Information for students wishing to pursue a professional career in the world of the performing arts
Choosing the right dancing school is a very important decision…
Firstly you must check the following :
*Are you child’s teachers qualified and associated with a reputable and recognised society? Unfortunately, there are schools that have been established that are not run by qualified teachers and this means your child is not receiving the correct training they deserve.
* Is your child receiving the correct training for their physical capabilities and studying age appropriate material?
* Is their dance environment safe?
* How big are the class sizes? If your child is dancing in a large class, faults go unnoticed and could cause injury in the future.
Whichever class your child wishes to attend with Kaleidoscope, rest assured they will receive a safe, nurturing and fun experience. All Kaleidoscope teachers are qualified and have studied intensively to gain knowledge within their professional field. All material that is taught during class is age appropriate and safe for the students developing body. Class sizes are kept to a maximum number of 15 in a musical theatre classes, 12 for 5 + star squad dance classes and 10 for preschool classes. We believe in quality teaching and not quantity. For the Future…
Your child can happily dance through the ISTD grades for recreational purposes or they can decide to follow the professional path and enter the ISTD vocational grades. The vocational grades were devised for talented students wishing to take their training further and create a ‘Dancer of today’. Vocational grades also prepare students for vocational college training.
Dance teacher training.
Katie Walford has worked as an ISTD approved tutor since 2003 and worked alongside UK and international examiner Linda Sweetzer since 1996 entering students for their ISTD teaching qualifications. Kaleidoscope students are able to enrol onto the Linda Sweeter Teacher Training Centre and gain their teaching qualifications DDI and DDE in Modern theatre, Tap dance, Imperial Ballet, Cechetti Ballet and National. The LSTTC has branches in Maidenhead and Banbury. Students will have the opportunity to study under the guidance of Linda Sweetzer and her team of highly qualified tutors and examiners. Whilst studying at the centre, Kaleidoscope can offer students work experience and ‘hands on’ practical study by assisting Kaleidoscope teachers throughout the week.
Professional Agency opportunities.
Kaleidoscope is very proud to be affiliated with the Ann Koska Agency. AKA is a well established theatrical agency representing professional performers for roles in Film, Television and theatrical productions. All students attending Kaleidoscope classes have the opportunity to meet the AKA team and be considered for representation. After many years of teaching in the Theatre school/ vocational college sector, Katie Walford is able to advise and help any prospective performer wishing to pursue a career in the performing arts.