Ballet originated in the Italian courts of the 15th century and was further developed in France and Russia.
It is a poised style of dance that is the foundations for many other dance forms.
This style of dance is very hard to master and requires much practice especially when old enough to start pointe work.
Classes start at 3 ½ years, adult classes are available too.
Examinations can be taken in RAD Ballet (The Royal Academy of Dance).
Modern dance is a rhythmic dance style which originated in America before travelling to the rest of the world.
It can often be seen on the stages of musical productions and has many theatrical qualities.
The style uses travelling steps, high kicks, leaps and turns which all need strength and flexibility. This is a highly energetic dance style.
Classes start at 4/5 years
Examinations can be taken in I.S.T.D Modern (Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing).
Tap has evolved as an American dance form (although some say its origins come from African dance, Irish dance or clog dancing.
The dancer uses their feet to strike the floor, beating out different rhythms, with dancers wearing tap shoes which have small metal plates on the toe and heel to give the distinctive sound.
Tap dance is a theatrical art form which can often be seen on stage in musicals.
Classes start at 3 ½ years, adult classes are available at beginner, intermediate and advanced levels.
Examinations can be taken in I.S.T.D Tap (Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing).
Jazz has become one of the most popular dance styles in recent years, mainly due to television shows, movies, music videos and commercials.
Jazz dancing is energetic and fun, consisting of unique moves, fancy footwork, big leaps and quick turns.
The Jazz Awards examinations provide a basic grounding in modern jazz, and are ideal for the late beginner or as a fun complement to other styles.
Classes start at 9 years, adult classes available too.
Examinations can be taken in I.S.T.D. Jazz (Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing).