Drawing from the heritage of British Ballet developed by Espinosa, the founder of the British Ballet Organization, the bbodance syllabus introduces students to the foundations of ballet vocabulary needed to develop strong technique via the movement principles of this genre: accurate footwork, coordination of limbs, graceful elevation, and precise turns.
At the higher levels, the bbodance Ballet syllabi expose students to the variety of artistic styles, choreographic demands, and musical complexities that dancers working in the profession need to master.
The original Ballet syllabi have stood the test of time; however, to keep them vibrant and accessible for today’s students, they are regularly reviewed. Grades 6 and 7 have been completely reworked by Julie Bowers, Emily Law, Meryl Moreth, Fiona Chadwick, and Darren Parish in 2017 and 2019, in order to increase the range of choreographic styles that influence the content of these syllabi.
Original creators and syllabus reviewers include Anne Heaton, John Field, Janet Lupino, Christine Hughes, and Brenda Last OBE. Special Advisors who have assisted bbodance in maintaining the validity and comparability of the revised and new syllabus content include Sheila Cross and Marti Kane.
Contemporary Dance emerged in the early 20th century as a reaction to established dance genres. Paradoxically, it also fuses many of these more traditional dance genres, including Classical Ballet, Modern, and Jazz styles and, more recently, Hip-Hop and Commercial. The genre is difficult to describe, as it is more interested in dance philosophy rather than a specific, codified technique.
The bbodance Contemporary syllabus is based on current Contemporary Dance training, with influences of Graham, Cunningham, and Release Technique, and aims to support students in gaining the fundaments of the genre, leading to professional training. Stylistic features include the use of parallel and turnout, the use of the spine, the use of breath and flow, and interest in the process and product.
The bbodance Contemporary curriculum will fulfil the learning objectives of mainstream education (Key Stages 1-4), adding value to dance in primary and secondary schools, and will provide pathway technique to support success at Level 2 and 3 Dance (GCSE, A-Level, BTEC, and UAL).
Syllabus creators include Sam Le Bihan, Edd Mitton and Ben Warbis.
A fun, accessible, and engaging syllabus that prepares students for progression into Vocational Training in Musical Theatre and ultimately provides the groundwork for a potential career in the West End. Inspired by a range of musical productions from stage and screen, this all-encompassing genre draws on a huge range of characterisation and narrative to create versatile dancers with strong movement technique and expressive performance skills.
The movement vocabulary used in bbodance syllabi draws on current performance demands and supports students to refine footwork, clarity of line in the body, musical responsiveness, and artistic flair.
Original creators and reviewers include Garry Clarke, Clare Palethorpe, Cris Penfold, Emma Woods, and Tom Linecar-Boulton.
Tap is typified by daring and rhythmical footwork accentuated by a shoe with metal plates on the toe and heel. As a genre, it’s an enjoyable, inspiring education in timing, rhythm, and technique, which encourages individuality in style as well as discipline in group work. Students learn shuffles, beats, rolls, wings, breaks and time steps – all to demonstrate their musical prowess.
The bbodance Tap syllabi equip students to perform at a professional standard, adapting to varying styles and choreography throughout the levels.
bbodance also provides an additional syllabus for adults or late-starters in an easy mode. All work has accompanying compatible jazz music improvisations.
Original creator and syllabus reviewer: Debbie Clark.
bbodance Jazz is a challenging but rewarding syllabus devised by Jane Darling and Peter Salmon.
From the foundation exercises of Pre-Primary to the complexities of Advanced 1, the work builds strength, control, flexibility, and stylistic interpretation that includes a diversity of movements and dance styles within the syllabus and Dances.