LEARNING CURVES DANCE has been teaching children in the Solihull area since 1998 and offers a wide range of dance styles and opportunities for girls and boys from the age of 5 through to adults.
(L-R Laura Matthews, Katie Baker, Elise Packard, Toni Hansbury - Principal, Lian Fisher - Director, Jenn Francis - Principal, Amber Coughlan, Sophie James, Danni Seymour)
Our dance styles are endless!
We offer IDTA exams based on Freestyle, Street, Jazz and Lyrical work. These are core subjects in the world of dance, and means you have the opportunity to demonstrate your skills in front of professional IDTA examiners (past examiners include Anna Jones, President of the IDTA and Dawn Parker Chairman of the IDTA Freestyle Branch). Each child receives a certificate, award and grade sheet with details about their exam.
Recently Learning Curves Dance has expanded to offer Cheer Rosette sessions with the IDTA. Meaning that we can now offer our cheer students from as young as four years of age to take IDTA examinations.
We also include elements of Ballet, Eastern, Cheerleading and Latin, in some of our classes and Performing Arts Project! All classes work towards our biennial shows at the Mac Theatre or the Core Theatre, and this gives them the chance to use props such as jazz canes, pom poms, chairs, dance ribbons and much much more!
Learning Curves Dance is also home to the LC Elite Cheerleaders! Cheerleading has become particularly big in Britain in recent years and is a fun way to gain new skills whilst working as a team. The LC Elite Cheerleaders include all the elements of cheer: motions, vocal cheers, tumbles and stunts. Most importantly they also get involved in the community, supporting local events, assisting the Mayor of Solihull, fundraising for local and national charities and supporting runners at local and national marathons.
If you're thinking of studying dance at further and higher education level, then how about giving Contemporary dance a go! JEMz Contemporary focuses on expanding on the idea of dance; giving meaning to movement. JEMz Contemporary uses a variety of Contemporary Dance techniques. Taking a base in Release and Contact work the JEMz also use Cunningham, Graham and Horton Technique as well as developing their own style and brand of contemporary dance. Our Contemporary teachers also have a passion for contextual and historical dance work-a definite 'must' for students of dance!
All of our classes are strictly structured in accordance with health and safety.
All of our classes adhere to the following guidelines:
There is AT LEAST one IDTA qualified instructor leading the class, who is present in the room at all times. This instructor is over 18, first aid trained, DBS checked, and has their own additional and personal dance insurance. There may also be one or more demonstrators present to assist with dance classes. Our demonstrators are our top dancers in the school and over 15 years old.
Our instructors are all aware of health and safety and risk assessment, we have an anti bullying policy and first aid kit on site at all times.
An instructor may also have additional qualifications such as:
- I.S.T.D. (Imperial Society for Teachers of Dance)
- R.S.A. (Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts)
- A levels, AS levels GNVQs, BTech qualifications
- BA (Hons) in relevant areas of performance or marketing management
- NCSSE/BCA Training
- Acrobatic Arts Training
- We also make an effort to attend regular training sessions and dance seminars with the IDTA and ISTD to further our own knowledge of dance, and keep a variety of current dance awareness in our classes
We are also a Recognised School of the Council for Dance Education and training (CDET). Schools applying must meet all nine requirements of the RS status. Until now there has been no means of confirming that dance schools meet even the most basic standards of professional practice and students have had no indication of the quality of service they can expect. The CDET RS mark has been introduced to provide that assurance, and we are proud to hold this status.
OPPORTUNITIES WE OFFER
After School and Curriculum Classes
Here at Learning Curves Dance we do our best to offer new and exciting opportunities to as many people as possible!
Knowle Academy (separate clubs for years 1 + 2, years 3 + 4 and years 5 + 6)
Peterbrook Primary School (years 1-6 - separate clubs for Infants Dance, Junior Dance, Street Dance & Cheerleading)
Widney Junior School (years 3-6)
George Fentham Primary School (years 1-6)
Hockley Heath Primary School (years 1-6)
Sharmans Cross Junior School (years 3-6)
Bentley Heath Primary School (years 1-6)
Arden School (years 7-11)
EXTRA CURRICULAR DANCE
International Dance Teachers' Association Examinations
Urban Legendz Street Dance classes also have the opportunity to take IDTA examinations in this unique dance style. Plus we are now pleased to offer our youngest students, the LC Elite Cheeky Cheerleaders, the opportunity to take Cheerleading Rosettes!
Performing Arts Project and Show
Bored in your school holidays? Our Performing Arts Workshops and Shows give you everything you need to keep you and everyone around you entertained in your time off! A three day workshop of dance, drama, singing and musical theatre with a show at the end, we have something for everyone! In association with our Sister Company StarStruck Performing Arts, we provide a range of dance styles, from Street dance and Latin to Ballet and Contemporary.
Not to mention stage crafts such as experimental theatre, musical theatre, breathing and singing techniques and script work! With a talent show in each age category (under 8's, 9-11's and 12+), everyone has the choice to show us their own moves or acting! Everyone who attends is awarded a certificate and trophy, and there is the opportunity to gain more certificates and top trophies in our awards presentation during the end of week show!
To book your place on the next Performing Arts Project download a form from the class timetables section of the website.
SHOWS, FESTIVALS AND PERFORMANCES
Showcases and Shows
Here we have our annual awards ceremony which include medallist of the year in five classes, the Jo Burton O'Donnell trophy (for the most talented dancer, named after our sadly missed dancer Jo who died in a car accident in 2003), two student of the year awards, the LC Elite trophy for Team Spirit and the ever prestigious MISS LEARNING CURVES which is awarded to a promising up and coming role model in the school.
Students also prepare for and perform at regular showcases at the Saint Martin's School Arts Centre.
Our JEMz Advanced Contemporary Team also perform each year with Mardi Gras Promotions.
Symphony Hall, Birmingham
Since 2007 Learning Curves have had the fantastic opportunity to perform with Dorridge Music School at their annual concert at The Symphony Hall, Birmingham. The opportunity for our students to perform with live music is a unique experience. Past performances have included Thriller, Abba Medley, Phantom of the Opera and Hairspray.
Recently we have had the pleasure of performing with Chance2Dance, a local company who hire theatres all over the country for dance schools to showcase their work. For the first time in 2015 JEMz Contemporary took 40 students to perform with Chance2Dance at the Birmingham Hippodrome. We have be returned to the Hippodrome each year and our LC Elite Allstars Squad have also performed with Chance2Dance at Alton Towers and other venues.
So whatever your passion, if you'd like to try something new, would like to showcase your talents, gain exams for your dancing, or just looking for a place to put all that energy to good use, Learning Curves Dance is the place for you, come and join us and we can give you that Platform to Perform!