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Practising - it's always a good thing!  sugar.jpg

We recommend that all our students practice at home a little every week.  All learning benefits from being re-inforced by self-driven reflection and repetition, and as you would if you were learning a musical instrument, you will become a better dancer and develop your skills more securely if you practice between class.  Practise can take many forms - impetuous improvisation inspired by a great piece of music, focused repetition of a new exercise, strength or stretching exercises etc.  Practise is sometimes hard to transition into at home, but we find that once begun it's always fun and beneficial.  Here are some things you could try:

RAD App - Practise at home and on the go!

If you are thinking of practising your RAD ballet at home (which we hope you are!) we suggest downloading the RAD app which is a fantastic little tool.   It includes all of the syllabus work for each grade so there really is no excuse not to practise!   Ideally students will purchase and download each syllabus as they enter the grade, thus ensureing that they derive maximum benefit, and are able to follow up using the video as an aid as they develop their skills.

Borrow a CD and keep it in the car - mental rehearsal can be very beneficial

We also keep a number of RAD and ISTD Modern & Tap syllabus CDs in the office which you are welcome to borrow for practising at home.   All we ask is that you sign them out and return them when you have finished with them.

Rent or YouTube Dance Movies

Being mindful that there is all sorts of quality available, YouTube is a fantastic resourse for finding inspiring clips of dance, and introducing dance movies.  You can watch classes from professional companies, or see clips from productions.  Watching dance of any style, whether you learn it or not is always food for the soul and inspires you to get up and have a go!