The ISTD Adult Tap syllabus followed by the academy, is made up of a series of six
progressive popular tap tests, ideal for adults keen to begin tap while exercising
and having fun. The tests develop the work for novices by laying down the essential
technical rhythmic skills and gradually building a comprehensive tap vocabulary.
Tapper’s are given the opportunity to enter examinations in each of the tests, although
they are not compulsory, it provides a sense of achievement at the new skills learnt.
It is important to wear lose clothing that you feel comfortable in and that allows
you to move freely such as dance trousers or jogging pants with a t-shirt. Black
Oxford tap shoes can be ordered from your Barton’s teacher and provide a completely
different dancing experience.
Adult ballet classes offer a fun way to tone and tighten the body while learning
the fundamental techniques of ballet. Adult ballet classes offer something for every
age group, from young adults to seniors. Whether you have never danced before, or
are a former dancer and want to return to ballet after several years, your Barton’s
teacher will tailor each of the exercises to your individual ability, and any physical
restrictions can be taken into account.
Classes are structured the same as classes for younger dancers, beginning at the
barre for warming up, then progress to the centre for bigger movements. Taking part
in an adult ballet class is good for your body as well as your mind. Besides promoting
cardiovascular fitness and good posture, ballet is very enjoyable for people of all
ages aiming to strengthen and tone your body, improve flexibility and most of all,
to have fun.
If you feel conscious wearing ballet tights and a leotard, simply wear a T-shirt
and dance trousers or jogging pants. Make sure you wear something that allows you
to move freely that you feel comfortable in. Ballet shoes in either leather or canvas
can be ordered from your Barton’s teacher.
Ballroom dancing, both professional and amateur, has grown tremendously in popularity
over the past two decades, and has become a worldwide activity. The classic elegance
of the Waltz holds eternal appeal while the sultry Tango tests the rhythmic quality
of even the most accomplished dancer.
With reality TV shows such as “Strictly Come Dancing” and “Dancing With The Stars”
dominating our TV screens, more and more people are aware of the varieties in styles
in both Ballroom and Latin American. It is easy to appreciate the many benefits of
dance in maintaining healthy lifestyle and a trim figure, and that the creativity
of dance stimulates the mind, body and senses.
The fun and liveliness of the Latin American dances hold a strong appeal for people
of all ages. From the energetic Jive to the the classic Rumba, and Rhythmic Samba,
Latin American dances provide an irresistible challenge to the keen dancer.
Adults of all ages find the activity of dance relaxes the mind, uplifts spirits and
invigorates the body, making it an altogether great leisure activity.With the realisation
that activity is essential to a healthy lifestyle, dance is a wonderful way of making
friends and enjoying a social evening in a warm and friendly atmosphere.
Private classes are available on request, as well as specially choreographed Wedding
first dances for the bride and groom, with or without an entourage!