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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 lessons in Hertfordshire

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.

Update Monday 5th March: ALL CLASSES ARE ON!

All classes resume as normal from today onwards, at all venues. Thank you for your support last week where of course conditions were very much out of our control, and we hope you/your children enjoyed the snow! Please note that whenever seriously bad weather is forecast, messages will always be left on our Facebook page: Graham School of Dance & Theatre Arts, and also on this website.

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CLASSES SATURDAY 3rd MARCH: Update Fri 2nd March. 8.30pm:

We have decided to cancel classes for tomorrow Saturday 3rd March, due to the potential aftermath of the recent adverse weather. As ever, the welfare of our staff, pupils and parents is of paramount importance, and thus although snow is not forecast, travel is likely to be hazardous with icy roads etc, and so we have taken this decision in the best interests of everyone. Classes/rehearsals will resume Sunday 4th March unless a significant deterioration of weather conditions ensues, in which case an update will be posted here and on our Facebook page.

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ADAM GARCIA coming to GSD - WE'RE SO EXCITED!

Places are nearly sold out for our next Super Sunday Masterclasses! We're excited to announce that world renowned West End star & Tap Maestro ADAM GARCIA is coming to take two Tap Masterclasses on SUNDAY 8TH APRIL 2018 at Graham School of Dance Studios, Bishop’s Stortford. To book onto this fantastic workshop, please contact the office on 01279 654423 or email melanie@grahamschoolofdance.co.uk We look forward to seeing you there!

ADAM GARCIA coming to GSD - WE'RE SO EXCITED!
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Super Sunday Workshop - Commercial & Stretching - Book now!

Graham School of Dance & Theatre Arts are excited to announce their first 2018 Super Sunday Workshops! These are on Sunday 18th February 2018 with highly acclaimed industry professional dancer and teacher Louise Harrison and take place at Graham School of Dance Studios, Bishop’s Stortford - 10.30am–12.30pm: Junior Commercial & Conditioning Workshop –age 6 to 11 (School Yrs 2-6) - 12.45pm– 3.00pm: Senior Commercial & Conditioning Workshop – Year 7 & above ....all are welcome (pupils don't have to be GSD pupils to join in) ... though some dance experience is required. To sign up, contact us by emailing shop@grahamschoolofdance.co.uk or ring the Office on 01279 654423 ....

Super Sunday Workshop -  Commercial & Stretching - Book now!
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Another fabulous weekend at Welwyn !

Weekend 2: congratulations to everyone who danced! 1st!! – 90%! Leah P Modern Solo; 1st!! – 90%! Ruby O Tap Solo; 1st!! – 88% Eleanor K Ballet Solo; 1st!! – 88% Lillia S Modern Solo; 1st!! - Kiera & Leah P Tap duet; 1st!! - Holly E Song & Dance Solo; 2nd!! - Erin K & Florence B National Duet; 2nd!! - Rosanna Modern Solo; 2nd!! - Kiera S Song & Dance Solo; 2nd!! - Mia B & Holly E Modern Duet; 3rd!! - Mimi EL Modern Solo; 3rd!! - Megan S Ballet Solo; 3rd!! - Martha S Character Solo; 3rd!! - Kimara-Mai Baby Modern Solo; 3rd!! - Holly McP Modern Solo; 3rd!! - Ava P Modern Solo Lyrical; 3rd!! - Leah P Modern Solo Lyrical 3rd!! - Ellie O Tap Solo; 3rd!! - Song & Dance Trio Mia B, Sacha, Holly E

Another fabulous weekend at Welwyn !
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