Dance School

The St Catherine’s Dance School

The St Catherine’s Dance School offers a wide variety of dance classes for girls of every age and ability. Whether students take dance classes as a way of letting off steam from the academic week, purely for enjoyment and a love of dance and movement, or because they wish to develop their interest in dance in view of taking their dance studies further; all types of students are welcome at the St Catherine’s dance school.

For students in PPIII upwards, throughout the Prep and Senior school, Dance is offered as an extra curricular activity. Classes run after school and on a Saturday morning and take place in our purpose built dance studio. All dance classes explore the element of creativity, and enjoyment and all lessons are taught in a fun and positive environment.

Ballet classes are offered, following the syllabus of the Royal Academy of Dance (RAD), and lessons in Tap and Modern, following the syllabus of the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dance (ISTD). Once students have reached the required techniques and levels they will be given the option of entering for examinations and class awards, gaining recognised dance qualifications should they wish to. Students may prefer to dance for sheer enjoyment, developing knowledge of dance technique and progressing through the grades without the stress of the exams, and this is also encouraged. The Dance school also offers fun, non-syllabus jazz classes for both Senior and Prep School girsl, where students will learn basic jazz dance technique, alongside upbeat routines and exciting choreography. 

To enrol your daughter at the dance school, to give notice, and for any other queries please contact Miss Sally Salter, Principal of the Dance School via danceschool@stcatherines.info

If enroling your daughter, once you have registered your interest the Principal of Dance will assign your daughter to the appropriate class for a taster session and contact you with the relevant information.

 

Watching Week

  • Watching week will usually be held on the second to final week for each discipline. Parents are invited to watch their daughter’s lesson and can expect to see the class in a normal, working environment.
  • The Dance school encourages performance opportunities for all dance students and will inform parents of any upcoming events that the girls are given the opportunity to perform in. Please check the dance noticeboards regularly for any upcoming events.

Dance Tuition Fees

  • Dance fees and dance waiting class fees will be invoiced at the end of each term.
  • Any students wishing to withdraw from the Dance school must give a terms notice; a written letter or an email is acceptable. A letter or email of acknowledgement will be sent, and if you do not receive this please contact us. If a further term is due because of short notice, it is assumed the lessons will occur; however, ‘fees in lieu’ is possible and parents may write confirming lessons are not actually required.
  • For more information about dance fees please contact St Catherine’s Business Centre.

Dance Waiting Class – Prep School

  • For Girls in Prep school we offer a dance waiting service until 6.00pm where upon finishing the Prep School day and wishing to stay at school ahead of their dance classes the girls are escorted from the Prep School to the Anniversary Halls. The girls are supervised whilst changing and are able to have a snack brought in from home or purchased from the Forum Cafe. They are then able to complete their homework in a quiet area or enjoy puzzles and quiet games in an adjoining room, again fully supervised. There is a small fee that applies for Dance Waiting Class and parents are asked to collect their daughters as promptly as possible after their classes from the Forum Café area.Please be aware that there is no facility for taking girls back to the Prep School for Cat Club.
  • Any students who have not been collected by the end of dance waiting will be taken to the Dance studio where they will remain with the Dance teacher until collected. Any changes to the usual pick up for your daughter should be given in writing to the school office.
  • Any questions concerning Dance Waiting classes should be directed to Debbie Lucas, Dance Waiting Supervisor. Please email danceschool@stcatherines.info with 'for the attention of Debbie Lucas' as the subject title.

All of the required dance uniform can be ordered from the school shop. Sample sizes are available to try on but please note, the school shop holds sample sizes and only a small amount of stock. If you would like to place an order you can visit the school shop or email: school.shop@stcatherines.info

Students are asked to arrive for dance classes dressed in the appropriate uniform, with hair neatly tied back or secured in a bun for ballet classes. In the interest of safe dance practice, jewellery should not be worn, unless for religious or cultural reasons.