About Us

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.

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Instructors at the end of the 2017 show at the Mac theatre in Birmingham

(L-R Laura Matthews, Katie Baker, Elise Packard, Toni Hansbury - Principal, Lian Fisher - Director, Jenn Francis - Principal, Amber Coughlan, Sophie James, Danni Seymour) 

DANCE STYLES!

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.

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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.

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Our LC Elite Allstars also perform at exciting venues such as Alton Towers and Disneyland Paris! Know a young budding cheerleader? Why not start them out in cheeky cheer? All the basics for 4-6 year olds.

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!

QUALIFICATIONS AND POLICIES

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:

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!

We provide a range of services for schools in the Solihull area, most prominently After School Clubs, Before School Clubs and Lunchtime Clubs. We offer an hour of dance in your school halls. This is reserved exclusively for children of that particular school, and is centred on FUN! With exciting dance routines to perform in your school assembly, dance competitions with trophies and prizes, and weekly certificates, our After School clubs are some of the most popular around! Learning Curves Dance provide After School Clubs at the following Schools:

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)

 

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We also provide PPA classes within the school curriculum, mainly keystage 2, teaching the foundation of dance and the importance of exercise. We are available to provide workshops within your schools as part of Creative Arts weeks, PE weeks etc. where we provide anything between one hour and a weeks worth of dance classes. We can focus on a particular subject to fit in with a theme, for example Flamenco, Eastern, Cheerleading, Contemporary, Street, Jazz etc. Workshops can focus on a particular era with dance reflecting war time syllabus, or can prepare students for performances to the rest of the school. Props can be included during the workshops and each participant is awarded a certificates. Previously we have been asked to help with the creation of dances for end of year shows in schools, and are able to provide our services within school hours to choreograph routines for your students.

 

EXTRA CURRICULAR DANCE

International Dance Teachers' Association Examinations

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Twice a year our medal class students have the option to take solo freestyle based exams in front of an IDTA examiner. Working their way through the syllabus, students perform a range of dances depending on the grade they are on, and earn certificates and trophies. With over half of the school regularly achieving top marks 'Honours', the exam days prove to be extremely successful.

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

Every child in the School has the chance to take part in our biennial show at the Mac Theatre in Birmingham or The Core Theatre in Solihull, to showcase their talents and routines they have been working on.

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.

London Performances

Every year we put forward the opportunity for two teams to dance with the prestigious Mardi Gras Promotions who organise and produce sensational shows on some of the most spectacular stages in the UK. Learning Curves has performed every year since 2003 at top London venues including Her Majesty's Theatre, Sadler's Wells Theatre and our favourite, the Royal Albert Hall! The Super Team (9-18) are hand picked through auditions approximately a year before the performance, and each year the teams seem to be getting bigger! We work hard all year to choreograph a routine to iconic music, which thrills and entertains the entire audience, and not just Learning Curves supporters! Costume and make up are an essential part of our Mardi Gras Performance, and what with finale routines to learn when we get there, a dress rehearsal and a photo shoot with the evenings host (in the past we have had James Argent (TOWIE), Mark Curry, Summer Stallen (Maria from 'The Sound of Music', Hollyoaks) and Bonnie Langford!) a day at Mardi Gras is exciting for all!

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.

Chance2Dance, Nationwide.

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!