About Bodytree Studio’s
Emirates School of Dance
The Emirates School of Dance programme was developed in 2007 and is run by a group of professional dancers in Abu Dhabi at Bodytree. Emphasis on the programme is placed on helping students develop a solid foundation in dance technique as well as fostering their sense of artistic self-expression. Our curriculum is aligned with global dance standards allowing us to offer a rigorous but not rigid series of classes that adapts to each individual child or community we work with.
Note: that due to Government Covid regulations, Emirates School of Dance will only be accepting students aged 12 and above, therefore class scheduling will be limited for the Fall term. Classes will be at a reduced capacity to follow social distancing measures.
Why us ?
When at full operational capacity, we offer skilled instruction in a full range of dance styles including Ballet, Pointe, Jazz, Hip Hop, Tap, Contemporary, Dance Prep (for ages 3-6), and multiple types of teen fitness classes (barre, Zumba, Pilates, yoga roll out, etc.). Our programme allows us to offer recreational classes focused on developing body awareness & healthy habits as well as pre-professional training for students wishing to explore the option of dance as a career path.
PLEASE NOTE: For all Emirates School of Dance ballet classes, students must be assessed by our teachers prior to or during their first class and placed in the correct level for them to optimally enjoy and progress, regardless of age or prior experience.
Ballet 1 (no previous experience needed, but Dance Prep or equivalent is recommended; 45-75 minutes)
Ballet 1 is designed as the transition from the basic movement curriculum of Dance Prep into ballet-specific technique classes. Students continue to build on the basic concepts of dance (body/action, space, body awareness, rhythm, coordination, balance and social skills) while learning the fundamental elements of classical ballet technique with barre and center work. The goals of this class are to build correct alignment, strengthen the core, learn and execute key vocabulary and skills. This class prepares students to enter more advanced levels of ballet and serves to strengthen their skills in other dance styles. We also have a combo class of Ballet 1 and Tap 1 at the Saadiyat Beach Club location that includes 45 minutes of ballet and then 30 minutes of Tap for those students wishing to develop skills in tap as well.
Ballet 2 (Prerequisite: Ballet 1 or equivalent; 45 mins) Ballet 2 builds onto the foundation of the Ballet 1 class to introduce children to the structure of classical ballet including more advanced barre & center work. Goals of the class are to teach correct alignment, strengthen the core, learn and execute key vocabulary and skills in beginning ballet.
Ballet 3 (Prerequisite: Ballet 2 or equivalent; 55 mins) Ballet 3 builds on the barre and center work of Ballet 2. This level focuses on continuing to build classical technique and requires increased discipline & focus to allow the children to establish a base of ballet movement repertoire.
Ballet 4 (Prerequisite: Ballet 3 or equivalent; 55 mins, two classes per week is mandatory) Ballet 4 is a class that continues to build the barre work foundation developed in Ballet 3 and furthers the expectation of discipline & technique in classical ballet technique. Ballet 3 is a pre-pointe class that includes exercises to prepare students for pointe work if/when they are ready.
Ballet 5 (Prerequisite: Ballet 4 or equivalent; 55 min, two classes per week is mandatory) Ballet 5 is pre-professional technique class for accomplished teen dancers. This class includes barre and center work at the advanced level and work learning classical ballet choreography for performance opportunities. Ballet 5 students are generally expected to be taking pointe class and several other dance technique classes as well to build and maintain the strength and flexibility needed for this advanced technique class.
Beginning Pointe (ages 13+, Prerequisite: Ballet 4 or equivalent taken 2 times per week minimum; 30 mins) For students totally new to pointe work, this class provides dedicated time to begin developing the strength and technique needed to progress in classical ballet technique en pointe.
Hip Hop 1 (ages 5-7, no previous experience needed, but Dance Prep or equivalent is recommended; 45 mins) This is an introductory class accessible to younger dancers that teaches some of the fundamental movements and rhythms of hip hop set to fun pop music.
Hip Hop 2 (ages 8-10, no previous experience needed; 45-55 mins) This open-level class gives young dancers the opportunity to learn routines built for developing creativity, technical ability, strength, stage presence and teamwork. Designed for all abilities, the class is made to train students in a fun and engaging environment, setting high standards and enhancing performance ability.
Hip Hop 3 (ages 11-15, no previous experience needed; 55 mins) This open-level class gives young dancers the opportunity to learn routines built for developing creativity, technical ability, strength, stage presence and teamwork. Designed for all abilities, the class is made to train students in a fun and engaging environment, setting high standards and enhancing performance ability.
