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Modern Theatre classes involve technical training of strong lines, leaps, jumps, turns and kicks. Styles explored include lyrical, contemporary and jazz, while ISTD Syllabus work is followed to give students the option of graded examinations.
Our Ballet programme follows the world renowned ISTD Imperial Ballet syllabus. Classical technique and repertoire builds through progressive graded examinations which can be built upon to lead to formal teaching qualifications.
Effective progressions make up this program focusing on the five divisions of AcroDance: Flexibility, Strength, Balancing, Limbering and Tumbling. Developed with dance at the forefront AcroDance takes dancers through the skills needed for advanced choreography and current dance trends in the competitive and performance world.
A progressive syllabus to create well rounded aerialists using the hoop. This class is combined with our Acro class and is best taken alongside a dance class also to allow students to achieve best results in training skill, strength, flexibility, artistry, safety and spatial awareness. ESPA teachers are thrilled to be the first to bring this incredible programme to Ireland, as Kate and Katie are the first two certified teachers in the country with Aerial Arts!
Contemporary/ Lyrical classes are based on classical technique combined with leaps, turns, kicks, isolations and release work . Lyrical dance is fluid in nature, sometimes referred to as Jazz Ballet and is expressive and emotive. As a certified ISTD AND ID Company Contemporary School, we also work through a progressive syllabus of contemporary dance to develop dancers understanding of key foundations of movement.
Students of contemporary dance have a better understanding of movement and physical awareness and develop physical abilities which are in an expressive and artistic way. Exams up to vocational level are available to our students.
Musical theatre– focusing on specific training in musical theatre style production pieces which include singing, dance movement and acting. This class develops versatility in the arts as it focuses on combining the three main elements of performance arts.
ESPA Students are also offered the chance to take their Musical Theatre examinations with the Irish Board of Speech and Drama.
Open to all ages from 4yrs+.
Developing confidence and encouraging creativity and imagination, Drama modules incorporate improvisation, mime, script work, vocal training and acting skills.
Students will also learn from the Irish Board of Speech and Drama syllabus and be afforded opportunities to take graded examinations. We are thrilled to boast a 100% pass rate in IBSD examinations among ESPA students!
Mini Stars! is our very special introductory class for our very youngest performers. Combining modern dance and ballet with small elements of Acro and drama/ singing, children will explore multiple genres of performing arts. As they grow older with the school, this will then allow them to make informed decisions as to which path of performance they would like to follow and choose specialised classes in their chosen style.
Hip Hop is a popular form of dance that comes under the umbrella of Street Dance. Made popular by dance crews in America in the 1970's with breakin', poppin' and lockin' elements, hip hop crews have exploded in popularity! Come join the crew!