WelcomeTMT Theatre ArtsAll round teachings dedicated to Dance and the Performing Arts
Each of the students has their own unique Qualities, Talents and Goals. It is of paramount importance to nurture them in their chosen field and to identify areas to work on, encouraging them with an all round trainingin performing arts, whilst building Social Skills, achieving Qualifications and having fun.
HISTORY TMT Theatre Arts developed from Teddington Musical Theatre (TMT) which originally offered only classes in Musical Theatre, but due to its dedicated teachings, professional development and the increase in talent and standard of productions over the years the school now offers excellent training to produce strong all round versatile performers in all areas of dance and performing arts, attaining excellent exam results in all subjects. As Musical Theatre is a combination of all areas of the performing arts a thorough knowledge and background is vital.
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Pre-SchoolTMT Theatre Arts offer Pre-school classes from 2.5 yrs
Young children love to move. Through movement children develop their bodies, their minds, their confidence and their ability to communicate and express. Young children are learning all the time and in these early years most of their learning is connected to movement. The importance of movement in the development of children has been well researched and documented by educationalists and psychologists alike. During these early years children are involved in developing fundamental movement skills. Early exposure to developmentally appropriate movement activities in an instructional environment can help children to acquire skills and attitudes that are necessary for the future participation in physical activity e.g. sport or dance. The sessions have been designed from a developmental perspective; addressing young children’s cognitive, motor and affective (emotional and social) development and is therefore a fusion of educational and developmental theory. Pre-school Dance Classes acknowledges the importance of movement to young children and aims to provide a fun and safe learning environment. The focus on movement does not imply its superiority over creativity, expression or musicality; rather it exemplifies that movement is the medium for these elements to be developed. Dance is FUN Pre School Dance programs are specially designed to provide children from walking age, with a strong foundation in musicality and movement. Teaching the basic elements of movement and dance, space and how we relate to it, (both as an individual and as a member of a group) with particular emphasis on musical rhythm, beat and time; opposites and directions. From this a sense of self, creative expression, imagination, teamwork and basic body awareness evolves. Children also learn the basics of classroom behaviour and manners which include how to take turns, following another dancer of leading the way, waiting patiently, working together and having a positive attitude
TMT offer the Melody bear syllabus for our pre-school pupils. Classes are tailored to discovering and fulfilling the potential of each child, nurturing their creative development, enabling the delivery of effective and happy classes in ballet, tap and modern. Establishing a good foundation and introduction, preparing pupils for exam classes in RAD and ISTD.Little Bear Feet with Melody BearMelody Movement with Melody Bear & Milligan BearTip Tap Toe & Groovy Moves with Melody Bear
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Term Dates 2016:Exam Coaching - Thursday 14th AprilFriday 15th April - Saturday 9th JulyHalf term: 27th May -5th June (No Classes 17th/18th June)TMT Summer DiarySaturday 16th & 23rd April: Christina (our RAD student teacher) has her final assessments. The assessments will take place during the 10:30am grade 2 ballet class (which was grade 1 prior to the exams). Please can all children be dressed correctly with their hair tied back (preferably in a bun) as the children are representing TMT and will have tutors from the RAD watching. Please note: the children are not being assessed. ISTD ExamsSaturday 14th MayGrade 1 & 2 Tap, Primary Mod/TapSaturday 21st May Grade 1, 3 & 5 TapFriday 20th MayGCSE Practical Exam Performance; Audience invited. Please note GCSE exam entry fee is due.Half term27th May - 5th June inclusiveAfter half term there may be slight amendments to the timetable as we move into show rehearsals. Musical Theatre ExamsJuly Date tbcLamdaJuly Date tbcNo Classes 17th/18th JuneCostume Call July Date tbcTerm Ends 9th July
Students will appear in the school show annually. This full-scale production allows the students the opportunity to demonstrate the high standard of technique, ability and performance they have achieved during their training. Students will also have the opportunity to appear in other public presentations and cabarets; and for those who are really keen festival work is offered. Summer School – an intensive week’s course; completed with a theatre production with full costume, sound and lighting on the final evening. Subjects included are musical theatre, drama, singing, tap, jazz, acrobatics & much more. A thoroughly enjoyable and challenging weekOUTINGSThe school is proud to offer theatre trips, school outings and festival presentations. This allows the pupils to socialise and be part of a team
