Frequently Asked Questions

Below are 20 questions that are asked most often. If you have any other questions then please contact us at info@learningcurvesdance.com or alternatively visit our contact page.

1. How long has Learning Curves been established?
2. What qualities does a Learning Curves Instructor need?
3. What is the general format of a class?
4. Who are the classes aimed at?
5. What abilities are the classes aimed at?
6. How will I find out if a class has been cancelled?
7. What is Contemporary dance?
8. What is Street dance?
9. What is Freestyle dance?
10. What is Jazz dance?
11. What is Lyrical dance?
12. What clothing do I wear to a Learning Curves dance class?
13. What shoes do I wear to a Learning Curves dance class?
14. How do I join?
15. How do I renew my place each term?
16. What opportunities are there for me at Learning Curves?
17. What is the Performing Arts Project?
18. What/when are the shows at the Solihull Arts Complex Theatre?
19. What is Mardi-Gras Promotions? How do I get involved in the Mardi Gras Teams at Learning Curves?
20. What are the IDTA Examinations and when are these held?


1. How long has Learning Curves been established?
Since 1998 – Visit our 'About Us' page for more information.

2. What qualities does a Learning Curves Instructor need?
All our instructors have knowledge in all areas of dance specifically in Freestyle, Lyrical, Jazz and Street as well as Contemporary, Cheerleading, Latin and Eastern. Continued training ensures that our instructors are always broadening their knowledge in all styles of dance, as well as regular refresher sessions regarding Health & Safety, First Aid, Child Protection etc. All our instructors are first aid trained and CRB checked! Visit our ‘Instructors’ page for specific information on each Learning Curves instructor.

3. What is the general format of a class?
Our After/Before School Classes & Fun Classes follow a very similar format that involves a Warm-Up, Technique Work, Competition, Routine Work, Competition Semi-Final, Cool-Down and Certificate presentation. However, this order may vary depending on the instructor and whether there are upcoming performances.
Our IDTA Exam classes follow a similar format that involves a Warm-Up, Technique Work, Routine Work, Performance to Fellow Students and Certificate Presentation. This may vary if an exam or performance is imminent.
For other classes such as Urban Street Dance, LC Elite Cheerleading and Contemporary Dance please visit the class page for detailed information on material that will be covered in classes.

4. Who are the classes aimed at?
They are aimed at anyone and everyone interested!
For more information on class content click here.

5. What abilities are the classes aimed at?
Ability can vary from class to class and some classes may be suited for all abilities, whereas others may be by recommendation or audition only. To find a class suitable for you then please email info@learningcurvesdance.com or alternatively visit the ‘Class Timetable Page’ for more information on individual classes.

6. How will I find out if a class has been canceled? (Occasionally due to bad weather or in the event of a problem with the building etc.)
We regularly update our Facebook page with any cancellations or notifications that we believe to be of importance. Become a Learning Curves friend on Facebook! We also update our website too!

7. What is Contemporary dance?
"Contemporary dance is the name for a modern concert dance genre. It is not a specific dance technique but a collection of methods developed from modern and post-modern dance and can take on many forms including dance fusion, emergent dance and revisionism." (Dance Central: 2011)
At Learning Curves our Contemporary instructors aim to instil in the students a passion for not only the physical movement but also the method and reasoning behind the movement. Their broad knowledge of choreographers such as Martha Graham, Merce Cunningham and Alvin Ailey, to name a few, help to ensure that different techniques to do with different areas of the body are thoroughly covered to ensure each movement is performed with poise and control. Both Contemporary Classes at Learning Curves offer our student’s excellent teaching in this very popular dance style. Whether you wish to improve your overall dance technique, you want to get ahead with GCSE/A Level practical dance requirements or want auditions ideas for any dance applications, these classes will put you through your paces.
For more information or to book your place in one of these classes visit the Contemporary page or call Jennie on 07747 865 729.

8. What is Street dance?
“Street dance, also called vernacular dance is an umbrella term, used to describe dance styles that evolved outside of dance studios in everyday spaces such as streets, school yards and nightclubs.” (Dance Central: 2011)
Our Street classes (Urban Legendz Juniors & Seniors) aim to bring the old school Street dance styles such as Poppin’ and Lockin’ and mix them with new styles such as Hip-Hop and Freestyle. For more information on the class please visit the class page.

9. What is Freestyle dance?
Freestyle Dance is an artistic dance form that co-ordinates accentuated body movements with a number of basic steps incorporating arm, head and hand positions and movements. Extension and projection are also important aspects of Freestyle dance. Presentation as with other forms of dance needs to be aesthetic to the eye in every possible detail. The three 'basic ingredients' of Freestyle Dance relating to solo work are runs, spins and kicks.
For more information on our Freestyle IDTA Examinations please contact Toni and Jennie on 07989 44 88 62 or visit the class page.

10. What is Jazz dance?
"A dance form or dance that is matched to the rhythms and techniques of jazz music"
In our IDTA Examination classes Jazz is a style that we believe should be demonstrated by our students. It is a style that involves a lot of control as well as a series of complicated steps. The movements are expressive and extension is very important.
For more information on our Freestyle IDTA Examinations please contact Jennie and Toni on 07989 44 88 62 or visit the class page.

