About

About The Katharine Mitchell School of Dance

The School was established in 1997 following the retirement of the late Heather Cope. The school offers dance tuition and preparation for examinations for children from age 2½ years onwards in a wide range of disciplines.

Classical ballet

The cornerstone for all dancers with ballet forming the basis for many other dance styles. This historic form of dance needs little introduction. Ballet aims to teach children poise, posture, grace, co-ordination, technique and general musical awareness. The school follow’s the world renowned Royal Academy of Dance’s syllabuses, with the school’s principal having studied at the RAD. Classes start from age 2½ years with exams taken from age 5 years. Adult ballet classes are also offered.

Modern Jazz

A form of dance that evolved from ballet – where the movement is freer and the music from the current day. Modern jazz mixes lyrical dance with up tempo rhythms and acts as the basis for street jazz, disco and other forms of dance. Classes start from age 5 years onwards.

Street Jazz

Combines the characteristics of street dance with other more traditional dance forms – a mixture of modern hip hop styles and jazz dance.  Street jazz dance is an up to date, fun class with an amazing mix of fast, complex footwork, refined and polished spins and acrobatic floor moves. Classes start from age 6 years onwards.

Commercial Jazz

A highly choreographed dance form which emerged in the 1950s as a way for dancers to push against the strict constraints of traditional dance styles. Dancing to modern music, this genre features a mixture of sharp and fluid movements, popping and locking and animated expression similar to dances seen on commercial video clips. The class is for age 8 years plus.

Tap

A rhythmical style of dance which provides an enjoyable way for young dancers to develop their co-ordination and appreciate the enjoyment of percussive sound and movement. Tap originated from the combination of Irish dancing and African drum rhythms. Classes start from age 2½ years.


Contemporary

An important genre of dance developed during the 20th century, incorporating aspects of movement from other genres. It combines the strong but controlled legwork of ballet, with improvisation characteristics of modern dance and unpredictable changes in rhythm, speed and direction. The class is for age 10 years plus.


AcroDance


Acrobatic Arts (known as AcroDance) is a unique blend of dancing and gymnastic disciplines. Stunning moves from gymnastics are blended with steps and routines from the dance world for a unique and modern approach to dance. It is based on flexibility, strength, balancing, limbering and tumbling. It helps with coordination and confidence whilst also building the dancer’s physical strength in both the upper and lower body. Classes are for age 4 years onwards.

 

Musical Theatre

 

Musical Theatre combines singing, acting and dancing to convey the story and emotional content of a musical using words, music, and movement to entertain. The class is for age 6 years onwards.

 

To find out more contact Katharine at school@kmitchelldance.co.uk or on her mobile 07969669315.