“Want to be a professional dancer ?”
Love to Dance?
The fitness and social benefits of dance are well documented however, for any of our pupils displaying potential, we offer an additional, ADVANCED course in dance and also musical theatre(see young performers). Any of our pupils serious about a career in performing and/or teaching can audition for PRO DANCE at around 14yrs. This course prepares them for entry to full time colleges of Performing Arts at around age 18. Many of these colleges offer training to HND and Degree Level combined with dance and teacher training options.
Former Pro Dance Graduates have gone to colleges such as Dance for All in Edinburgh, Arts Educational Schools, London and London Studio Centre. Courses typically last for 3 years then students audition for dance employment which can take them all over the world on cruise ships, holiday resorts, theatres, TV and so on. Although a short career, it can be a rewarding one for the right person and investment in teaching qualifications is also wise to ensure a career after performing.
Many Dance UK Graduates are now employed as dancers, singers, actors, freelance teachers, dance school owners, educators and fitness professionals worldwide.
Getting the right training and advice for girls who are serious about pursuing a career in dance is essential and our PRO DANCE course offers the intensive preparation required to audition for college. It is open to any of our Academy Students showing potential.
The course is 3 hours weekly and is held at our purpose built rehearsal studio at Maryhill Burgh Halls, Glasgow. Class times are 6-9pm every Wednesday Evening. The day can change from year to year depending on staffing and student schedules.
Students generally have reached around Grade 4 Standard in their weekly classes and must AUDITION for entry to PRO DANCE. If accepted, students continue to attend their weekly 2 hours of Academy classes each week for Ballet, Tap and Jazz as well as commercial subjects such as street, hip hop and cheerdance. It’s important for our dancers to be competent in as many styles as possible to enhance their career opportunities.
Pro Dance classes focus on Classical Ballet, Tap and Modern Theatre Dance and students are entered for ISTD Exams which are Ofqual accredited qualifications and accrue points towards for university and college entrance, similar to a Music or Drama Higher at School. They also form part of the rigorous training required to become a professional dancer
Our Teachers hold Qualifications with the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing London or Royal Academy of Dance and are highly trained Professionals so Parents can be assured of Consistent Quality and Standards. Teachers attend regular training course both at Dance UK and in London to keep up to date with the latest dance teaching methodology.
Pro Dancers perform at every Dance Academy Show to gain experience of the stamina a professional dancer must have.
At Dance UK our ‘Academy’ Programme is the basis of what is, arguably, one of the most successful Childrens’ Dance Schools in the UK. This great start means our young pupils, if they have a desire to be a dancer, can transition with confidence to our Advanced Courses.
Our Pro Dance Programme has been designed and developed by the Dance UK team with founder, Jacqui Wilson keeping a continuous eye on quality and standards to ensure both pupils and teachers continue to be the best they can be.