11. What is Lyrical dance?
‘’Lyrical dance is a dance style that combines elements of ballet, modern, Jazz, and Tap dance techniques. It is commonly set to popular music with vocals or just instrumental bars.’’ (Dance Central: 2011)
For more information on our Freestyle IDTA Examinations please contact Toni and Jennie on 07989 44 88 62 or visit the class page.

12. What clothing do I wear to a Learning Curves dance class?
Clothing must be comfortable and breathable. Dancing will raise your body temperature causing you to sweat, therefore layers are advised in order to remove items when warming up and to replace items when cooling down to avoid injury. No Jeans! Clothing must be flexible and secure. For example, in our Contemporary classes it is vital that we can see ankles (no legwarmers) and lines of the body such as back and leg positions, therefore leggings and a leotard are advised. In our Street classes however the ‘grunge’ look is preferred and baggy trousers are perfect! Ask your teacher if you have any queries!
To purchase Learning Curves dancewear, please visit the LC Design Studio dancewear page.

13. What shoes do I wear to a Learning Curves dance class?
Depending on the dance style that is being covered in the class will decide what footwear to wear. It is advisable to bring all shoes to an Examination class as students will not be informed until the day what routine they will be working on. Below is an advised list of what to wear in each class. To purchase Dance footwear please visit the LC Design Studio dancewear page.
Freestyle/Technique – Jazz shoes, Bare Foot
Lyrical – Foot Undeez, Bare Foot, Ballet Shoes
Jazz – Jazz Shoes/Sneakers, Foot Undeez, Bare Foot
Street – Jazz Boots/Sneakers, Trainers
Contemporary – Foot Undeez, Bare Foot
Eastern – Foot Undeez, Bare Foot
Cheerleading – Jazz Boots/Sneakers, Trainers (Not High Tops)
Latin – Foot Undeez, Bare Foot, Ballet Shoes, Jazz shoes

14. How do I join?
Ring/Email to book your place in a class or visit our contact page. Ensure all new students fill out a New Student Consent form. Bring this with you to your first lesson.

15. How do I renew my place each term?
Come along to the first lesson each term and ensure you have your payment in before the date stated on the letters! If you were unable to get a letter or you were absent when they were handed out then visit the letter download page to avoid paying the late fee! If you are unable to make the first lesson back ensure you post your payment or alternatively set up an online PayPal account!

16. What opportunities are there for me at Learning Curves?
Every Learning Curves class is involved in our Annual show at the Solihull Arts Complex. We also have a number of different groups of dancers that perform at Fetes, Fairs, Festivals and Carnivals. As well as our Mardi Gras teams who perform at all of the above as well as at prestigious venues such as The Royal Albert Hall and Sadler’s Wells Theatre.

17. What is the Performing Arts Project?
The Performing Arts Project features instructors from Learning Curves Dance and is in association with our sister school, StarStruck Theatre School.
They offer dance styles from Freestyle, Contemporary and Street to Latin, Eastern and Jazz! As well as audition technique and advice for GCSE, A-Level and University applications! Drama skills such as improvisation, breath control, improvisation, singing, musical theatre and creating a character, experimental theatre and script work! Choose what you want to do or do everything, it's up to you! On the last day the groups take to the stage at 2:00pm. Family and friends are invited to come along and give all performers support! Everyone involved will take home a trophy and a certificate to keep, with additional trophies and certificates for outstanding contributions during the workshop! There will also be a tuck shop, talent competition and the opportunity to make new friends and discover your hidden talents! Visit the Holiday Club page for more information.

18. What/when are the shows at the Solihull Arts Complex Theatre?
At Learning Curves we pride ourselves on being professional and improving in every area therefore we feel that an annual/bi-annual show are mandatory to allow students to demonstrate their talents and show off what they have been working on in class time. It is important to allow the students to experience performing on a stage to their family and friends in order to promote confidence in their dancing.

19. What is Mardi Gras Promotions? How do I get involved in the Mardi Gras Teams at Learning Curves?
Mardi Gras Promotions are a company specialising in offering students the chance to take to a prestigious West End stage and perform to an audience of 6000 people.
At Learning Curves these students are selected by audition only and for the duration of the year we work towards the show at the Royal Albert Hall and after the performance we continue to perform, not only at the school’s annual show but also at local festivals and fetes. Dedication and team work are important attributes that all our team dancers must acquire to ensure that the end performance is energetic and enjoyable for the audience and team. Auditions for the teams are once a year for the performance the following year.
To be in our one of our Mardi Gras teams keep checking Facebook or the website for audition dates!

20. What are the IDTA Examinations and when are these held?
Our medal classes prepare students for examinations that are held twice a year to gain medal awards through the IDTA Freestyle syllabus. Our Dance classes offer a range of styles including Freestyle, Street, Jazz and Lyrical.
The International Dance Teachers’ Association (IDTA) is one of the world’s largest examination boards, covering the full spectrum of dance examinations on a global scale, with over 7,000 members in 55 countries. It offers a comprehensive range of examinations in all dance genres.
Classes may be subject to waiting lists so please call/email us for more information. We offer all new students a FREE taster session so there is no obligation to make the payment before you’ve had a go!