As Huddersfield’s premier dance school, ATD is very proud to provide many varied workshops and masterclasses at our studio in the heart of the town centre.
These workshops are taken by industry professionals on a regular basis to work with our students.
Some workshops are taken by former students who are now teaching in dance colleges, working on the West End and with touring companies.
The foundation of all dance at ATD we pride ourselves on delivering Ballet classes to the highest standard.
Ballet teaches strength, technique, musicality, artistry, and a wealth of knowledge needed to support all other core subjects.
Our Nursery classes are built on the basic fundamentals of Tap and Ballet technique combined with storytelling and the use of props and imagination
Tiny Toes three to four years of age, Teeny Tiny Toes will be taking children from 18-months of age. A post-lockdown class to encourage interaction.
A great genre of dance to learn! Students not only gain a skill but it is great fun to learn. Tap is an extension of the music, working with the music to create light and shade and add an additional instrument- their feet!
Students learn to listen in great detail to complex rhythms and beats, learn about musical structure all whilst mastering the tap steps.
Tap can be addictive, students often practice anywhere and every where gaining further understanding of this great genre.
Contemporary is extremely beneficial to all students. It allows them to become grounded and move in a three dimensional way. Ballet and more traditional forms of movement train us to present to our audience in front of us whereas Contemporary challenges this notion.
Contemporary techniques such as Skinner Releasing Technique also have emphasis on the breath and how that can guide our movements pathways in and out of the floor. We believe that Contemporary is the perfect dance form to compliment all styles as it promotes softness, fluidity, stamina and strength.
Body conditioning is key to ensuring that students remain strong physically and mentally. Often conditioning can be used as a fantastic way to warm up the body before class or it can be done alongside to promote strength and flexibility.
Dancers are athletes as well as artists and sometimes training in dance is not enough to target all muscle groups constantly. With a bit of extra training during the week students will see a massive difference in their capability in all dance styles. Strength and flexibility go hand in hand; without one the other is powerless.
The performance of human feats of balance, agility, motor coordination, jumping and tumbling, acrobatics is a great tool for developing control and flexibility.
Acrobatic skills are often performed to enhance dance routines.
ATD hold classes for students of all ages in this popular genre.
An increasingly popular dance genre with students of all ages, commercial/street dance comprises several styles including
Street dance, commercial dance, breakdance and Reggaeton.
No matter which style you choose all have a lot of energy and fun involved and are great to help boost self-confidence and increase fitness levels.
This dance technique was developed in Australia and is practised worldwide.
The program focuses on the understanding of the depth of muscle memory to develop the dancer’s core strength, stability and create a greater understanding of weight placement and body alignment needed for all styles of dance.
Thanks to 1950s innovators such as Katherine Dunham, Jake Cole and Bob Fosse, jazz is now a popular dance style.
In the academic world, what today is meant for’Jazz’ is basically a modern style that combines ballet technique, useful for jumps, leaps and pirouettes with elements of modern and contemporary dance. It is mainly characterised by body alignment, with the addition of contractions and tilts, it also includes percussive movement and fluid movement in a juxtaposition.
Nevertheless, there’s still room for experimenting, hybridising and improvising.
Music, drama and dance have played a huge part in shaping our history.
Throughout the 20th Century , Musical Theatre was communicated through the medium of film, radio and TV. Enhancing this storytelling medium to another level with the likes of Rodgers and Hammerstein (Carousel, The Sound of Music) and Bernstein (West Side Story ) the love of musicals was born.
Story telling within a musical setting can change our view points and influence many aspects of our life not to mention the feel good factor.
With the ability to lift our moods, make us cry and make us think, music, dance and drama are languages that hold no barriers.
Adele Taylor School of Dance
From my very first steps at the age of 6 dancing has been my life force.
Starting to help my teacher from the mere age of 12, I knew that was the direction I wanted to take regarding my dance career.
At 14, I was teaching classes, entering students for competitions, helping with coaching for examinations and choreographed my first show.
Over the years hundreds of children have passed through my doors, I now find it a great compliment that they, in turn, are now bringing their children back to me to enjoy the same experience.
I am a fellow member of the IDTA and Registered Teacher of the RAD .
I enjoy adjudicating Dance Festivals, Championships and choreographing for Theatre Companies.
Throughout my years of teaching and running my school I have had major success in exams, shows, competitions, championships, Miss Dance, Dance Master, scholarships to colleges to leading Colleges and for students who wish to specialise in Ballet funded places to Ballet Rambert and White Lodge Royal Ballet school.
I run my school on a passion and pride myself on keeping the school up to date with the continues ever-evolving industry.
For students who have the drive, determination and ability to pursue a career in the industry ATD will do everything in its power to guide and support this journey.
Extra classes and workshops are available from our resident teachers along with coaching on a regular basis from industry professionals.
Adele Taylor is extremely proud to have many students go on to further their career in dance and Musical Theatre training in London Colleges where they have received funded places.
Moving on from there many former students are now teaching dance, working in touring companies and have landed jobs in London’s West End.
Some of our Graduates (who all received funded places)
Rosie O Hare – Arts Ed
Anthony Cranwell – Laine Theatre Arts
Sharon Cranwell – Laine Theatre Arts
Lucie Horsfall – Laine Theatre Arts
Eloise Gledhill – Laine Theatre Arts
Phoebe Roberts – Laine Theatre Arts
James Buckley – London School of Musical Theatre
Jessica Sierant – Bird
Victoria Quinlan – Bird
Leah Darby – Urdang
Felicity Nunn – Urdang
Amelia Fielding – Urdang
Maddie Lawton – Urdang
Ebony Arthur – Bird
Mario Betteridge – Royal Ballet School – White Lodge