Everyone knows that dance, whether it be formal or spontaneous, is a great way to make new friends, gain confidence, learn the discipline of exercise and have a lot of fun. It is especially good at instilling confidence in shy children and laying the foundations for a healthy life. But for the pupils at JB School of Dance, there are formal qualifications and a bi-annual performance at The Grand to look forward to as well.
PERFORMANCES AT THE GRAND
“It is quite something when you see your pupils performing on the fabulous stage of The Grand Theatre in Lancaster,” says inspirational founder and owner of JB School of Dance, Joanne Bisgrove-Peel. “The children enjoy the performances so much, and I know friends and family love seeing the children up there on such a fantastic stage.”
EXAMS ARE FUN?
As well as performing on stage, the pupils of the dance school also get the opportunity to take formal dance exams which could allow them to enter into a dance-based career if they wanted. “The exams are actually really fun, they really are!” says Joanne. “An examiner from the International Dance Teachers Association comes to the school for a day and assesses the progress that the children have made. It is an excellent way of gauging how far the children have developed, and the exams provide the pupils with something to aim for.”
“I’ve always been really interested in dance and started dancing when I was 3 years old. At the age of 16 I went to the Northern Ballet School in Manchester to train as a professional dancer and at the same time gain my teachers qualifications. I then went onboard Carnival Cruise lines and worked all over the world. After a successful career as a dancer I decided it was time to pass on my knowledge and experience to other young budding dancers, and the school has been operating for 16 years. Since becoming a teacher I have also gained Fellowship status in ballet which is the highest accolade a teacher can gain. ”
MORECAMBE AND CATON SESSIONS
Currently, the school has around eighty pupils, and there are classes on Tuesday and Thursday evenings. The Tuesday sessions are held at St Christopher’s Church Hall, Bare (just off Broadway) in Morecambe and the Thursday evening sessions are at Victoria Institute in Caton.
DIFFERENT TYPES OF DANCE
Five different types of dance are taught at JB School of Dance; Ballet, Tap, Funky Freestyle, Stage and Song and Gymnastics and Acro.
Ballet is the most disciplined of all dance forms, and it encourages good posture and the development of strong bodies along with its renowned grace which can be seen in the quality of movement. It can form a good foundation for other styles of dance.
Tap – We all remember Brucie’s brilliant tap dancing on Strictly which he made look so easy! But in reality, it does take a lot of practice. Tap dance is a type of dance characterised by the use of the sounds of tap shoes striking the floor as a form of percussion. The sound is made by shoes that have a metal “tap” on the heel and toe. Rhythmic and intricate, tap is one of the most enjoyable and erythematic forms of creational dance and is something the older generation will remember fondly. At the school of dance, there are age limits for Tap and classes are only held in Morecambe.
Funky Freestyle- With its cool name who could resist this form of dance which involves Jo and her team using their choreography skills to create dance routines for specific pieces of music that the children love. Funky Freestyle is a combination of pop video dance, hip hop, street, funky jazz plus much more all rolled into one lesson. Sounds fun!
Stage and Song – These sessions are fun-filled and include song and action to everyone’s favourite songs including musicals, pop tunes and Disney. This type of dance is great for confidence building and who knows could lead to a life treading the boards like local West End Star, Mark Isherwood!
Gymnastics and Acro – Designed to help build strength and condition body G & A offers pupils the opportunity to experience the gymnastic floor work that our brilliant Olympic gymnasts have made their own over recent years. This form of dance involves stretching, limbering and floor work along with learning the different tricks and skills. Jo and her dedicated team have already helped a number of former pupils advance their careers in dance, but whether your child wants to be a full-time dancer, go to ballet school, entertain on the stage or just enjoy a really fun lifestyle that keeps them fit and healthy, there is a place for them at JB School of Dance.
Please see www.jbschoolofdance.co.uk for more details and how to contact Joanne. FIRST CLASS FREE.