VENUE - Danesfield Hall, Marlow, Buckinghamshire
Academy One classes run on a Saturday from 9am-2.00pm in Danesfield School Hall, Marlow, Buckinghamshire.
RAD (Royal Academy of Dance) ballet work takes place on a Thursday.
The select competition team additionally train on a Friday and Tuesday evening.
Our hall is nice and big with outdoor access and a built in sound system. Academy also owns an air track which is very useful for the girls to get comfortable practicing new skills and tricks in class. An air track is a soft, sprung inflated track for softer landings and more height. Private lessons are discussed individually and timetabled privately between myself and the parent. Recommended Academy ages are 6+. Our training is done in an extremely fun environment but is also very professional and aiming to get the very best out of the girls.
1 Free trial lesson for each class
Saturdays: Class 1 Commercial: 9-10 | Class 2 Technical Jazz 10.10-11.10 | Class 3 Lyrical/Contemporary 11.20-12.20 | ACADEMY INTERS 12.30-2.00(AGES 6/7-9/10) Fridays: MINI ACADEMY 4.20-5.20pm (AGES 3-5/6) | Elite competition team training 5.30-7.30
Mondays: RAD BALLET CLASSES AND POINTE WORK between 3.50pm-9pm
Wednesdays: TAP classes between 4.15-6.15pm | ACRO classes between 6-8.40pm |
SKILL TECH 5-5.45pm (over 10s only)
Tuesdays: Elite competition team private lesson rota
Academy one dance company currently has a waitlist for all new dancers. Please get your name added to the waitlist to trial your desired classes ASAP, to aviod dissapointment when spaces open up. Certain RAD ballet classes and ISTD tap classes have a few spaces for an imediate start date. Along with available spaces for all under 10s. Please head to the contact page and contact us to enquire.
Class 1 Commercial
Commercial is a style of dance that is often compared to hip hop and street dance. Commercial dance is one of the biggest and most current styles of dance around. It can be seen on everything from X Factor backing dancing to backing dancing on an artist tour to music videos and much more. I work as a professional commercial dancer and this includes anything from dancing for famous artists in music videos/ on stage/ TV/ events etc. The most current artists i have danced for would be girl band Little Mix. Sharing this knowledge and passion with younger aspiring dancers is very important to me and most importantly great fun. As I am still working professionally, aiming for bigger things each year. The girls get to learn it first hand and be current in the dance industry today.
AODC MINI AND INTER ACADEMY
These intense weekly classes give my younger ones my full attention. All 3 styles above will be taught and the class will focus on their technique, flexibility, tricks and performance quality in order to develop in to the best trained dancers possible. Academy Minis are ages between 3 and 5. Academy inters are ages between 6 and 9 (in some cases 10). Once the children turn 10 or in some cases 11 they will move up with a selection of main class styles to choose from.
I feel my dancers benefit greatly by having a weekly acrobatics class because it gives them that dedicated time each week to put their new found flexibility and technique in to practice whilst working on harder skills. AODC acro classes cover a number of different elements. Body conditioning and strength which is incredibly important for a dancer. Extra weekly focus on stretch and flexibility. Skills and combos, Individual focus on individual tricks each dancer is working towards, along with exam work which is working towards acrobatic grades. Classes are split by age and ability and all run on a wednesday with my incredible acro coach Hayley. We currently have an 100% distinction pass rate in the acrobatic arts syllabus.
ISTD TAP CLASSES
Tap is one of my all time favFavourite styles of dancing. I feel it is super beneficial in a dancers training as tap teaches very important things such as musicality and rhythm. AODC tap classes are currently free work teaching a non graded syllabus and focus on tap technique. From January 2023 classes will be divided up in to TAP ISTD grades. I am very confident the AODC tap faculty will be delivering the highest standard of classes in the area.
Skill tech is a 45 minuet class open to all AODC dancers. Skill tech can not be taken alone and another main weekly AODC class must be taken along side it (excluding ballet and tap). Skill tech works on 1 dance skill closely for 7 weeks at a time before moving on to the next. Its there to help strengthen and advance specific dance skills, tricks and technique gaining confidence, knowledge and growth
Class 2 Technical Jazz
Class 2 is a technical jazz class. This is they style of dance for those serious about their dance training, making them stronger dancers. I have trained in this style from the age of 2 and competed with it since the age of 6. This type of dance is worked on by those in the west-end, those dancing on the big cruise ships and is one of the most important styles of dance. If you and your children are familiar with the TV show 'Dance Moms' this is very much a 'Dance Moms' style class. It will work on the child's flexibility, performance quality, technique and help shape them in to a well rounded and better dancer learning everything currently going on in this style in the competition world to date.
Class 3 Lyrical Contemporary
Lyrical Contemporary work's very closely with class number 2. It's also a dance style involved very heavily with the show 'Dance Moms' and is developed from all the classical genres i.e. ballet. This is a slower style and a very expressive style. It will work on the skill of telling a story though your dancing whilst dancing at a high skill. Including turns, tricks, Kicks, flexibility and technique.
ELITE COMPETITION TEAM
Girls in academy training will always be considered for teams first. To compete on my AODC team, taking academy classes 2&3 for the older ones and mini academy for the younger ones is compulsory. Along with following the weekly private lesson schedule and attending weekly 2 hour comp training sessions. Competitions take place up and down the country each month, where the girls attend to compete throughout different genres in their age divisions. The girls in academy training can be selected for the comp team by showing improvement, dedication and hard work week by week. All my comp teams are hand selected by myself and i am always looking for girls with great week ethic and vast improvement to join at any given moment.
RAD BALLET CLASSES
Ballet is super important to me to hold at AODC as is the foundation for all our dance styles. AODC offer's the RAD ballet syllabus, coaching the girls to complete their exams to the highest standard possible. Helping them to be well rounded technical dancers. Along with ballet free work and opportunities to advance to point work. Like all RAD classes we wear the set approved royal academy of dance leotards, as apposed to my AODC attire like the other classes. My 2 ballet coaches Madeline and Livi take over my ballet classes here at AODC. I am super lucky to have both Madelaine and Livi take on ballet at such a great standard with many students entered for their exams at an 100% success rate.