Jazz 1 (ages 6-7, no previous experience needed, but Dance Prep or equivalent is recommended; 45 mins) This beginning jazz class introduces students to basic jazz movement and musicality. Students will learn coordination and balance as well as space and body awareness in a fun and energetic environment
Jazz 2 (ages 8-10, Prerequisite: Jazz 1 or equivalent; 55 mins) For students who have at least one year of jazz dance training. Jazz 2 students will build on traditional and contemporary jazz technique further developing their flexibility, coordination, strength, and musical timing.
Jazz 3 (ages 11+, Prerequisite: Jazz 2 or equivalent; 55 mins) For intermediate jazz dancers who have completed at least 2 years of jazz dance. The class builds on fundamental technique and choreography, and helps dancers further develop strength, flexibility, coordination, rhythm, & style.
Tap 1 (ages 5-7, no previous experience needed, but Dance Prep or equivalent is recommended; 30 mins) This is an introductory tap class suited to younger students that teaches fundamental rhythms and steps of tap dancing. We also have a combo class of Ballet 1 and Tap 1 at the Saadiyat Beach Club location that includes 45 minutes of ballet and then 30 minutes of Tap for those students wishing to develop skills in tap as well. In addition, two of our Dance Prep Classes (Prep C (age 5) and Prep D (age 6) are Dance Prep/Tap 1 combos that include 30 minutes of Dance Prep and then 30 minutes of beginning tap.
Tap 2 (ages 8+, Prerequisite: Tap 1 or equivalent; 45 mins) This class teaches the fundamentals of tap dancing to older students. It is open to beginner tappers but will progress more quickly than Tap 1 and include more complex rhythms and combinations as the term moves forward.
Contemporary 1 (ages 9-11, Prerequisite: no previous experience needed, but Ballet 1 or Jazz 1 or equivalent is recommended; 45 mins) This class teaches the basics of contemporary, modern, and lyrical techniques to beginning dancers. Elements of improvisation will also be introduced.
Contemporary 2 (ages 12+, Prerequisite: Contemporary 1 or equivalent; 55 mins) For students with at least one year of contemporary, jazz, or ballet, this class offers an introduction to Horton, Graham, & Limon modern and contemporary techniques while also encouraging dancers to develop a greater sense of artistry and self-expression. Work on improvisation will be further developed.
Kids Yoga 1 (ages 4-7, 30mins) These yoga sessions teach 4-7-year-olds the basics of yoga in a fun and relaxed environment. The classes are designed to catch their full attention while explore poses and yoga techniques through story telling. During a 30 minutes class, the poses are woven into a story where the kids also add to the narrative using their unique imagination to enrich the plot. It helps them to create body awareness, using stressful situations that the characters go through to identify their own emotions and learn how to respond creatively and with calmness to their real (little) life daily challenges, gaining new tools to self-manage, problem-solve, relax and grow healthy. Tools like meditation, breathing and positive affirmations enhance their concentration and focus while improving their coordination and body awareness.
Kids Yoga 2 (ages 8-12, 45mins) These yoga sessions are dedicated to 8-12-year-olds and are designed to aid better body awareness, improve concentration, self-control, flexibility and coordination though a relaxed, interactive and fun approach. Through dynamic movement, kids are challenged to explore different poses and techniques that will help them to better manage stress. These tools may include breathing exercises, mindfulness, meditation and healthy movement to achieve challenging poses. Yoga teaches kids skills that can be carried beyond the class into their daily routines.
Kids Yoga & Mindfulness 1 (ages 4-7, 30mins) These sessions alternate each week between a yoga session (see above description for Kids Yoga 1) and a Mindfulness class. In each Mindfulness session we will practice a variety of tools and techniques to develop a habit and curiosity for mindfulness that we can incorporate into our daily lives, to reduce stress and feel calm, fight off negative thoughts and behaviors and build self-esteem, focus and confidence.
Kids Yoga & Mindfulness 2 (ages 8-12, 45mins) These sessions alternate each week between a yoga session (see above description for Kids Yoga 2) and a Mindfulness class. In each Mindfulness session we will practice a variety of tools and techniques to develop a habit and curiosity for mindfulness that we can incorporate into our daily lives, to reduce stress and feel calm, fight off negative thoughts and behaviors and build self-esteem, focus and confidence.
Our dance instructors have training and credentials from some of the world’s most prestigious dance schools including the School of American Ballet, Ailey School New York, and Pineapple London, as well as many other accolades including judging world street dance championships and touring with leading popstars.