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excel dance company

Founded in 2016, Excel Dance Company is one of Northern Ireland’s most reputable dance and performing arts schools.

Under the direction of our Creative Directors, Lynda Moore and Brooke Allen, all of our students receive first class training from highly experienced and qualified teachers in a safe and encouraging environment.

All classes take place in our purpose-built studios in Newtownards.

Students can attend classes from the age of 15 months old and upwards. They may choose recreational classes for fun, or choose to take graded examinations in preparation for college auditions, higher education, or a career in dance and performing arts.

Excel Dance Company is affiliated to the British Theatre Dance Association and the Associated Board of Dance.

British Theatre Dance Association examinations are offered in Classical Ballet, Lyrical, Tap, Modern Jazz, Musical Theatre and Speech & Drama.

Associated Board of Dance examinations are offered in Acrobatics, Contemporary and Classical Ballet.

Recreational classes are available for beginners, adults, boys only and students with special and additional needs.

All students have the opportunity to participate in open days and perform in two annual showcases in term one and term three. Students also have the opportunity to compete in festivals and competitions.

Creative Directors

Lynda Moore

BTDA Reg, A.A.B.D, BA (Hons)

Brooke Allen

BTDA REG, A.A.B.D, MA, BA (HONS)

SUBJECTS AVAILABLE AT EXCEL DANCE COMPANY

Classical Ballet

A dance form combining elements of the English and French traditions of ballet. This discipline places an emphasis on the mastery of correct and safe technique, the vocabulary of dance, physical placement, spatial relationships, dramatic presence and artistic expression.

As a form it requires the ability to make movement look effortless and graceful and the flexibility, strength, endurance, muscle memory, discipline, and attention to detail necessary to express emotion and feeling.

Modern Jazz

A popular dance form that makes extensive use of musical styles. This discipline places an emphasis on the mastery of self-expression, energetic movement and response to rhythm and occasion.

As a form it is athletic and physically demanding and requires high levels of co- ordination, concentration and stamina.

Lyrical

This discipline places an emphasis on the mastery of self-expression, gracefulness and the use of movement to convey a sense of romance and style, in response to rhythm and lyrics.

As a form it requires dancers to understand and interpret both lyrics and melody with increasing emotional maturity, physical flexibility and co-ordination.

Tap

A strongly rhythmical dance form that draws on music from many traditions. This discipline places an emphasis on the mastery of using the feet as a percussive instrument, on the response to rhythm, and on interpretation and expression.

As a form it requires an understanding of beat, time signatures and musical expression as well as high levels of co-ordination, concentration and stamina.

Acrobatics

A physically demanding dance form derived from acrobatic traditions of entertainment.

This discipline places an emphasis on athleticism, agility, strength, control and balance, in order to ensure graceful and apparently effortless movement and sculptural representation.

As a form it uses transitions in body shape to express feelings and emotions by exercising control over space and movement.

Contemporary

Contemporary dance is a style of expressive dance that combines elements of several dance genres including modern, jazz, lyrical and classical ballet.

Contemporary dancers strive to connect the mind and the body through fluid dance movements. The term "contemporary" is somewhat misleading: it describes a genre that developed during the mid-20th century and is still very popular today.

Performing Arts

Both Musical Theatre and Speech and Drama examinations are offered in this class. Musical Theatre combines songs, spoken dialogue, and dance to tell stories. Speech and drama is an empowering way for young people to learn effective, clear communication that will serve them throughout their life.

Classes involve a range of speaking and performing exercises that focus on developing clear speech and confident communication.

Hiphop

Hip-hop dance refers to street dance styles primarily performed to hip hop and commercial music.

Made popular by dance crews in the United States, Hiphop is a fusion dance genre that incorporates elements of popping, locking, jazz, ballet, and lyrical dancing.

This is a high energy subject that requires stamina, physicality and personality.