Dance & Drama Classes for Pre-School children
We are pleased to offer Melody Bear and Nursery Ballet & Tap classes classes as an ideal introduction for boys and girls to the world of dance, drama and movement.
Qualified teachers at Graham School of Dance are specially trained to engage children from around the age of 2 to dance through the Melody Movement Early Learning's delightful dance-mad teddy Melody Bear. She is often joined by her friends, including Milligan Bear – Melody Bear’s friend. He dances in class with Melody Bear and has stories, stickers and awards for boys who love to dance.
Pre-School dance, drama and movement classes are run weekly during term time in Bishop’s Stortford, Stansted, Church Langley and Hertford, and introduce children to dance & movement using the natural actions of the body such as running, jumping, skipping and galloping. Melody Tap has also recently been introduced at our Hertford branch .
The syllabus was created by teacher Jill Bridger, who says: "Melody Bear © classes ... aid children’s physical development, coordination, spatial awareness, creativity & self-expression working individually, with a partner, or as a group.... Melody Movement classes are tailored to discovering and fulfilling the potential of each child, nurturing their creative development".
Melody Movement classes also introduce children to other fundamental curriculum learning skills such as counting, colour and shape recognition, vocabulary and language skills. The strength of the system is that learning is achieved through imaginative movement which is enjoyable and fun. Melody Movement instils a love of dance making it a positive element of their early lives which stays with them. They learn from a young age how music, movement, dance and the imagination can be combined to tell a story and convey emotions. See www.melodymovement.com
From age 3, children progress into our Nursery Ballet classes, often with Introductory Tap alongside too. Nursery Ballet classes are held at ALL our branches as well as at our main centre in Bishop's Stortford, and through a non-syllabus based curriculum, pupils are introduced to Classical Ballet in a fund and nurturing way, enabling children to progress into Royal Academy of Dance classes at Pre-Primary level once they reach age 4-5, as well as Drama, Tap, Modern and Street Dance and Musical Theatre lessons at this age too.
If you are wanting to introduce your 2-4 year old pre-school children to dance, then our Pre-School dance and movement classes are a perfect introduction. With classes held across Hertfordshire and Essex, we look forward to hearing from you soon.
Our 2nd piece through to the Dance World Cup 2019!
🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 Congratulations to Coral & Isabelle H, you are off to Portugal with your fabulous Song & Dance Duet in the Mini section - our 2nd piece through to the Dance World Cup- - a fantastic achievement!
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Fantastic news! GSD to represent Team England at the 2019 Dance World Cup - congratulations everyone!
🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟GSD are delighted to say that yet again we will be representing team England 🏴 in the Dance World 🌎 Cup 2019 in Portugal ... we will be celebrating all of our competitors over the next few days!
Congratulations to the first of our soloist Kristen-Leigh who will represent Team England with her Modern solo in the Mini section! What a fantastic achievement! 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟
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Thank you Youth American Grand Prix 2018 - what an amazing experience our pupils have had!
GSD pupils have had a FANTASTIC experience and so many amazing compliments at the Paris YAGP competition 2018 - many congratulations to our fabulous dancers Nicola H, Ellie Ta, Grace P, Rosanna R, Mimi EL, Eleanor K, Grace Ch & Delilah B-C
… Everyone danced beautifully in both their Classical and their Contemporary solos, with excellent marks and comments from the hugely prestigious panel of judges! Well Well done everyone – you did yourselves, your teachers and your families proud!
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A superb set of results from Chelmsford Festival of Speech and Drama - WOW
🎉🎭 ….huge congratulations to all those involved! 🎭🎉
🏆Versatility Cup: Amelie A 🏆Chelmsford Borough Cup: Emily H 🏆 Felsted Prep Trophies:- Emily H & Isabelle H 🏆 Anderson Trophy - Isabelle H
🥇1st - Musical Theatre Presentation - Amelie A 🥇1st - Solo Verse Speaking Grade 2 - Emily Hy
🥇1st - Poetry Duologue - Emily Hy & Isabelle Hy 🥇1st - Solo Verse Grade 1 - Isabelle Hy
🥇1st - Solo Acting 15 years & under - Charlotte Th 🥇1st - Verse Speaking 12 years & under - Dillon B
🥈2nd - Musical Theatre Presentation - Eleanor S-L 🥈2nd - Musical Theatre Presentation - Dillon B
🥈2nd - Duologue Acting - Emily Hy & Isabelle Hy 🥈2nd - Verse Speaking 9 years - Isabelle Hy
🥈2nd - Verse Speaking 10 years- Mia-Rose B 🥈2nd - Solo Verse Speaking Grade 2 - Mia-Rose B
🥈2nd - Solo Verse Grade 4 - Jasmine B 🥉3rd - Solo Verse Stage 2 - Hadassah A
🥉3rd - Verse Speaking 10 years - Emily Hy 🥉3rd - Solo Acting 10 years & under - Louis W
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Youth American Grand Prix- Paris semi Final 2018 -Good luck girls!
So we are in Paris the third time to take part in the fab YAGP 2018 ... these gorgeous students have worked so hard and we wish them the very best of luck! 🍀🍀🍀 Nicola H, Ellie Ta, Rosanna R, Grace P, Mimi EL, Eleanor K, Delilah BC & Grace Chiotis ....please take a moment to look at their lovely pictures showing of their costumes & wish them luck! If you would like to catch the girls performances here is the link..
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