• National Dance

  • This genre covers a wide range of European Folk Dance including Scottish, Finnish, Danish and English to name but a few.

    These traditional dances were developed by communities in the corresponding country and help provide a sense of community and awareness of others

    The aims..

    The aim of the National Dance Faculty is to bring the joy of European Folk Dance to all age levels. Folk dance develops a sense of community and awareness of others. The dancers have the opportunity to study traditional dances, costumes, music and customs. The syllabus is wide in range and choice. It is designed to suit all teaching situations, embracing the National Curriculum, Community Dance, Dance Degrees and Ethnic studies. This leads to its creative use both in the classroom and the theatre. Folk Dance is important in the present dance scene and all aspects are covered within the National Dance Faculty

    Folk Dance Studies

    The studies are a form of assessment for any age or ability. The dances are all traditional Folk Dances and the choice of countries can include European and Non-European. With each unit the dancers prepare projects on any aspect of the chosen country

    The examinations..

    Grade Examinations

    (Primary - Grade IV) The Grades can be taken in two ways:

    a) Folk
    b) National Character

    Folk Grades are similar to class tests with the teacher conducting the examination. All the dances chosen are traditional folk dances. National Character Grades blend traditional folk dances with a choreographed solo and group arrangement based on a folk theme or custom.

    Major Examinations

    (Pre-Intermediate, Intermediate, Advanced 1, Advanced 2)

    The Majors can be taken in two ways:

    1. Folk
    2. National Character

    The syllabus

    We teach the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing (ISTD) syllabus of National Dance, you can find the syllabus outline, on the ISTD's website http://www.istd.org/national/