National is a firm favourite with all ages at KLDA, with many students telling us it is the most fun class! It includes a wide range of folk dances from different European countries. As well as learning the dances, students learn about the country's costumes, music, dance traditions, history & more.
Students who are not as physically able at more advanced dance often excel at National Dance. These dances are often done with a partner & help students to develop their spatial awareness, proprioception & also links fantastically with History & Geography at school.
From the age of 5, your child can begin a Primary National class, which leads to an exam. This takes the form of a class test, with an examiner watching a class taken by the children's normal teacher. The examiner will assess the response, knowledge & movement of each child during the class. This is an excellent way of gradually introducing children to the idea of exams, where in the future they may be entered without the teacher's presence.
After Primary, students can progress through Grades 1-6. For those who are dedicated & are interested in dance as a career, they can begin to enter vocational examinations at four levels (Intermediate-Foundation, Intermediate, Advanced 1 & Advanced 2), which are examined at a professional level.