive development in toddlers, and our classes are researched to assist.
Spatial awareness: very important when it comes to navigation and reading maps, great skills to have later in life.
A good work ethic: the realisation that methodical, steady work and practise, truly does produce fantastic results.
The actual act of moving with others in time to music has been scientifically shown to enhance cognitive functionality in children.
For our adult dancers current research is also showing that dance classes are a great way of keeping ourselves fit and healthy with dance being the only form of exercise shown to actually help delay the onset of dementia. If you enjoy the classes, you won't realise that you are actually exercising both your body and mind. The very exercises and activities that enhance neurological development in children helps older adults remain alert.
For our teens, tweens and adults we also employ elements of the Progressing Ballet Technique (PBT) which has been highly researched and developed in order to bring the fundamentals of mechanics and human biology to the technique of ballet. Elements of this are employed in our weekly "Technique Class" aimed at developing the foundations of our intrinsic core muscles that support our entire dance capability. Great for general fitness as well as building a strong and secure ballet technique.