BIGLITTLE Theatre School have pioneered a very successful range of  non-syllabus Performance Dance classes for students young and old.  The classes were started over 15 years ago by Chrissy Wickham and are now under the tutelage of Sam Taylor-Martin and Kelly Knight.  

In the earlier stages (from age 7 upwards), the Junior and Intermediate levels are grouped by age group, with a mixed class for Junior age children and separate classes for boys and girls from year 7 and beyond.

At senior age group level (year 10 and above) the classes are grouped by ability and experience, and remain split with separate classes for boys and girls.

Being non-syllabus classes, these very popular sessions enable students to be taught a wide breadth of styles and material to boost confidence, skills and techniques, without the additional pressure of examination syllabi.

New for September 2019 is our partnership with Jamie Lee Dance Academy and we’re really pleased that Lizzie Martin from JLDA joins us to take over our Performance Ballet classes, and also to offer new and exciting Acro Dance both on a Thursday evening at our HQ in Christchurch.

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JUNIOR PERFORMANCE DANCE

BOYS & GIRLS
AGES : YEAR 4 - 6

This Performance Dance class is a great class for children (Boys & Girls) to develop their knowledge, skills and technique in a variety of dance styles including Ballet, Contemporary, Jazz and Urban dance.

Sessions will begin with a cardio warm up and strengthening exercises to increase general fitness.  Following this students will learn and execute dance exercises including centre and corner work, paralleling the structure and content found in full-time dance training or dance auditions.  These exercises are carefully designed to target areas for improvement and will build in complexity over the course of the year.  Each student will be given specific feedback to ensure that the programme is catering for their own individual areas for development.  The class will culminate in learning a routine which is designed to increase the student’s ability to pick up and retain movement, as well as giving them an opportunity to try different dance styles.

At certain times of the year, the group will work on a performance piece.

Tuesday 6:00 - 7:00pm

BIGLITTLE Studios
Christchurch

 
 

 

INTERMEDIATE PERFORMANCE DANCE

BOYS & GIRLS
[SEPARATE BOYS & GIRLS CLASSES ARE HELD FOR STUDENTS WHO ARE ALSO MEMBERS OF THE LIMELIGHT YOUTH THEATRE COMPANY]
AGES : YEAR 7 - 9

This Performance Dance class is a great class for students to continue to develop their knowledge, skills and technique in a variety of dance styles including Ballet, Contemporary, Jazz and Urban dance.

Sessions will begin with a cardio warm up and strengthening exercises to increase general fitness.  Following this, students will learn and execute dance exercises including centre and corner work, paralleling the structure and content found in full-time dance training or dance auditions.  These exercises are carefully designed to target areas for improvement and will build in complexity over the course of the year.

Each student will be given specific feedback to ensure that the programme is catering for their own individual areas for development.  The class will culminate in learning a routine which is designed to increase the student’s ability to pick up and retain movement, as well as giving them an opportunity to try different dance styles.

At certain times of the year, the group will work on a performance piece.

Tuesday 5:00 - 6:00pm
BOYS & GIRLS NON YOUTH THEATRE

TUESDAY 7:00 - 8:00pm
YOUTH THEATRE GIRLS

TUESDAY 8:00 - 9:00pm
YOUTH THEATRE BOYS

BIGLITTLE Studios
Christchurch

 
 

 

SENIOR PERFORMANCE DANCE

BOYS & GIRLS [SEPARATE CLASSES see opposite]
AGES : YEAR 10 and above

This class aims to develop excellence in performance dance at an senior level, specifically catering for boys & girls dance technique in separate class.

The class provides students with the opportunity to work at an advanced pace in a vibrant and focused environment of all boys, helping to improve technical and performance skills in dance. These classes cover different styles of dance including jazz, lyrical, contemporary, and musical theatre, helping students to broaden their knowledge of different styles of dance. 

Each student will be given specific feedback to ensure that the programme is catering for their own individual areas for development.  The class will culminate in learning a routine which is designed to increase the student’s ability to pick up and retain movement, as well as giving them an opportunity to try different dance styles.

At certain times of the year, the group will work on a performance piece.

MONDAY 5:15 - 6:15pm
BOYS

MONDAY 6:15 - 7:15pm
GIRLS

BIGLITTLE Studios
Christchurch

 
 

 

ADVANCED PERFORMANCE DANCE

BOYS & GIRLS [SEPARATE CLASSES see opposite]
AGES : YEAR 10 and above [subject to ability]

This class aims to develop excellence in performance dance at an advanced level, specifically catering for boys & girls dance technique in separate class.

