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About Island Dance Academy

About IDA

Our school was established in September 2000. Our classes are now held in studios at Brompton Academy in Gillingham. 

Our aim is for children and adults to dance for enjoyment and exercise.

 

Opportunities to perform onstage arise often and we encourage students to attend auditions for local pantomimes and other shows.  Academy students have performed at Her Majesty’s Theatre and Shaftesbury Theatre in London, as well as local theatres in and around Medway.  Our in house productions are staged about every other year.

Students can also work towards BATD and IDTA exams which are also usually held bi-yearly.  However, children who do not wish to take exams will be able to progress up through the grades alongside their friends.   In 2011 we were proud to be awarded with a Certificate of Merit by the Theatre Dance Council International for achieving outstanding examination results.

Classes are held in Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Street Dance, Musical Theatre and Contemporary.  

Pre-school ballet is available for children from 2 1/2 years, with other subjects of dance opening availability as they grow older. 

What do we offer?

Ballet

Teaches the basic technique needed in all forms of dance.  Ballet will improve posture, give strength and stamina and also promotes discipline. We work towards IDTA grade examinations

Musical Theatre

Combines singing, acting and dance. These classes offer a great variety of skills and great fun! Students will get to  perform in front of one another as well as on occasions to an audience. During  these classes students will be asked to learn monologues and scripts as well as  learning to sing to modern day songs and musicals such as Annie and Oliver. They  will be taught many different styles of dance as well as learning movement and  warm up techniques.
 

Jazz

Often danced to popular upbeat tracks, combining energetic moves with fancy footwork, floor work, big leaps and turns.

Tap

Tap is a lot of fun!  Learning to develop rhythms through your feet, tap dancing promotes good balance, rhythm and coordination.  We work towards IDTA grade and medal test examinations.

Street

From its beginnings in the USA in the 70’s Street Dance has evolved into modern dance styles, like Hip Hop and Funk, that are now a staple of modern music videos and dance performances. It is both physical exercise and an art form.  We work towards IDTA medal tests.

Contemporary dance

This is a style of dance combing several dance styles including modern, jazz, lyrical and classical ballet.​

Please don't hesitate to contact us for more information about any of our classes! 

Dance Styles We Offer

Uniform List / Suppliers

 


Our Uniform Suppliers:

Second hand Uniform Shop:
 http://www.idanearlynew.altervista.org/ 


School time
23 Railway Street, ME4 4HU


Bustles and Breeches



Baillando Dancewear

 

GIRLS 

Ballet 
Tiny Tots,  Rosettes, Prep,  Primary 

 

  • Sheree Leotard in Lilac (Roch Valley)

  • Lilac Circular Skirt (Roch Valley)

  • Lilac wrap over cardigan

  • White Ballet Socks

  • Pink Leather Ballet Shoes

  • Hair in a bun


Grade 1 
 

  • Sheree Leotard in Lilac (Roch Valley)

  • White Ballet Tights 

  • Pink Leather Ballet Shoes

  • Lilac Wrap Over Cardigan

  • Hair in a bun


Grade 2 +
 

  • Black Leotard

  • White Ballet Tights

  • Pink Leather Ballet Shoes

  • Black Wrap Over cardigan

  • Hair in a bun

 

Street, Musical Theatre, Jazz, Contemporary
 

  • Black leggings or Jazz Pants

  • Lilac Leotard (Junior Contemporary)

  • Black Leotard (Senior Contemporary) 

  • Island Dance Academy T-Shirt (available from the school only)

  • Jazz shoes

BOYS

Ballet 

 

  • White Leotard or T-Shirt

  • Black Shorts (Ballet Tights For Grade 1 And Above)

  • White Ankle Socks

  • Black Ballet Shoes


Tap and Jazz
 

  • White Leotard Or T-Shirt

  • Boys Black Cotton Lycra Jazz Pants (Jazz pants need to fit well around the knee)

  • Black Jazz Shoes (Jazz)

  • Black Tap Shoes (Tap)

Island Dance Academy holds a small supply of uniform:

  • Junior lilac leotards - £12.50

  • Junior lilac skirts - £12.50

  • Lilac cardigan - £12

  • Black senior leotards - £24

  • Black cotton cardigan - £16

  • Purple t-shirt junior - £12

  • Black senior crop top - £12

  • Purple hoodies (junior) - £20

  • Black hoodies (adult) - £25

  • White Ballet socks - £3

Please see Mandy for above.

Tap
Rosettes, Prep, Primary

 

  • Sheree Leotard in Lilac (Roch Valley)

  • Lilac Circular Skirt (Roch Valley)

  • Lilac wrap over cardigan

  • White Ballet Socks

  • Black tap shoes

  • Hair tied neatly off the face


Grade 1

  • Sheree Leotard in Lilac (Roch Valley)

  • Black Cotton Lycra Jazz Pants (Jazz pants need to fit well around the knee)

  • Black ankle socks

  • Black Tap Shoes

  • Hair tied neatly off the face


Grade 2+
 

  • Black Leotard 

  • Black Cotton Lycra Jazz Pants (Jazz pants need to fit well around the knee)

  • Black ankle socks

  • Black tap shoes (Black Oxford Tap Shoes with Teletone Taps  from Grade 3)

  • Hair tied neatly off the face

Uniform List & Suppliers
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