At Westside we create the highest Quality in dance education. We strive to benefit students of every age, skill level and experience. Westside tutors are dedicated to ensure dancers gain a strong technique, a love for the art, the value of discipline commitment and an unparalleled work ethic.
Dancers train together in an encouraging environment to build on spatial awareness, team-building skills, technique, stamina, timing, and performance. Styles covered are Jazz, Musical Theatre, Lyrical, Hip Hop, Commercial and Contemporary.
Lyrical Competition Team
A specialized section of the school, which focuses purely on lyrical, a fusion of ballet, jazz and contemporary techniques, dance and training for competition. The competition pieces are choreographed to selected music that inspire the student’s movements and express strong emotions. The competition rehearsal environment enhances sportsmanship, teamwork and are a fast paced class.
Pre-Professional Dance Programme
PERITIA Dance Company is a professional preparation class to continue to train aspiring dancers. This class is 2.5 hours in duration and it includes Ballet, Lyrical, Contemporary and Jazz technique. This program trains dancers at an exhilarated pace, focusing on technique, alignment of body, artistry and musicality. Each student is closely monitored and evaluated in order to ensure growth and progression.
Imperial Society of Teachers of Dance Modern Dance Exams
ISTD concentrates on modern jazz technique, and the ability to memorize choreographed steps and combinations through a professionally devised international syllabus.
A specially devised advanced programme for WestSide that focuses on Flexibility, Leaps, Acro and Turns, to enhance the student’s overall dance ability, knowledge strength and technique.
Students are taught to express themselves in a high-energy class through the roots of Hip-Hop, with the use of classic old hip-hop, and chart music of today. Classes are based on the primary styles of popping, locking, and breaking. Other styles covered; commercial/new style, jazz funk, house, raga, wacking and krumping.
Students learn rhythm, timing and Tap Technique with the use of heel and toe taps, which ensure clear beats to make an enjoyable sound.
Students work privately with WestSide tutors to focus on their individual skills.
The classes focus on the foundational techniques, which are used in many other genres of dance. It is a highly technical form of dance, and the classes focus on performance ability.
Dance Intensives / Masterclass
Dance intensives / masterclasses are held throughout the year with international tutors / choreographers focusing on learning and enhancing the skills of different types of dance, allowing students to train with international professionals and encouraging versatility as a dancer.