Class and Style Descriptions
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Imperial Syllabus and Assessment

The aim of Imperial Class Work and Assessments is to provide an assessment scheme for dance, which gives the basis for measurement of the individual candidate’s progress and development. There are ten practical assessment standards, starting with Pre-Primary, Primary, Standards 1-6, and Higher Standards 7&8, in order to indicate to increasing order of difficulty (8 represents the highest level of attainment). The syllabus is pre-arranged by the Imperial Faculty, to music commissioned to stimulate and educate the child’s musical knowledge and feeling of interpretation. The students participate in an end of year assessment that allows consolidation of technique before embarking on to the next grade. This is especially beneficial for the more demanding higher grades where greater strength and maturity are required.
Ballet
The ballet syllabus is created to promote an appreciation and enjoyment of classical ballet, through both understanding and performances. The vocabulary and technique complexity increases at each successive level and there is a progressive combination of ballet technique and music appreciation.
Aims
  • To educate by providing a progressive awareness of the culture and technique of ballet through a graded program of training and assessment.
  • To provide a form of physical training that is safe, working both sides of the body evenly, alongside the development of artistic and musical interpretation.
  • To provide a structured system that can be followed by children who are studying ballet as a recreational persuit and the child who wishes to progress to vocational training in ballet and other theatrical dance forms.
  • A sense a performance which incorporates a suitable awareness of style and expression.
  • Use of space in relation to other members of the group and dance area available.
  • Rhythmic awareness and suitable interpretation of the musical qualities.
  • Correct alignment and placing of the body to the best of the individual physical ability.
  • Appropriate use of limbs, with an understanding of the purpose of each exercise, thus developing motor skills.
  • Sense of line and co-ordination of movement.
  • An appreciation of artistry in one’s own movement and that of others.
  • Consideration and respect.
  • Creativity within a disciplined environment.
Objectives
The syllabus seeks to develop the skill and understanding of ballet dance by developing the physical ability to communicate through movement, music and mime in an expressive and artistic way.
Tap
The Tap syllabus is created to promote an appreciation and enjoyment of tap dance, through both understanding and performances. The vocabulary and rhythm complexity increases at each successive level and there is a progressive combination of tap technique and dance movement.
Aims
  • Teach correct posture.
  • Build a sound tap technique.
  • Develop an awareness of tone.
  • Promote the understanding and use of dance terminology.
  • Gain a good sense of line through body, arms and head.
  • Understanding of rhythm and development.
  • Appreciation of varying musical styles and their interpretation.
  • Encourage an artistic sense of self-expression.
  • Encourage creative use of rhythm and movement.
  • Appreciation of Tap dance, the history, the pioneers and their works.
Objectives
The syllabus seeks to develop the skill and understanding of Tap dance by developing the physical ability to communicate through movement, sound and rhythm in an expressive and artistic way.
Jazz
The Jazz syllabus is created to promote an appreciation and enjoyment of Jazz dance, through both understanding and performances. The vocabulary and technical complexity increases at each successive level and there is a progressive combination of jazz technique and performance/communication skills.
Aims
  • Teach a comprehensive, clean and concise curriculum.
  • Embrace the historical tradition of an art form.
  • Technically proficient.
  • Dynamically expressive.
  • Promote the understanding and use of dance terminology.
  • Gain a good sense of line through body, arms and head.
  • Understanding of rhythm and development.
  • Appreciation of varying musical styles and their interpretation.
  • Encourage an artistic sense of self-expression.
  • Encourage creative use of rhythm and movement.
  • Appreciation of Jazz dance, history, the pioneers and their works.
Objectives
The syllabus seeks to develop the skill and understanding of Jazz dance by developing the physical ability to communicate through movement, gesture, musical interpretation in an expressive and artistic way.
Modern
The Modern syllabus is created to promote an appreciation and enjoyment of modern dance, through both understanding and creativity. The vocabulary and technical complexity increases at each successive level and there is a progressive combination of modern technique and an understanding of creative choreography, dance improvisation and comprehension.
Aims
  • Teach correct posture.
  • Develop the range of movement within the students’ natural capabilities.
  • Build a sound technique.
