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DOWNE HOUSE


Welcome to DH Dance At Downe House, girls have a passion for dance across all genres and we take great pride in being able to harness their enormous enthusiasm and develop their talents. We do this in several ways – through the appropriate dance syllabus, through extra-curricular outings to workshops and performances and through their own performance opportunities. The annual House Dance competition and Founder’s Weekend Dance Showcase bring together girls of all abilities and are a reflection of the sense of unity and pride in dance at the School. Most importantly, your daughter will be coached by teachers with a huge breadth of knowledge in teaching and choreography, who are excited to bring the joys of dance to girls who want to pursue their training here at Downe. We are dedicated to supporting your daughter’s dance journey. She will have many opportunities to build her technique, develop her creativity and gain an understanding of performance style. DH Dance has gone from strength to strength in recent years, creating some truly outstanding dancers. Whatever your daughter’s style of dance, we aim to inspire her to enjoy the physical and artistic expression, the discipline and sheer fun of the art form.

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Contents

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Introduction

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Dance Genres Ballet Overview of training and syllabus Class examinations Aims and Objectives Graded examinations in Ballet Aims and Objectives Syllabus – Grades 3 & 4 Syllabus – Grades 5 & 6 Dress requirements

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Contemporary Overview of training and syllabus Aims and Objectives Dress requirements

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Hip Hop Overview of training and syllabus Aims and Objectives Syllabus Dress requirements

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Modern Theatre Overview of training and syllabus Aims and Objectives Assessment criteria Syllabus Dress requirements Tap Overview of training and syllabus Aims and Objectives Assessment criteria Syllabus Dress requirements DH Dance Etiquette

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Ballet

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Ballet Overview of our training and syllabus The ballet classes at Downe House follow the ISTD Syllabi and cover technique, repertoire and conditioning exercises. Examinations are offered in both the Graded and Class Examination syllabi, following the Cecchetti Classical Ballet method. Cecchetti Classical Ballet makes a distinctive contribution to the education of all students, in that it uses movement, which is the fundamental mode of human expression. It offers a range of learning opportunities and enables participants to enjoy physical expression as well as develop intellectual sensibilities. As they work together in Cecchetti Classical Ballet, candidates learn about co-operation and develop an understanding of the shaping of movement into artistic forms of expression. We hold an annual dance showcase incorporating all styles of dance, a choreographic evening and workshops throughout the year. Our aim is to encourage and motivate any girl who wishes to participate in ballet classes whether for fun or to take part in Class or Graded examinations and progress through to vocational levels. We can support girls’ learning by offering them the opportunity to take part in Cecchetti Associate classes held monthly at Rambert School of Dance and other courses during the holidays.

Class examinations We are pleased to be able to offer our ballet students Class examinations as well as graded and vocational level classes. These Class examinations (Standards 1-6 and Senior Certificates 1&2) are an excellent method of assessing dancers and their progress in a somewhat less formal setting than the Graded examinations. With a greater focus on performance, as opposed to the technical expectations of the graded examinations, they are not only ideal for students less inclined to follow the graded pathway but also as a preparatory step, complementing the Graded exams.

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Aims Candidates develop the skill of Cecchetti Classical Ballet, building their technique within their own natural capabilities and developing their creativity and artistry.

Objectives The objectives of the Cecchetti Class examinations are to: Develop understanding and maintenance of correct stance in stillness and in movement. Develop accuracy in the use of technique to the best of the individual’s physical facility. Develop the range of movements within the candidate’s natural capabilities. Develop a sense of line through body, arms and head. Show an understanding of musical accuracy and phrasing. Develop an awareness of the use of space. Develop creativity in performing improvisations.

