Counting down to the start of classes

We are counting down to the start of classes and are happy to announce further new additions to our timetable for younger learners ‘Introduction to Ballet’ & ‘Parent & Child Ballet’.
In each class we’ll work on posture, coordination, strength and musicality.
These classes are being launched today, exclusively for our followers. Contact us on info@skylarkdance.com for more information and to book a trial class!

Starting Pointe Classes

Starting Pointe Class is a very exciting time for any aspiring ballerina.
We are really pleased to be starting Point Work classes at the school this year.
For more information about classes please contact us on info@skylarkdance.com
Or read below:
Starting POINTE WORK is a special milestone in a ballerina’s life. Dancing on your toes requires tremendous strength of the legs and feet. How do you know when you’re ready for pointe shoes?
  • The proper age to start pointe work is controversial. Many experts believe that a ballet dancer can begin dancing on pointe if she is at least 9 or 10 years old. Some teachers don’t attach a number at all, they simply rely on ability. However, because the growth of the foot is about complete at age 11 or 12, many agree that pointe work could be introduced at this time.
  • In order to be able to dance on pointe, a dancer must have had time to achieve the form, strength, and alignment needed to make a successful transition into pointe work. Proper technique is required to be able to properly rise on the toes without risks of injury.
  • In order to maintain proper technique and flexibility needed for pointe work, it is imperative to practice ballet formally at least 3 times per week. The pointe portion of the class should follow the regular ballet class, perhaps extending the time half an hour. This ensures that the entire body, especially the feet and ankles, are properly warmed up.
  • All dancers should be formally evaluated by their ballet teacher to determine if they are physically ready to meet the demands of pointe work. The teacher should check for correct body position and alignment, sufficient turnout, strength and balance, and mastery of basic ballet techniques.

Exams are complete

Dance exams are over! 🌟 What an emotional day it was. We are so proud of all our students, who worked really hard. Well done Skylarks! 👏

One month till our BBO dance exams

Only one month left until our BBO dance exams, feeling determined and very excited. 🙏 We finished the Easter Intensive exam preparation course today, well done to all who attended! Now it’s time to relax and enjoy the holidays. 🙌

BBO approved uniform

❗️We encourage our Contemporary Ballet students to wear the uniform as this increases the sense of unity in the group and further motivates the students to achieve.

BBO approved uniform is compulsory for those taking exams:

 Black leotard and black footless tights for girls.
 Plain black t-shirt and black shorts for boys.

You can buy uniform from us directly, at dancewearcentral.co.uk or at the Stage Door Dance wear shop in Bromley (218 High Street, Bromley, BR1 1PW).

Elmhurst Ballet School bbodance

The Skylark team spent last weekend at the Elmhurst Ballet School in Birmingham, with bbodance. We expanded our knowledge and learnt from the best in the industry. One of the highlights was attending a business seminar with the amazing Anne Walker MBE. Such an inspiration; feel like we can take on the world now.

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