Musical Theatre & Jazz

Jazz

Dancing is a key feature, in the majority of musicals, performed in groups, couples or as a solo. Combining elegance and enthusiasm to show the emotion of the narrative being told on stage is a core skill of the performers in musical theatre, as well as maintaining impeccable timing with their on-stage counterparts to ensure performances are synchronised and are visually delightful for the audience.

Jazz dancing is a free flowing, energetic style of dance that is executed with grace and balance, which is often why jazz dancers also have a strong background in ballet. Modern jazz is a fun dance genre, performed to a broad choice of varying rhythms and music styles, the freedom for dancers to interpret and execute steps is highly encouraged.

Audiences enjoy watching jazz as the moves and techniques are always fun and energetic, making way for dancers to showcase their originality. Jazz dancing consists of big leaps, quick turns, and lots of fancy footwork.

Jazz combines the basic techniques of ballet in the form of a versatile dance style that is designed to challenge dancers with prior experience, while jazz is upbeat and stylish it does take a lot of hard work and practice to master the foundation of the dance but is highly rewarding when you do.

““Chicago” is probably the most well-known and popular musical that features jazz dancing and more recently “La La Land” in which one of the main characters is an aspiring jazz musician.”

Singing

For any theatrical performer, singing is a key element, with skill required in both chorus and solo. As the most demanding of all singing styles, we focus on building vocal skill and the confidence of the individual through the teaching of popular West End and Broadway musicals.

Musical theatre singing requires the performer to effectively portray emotions that reflect the mood of the song at that point, the technique must therefore give the freedom to express these subtle changes regardless of the vocal range.

We teach students to understand how each sound is produced and how to adapt these to the style of different musicals.

Singing

For any theatrical performer, singing is a key element, with skill required in both chorus and solo. As the most demanding of all singing styles, we focus on building vocal skill and the confidence of the individual through the teaching of popular West End and Broadway musicals.

Musical theatre singing requires the performer to effectively portray emotions that reflect the mood of the song at that point, the technique must therefore give the freedom to express these subtle changes regardless of the vocal range.

We teach students to understand how each sound is produced and how to adapt these to the style of different musicals.

Acting

Acting is another vitally important skill for theatrical performers. The art of storytelling through movement and gesture is the key aspect of musical theatre with the performer expressing a range of emotions from humour, love, anger, and fear.

“Musical theatre is widely popular across the world and here in the UK we have many famous musicals that take place at the West End, including The Lion King, Phantom of the Opera and Les Misérables. Younger audiences may be more familiar with Disney and their renditions of Beauty and the Best, Aladdin and Mary Poppins which are all musicals, and often performed on stage or in pantomimes.”

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{Linda Virgoe Dance Studios is the best Dance school in the area. Only the very best quality of teaching takes place here with a large variety of dance styles to choose from. My daughter has attended since she was 3 and at 9 years old she still loves it just as much as the day she started. The teachers are all lovely and encourage all children to bring out the very best in themselves.{
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