Assessment criteria Examinations up to and including Standard 6 are taken by the teacher in the form of a class in groups of four. The teacher may not give personal corrections but can offer encouragement. For Senior Certificates 1 and 2, the examination is conducted by the examiner and no teacher is allowed to enter the examination room. Candidates are assessed on their ability to show: A sense of performance which incorporates a suitable awareness of style, expression and enjoyment. Use of space in relation to the other members of the group and the dance area available. A rhythmic awareness and a suitable interpretation of the musical qualities. An understanding of correct stance and placement with an application of classical technique.

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Syllabus Technique, Presentation, Musicality and Response Barre Exercices au Milieu Adage Pirouette Allegro Improvisation Dance

Graded examinations Graded Standard examinations in Cecchetti Classical Ballet are concerned with progressive mastery in defined stages within the context of safe dance practice. Each examination allows candidates to progress to the next level in the Cecchetti Classical Ballet genre. Also, a range of transfers to other dance genres becomes possible as the candidate develops physically and learns common skills such as running, use of arms, posture, timing and rhythmic awareness. In this way, with additional teaching input, the candidate is able to develop a broad base of dancing skills. 
 Following on from the Graded and Standard examinations, candidates may wish to progress to the Vocational Examinations as preparation for employment as a professional dancer or as preparation for dance teaching qualifications. The examinations in Cecchetti Classical Ballet also allow for those participating solely for recreational purposes to produce quality work in a safe dance context. 


Aims The aim of Graded examinations is to provide an assessment scheme for dance, which gives the basis for the measurement of the individual candidate’s progress and development, whether the candidate is pursuing dance as a leisure activity or as preparation for a professional career as a dance teacher or performer. There are six practical examination grades, numbered from 1 to 6, in order to indicate the increasing order of difficulty (6 represents the highest level of attainment).

Objectives The objectives of the Cecchetti graded examination syllabus are to: Promote understanding and maintenance of correct stance in stillness and in movement. 
 Develop accuracy and precision in the use of technique. 
 Develop the range of movements within the candidate’s natural capabilities. 


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Promote understanding and use of dance terminology. 
 Develop good sense of line through body, arms and head, with good use of focus. 
 Promote understanding of musical accuracy and phrasing. 
 Promote appreciation of varying musical styles and their interpretation. 
 Develop awareness of the use of space. 
 Develop awareness of audience and a sense of performance and style. 


Assessment criteria Candidates are assessed on their ability to show: Technical accuracy with correct placement to the best of their physical facility. Appropriate use of limbs showing an understanding of the purpose or significance of each movement or sequence of movements. A sense of line and well co-ordinated movements. An assured performance showing the different qualities of movement required by each section of the examination structure. Musicality and rhythmic awareness.

Grades 3 & 4 Syllabus Technique Barre Port de bras Adage and pirouette (including en diagonale) Allegro

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Presentation, Musicality and Response Sense of performance Quality and co-ordination of movement Rhythm, sense of timing and musicality Syllabus knowledge and theory Response and enjoyment Dance

Grades 5 & 6 Syllabus Technique Barre and centre practice Port de bras Adage Pirouettes (including en diagonale) Petit allegro and petite batterie Allegro Presentation, Musicality and Response Sense of performance and artistry Rhythm, sense of timing and musicality Response to free work, syllabus knowledge and theory Dance Extending beyond to vocational examinations We can support your daughter with an individual programme should she wish to further her training and study a vocational syllabus: Intermediate, Advanced 1 or 2.

Dress requirements Black leotard and ballet tights. Ballet shoes appropriate to level. Hair should be a neat and secure bun. Jewellery or body piercings should not be worn.