TMT differs in that alongside working on stage technique & performance there is also emphasis placed on each individual subject, allowing each student to obtain qualifications in their chosen fields working on both their strengths and weaknesses in dance, drama & singing accordingly. TMT offer qualifications that are fully accredited by the UK regulatory authoritiesDANCEDance is an integral part of the school. Pupils are encouraged to improve awareness, strength and flexibility, working within their own limits and ability. Older pupils will be educated on the basic understanding of the human body so as to avoid injury. Classes are offered in Ballet, Modern, Tap, Contemporary, Street Jazz/Theatre Acro, Double Work, GCSE & A level Dance. TMT follow the RAD & ISTD exam syllabus in dance. Students have the opportunity to take exams at graded and vocational level. Exams are held regularly.The Royal Academy of Dance(RAD) is one of the largest and most influential dance education and training organisations in the world. Established in 1920, to improve standards and re-invigorate dance training initially within the UK, the Academy helps and encourages its teachers to perfect their teaching skills and pass on this knowledge to their students.The Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing(ISTD) is the world's leading dance examinations board, formed in 1904 it is today a registered educational charity and is the only organisation that covers the full spectrum of dance examinations on a truly global scale. BalletBallet is the foundation of all other dance disciplines. Classes develop a correct posture, stamina and good basic technique. For Ballet the school follows both the RAD (grades & vocational) & ISTD (vocational) syllabus. Classes are offered from Preschool (2 ½ years) – Advanced. Tap & Modern As great importance is placed upon technical detail in dance the ISTD syllabus is also followed in both Modern & Tap. These classes also cover various routines & rhythms enabling pupils to develop a wide repertoire of combinations. Classes are offered from Pre Primary (4 years) – Advanced.Graded ExamsGraded Examinations in Dance syllabi provide broad practical dance education and develops technical, musical and performance skills. The RAD ballet grades incorporate ballet, free movement and character and with the new Pre-Primary in Dance and Primary in Dance it is appropriate for students from the age of five years, Grades range Pre Primary to Grade 8. The ISTD offer grades Pre –Primary – Grade 6. Grades 6 – 8 are awarded UCAS points at level 3 regulated by QCFVocational ExamsThe Vocational Graded Examinations in all genres (ISTD & RAD) of dance provide an in-depth study of the particular genre taken, developing advanced technique, music and performance skills. The vocational ISTD & RAD Ballet syllabus introduces pointe work for female candidates. These exams prepare students for a career in dance performance &/or teaching. Exams can be taken from 11years starting with Intermediate Foundation, Intermediate, Advanced 1 & Advanced 2. In order to complete teaching qualifications vocational exams must be completed prior to entry. Intermediate is awarded at level 3 QCF (awarded UCAS points) and Advanced 1 & 2 regulated at level 4 QCF. Vocational exams are assessed at a much higher level than graded exams. Contemporary/Street Jazz/Hip Hop/ Theatre AcroClasses encompass a variety of styles and aim to develop expression, energy and control. Classes also includecommercial dance work as seen in music videos. Emphasis is placed on learning lots of combinations whilst having fun. For the advanced class importanceis placed on retaining and picking up routines at speed. Theatre Acro/Gymnastics helps strengthen and loosen the body, enabling pupils to develop acrobatic moves for use within performances.
MUSICAL THEATREThese classes are a combination of acting through song and dance and are the foundation of Musical Theatre. Through these classes all aspects of performing arts (Dance, Singing & Drama) are brought together and students are encouraged to perform both as a group & individually, but as a team. Tutors will work at the pace of each individual, being psychologically aware of each student’s abilities at all times, developing self esteem. Each year the musical theatre classes perform a theatrical show. Classes are available for 4 +.SINGINGClasses can be taken privately or in groups. Singing is an essential element of Musical Theatre. Students are introduced to many styles of songs. Classes focus on range, breathing techniques, harmonies and voice production. There is an emphasis on performance & learning to express emotion through song. Pupils can be entered for Musical Theatre or classical singing exams; following the London College of Music syllabi. Grades 6 – 8 are awarded UCAS points at level 3 regulated by QCF.DRAMAThese classes offer opportunities for children to develop confidence, concentration, awareness of character and performance skills, as well as the ability to work with and support others. LAMDA Drama & Speech Certificates can also be achieved if desired. Grades 6 – 8 are awarded UCAS points at level 3 regulated by QCF.
