Choosing a dance school

Leap Dance Midlands is taught by Elaine, a qualified Royal Academy of Dance teacher who has graduated from the RAD with the Certificate in Ballet Teaching Studies (CBTS). Our tap, modern and musical theatre classes use the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dance (ISTD) and International Dance Teacher’s Association (IDTA) syllabus to give the children opportunities to learn a wide range of dance styles.

When choosing a dance school it is important to check that the Teacher’s are qualified and experienced dance teachers with an understanding of child development and student safety. It is also useful to find out about the types of dance styles the school can offer your child to give them the greatest experiences and introductions to different musical, performance and dance styles.

The Royal Academy of Dance is one of the world’s most influential dance education and training organisations, internationally recognised for its attention to detail and technique. The RAD’s patron is Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II and Prince George and Princess Charlotte take RAD classes, which demonstrates the high standards of the dance syllabus and training. Dame Darcey Bussell is the President of the RAD. Darcey Bussell is a former Principal with The Royal Ballet and the most famous British ballerina of her generation.

The RAD is one of the largest dance organisations in the world in 79 countries with 14,000 members. Established 100 years ago the RAD was developed by a group of dance professionals representing the leading ballet styles. It continues to be world renowned for its classical ballet examination syllabus.

The RAD’s examinations are recognised by Ofqual and contribute to UCAS points, needed to get into University degrees. The English National Ballet School, the Royal Ballet School and Elmhurst Ballet school all take vocational exams with the RAD.

The RAD qualification includes regular CPD training in child development, safe working practices and technique and performance. As well as this stringent training qualification all RAD teachers have to participate in 25 hours every year of ongoing training to keep their practice current and up to date. This means that all our classes are taught to the most professional standards in a safe teaching environment and our dance skills are up to date. The classes are innovative and interesting and promote a love of dance.

The Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing (ISTD) is one of the world’s leading dance examination boards and offer eleven dance faculties including modern theatre dance and tap. It is renowned for up to dance date techniques, excellence in dance teaching  and quality of teaching to raise standards.

We also follow the syllabus of the International Dance Teachers Association (IDTA) in our Musical Theatre and Theatre Craft classes to give the children a variety of different dance styles and syllabuses to give them the widest possible dance experiences and rewards. The IDTA is a leading dance qualifications awarding body and offers a wide range of dance forms.

Dance Styles


Ballet is a highly technical dance form and is a classical style of dance but is a also fun to perform. Ballet is characterised by graceful and flowing movements, balances, turns and jumps. It helps with posture, poise, co-ordination and musicality. It is often described as being the technical foundation for all dance forms.

Modern Dance

Modern is a highly energetic dance form and includes travelling steps, high kicks, leaps and turns. Modern needs strength and flexibility to perform its steps with a sense of theatrical performance and style. Modern uses a range of movements and musical styles to develop a sense of performance and musicality. It is a highly expressive dance form and can include a fast paced jazz style to a soft lyrical contemporary piece.

Tap Dance

Tap is an exciting and rhythmical dance. The feet strike the floor using tap shoes to make a sound. Tap shoes have metal plates on the toes and the heels to allow the shoes to make a sound. Tap is seen in musicals including 42nd Street, Crazy for You and Stomp and Tap Dogs. Tap was extremely popular in the era of the Fred Astaire and Gene Kelly musicals and is all about rhythm. Tap has lots of different styles and is great fun and energetic too.

Musical Theatre

Musical Theatre is a style that includes dance, singing and drama. It usually includes modern dance with more expression to act out the part or story of the musical. Famous musicals include Annie, Phantom of the Opera, Hairspray, Chicago, Miss Saignon, Matilda the Musical and West Side Story. Musical theatre is so useful to help build a child’s confidence and give them the courage to try out and act out different characters through music and dance. It also helps to develop a sense of performance and learn a range of musical and dance styles.