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Contemporary

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Contemporary Overview of training and syllabus In the Contemporary beginners class, students will learn to move in a creative, freeing and graceful way, while transforming posture and balance and improving their fitness. Dancers will learn to combine aspects of different contemporary styles. There are no grades or exams. The students will be allowed to express their artistic voice freely and without the pressures of examinations. This class is suitable for beginners and also those with a dance background. Students will have the opportunity to perform in our annual dance showcase. In the classes students will build up from simple steps and techniques to fully formed routines. It’s fast and fun, but the teaching style is fully supportive. Students will develop a high level of technical skill and ability in the execution of contemporary dance, applying this to a range of styles across the genre, and combining this with sophisticated and expressive presentation skills, versatility and appropriate personal skills. Contemporary training will include a range of styles including: Cunningham Graham Lyrical Jazz Contact Improvisation

Aims The aims of this Contemporary syllabus are to: Promote an appreciation and enjoyment of contemporary dance, with a view to developing technical and artistic qualities. Introduce an understanding of the various styles of contemporary dance, the different rhythmic expressions and characterisations. Motivate candidates and build self-confidence by providing carefully staged goals.

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Objectives The objectivies of the Contemporary syllabus are to: Teach correct posture. Develop a strong level of technical ability in the chosen contemporary style. Promote the understanding of dance terminology. Encourage appropriate alignment and placing to encompass balance, coordination, flexibility and control. Express subtleties of style and perform with dynamic energy. Develop an awareness of the use of space. Awareness of audience and sense of performance. Encourage a sense of self-expression. Encourage creative use of rhythm and movement. Promote self-confidence in the performance of a solo.

Dress requirements Comfortable clothing, eg. DHDance tracksuit or leggings, t-shirt and trainers. Hair should be neat and securely held in place. Long hair should be tied back to allow a clear neck and head line. Jewellery or body piercings should not be worn.

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Hip Hop

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Hip Hop Overview of training and syllabus Hip Hop is a strong, energetic genre and will challenge students’ bodies in a multitude of different ways. Classes will focus on different urban styles, guiding dancers through practical introductions to those styles and building basic moves into full routines. DHDance Hip Hop classes are suitable for all levels. There are no grades or examinations as this is a class for the students to have fun without the pressures of exams. Students will have the opportunity to perform in our annual dance showcase.

Aims The aims of this Hip Hop syllabus are to: Promote an appreciation and enjoyment of Street Dance, with a view to developing technical and artistic qualities. Introduce an understanding of the various styles of Street Dance, the different rhythmic expressions and characterisations. Motivate candidates and build self-confidence by providing carefully staged goals.

Objectives The objectives of the Hip Hop syllabus are to: Teach correct posture. Build a secure Hip Hop technique. Promote the understanding of dance terminology.

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Objectives (continued) Gain a good sense of line through body, arms and head. Understanding of rhythm and its development. Appreciation of varying musical styles and their interpretation. Develop an awareness of the use of space. Awareness of audience and sense of performance. Encourage a sense of self-expression. Encourage creative use of rhythm and movement. Promote self-confidence in the performance of a solo.

Syllabus Street Dance Styles Locking Popping Tutting Breaking Vogueing Waacking House Hip Hop Styles Contemporary/Alternative Hip Hop Jazz Funk and Lyrical Hip Hop Isolation Hip Hop MJ Style Ghetto/Urban Hip Hop

Dress requirements Comfortable clothing, eg. DHDance tracksuit, t-shirt and trainers. Hair should be neat and securely held in place. Long hair should be tied back to allow a clear neck and head line. Jewellery or body piercings should not be worn.