The class provides students with the opportunity to work at an advanced pace in a vibrant and focused environment of all boys, helping to improve technical and performance skills in dance. These classes cover different styles of dance including jazz, lyrical, contemporary, and musical theatre, helping students to broaden their knowledge of different styles of dance. 

Each student will be given specific feedback to ensure that the programme is catering for their own individual areas for development.  The class will culminate in learning a routine which is designed to increase the student’s ability to pick up and retain movement, as well as giving them an opportunity to try different dance styles.

At certain times of the year, the group will work on a performance piece.

MONDAY 7:15 - 8:15pm
BOYS

MONDAY 8:15 - 9:15pm
GIRLS

BIGLITTLE Studios
Christchurch

 
 

 

PERFORMANCE BALLET - Intermediate

BOYS & GIRLS
AGES : YEAR 6 and above [subject to ability]

Performance Ballet classes are designed to enable students to concentrate on the very essential disciplines required by ballet in a non-syllabus environment. These very popular sessions boost confidence, skills and techniques, without the additional pressure of examinations. Students will enjoy ballet, dancing to a more contemporary range of modern and popular music.

Taught in association with Jamie-Lee Dance Academy by Lizzie Martin who trained at Bird College, London and following a successful career as a performer is now a qualified teacher. - these very popular sessions boost confidence, skills and techniques, without the additional pressure of examinations. This class is suitable for both boys and girls in year 6 and above.

At certain times of the year, the group will work on a performance piece.

THURSDAY 5:15 - 6:15pm

BIGLITTLE Studios
Christchurch

 
 

 

PERFORMANCE BALLET - Senior

BOYS & GIRLS
AGES : YEAR 10 and above [subject to ability]

Performance Ballet classes are designed to enable students to concentrate on the very essential disciplines required by ballet in a non-syllabus environment. These very popular sessions boost confidence, skills and techniques, without the additional pressure of examinations. Students will enjoy ballet, dancing to a more contemporary range of modern and popular music.

Taught in association with Jamie-Lee Dance Academy by Lizzie Martin who trained at Bird College, London and following a successful career as a performer is now a qualified teacher. - these very popular sessions boost confidence, skills and techniques, without the additional pressure of examinations. This class is suitable for both boys and girls in year 10 and above, subject to ability.

At certain times of the year, the group will work on a performance piece.

THURSDAY 8:00 - 9:00pm

BIGLITTLE Studios
Christchurch

 
 

 

ACRO DANCE - Intermediate

BOYS & GIRLS
AGES : YEAR 6 and above [subject to ability]

Acrobatic Arts is the beautiful fusion of the artistic motion of dance and the athleticism of acrobatics. It’s unique choreography seamlessly blends dance and acrobatics. It promotes excellence in tumbling, flexibility, strength, balance, contortion and group/partner tricks whilst improving confidence and coordination.

Taught in association with Jamie-Lee Dance Academy by Lizzie Martin who trained at Bird College, London and following a successful career as a performer is now a qualified teacher. The importance of strength and flexibility for performers is clear to Lizzie which is why she teaches Acrobatic Arts. The Acrobatic Arts program not only enhances children’s dance skills but also enables them to work on their strength and improve the condition of their bodies. This in turn facilitates dance movement and performances.

THURSDAY 6.15 - 7.00pm

BIGLITTLE Studios
Christchurch

 
 

 

ACRO DANCE - Senior

BOYS & GIRLS
AGES : YEAR 10 and above [subject to ability]

Acrobatic Arts is the beautiful fusion of the artistic motion of dance and the athleticism of acrobatics. It’s unique choreography seamlessly blends dance and acrobatics. It promotes excellence in tumbling, flexibility, strength, balance, contortion and group/partner tricks whilst improving confidence and coordination.

Taught in association with Jamie-Lee Dance Academy by Lizzie Martin who trained at Bird College, London and following a successful career as a performer is now a qualified teacher. The importance of strength and flexibility for performers is clear to Lizzie which is why she teaches Acrobatic Arts. The Acrobatic Arts program not only enhances children’s dance skills but also enables them to work on their strength and improve the condition of their bodies. This in turn facilitates dance movement and performances.

THURSDAY 7:00 - 8:00pm

BIGLITTLE Studios
Christchurch