Dance in Belfast

The art form of dance provides the potential for expression through movement. Its use of nonverbal communication allows dance to give learners the opportunity to participate in a way that is different from any other area of conventional learning.

Ballet is the oldest devised dance technique and it requires years of training to learn and master, with considerable practice required to retain proficiency and skill. Ballet develops alignment, coordination, musicality, strength, flexibility and refined elegance in movement and it is a fundamental technique in the training of a dancer. Ballet at ACT2 follows the Royal Academy of Dance Syllabus.

Pre-Professional Ballet or Dance is designed for talented dance students who wish to pursue professional ballet and/or dance training with the goal of pursuing a career in the profession, or find success in other associated fields.The classes provide specialised training and coaching for young dancers interested in a professional career, or for personal advancement.

Audition Technique is offered during two terms of the year and should be considered before applying to any form of vocational dance training establishment.Preparing to audition for full-time vocational/degree courses or full-time ballet schools can sometimes be a daunting prospect and these classes aim to give confidence and experienced specialist guidance to students and parents.

Progressing Ballet Technique is an innovative training system developed by Marie Walton-Mahon for students to understand the depth of training muscle memory in achieving their personal best in classical ballet.The training is a wonderful teaching tool that enhances ballet training.

Modern Jazz Dance is fun and energetic including elements of contemporary and commercial dance techniques often making it a fast, physical and motivating form of dance.

Contemporary Dance uses the strong and controlled legwork of Ballet whilst employing contract-release, fall and recovery and the improvisation characteristics of modern dance.

Body Conditioning provides a whole body workout that focuses on strengthening exercises, limbering, core and stamina work.

Xplor Dance Programme for Paraplegic Dancers is a community dance initiative which aims to explore, develop and create dance movement experiences relevant to the requirements of paraplegic dancers aged 4 through to adults. Our aim is to increase opportunities for artistic expression through movement whilst empowering young paraplegic people and adults with leadership and social skills that foster self-confidence, esteem and pride in performance. Sessions with Xplor teachers include coordinated movement exercises that involve both arms, the torso, neck, head and the shoulders.

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