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Modern Theatre

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Modern Theatre Overview of our training and syllabus Modern Theatre is quite difficult to define because it develops and evolves with the changing fashions in dance. Modern Theatre dancers are expected to adapt their technique to cover a huge range of diverse and demanding styles, from the West End stage (Matilda, Wicked and The Lion King) to commercial performances (jazz, street, lyrical, blues). Through a carefully planned syllabus, which combines modern dance, jazz and other dance styles, the girls are trained to become disciplined and versatile dancers with a professional attitude. Although examinations are not offered, the girls still follow the carefully structured ISTD syllabus so the training is thorough, varied and at all times the girls have a strong sense of progression and achievement, in line with the grades structure. The dancers will focus on syllabus in the Michaelmas Term, and during Lent and Summer they spend classes preparing and rehearsing for the muchacclaimed annual dance showcase during Founder’s Weekend, which is always cause for much excitement and enjoyment, and a wonderful experience for all. Modern Theatre dance makes a distinctive contribution to the education of all students, through using movement, which is one of the fundamental modes of human expression. It offers a range of learning opportunities and enables participants to enjoy physical expression as well as develop intellectual sensibilities. As they work together in Modern Theatre Dance, students learn about co-operation and develop an understanding of the shaping of movement into artistic forms of expression. Students develop the skill and understanding of Modern Theatre Dance, at the same time as building a sound technique, by developing the physical ability to communicate through movement in an expressive and artistic way. A clearly defined graded structure allows learning to take place in the context of safe dance practice. The syllabus builds up progressively, ensuring that steps and skills learned at lower levels prepare for more complex movements as the dancer progresses. A range of transferable skills are learnt as the student develops physically and masters a broad base of dancing skills such as use of arms, posture, timing and rhythmic awareness. Following on from the Graded syllabus, students may wish to progress to the Vocational syllabus as preparation for employment as a professional dancer or in preparation for dance teaching qualifications. The Graded syllabus in Modern Theatre dance also allows for those participating solely for recreational purposes to produce quality work.

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Aims The aim of the Graded syllabus is to provide an assessment scheme for dance. This gives the basis for the measurement of the individual student’s progress and development, whether the student is pursuing dance as a leisure activity or as a preparation for a professional career as a dance teacher or performer. There are six practical Grades, numbered from 1 to 6, ordered with increased difficulty (6 represents the highest level of attainment).

Objectives The objectivies of the Modern Theatre syllabus are to: Teach correct posture. Develop the range of movement within the student’s natural capabilities. Build a sound technique. Promote the understanding and use of dance terminology. Gain a good sense of self-expression. Encourage creative movement. Promote self-confidence in the performance of a solo.

Assessment criteria (for informal assessment of progress) Students are assessed on their ability to show: Technical accuracy with correct placement to the best of their physical facility. Appropriate use of limbs showing an understanding of the purpose or significance of each movement or sequence of movements. A sense of line and well co-ordinated movements. An assured performance showing the different qualities of movement required by each section of the examination structure. Musicality and rhythmic awareness.

Syllabus Technique Poise and stance Body control and co-ordination Line and precision of movement Use of space

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Posture Limbering Line and style Dance movements Musicality Rhythm Quality of movement and musical interpretation Presentation, Response and Syllabus Knowledge Response and knowledge of syllabus Sense of performance Dance

Dress requirements Leotards, leggings and jazz shoes. Hair should be neat and securely held in place. Long hair should be tied back to allow a clear neck and head line. Jewellery or body piercings should not be worn.

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Tap

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Tap Overview of our training and syllabus Tap is one of the most enjoyable and rhythmic forms of dance, both for the recreational dancer and of course an essential and valuable skill for the professional dancer. Through a carefully planned and well-tried syllabus, the girls are trained to become disciplined and versatile dancers with a professional attitude. Although examinations are not offered, the girls still follow the carefully structured ISTD syllabus so the training is thorough, varied and at all times the girls have a strong sense of progression and achievement, in line with the grades structure. The dancers will focus on syllabus in the Michaelmas Term, and during Lent and Summer they spend classes preparing and rehearsing for the much-acclaimed annual dance show during Founder’s Weekend, which is always cause for much excitement and enjoyment, and a wonderful experience for all. Tap makes a distinctive contribution to the education of all students, through using movement, which is one of the fundamental modes of human expression. It offers a range of learning opportunities and enables participants to enjoy physical expression as well as develop intellectual sensibilities. As they work together in Tap students learn about co-operation and develop an understanding of the shaping of movement into artistic forms of expression. Students develop the skill and understanding of Tap at the same time as building a sound technique, by developing the physical ability to communicate through movement in an expressive and artistic way. A clearly defined graded structure allows learning to take place in the context of safe dance practice. The syllabus builds up progressively, ensuring that steps and skills learned at lower levels prepare for more complex movements as the dancer progresses.

