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Ballet

Ballet is a type of performance dance that originated during the Italian Renaissance, in the fifteenth century, and later developed into a concert dance form in France and Russia. It has since become a widespread, highly technical form of dance with its own vocabulary based on French terminology. It has been globally influential and has defined the foundational techniques used in many other dance genres and cultures. Click link/picture above to see what classes we have available.

Tap

Being able to create instruments with your feet is an amazing feeling; tap and Irish tap give you this ability. We have classes in ISTD Tap for those aged four and upwards, and a fun Adult Tap class for those having basic tap knowledge. Click the link/picture above to see what classes we offer.

Street

Street, which originates from the social scene, has become very popular and incorporates a wide range of styles. In Street classes you'll learn Hip Hop, Break dancing, House and Commercial dance styles. Classes are fun and informal, and available for junior and senior levels. We also offer an Adult commercial class where you'll learn to move like Beyoncé and The Pussy Cat Dolls. Join us to make new friends, learn routines to boost your confidence and have a chance to let your hair down. Click the link/picture above to see what classes we offer.

Stretching and Strengthening

To reach an individual's full potential in dance technique it is important to improve flexibility and complement this with strengthening. This class goes through safe stretches to increase one's range of motion, tone muscles and improve muscle strength. Click link/picture above to see what classes we have available.

Musical Theatre

Musical theatre is a form of theatre that incorporates dialogue, music, dancing, singing and acting. The primary focus of this class is to introduce the basic elements of a musical. We select the repertoire from popular musical theatre and work towards a presentation for the last class of term. If you love singing, acting, and dancing this fun two-hour class will be perfect for you. It is for all abilities, from five years plus. Click link/picture above to see what classes we have available.

Irish Tap

Irish Tap is a combination of traditional hard-shoe Irish and rhythm tap to create a twist to the normal tap rhythms. If you always wanted to dance like Michael Flatley, come along to our Irish Tap classes. These are available for six-year- olds through to adults. Click the link/picture above to see what classes are available.

Modern Theatre Dance

ModernTheatre Dance

Modern dance is a highly energetic and rhythmic dance style that originated in America, before spreading throughout the rest of the world. It’s often seen on the stages of musical productions and is known for its theatrical qualities. The style features travelling steps, high kicks, leaps and turns which all require strength and flexibility. Click link/picture above to see what classes we have available..

   

Contemporary and Lyrical

Contemporary and Lyrical

Contemporary dance is a multi-faceted and varied style that does not easily fit a simple definition, and is not performed in the same way by every dancer. It is an expressive style dance that combines elements of several genres including modern, lyrical, classical ballet and jazz. Dancers, sometimes performing barefoot, strive to connect the mind and the body through fluid dance movements. Lyrical dance is a dance style consisting of a blend of elements of both ballet and jazz dance. Lyrical dance is generally somewhat more fluid than ballet and also tends to be rather faster -- although it not as rapidly executed as jazz dance. Lyrical dance seeks to be expressive of a dancer's emotions, with the physical movements often sychronized with the lyrics of the music. Click link/picture above to see what classes we have available.

FEES AND TERMS

Our terms run for 12 weeks, and there are three terms in a year.
A few classes can be paid weekly, but most must be paid prior
to the start of term.

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WHY CHOOSE JASD

JASD caters for those wanting to learn for fun, to get fit, or wanting to take training more seriously to help pursue their dream of having a career in the Performing Arts industry.

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TESTIMONIALS

“A real family friendly dance school offering many dance genres...."
"It is so fun attending to all these brilliant classes full of new things!....
Miss Jess is an amazing dance teacher."

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Musical Theatre Classes Available

  • Musical Theatre Mini (4-7 years) Saturday 10:00am-10:45am
  • Musical Theatre Juniors (7-11 years) Saturday 11:30am-12:30pm
  • Musical Theatre Seniors (11-18 years) Saturday 12:30pm-1:30pm
 

Ballet dancer

The primary focus of our musical theatre class is to introduce the basic elements of a musical. We select the repertoire from popular musical theatre, and work towards a presentation for the last class of term. If you love singing, acting and dancing, this fun class will be perfect for you. It is for all abilities, and ages from five years upwards.

Suzie LoweThe class is taught by Suzie Lowe who has worked professionally in the West End, around the UK and in Europe, in successful shows including Oliver at the London Palladium, Les Miserables, The Rocky Horror Show, Fame and Boogie Nights. Who better could you choose? She has had the privilege of working with people such as Minnie Driver, Franco Zefferelli, Russ Abbott, Robbie Williams and many more, and has enjoyed excellent opportunities working in both film and television, and on stage. She was the voice of Barbie for many years.

 

Click for a more information on the background to musical theatre.

Musical theatre is a form of theatrical performance that combines music, songs, spoken dialogue, acting and dance, and is usually performed in a theatre. Musicals aim to entertain through a combination of:

  • catchy, popular music;
  • solo song;
  • duets, choruses; and ensembles band or orchestral accompaniment;
  • spoken dialogue; and
  • colourful dance sequences, stage spectacles and magnificent costumes.

These elements are all held together by a plot. The story and emotional content are communicated through the words, music, movement and technical aspects of the entertainment such as lighting. Musical theatre has many aspects in common with other theatrical forms, such as opera and dance, but is perhaps best differentiated by the importance given to music. Since the early twentieth century, musical theatre stage works have generally been known simply as musicals.

Modern Western musical theatre emerged during the nineteenth century. Many structural elements were influenced or established by the works of Gilbert and Sullivan in Britain and those of Harrigan and Hart in America. These were later followed by those of Edwardian musical comedies and the musical theatre works of America. The Princess Theatre musicals were generally an artistic steps forward beyond the revues and other frivolous entertainments of the early twentieth century.

Musicals are now performed all around the world. They are sometimes presented in large venues, such as those of Broadway, London's West End or Las Vegas. However, they may also be staged in smaller venues, such as fringe theatres, community theatres, or even on tour. Others may be presented by amateur and school groups in churches, schools and other suitable venues. They are now accepted as useful training schools for the professional stage. Many present-day favourites have their roots in the volunteer ranks.

 
 
   

 

 

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Tap, Modern & Ballet exam pass rate
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Tap & Modern exam distinctions
76
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Increase in student numbers since Sept 2018
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Ipswich  IP3 0SP
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Jessica Ann School of Dancing is a fresh, friendly Dance School in Ipswich, and provides excellent and specialized dance training for all ages and styles of performing arts.