Classes

 

Ballet

Cecchetti Method of Classical Ballet

 

Ballet is the basis for all dance styles. All students in the Aspire Dance Academy are strongly encouraged to take up Ballet in addition to other dance classes in the Aspire Dance Academy.

The main Ballet technique teaches in the Aspire Dance Academy is the Cecchetti Method of Classical Ballet, which recognized and known world wide. Many famous dancers, including Anna Pavlova and Vaslav Nijinsky were being taught by Maestro Enrico Cecchetti (whom was a famous Ballet Master in the Diaghilev's company).The Cecchetti Method of classical Ballet is also widely used by many Ballet companies around the world, including The National Ballet of Canada.

The Cecchetti Method of Classical Ballet always aims to maintain the high standards and quality of dance in the dance world. Therefore, the Cecchetti Examinations are designed to give students and teachers specific goals to work toward and to maintain standards of development consistent with international standards. Cecchetti Examinations are included Class Examinations (for students to develop sense of performance and dance quality), Grade Examinations (more technically demanding and leading to vocational recognition), Major Examinations (career oriented), and Teaching Qualifications (for students who wish to train to become Cecchetti teachers).

 

Singing

 

 

Kat Stephens uses the Speech Level Singing methodology of singing to encourage balance and even registration, in her pupil’s singing voices, even from the earliest of ages!  Good vocal technique is the strongest foundation for any singer.  Key topics of the lessons are:-
Microphone Technique
Choreography
Performing and performance techniques
Style
Ad-libbing
Singing in Harmony
Diverse repertoire & understanding of vocal requirements for different genres

“I want all our singers to thoroughly enjoy their classes, have fun, experiment, enjoy making different sounds together, and ultimately give performances that touch and enrich people’s lives”

 

 

Drama

 

Drama classes at Aspire Arts Academy offer an exceptional environment to help inspire and develop young people into the wonderful world of acting. Not only will these classes provide a fun, exciting atmosphere that will encourage confidence, self-esteem and self-expression, they will also increase the students acting capabilities and experience though various drama based games, script work, improvisation and voice control.

 

We offer drama classes for years 1-6 in our Junior Drama and years 7-13 in our Senior classes, both led by professional actor and teacher James Driver. So, whether you want to pursue acting as a future career or simply want to enjoy a friendly, supportive atmosphere to make friends with likeminded individuals, come along to a taster session and try it out. You’ll be sure to love it!

 

 

African Drumming

 

 

African drumming encourages creativity and self-expression along with focusing concentration. As well as being challenging, it’s really great fun and the children won’t be able to help themselves from getting carried away with the excitement of drumming together! Children will be energised and inspired by playing authentic rhythms from West Africa (Senegal, Mali, Guinea, Ghana).

 

Commercial Dance

 

Our commercial dance classes will incorporate dance that you would usually see in music videos, concerts, live stage shows, commercials & movies.  There are many different styles of dance that can be worked into the commercial category, such as hip hop, jazz, locking, popping, breakdancing, krumping, and more. Sometimes, you'll find ballet and ballroom thrown into the mix, although "street dance" is more common. Generally speaking, commercial dance is super fun and super entertaining. Our dance routines will be performed to the latest pop, r’n’b and chart music:- Rhianna, Beyonce, Justin Timberlake for example.
The class is great for getting fit and boosting self-confidence!

 

Adult Ballet Classes

 

The adult ballet class is a non- syllabus based dance class which is designed to provide an introduction to dance movements for everyone at all levels who wish to dance. Many people dream about doing ballet but never had a chance to do it when they were young. One of the purposes of the adult ballet is to make these people's dreams come true while they are also having a chance to tone up their body. Classes are taught by highly qualified and experienced ballet teacher and it is suitable for absolute beginners and for those with some ballet background. In the adult ballet class, you will benefit from having a tone and fit body, as well as gain a good understanding of some ballet steps, techniques and vocabularies. This is a mixed level class with emphasis on enjoyment and fun. Always remember, it is never too late to start Ballet!