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A range of transferable skills are learnt as the student develops physically and masters a broad base of dancing skills such as use of arms, posture, timing and rhythmic awareness. Following on from the Graded syllabus, students may wish to progress to the vocational syllabus in preparation for employment as a professional dancer or in preparation for dance teaching qualifications. The Graded syllabus in Tap also allows for those participating solely for recreational purposes to produce quality work.

Aims The aim of the Graded syllabus is to provide an assessment scheme for dance. This gives the basis for the measurement of the individual student’s progress and development, whether the student is pursuing dance as a leisure activity or as a preparation for a professional career as a dance teacher or performer. There are six practical Grades, numbered from 1 to 6, ordered with increased difficulty (6 represents the highest level of attainment), which help the dancer develop essential attributes: Flair, vitality and skill. Fully appropriate style. Incisively-focused dancing. Precision in the technique. Consistent, highly developed musicality. Confident and accurate responses to questions and tasks set.

Objectives The objectives of the Tap syllabus are to: Teach correct posture. Build a secure tap technique. Develop an awareness of tone. Promote the understanding of dance terminology. Gain a good sense of line through body, arms and head. Understanding of rhythm and its development. Appreciation of varying musical styles and their interpretation. Develop an awareness of the use of space. Awareness of audience and sense of performance.

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Objectives (continued) Encourage a sense of self-expression. Encourage creative use of rhythm and movement. Promote self confidence in the performance of a solo.

Assessment criteria (for informal assessment of progress) Students are assessed on their ability to show: Technical accuracy with correct placement to the best of their physical facility. Appropriate use of limbs showing an understanding of the purpose or significance of each movement or sequence of movements. A sense of line and well-coordinated movements. An assured performance showing the different qualities of movement required by each section of the examination structure. Musicality and rhythmic awareness.

Syllabus Technique Poise and stance Posture Clarity of beating Precision of footwork Line co-ordination and style Rhythm Timing Time and set rhythm Rhythmic interpretation and tonal quality

Presentation, Response and Syllabus Knowledge Response and knowledge of syllabus Sense of performance Dance

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Dress requirements Tight-fitting leotards, tights, leggings and tap shoes. Hair should be neat and securely held in place. Long hair should be tied back to allow a clear neck and head line. Jewellery or body piercings should not be worn.

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DHDance Etiquette Hair Ballet; hair in a bun. Modern, Tap, Hip Hop & Contemporary; hair should be neat and securely held in place. Long hair should be tied back to allow a clear neck and head line.

Clothing Correct uniform to be worn during all lessons and rehearsals.

Jewellery No jewellery or body piercings, including necklaces or watches, to be worn at any time.

Behaviour Chewing gum, food and drinks are all banned from dance lessons with the exception of water bottles. Do not wear dance shoes outside. Punctuality is key to effective teaching and learning. DHDance lessons follow a strict programme of study and therefore attendance to all classes is expected. Should there be reason for exception to be made, formal request should be made to the DHDance Coordinator no later than a week in advance. Be attentive at all times, especially when waiting for your turn. Body language is key to the expressive form of dance and therefore dancers must be aware of their poise and posture at all times, remaining focused. Slouching, slumping or sitting is not accepted within dance lessons. This is vital for muscle memory and stamina, and a positive and happy class! The property of others must be respected at all times. Throughout the course of study each year there will be a variety of optional performances and exams that will require total commitment from the outset. Due to choreography pressures on staff and other dancers, once engaged withdrawing from these programmes is not an option, exceptional circumstance allowing. The DHDance programme of lessons runs on a yearly basis, should a student wish to withdraw from the programme of study, a term’s notice is expected.

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Cold Ash, Thatcham, Berkshire RG18 9JJ t: 01635 200286 e: correspondence@downehouse.net www.downehouse.net

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