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Caterpillar Dance School

Caterpillar Dance School Instructor

“I am passionate about dance and have been lucky enough to have experience in many different dance styles. Through my teaching, I hope to share my knowledge and experience with others, in order to produce confident and aspiring dancers”.

Laura trained at The Centre Performing Arts College, where she undertook 3 years professional dance and musical theatre training. Upon completing her ISTD Vocational graded and Associate teaching qualifications in 2003, she graduated from the University of Surrey in 2006 with a degree in Dance and Culture. In July 2007 Laura graduated from the University of Greenwich with a PGCE specialising in teaching dance in further education, and a post graduate diploma in 2005 from University of Surrey.

Laura has been teaching dance in the private sector since November 2002 and in education since 2006. She has worked with schools, colleges, sports partnerships and other community groups to set up extra curricular clubs and gifted and talented programmes.

Laura is a qualified UKA Salsa Instructor and Zumba® Fitness Instructor.  She also has her Level 3 diploma in Gym Instruction and Personal Training and also Level 4 diploma in Exercise Referral.

Classes


Pre-School Dance Classes - For Children 3 - 5 Years​

Tiny Tots Ballet and Disco provide children between the ages of 3 - 5 years with an introduction to dance. The structure of the ballet class incorpates basic ballet vocabulary and mime. In addition, it teaches children co-ordination, correct posture, creativity and performance skills. Disco is a fun and energetic dance class for young children. The dances are choreographed to pop music, making it an enjoyable and excellent way to keep fit; as well as building confidence and self-esteem.

Istd Imperial Classical Ballet - For Children 4 Years Plus​

Ballet is an excellent way of developing strength, flexibility, control and improving posture. Each grade consists of set exercises and a dance, which is assessed by an external examiner. Children in the class will have an opportunity of working towards graded examinations from Pre -Primary level through to Intermediate.

Istd Tap Dance - For Children 4 Years Plus​

Tap dance is one of the most fun and rhythmic forms of recreational dance. It is excellent for developing musicality, co-ordination and also great fun. Children will have the option of working towards the ISTD tap grades, starting at Pre - Primary level. The class consists of set exercises and routines choreographed by the teacher.

Istd Modern Jazz - For Children 8 Years Plus​

Modern Jazz has proved extremely popular due to its ability to adapt, develop and evolve with the changing fashion in dance. Children will learn set exercises and dances choreographed to popular music. They will also have the opportunity of working towards the ISTD graded examinations and the ISTD Jazz Awards.

Freestyle / Street - For Children 6 - 10 Years​

Disco Freestyle is the trendiest and most popular form of dance in the UK today. In this class, you will experience a fusion of modern music and dance styles, encouraging freedom of expression and artistry. Because the nature of freestyle is so diverse - routines and music may be influenced by musical theatre, street jazz or pop videos.

Musical Theatre - For Children 4 Years Plus

Musical Theatre is one of the most popular forms of family entertainment in the UK, sharing the common components of acting, singing and dance. Classes will be run as term courses, leading to a musical theatre production. Please check the website for details of term dates and performances.

Freestyle / Street Dance - For Children 4 Years Plus

Street dance is diverse and can be performed to many forms of popular music - from pop to hip hop. Within the class you will learn basic principles such as body isolations, waves and spins. My style of teaching is a fusion of commercial jazz, hip hop and modern jazz dance. Each class starts with a warm up followed by a dance routine, which will be added to each week.

Contemporary Dance - For Children 12 Years Plus​

A technique class combining both lyrical and dynamic dance qualities. Students will develop their physical and interpretative skills through swing and stretch exercises, floor work and short travelling sequences, based on contemporary dance technique. The technical jazz element is based on ISTD Modern Vocational graded work combined with my own choreography. Students will learn how to perform the perfect pirouette, as well as kicks, leaps, jazz isolations and dance movements accurately and confidently.

Class Times


Saturday

09:30 - 10:15

Tiny Tots Ballet and Disco


Saturday

09:30 - 10:00

ISTD Pre-Primary Tap


Saturday

10:00 - 10:30

ISTD Pre-Primary Ballet


Sunday

10:00 - 10:45

ISTD Grade 1 Ballet


Saturday

10:30 - 11:00

ISTD Pre-Primary Tap


Saturday

10:30 - 11:00

ISTD Primary Tap


Saturday

10:30 - 11:30

ISTD Primary Ballet


Sunday

10:30 - 10:45

ISTD Grade 2 Ballet


Sunday

10:45 - 11:30

ISTD Grade 2 Tap


Sunday

10:45 - 11:30

ISTD Grade 3 Tap


Saturday

11:00 - 11:30

ISTD Pre-Primary Ballet


Saturday

11:30 - 12:00

Acro Arts - Stretch and Tumble


Sunday

11:30 - 12:30

ISTD Grade 2 Modern and Stretch


Sunday

11:30 - 12:30

ISTD Grade 3 Modern and Stretch


Saturday

12:00 - 12:30

ISTD Grade 4 Tap


Saturday

12:00 - 12:30

ISTD Standard 1 Ballet


Sunday

12:30 - 13:30

Acro Arts - Stretch and Tumble


Sunday

12:30 - 13:15

ISTD Grade 3 Ballet


Saturday

12:30 - 13:00

ISTD Grade 1 Tap


Saturday

13:00 - 13:30

ISTD Grade 1 Modern


Sunday

14:00 - 15:00

Acro Arts - Stretch and Tumble


Saturday

14:30 - 15:15

ISTD Grade 4 Ballet and Stretch


Saturday

15:15 - 16:15

ISTD Grade 5 Modern and Stretch


Tuesday

16:00 - 16:45

Tiny Tots Ballet and Disco


Wednesday

16:00 - 16:30

Caterpillar Freestyle / Street


Monday

16:00 - 16:30

ISTD Primary Tap


Thursday

16:00 - 16:30

ISTD Pre-Primary Tap


Saturday

16:15 - 17:00

ISTD Grade 5 Tap


Wednesday

16:30 - 17:00

Caterpillar Performing Arts


Monday

16:30 - 17:00

ISTD Primary Ballet


Thursday

16:30 - 17:00

ISTD Pre-Primary Ballet


Wednesday

17:00 - 18:00

Caterpillar Freestyle / Street


Monday

17:00 - 17:30

ISTD Grade 1 Tap


Monday

17:30 - 18:00

ISTD Standard 1 Ballet


Wednesday

18:00 - 19:00

Caterpillar Performing Arts


Thursday

18:00 - 19:00

Contemporary and Lyrical Dance


Friday

18:00 - 19:00

Essence Dance Company Rehearsal


Thursday

19:00 - 20:00

ISTD Grade 5 Ballet / Pointe Work


Our Location

Rochester Dance Junction -

681 Maidstone Road - Rochester - Kent - ME1 3QJ