Spring Term Start Date: 8th January 2016
M Teach, P.G.C.E. (QTLS), BA Hons. Dual F.I.S.T.D. R.A.D. Registered Teacher, FDI & CDE Certificates in Modern, Tap, Ballet & National. L.A.M (Gold Medal). LCM Dip. Anna is an experienced teacher, choreographer, producer and examiner. Anna started her training at the Loreto Bamber Dancing Academy, Southport under the direction of her mother Pamela Bamber. On completion of a Diploma in Musical Theatre & Dance at Merseyside Dance and Drama Centre, Liverpool she moved to Germany where she danced, choreographed and later taught at the Ballet Studio Bremen; here she was commissioned to introduce the I.S.T.D. Modern and Tap syllabus to the school from grades to vocational standard. Alongside teaching professionally as the lead singer with the group, ‘FEVER’ on the North West Club circuit. Whist working in the industry opportunities arose naturally progressing Anna’s career into choreography. Credits include musicals: Carousel - The Grand, Blackpool, West Side Story - The Tower Ballroom, Blackpool, Bat Boy – Viva, Blackpool, Summer Showcase – Soho Theatre, London, Graduates Showcase - West End Theatre, London, Anything Goes – The Grand, Blackpool, Kiss Me Kate – Spanish Halls, Winter Gardens, Blackpool, Cabaret – The Theatre, Blackpool, Crazy for You – The Grand, Blackpool. Danceworks: Cinderella’s Story & Circus through Time - St Mary’s Theatre, Twickenham, Pandora’s Box - Kingston Performing Arts Centre, Alice in Wonderland Ballet - Kingston Performing Arts Centre. Pantomimes – Aladdin, Dick Whittington, Beauty and the Beast and Cinderella, Southport Theatre. Gazette The Tower Ballroom, Blackpool, Fashion Shows & Festivals.As a qualified teacher of dance and performing arts Anna holds RAD registered teacher status, Fellowship Certificates in I.S.T.D. Modern & Tap, Postgraduate Certificate in Education (QTLS) and a Musical Theatre Diploma from the London College of Music; adding to her skill set, Anna is a fully qualified teacher of Yoga Having experienced firsthand the stimulation of theatre, both academically and emotionally, Anna further pursued herpassion for dance at Roehampton University; the No. 1 University for Dance Research in the UK. Graduating with a BA (Hons) in Dance & Psychology; here sheexpanded her knowledge by training with world-leading researchers and recognised dance artists from diverse backgrounds and specialisms, advancing skills in a variety of commercial and contemporary dance genres. Believing the study of dance goes beyond performing, embracing both the theoretical and artistic attributesAnna continued her studies graduating from therenowned Royal Academy of Dance with a Master’s degree in Dance Education. As a researcher Anna is particularly interested in the impact of somatic practices upon dance training, musical theatre as a standalone dance genre and the importance of the arts in education.Anna is the principal of TMT Theatre Arts and has taught at various dance schools/ colleges both in the UK and abroad. She has been employed by The Royal Academy of Dance for the past 4 years as a mentor facilitating student teacher placements for 2nd and 3rd year B Ed students. Alongside teaching she is a performing arts and musical theatre examiner for OCR and RSL and currently lectures BA Musical Theatre as Head of Dance for the Creative Arts School. She has been teaching successfully for over 20 years. Her experience with children is vast, not only as a performing arts & dance teacher but as a previously registered foster carer, qualified nursery nurse and parent. As an educator Anna is extremely passionate about providing training of the highest quality, embracing and thriving of student achievement.She feels dance and performing arts enables children to express themselves freely developing a strong sense of self awareness and confidence, developing transferable skills for life.
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