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Modern Theatre – What Is It? What We Do?

What is Modern Theatre?

Modern Theatre is a rhythmic dance style which originated in America before travelling to the rest of the world. It incorporates the style and technique of modern, contemporary, jazz, lyrical and musical theatre under one umbrella.

Modern is often seen on the stages of musical productions and is known for its theatrical qualities e.g. Bob Fosse or Martha Graham’s work. The style uses floor work, travelling steps, high kicks, elevated jumps, extended leaps, and strong turns which require strong technique, secure posture, stamina, flexibility, sense of musicality and various style. 

Modern is free form and a break-free from the strict classical ballet technique, with movements that origin from the core of the body, uses elements like contract and release, floor work, fall and recovery such as body drop, deep controlled movements, and improvisation.

Suitable for boys and girls age 5 and above.

Syllabus:

  • Beginner Level (Primary for age 5-7) – Develop natural movement such as walking, running, jumping and skipping to encourage imaginative and rapid response, sense of line, coordinated movements and ability to express a feeling
  • Graded Level (Grade 1 – 6 for age 6+) – Develop technical accuracy with correct body placement, versatile range of movement, all-round strengths and abilities, sense of self-expression and creative improvisation
  • Vocational Level (Intermediate Foundation, Intermediate, Advanced 1 & Advanced 2 for age 12+) – Develop virtuosity in performance, awareness of audiences and self-expression, comprehensive technique in the styles of modern, jazz, lyrical and contemporary, as well as mature improvisation skills

International Examination Board:
– Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing (ISTD), United Kingdom:

Established in 1904, the ISTD is a registered educational charity and membership association, and is one of the world’s leading dance examination boards with 12 faculties from ballet, modern, ballroom, dance sport and social dance. ISTD mission is to educate the public in the art of dancing in all its forms, to promote the knowledge of dance, to provide up-to-date techniques, and to maintain and improve teaching standards across the globe. The ISTD is always moving with the times to keep pace with the latest developments in dance. Currently, ISTD has more than 7,500 members in over 50 countries throughout the world and holds 250,000 examinations each year.

Sample of the syllabus at vocational level.

Classical Ballet classes for young children (age 5-9)

Our beginners Classical Ballet classes for young children age 5-9 incorporates the Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) syllabus of Pre Primary and Primary. It delivers the core foundation of Classical Ballet and develop awareness of body parts, space, control, co-ordination, movement dynamics and being able to perform expressively to depict a story. Suitable for boys and girls.

Our experienced teachers conduct the classes with imaginative, fun and engaging approach. At the end of the course, students will attempt the exam and achieve the RAD certification.

Each class is structured as following:

  • Age group for Pre-Primary – 5 to 6 years old, Primary – 6 to 9 years old
  • Duration – 45 mins per class (once a week)
  • RAD Primary exam – students attend an additional coaching class for 6 months before the annual examination (twice a week)

Sample of the RAD Primary syllabus (ages 6-9) – Bend and Point

Taipei Dance Exchange – 24th – 29th Nov 2019

Some of our higher grades girls went to Taipei for a dance exchange from 24th – 29th November 2019. There, we participated in an intensive week of ballet focusing solely on the Vaganova ballet technique. We also spent an evening at a street dance school for open classes. The girls had a blast and fulfilling trip; attending ballet, conditioning, pointe, variations, contemporary, jazz funk and hip hop classes. Not forgetting, shopping and eating around the city.

At Elevate, we aim to organise at least one overseas immersion trip every year as part of our extension programme. More photos and video.

Singapore International Dance Challenge – 12th – 13th Sep 2019

The 2nd Singapore International Dance Challenge was held from 12 to 13 September 2019 at The Ground Theatre, Scape. More photos here.

Congratulations to all awardees..!

  • Champion – Open Age Group (Any Other Style)
  • 2nd runner up – Open Age Solo (Any Other Style) – Ang Shi Min
  • 3rd runner up – Open Age Solo (Any Other Style) – Tan Wei Lin, Cheryl
  • 4th runner up – Open Age Solo (Any Other Style) – Ang Jing Yan

 

Hong Kong Challenge Cup – 27th – 29th July 2019

10 senior girls participated in the Hong Kong Challenge Cup Dance Competition held on 27th – 29th July 2019 at Y Theatre, organised by the Inspired Dance Company Hong Kong. Many whom are above 20 years old and attempting their very first solo on stage. The senior girls also attempted their very first self-choreography for the dances. The group came back with 1 Silver, 2 Bronzes and 12 Certificates.

Well Done and Congratulations to all awardees! More photos here.

Get The Beat – 03rd – 13th June 2019

With just a mere 3 months of training, our competitors pushed themselves to their best on stage. Congratulations to all who placed.

Joyce Lim Jia Xuan – 20+ Open – 4th Place
Tan Wei Lin, Cheryl – 20+ Open – 5th Place
Tng Qian Hui – 15-19 Any Styles – 5th Place
Open Group Contemporary – 4th Place
15&U Group Any Styles – 4th Place

Well done to those that still persevere and tried their very best despite sustaining injuries and falling sick. Thank you to all chaperon, dancers & supporters who gave much encouragement and positivity. Congratulations girls..! More photos here.