A bit about Zest
Within our studio we aim to offer a varied timetable of classes with the ethos of producing more than just a dancer, students are encouraged to train in gymnastics, singing and performing arts.
The academy has a large and very strong competition team which competes in several local competitions a year. The academy also aims to ensure all students are given the chance to perform at events throughout the year to showcase their work and build confidence in their abilities.
This classical style of expressive movement has something to offer for everyone.
Ballet for pleasure or for the more serious-minded, this classical style has something to offer everyone. Ballet dates back to the 17th century and the conventional steps, grace and fluidity of movement are still found in Ballet today. Choreographers have been influenced by composers through the ages.
Ballet has a technique which is the foundation of all dance.
Because we are lucky enough to have links to Daniel Jones Ballet UK we are able to offer additional classes with Artistic Director Daniel Jones to those who wish to further their classical training.
Our adult ballet classes are in designed to give you training and understanding of the ballet technique whilst giving you a pleasurable versatile type of excercise. As a foundation of all dance, ballet will lengthen and strengthen your muscles, improve breathing, body alignment and sense of well-being.
Tap is rhythm – rhythm is tap. Its origins are many and varied. Americans claim its origin dates from the African Jazz age. The Irish stake their claim to the Jigs and Step Dancing. The English relate back to northern Clog Dancers but whichever one chooses to believe, Tap is as popular today as it was in the heyday of the great Fred Astaire and Gene Kelly musicals.
Evergreen shows, 42nd Street and Crazy For You, and the more recently Stomp and Tap Dogs, highlight the great diversities of style and music in tapping.
Modern Jazz is fun. You will learn to develop many different movements reaching to a broad choice of varying rhythms and musical styles. Classes are structured to begin to prepare the physical strength and flexibility required to demonstrate emotion through interpretation of any musical genre.
One minute you may be dancing to the rhythm of a drum, the next to a funky jazz style. You may explore contrast between expansion and relaxation or learn to isolate in a slick stylish mood. Whatever the atmosphere of the class, it will be a wonderful opportunity to react and interact with other members and really dance to express your feelings.
Creating elegant, acrobatic routines.
With inspiration from gymnastic floor work and rhythmic gymnastics, this dance style incorporates acrobatic movement into elegant flowing routines, with creative, expressive lifts and poses.
Requiring strength, flexibility and technique, Gymnastic Dance produces inspiring performances for the dancer and audience.
We introduce simple body warm ups and vocal exercises making sure our singers understand the beneﬁts before their voices develop as they get older. But don’t forget that our main focus is building their conﬁdence and allowing them to show off their new skills with their new friends.
Covering some of our students’ favourite current pop songs and using microphones too, we let them feel like superstars by working on their self-expression. Our classes are very interactive and energetic with no pressure to get involved or sing a solo until they are comfortable.
In addition to working as a group we will also work carefully with each student over the 10-week term, ensuring that they are progressing the way they’d like and making the most of their talent
Snippets of our latest news
Shona Boocock Academy students dance at Move IT!
Well done to Abigail, Lyla, Rhianne and Erin who performed with Daniel Jones Ballet UK & Daniel Jones Dance at Move It this weekend at London ExCeL Arena.
Shona Boocock Academy school presentation
Well done to the winners of our special awards at the recent exam presentation, award winners were as follows:
· Most improved junior – Eloise Arbon
· Most improved senior – Katy Boyes
· Most improved gymnast – Erin Gatt
· Miss Personality – Lexie Knight
· Miss Flexibility – Ellie Melia
· Endeavour - Leah Gunjal
· Dancers Dancer – Emily Robinson
Miss Shona wins Morley Business Award
After her recent nomination Miss Shona was elated to become this year’s winner in the sole trader category.
AWARD FOR MISS SHONA
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Principal: Shona Stringer IDTA