After School Classes
Develop your child’s confidence, co-ordination and skills in a fun and friendly environment with training in all aspects of the performing arts under one roof. We invite aspiring performers of all ages, gender and skill levels to join The Theatre Factory family and share our passion for dance and musical theatre by attending our after school or weekend classes. Whether you choose to do one class per week for fun, a basic musical theatre package for a more rounded experience or have a package of classes tailored to you, our professional and qualified staff will deliver not only quality training that will give students the option to pursue a career in dance and/or musical theatre but a valuable life experience. Classes available after school and weekends
- Classical Ballet (RAD)
- Acrobatics and Cheerleading
- DANCE START (Tiny tots)
- Adult Classes
- Private Coaching
Our age groups reflect the school age/grade system to maintain the cognitive learning and development that occurs in schools.
Classes begin from Dance Start tiny tots (2-4years), Prep-Prep and through to Secondary school ages and Vocational Education Training.
CLASSICAL BALLET CLASSES
Classical Ballet – is one of the oldest and most elegant forms of dance. Classical Ballet is based on a technique that develops strength, flexibility, line, correct posture and grace which is fundamental to a dancer’s development and vital for anyone who is serious about their dancing. The discipline learned and developed as part of Classical ballet training can play a vital role in a child’s intellectual development. It encourages careful planning, goal setting, patience and self-motivation which are beneficial to all aspects of life.
In Ballet we are watching the human body at its most beautiful; the training and making of dancers is concerned with the development of a body to as near perfect as it is possible to become. We also offer pointe classes to take their classical training a step further into the beautiful world of dancing on pointe shoes, which strengthens the feet, core and builds confidence in the ability to perform. Two training methods are used at The Theatre Factory.
Devised by The Royal Academy of Dancing in London. The RAD syllabus is internationally acclaimed and has been carefully structured to give optimal training for each stage of physical development in its students.
The ADV Training Programme.
JAZZ DANCE CLASSES
Jazz Dance – an all encompassing term applied to the many and varied styles of dance made popular through modern music and the desire to move to it. Needless to say this is a very popular choice for a dance class as it is set to popular music and is constantly being updated.
We also offer a specialised class in Hip Hop as one of the more current styles of dance, which involves a unique set of moves including pop and lock, tricks, and RnB style movement. It teaches rhythm, performance technique, confidence, flexibility, strength and coordination.
TAP DANCE CLASSES
This is a technique that has also seen the development of many different styles through the influence of modern music. From Fred Astaire to Tap Dogs this is a very fun style of dance to learn offering development in Rhythm, stamina, speed, elegance, coordination and musicality.
MUSICAL THEATRE CLASSES
Musical theatre is a form of theatre combining music, songs, spoken dialogue and dance. The emotional content of the piece – humour, pathos, love, anger – as well as the story itself, is communicated through the words, music, movement and technical aspects of the entertainment as an integrated whole. Since the early 20th century, musical theatre stage works have generally been simply called, “musicals”.
Every year the students of The Theatre Factory are invited to take part in a full length Musical production. From concept to performance, students are involved every step of the way including; Auditioning, Set and Costume design and construction, props, stage management, rehearsals, choreography, microphone technique and PERFORMANCE
The big secret is – what musical will we do this year?
DRAMA AND ACTING CLASSES
Drama – is a creative, purposeful and disciplined art. There are many elements of drama and in class students will learn the art of:
- Improvisation: the spontaneous response to the unfolding of an unexpected situation.
- Non-verbal communication: how the way a person presents themselves can inform you of their intentions.
- Character building: developing real characters based on knowledge, observation and imagination.
- Acting: developing a performance of a non-fictional or fictional character through study and observation.
Drama offers students the ability to express themselves in a controlled, cooperative environment encouraging positive self-esteem, confidence and high level communication skills.
CONTEMPORARY DANCE CLASSES
This dance style is often a favourite among students and dancers as it allows the dancer to experience their full range of motion and emotion. Contemporary dance principles include: centring, alignment, gravity, breath, contraction, release, fall and recovery, suspension, balance and off-balance, tension and relaxation, opposition and emotion. Contemporary dance draws on modern dance techniques (developed in the first sixty years of the 20th century) and an array of still developing philosophies of movement based on the study of the human body and body/mind inter-relationships.
Singing – offers instruction in all aspects of voice production, development and expression allowing students to gain confidence in recognising melody, harmony, tune and rhythm. Students will learn correct breathing, diction, how to extend their vocal range and be given coaching in repertoire selection and mastery. Students will gain knowledge in the presentation and delivery of “song” by investigating the meaning of lyrics and the mood of the music.
Acrobatics and Cheerleading classes, well suited to each other, are fun yet challenging and encourage team work, flexibility, strength and line which support and enhance the development of the dancer.