Roynon are extremely proud of their dance department, which has been established for over 40 years. Due to popular demand there are new classes formed and often taking on new styles and genres, such as the newly formed Acro sessions. Here is the current list, but please do feel free to contact us direct at [email protected] for more info!
Acro dance is a dance genre that combines classical dance technique with precise, accurate and often tricky acrobatic elements. A main characteristic of Acro is its athletic quality and specialist choreography. It seamlessly uses acrobatics techniques within dance routines, making it a dance style which truly tests core strength, perseverance and balance. Acro classes are relatively new to Roynon Performing Arts and have been made possible thanks to our specifically trained, experienced teachers. Our classes are proving to be incredibly popular and when you see an Acro performance it’s easy to see why!
Ballet is excellent for embedding good technique, posture, alignment and discipline in the dancer’s body, whether it is being a fairy or a princess for the girls or prince or soldier for the boys. Roynon Performing Arts have classes to suit all ages and abilities in Ballet, from 2 years of age to adults. Each class is tailored to suit the participant, whether it is being a fairy or princess to older students progressing to pointe work. As with the rest of our dance work, we follow the ISTD syllabus and pupils can enter exams if they so wish.
‘BOP TOTS’ / PRE-SCHOOL
Roynon classes start from a really young age – 3 years and up, in fact! ‘Bop Tots’ are a great set of sessions for your toddler where they can burn off some excess energy and make friends whilst being educationally stimulated and learn some fundamental principles for the performing arts. Meanwhile, Pre-School class does exactly what it says – it’s similar to Bop Tots but for the next age range up (AGES). As with all Roynon sessions, both Bop Tots and Pre-School are delivered by qualified, experienced teachers and so the activities are always appropriately differentiated and broken down into fun, accessible chunks.
Roynon believes it’s really important to offer a stand-alone, Boys Only class. This is for many reasons but importantly because the content of the boys dance curriculum is vastly different, so it would be unfair to not give it separate attention when at all possible. As a performing arts school, we have a rapidly growing base of male dancers which is absolutely fantastic for the quality and diversity within the arts school. We welcome any boys wishing to try out our dance sessions and will be able to offer expert, specialist support for improving strength and agility, exam prep, festivals, event performance and much more.
This dance style uses many techniques and methods found in other forms of dance, such as ballet and modern. There are several sub-genres within this dance form and most of these are explored within Roynon Performing Arts classes. Modern classes can often be suitable for older students (young adults onwards) and contain a very exciting twist when compared to the more structured syllabus classes.
Dance Festivals can play a very important part in a dancer’s budding career. As a result, Roynon often hold specific, bespoke classes for dancers wishing to enter themselves into local and regional dance festivals. This offers dancers a unique series of support to prep them for this highly competitive environment. Roynon understands how serious Dance Festivals can be, especially since many of its teachers cut their teeth and learnt their trade via this arena!
You don’t have to aspire to be a professional dancer to get involved in what Roynon have to offer… and there’s no better example of this than our Fitness classes. These sessions are often popular with those individuals who wish to improve their overall wellbeing, get in shape and learn some techniques, moves and routines in order to do so. As with a lot of our classes, these have steadily grown in popularity so why not contact the arts school and pop along for a free trial to see for yourself?
You will be sure to learn some funky moves if you attend these Roynon Performing Arts classes! The amount of sub-genres that fall under the umbrella of Hip-Hop is, quite frankly, incredible… It simply is a mistake to think that once you have done one Hip-Hop class you are an expert in all of them as there are so many factions and routes to take this expressive and energetic dance medium! From locking and popping to whacking and boogaloo, they will all be introduced in these highly popular and rewarding Roynon sessions.
This class is non-syllabus and is a fantastic way to learn all the latest moves to the latest music! The ‘Jazz’ dance style is influenced by several other forms of dance such as Ballet, Contemporary, Lyrical, Hip-Hop and Acro. It is excellent for conditioning, core strength and improving stamina and flexabilty.
Dance, like any other physical activity, needs to start with the appropriate warm ups and preparation. Our Limbering classes will give the student an excellent understanding of how to warm up as well as offer unique stretches, poses and routines to help improve suppleness, flexibility and core strength. For these reasons Limbering class at Roynon is a must for dancers of all styles.
Modern is a mixture of dance styles and has an emphasis on expressing emotion through movement. It helps to keep the body toned and limbered as it can be a really demanding dance style if the participant wishes it to be used for this purpose. We follow the ISTD syllabus and pupils can enter exams, especially if they seek a career in dance.
Roynon are extremely proud of the Performance Team and the events they’ve performed at. The gigs they’ve showcased their hard work at have been made possible by some incredible industry contacts, the preparation students have made in class time and an overall passion and drive from the team members themselves (teachers included!). The Performance Team is open to any Roynon student, so long as they are of a certain ability and can commit to a fairly large scale project. That said, if a Roynon student can make this commitment, the rewards are absolutely incredible… The Performance Team have gigged for not only local events such as festivals and carnivals but also charity gigs at O2 Guildhall Southampton, the Winchester Hatfair and various private functions for the likes of Sir Richard Branson.
PRE-POINTE / POINTE
These classes are essential not only for the progression of a ballerina but also the overall fitness of a dancer. Moving through the progression of skills from Pre-Pointe and Pointe classes shows great determination, strength and patience so is a great asset to have in any dancer’s skill set.
Often dancers require special focus on particular areas, or need 1-1 time in order to work on a routine or other skill. For these reasons, dancers of all ages and abilities can choose to take on private lessons at Roynon. These are proving to be particularly popular for Dance festival prep.
The sounds of tap dance is achieved by using the metal plates on the tap shoes to beat out rhythms. Often, Tap is used as the all-out big theatre show-stopper due to its loud and vibrant energy and distinctive look. Roynon have a wealth of experience in this dance form and have trained a wealth of dancers to a very high standard over the 35+ years. We follow the ISTD syllabus and agree with their description of tap, believing it to be ‘one of the most enjoyable and rhythmic forms of recreational dance’. Tap is a fantastic, albeit a little bit noisy, form of exercise! It will help with coordination and rhythm in a way that nothing else can. Classes are suitable for 4 years and up. Formal exams are available for this dance style if pupils wish to be entered.