The first year of the course lays the foundation for what is to come: students study classical ballet technique along with two other core subjects of contemporary dance and jazz dance. Additional subjects studied in the first-year include pointe work, ballet repertoire and solos, pas de deux, Pilates, conditioning (including weight training), and commercial dance.
In the second year, students continue to develop their skills in all aspects of dance with additional classes added in contemporary improvisation. As part of the Trinity Diploma, all practical studies are underpinned by theoretical and contextual knowledge known as Integrated Professional Studies (IPS), wherein students study aspects of becoming working professional dancers. This unit of the Trinity Diploma is delivered across the first five terms of the Sixth Form course, with students developing a portfolio of their responses to the lessons undertaken.
In the third and final year of training, vocational work intensifies as the students transition into the Encore Dance Company. Daily work becomes reminiscent of professional company life. Industry professionals are invited to set new or existing dance repertoire on the Company for their showcase as the students learn to adapt to the rigours of professional life and rise to the expectations of being a company member.
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