  • Promote the understanding and use of dance terminology.
  • Gain a good sense of line through body, arms and head.
  • Understanding of rhythm.
  • Appreciation of varying musical styles, percussive phrases, changing time signatures in the world music idiom.
  • Develop an awareness of the use of space, time and energy.
  • Awareness of audience and a sense of performance.
  • Encourage an artistic sense of self-expression.
  • Promote self confidence in creativity and choreography.
  • Appreciation of modern dance, history, the pioneers and their works.
Objectives
The syllabus seeks to develop the skill and understanding of modern dance by developing the physical ability to communicate through movement in an expressive and artistic way. The syllabus is a primer for working with the techniques of Lester Horton and Martha Graham at higher levels of maturity.
Contemporary
The Contemporary syllabus is created to promote an appreciation and enjoyment of contemporary dance through movement studies, narrative abstract and emotional ideas. The vocabulary and technical complexity increases at each successive level, there is a progressive combination of contemporary technique and an understanding of creative choreography, dance improvisation and comprehension.
Aims
  • Teach correct posture and alignment.
  • Develop the range of movement within the students’ natural capabilities.
  • Build a sound technique.
  • Promote the understanding and use of dance terminology.
  • Gain a good sense of expressive line through body, head, arms and eyes.
  • Appreciation of varying musical styles and developing a connection to the energy of the music.
  • Develop an awareness of changes in direction, dynamics and rhythm.
  • Awareness of audience and a sense of performance.
  • Encourage an artistic sense of self-expression.
  • Promote self confidence in creativity and choreography and improvisation.
  • Develop an appreciation of contemporary dance, history, the pioneers and their works.
Objectives
The syllabus seeks to develop the skill and understanding of contemporary dance by developing the physical ability to communicate through movement in an expressive and artistic way.
National Dance
The National syllabus is created to promote an appreciation and enjoyment of traditional folk dance, through both understanding and creativity. The vocabulary and technical complexity increases at each successive level and there is a progressive combination of traditional technique and an understanding of geography, music and culture.
Aims
  • To impart practical skills in Folk Dance as it exists today in traditional format complemented by appropriate background knowledge and understanding
  • To develop an awareness and appreciation of traditional folk dance within the context of a wider dance world
  • Ability to perform traditional folk dances with confidence
  • Ability to show an understanding of the background of folk dance from various countries
Objectives
The syllabus seeks to provide a starting point for inspiring further study into traditional folk dance and aims to enable the participant to enjoy a communal form of dance, regardless of age, gender, or ethnic background.
Broadway Bound
The acting syllabus is created to promote an appreciation and enjoyment of theater games, improvisation and musical theater through both understanding and creativity and aims to have a positive impact on the student’s physical, emotional, social and cognitive development.
Aims
  • Encourage risk taking, making creative choices and trust in ideas and abilities.
  • Acting roles from different situations, time periods and cultures promotes compassion and tolerance.
  • Encourage cooperation and collaboration.
  • Promote problem solving and communication.
  • Encourage a sense of fun and play as an emotional outlet.
  • Promote self-discipline, self-control, trust and social awareness.
  • Encourage physical health, flexibility, coordination and balance.
Objectives
The syllabus seeks to provide a starting point for inspiring further study into acting, voice and musical theatre and aims to enable the students to view, appreciate, understand, value and support theatres place in society.
Hip Hop
The Hip Hop program promotes a sense of enjoyment of current age appropriate music. The emphasis is on dance as a form of fitness combining strength, stretch and stamina with current dance trends and beats.
Aims
  • Teach an upbeat class with an emphasis on beat and rhythmic development
  • Promote the idea of dance as a health choice
  • Promotes coordination in movement and cooperation
  • Promotes the various styles available in the Hip Hip genre
  • Promotes a relaxed environment where progress is attained through positive encouragement
  • Promote self-discipline, self-control, trust and social awareness.
  • Encourage physical health, flexibility, coordination and balance.
Objectives
The Hip Hip program is developed to encourage the recreational and serious dancer. To instill a sense of enjoyment and passion for the many elements that make up the genre and develop an understanding of self motivation and health.
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