 

Songbirds

 

This friendly, encouraging and social group has a broad repertoire of songs sung in two, three and four part
harmony from classics to beautiful ballads and arrangements from films and shows.  It’s an excellent opportunity to make friends, make music and have a lot of fun.   The group is truly open to all, there are no auditions and the ability to read music is not a requirement.  What is needed is a love of singing and a willingness to ‘give it a try’.

 

The Songbirds enjoy performing at private and public events and support community groups and charities. 

 

 “Singing in a group is such an uplifting and enjoyable pastime, you can’t beat it! Everyone can sing, and by learning some basic techniques you can improve your voice dramatically and increase your vocal confidence.  You can join at any time throughout the term, so why not come and give us a try and release your inner performer!”

 

Adult Drama Classes

 

 

Adult acting classes at Aspire aim to be a fun environment where you can come and try something new or develop existing skills you may already possess. Acting classes are not just about Drama. The skills you will learn can help you in everyday life, whether it be public speaking, delivering presentations, or just feeling a bit more confident in yourself. 

 

You’ll have the opportunity to meet new people and develop this range of transferable skills. The sessions will be taught in a relaxed and informal manner, creating the opportunity to make friends and learn new skills.

 

Typically, the sessions will include many different elements; physical and vocal warm- ups, script work, improvisation, Voice control, physical theatre, script writing and stage combat (although I wouldn’t recommend you transfer the latter skill to the workplace!)

 

You don’t need to be a great actor, or indeed have any previous experience at all. All you need is enthusiasm and an “I’ll give it a go” attitude.

 

Classes Schedule

 

 

 

 

 

Time

Duration

Class

Age

Location

Teacher

Day

3.30 – 4.15
45 mins
Ballet/Tap/Modern
(Rec, Yr 1&2)
Towcester C of E
Miss Lianne
Mondays
4.30 – 5.15
45 mins
Ballet/Tap
Nursery & Reception
NHPS – Dance Drama
Miss Lianne
Mondays
5.15 – 6.15
60 mins
Ballet/Tap/Modern
Yr 1-3
NHPS – Dance Drama
Miss Lianne
Mondays
6.15 – 7.00
45 mins
Ballet
Adults
NHPS – Dance Drama
Miss Lianne
Mondays
4.30 – 5.30
60 mins
African Drumming
Yr 1-6
NHPS – Hall
Keba
Mondays
7.45 – 9.15
90 Mins
Songbirds (Ladies Group)
Adults
NHPS – Dance Drama
Kat
Mondays
4.30 – 5.00
30 mins
Commercial Dance
Nursery & Reception
NHPS Dance Drama
Mark
Tuesdays
5.00 – 5.45
45 mins
Boys Street Dance
Yr 1-13
NHPS Dance Drama
Lauren
Tuesdays
5.45 – 6.45
60 mins
Commercial Dance
Yr 1-6
NHPS Dance Drama
Mark
Tuesdays
7.00 – 8.00
60 mins
Commercial Dance
Yr 7-13
NHPS Dance Drama
Mark
Tuesdays
8.00 – 9.00
60 mins
Commercial Dance
Adults
NHPS Dance Drama
Mark
Tuesdays
4.30 – 5.00
30 mins
Junior Singing
Yr 1-6
NHPS - Hall
Kat
Tuesdays
5.00 – 5.30
30 mins
Junior Drama
Yr 1-6
NHPS - Hall
Kat & Mr Driver
Tuesdays
5.30 – 6.15
45 mins
Senior Drama
Yr 7-13
NHPS - Hall
Kat & Mr Driver
Tuesdays
6.15 – 7.00
45 mins
Senior Singing
Yr 7-13
NHPS - Hall
Kat & Mr Driver
Tuesdays
7.45 – 9.15
90 Mins
Drama
Adults
NHPS Hall
Mr Driver
Wednesdays