We are a professionally run ISTD, UDO and ATAP (The Royal Ballet School) qualified dance school, offering a wide variety of 12 genres of dance tuition (and 6 sub-genres), and theatrical development.
ISTD Imperial Classical Ballet has evolved to promote the English classical ballet style and to address the changing needs of ballet dancers in todays classical dance industry. Focusing on encouraging a solid basic technique and an understanding of musical interpretation and performance, it provides the essentials of a pure, classical and technical training.
ISTD Tap Dance is an exciting, percussive, rhythmical dance form. The dancer uses their feet to strike the floor, beating out a melody, with tap shoes which have small metal plates on the toe and heel to give the distinctive sound. Tap dance is a theatrical art form often seen on screen in modern usage, and on stage in musicals.
ISTD Modern Dance is often seen on the stages of musical productions and is known for its theatrical qualities. The style uses travelling steps, high kicks, leaps and turns which all need strength and flexibility. This is a highly energetic dance style, and incorporates jazz, blues, soul, musical theatre and pure technique to achieve its look.
We use two threads of tuition at Noise & Chance for our contemporary classes; a freework based delivery, and an ISTD technical based delivery. In freework, we explore new routines on a weekly basis that are highly performative, emotional, and use the dancers individuality to develop their dance “self”. These classes are designed to help create an “industry ready” dancer who can respond to the demands of frequent and changing choreography input. ISTD Contemporary Dance stems from the core, or torso, of the body and uses elements of contract, release, spiral, floor work, fall and recovery, and improvisation. This evolving style has fast become one of the most dominant genres for dancers throughout the world.
Commercial Dance is currently one of the biggest sources of career opportunities for professional dancers and includes: dance for the stage (such as Cruise Lines, Industrials, Broadway Shows, Theme Parks, Resorts, Vegas, etc), dance for films (both feature and short formats), music videos, and television (TV shows and commercials). Any dancers you see in the background of a music artist on tour, or on television - this is commercial dance. It was born from “street dance” and hip-hop, with influences from vogueing, whacking and jazz too, and is a combination of self expression, energy and performance. At Noise & Chance we explore new routines on a weekly basis that are fast paced, dynamic and physically demanding. These classes are designed to create an “industry ready” dancer who can respond to the demands of frequent and changing choreography input.
The UDO Street Dance Syllabus introduces the techniques and foundations in all styles of street dance, allowing dancers from the age of 4 to learn a comprehensive range of skills as they work their way through the grades and sit examinations. The provision of street dance examinations sets standards, and rewards achievement and progression. The provision of a syllabus provides technical foundations which train street dancers for a professional outlook. The styles covered in the syllabus are locking, break, house, hip-hop, lyrical hip-hop, and popping.
Musical Theatre is an art form and type of entertainment that combines dancing, acting and singing. Musical theatre productions, also known as musicals, are performed around the world, from the West End in London to Broadway in New York City. It is a very energetic and elaborate style of performance, lots of fun and very outgoing! At Noise & Chance we focus on all three aspects of musical theatre, starting from a dance-based training.
Stepping is a complex synchronised dancelike performance that blends African folk traditions with popular culture such as hip-hop. Stepping involves clapping, body slapping, vocalisations, and dramatic movements, culminating in a version of body percussion that is hard to miss! It is loud & proud and combines military precision with the energy and flavour of hip hop layered on top!
Body Conditioning Workshops
Conditioning is defined as a state of being physically fit so that your body can safely perform the physical demands with minimal risk and possibility of injury. For dancers, body conditioning is all about working to tone and sculpt their muscles apart from, and over and above the dance movements themselves. At Noise & Chance we run regular workshop opportunities for our dancers to train in highly specialised programmes of body conditioning to then take home with them and continue to utilise in independent practice alongside their dance training with us. We use influences from all sorts of professional sources, including the highly acclaimed Radar Technique, which our staff have taken courses in to deliver safely.