Classical Ballet

Classical Ballet originated in the Italian Renaissance courts of the 15th century. It is known for its aesthetics and rigorous technique such as pointe workturnout of the legs and high extensions, its flowing, precise movements, and its ethereal qualities. There are stylistic variations related to countries of origin, such as Russian balletFrench balletBritish ballet and Italian ballet. Many of the stylistic variations are associated with specific training methods that have been named after their originators. Despite these variations, the performance and vocabulary of classical ballet are largely consistent throughout the world. The Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) was formed in 1920 by 5 dance experts from different schools of ballet around the globe. Its syllabus is currently taught in 85 countries worldwide. 

Modern Dance

Modern Dance is a rhythmic dance style rooted in musical theatre, which originated in America. It is often seen in musical productions and is known for its dynamic theatrical qualities. The style uses travelling steps, high kicks, leaps and turns which all need strength and flexibility. The Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing (ISTD) Modern also incorporates jazz, lyrical and contemporary dance styles into its syllabus. Modern Dance defies a single permanent definition. This is largely due to its ability to adapt, develop and evolve with the changing fashion in dance. This is a highly energetic dance style.

Contemporary Dance

Contemporary Dance history has its roots in the 20th century when American dancers rebelled against the strict rules of ballet in order to develop a more natural way of dancing.  Contemporary Dance stems from the core, or torso, of the body and uses elements of contract, release, spiral, floor work, fall and recovery, partner work and improvisation. This evolving style has fast become one of the most dominant genres for dancers throughout the world.