Wendy Bates School of Dancing


Contemporary Dance classes are Ofqual accredited following the NATD syllabus. This is currently the only recognised Contemporary syllabus to be eligible for UCAS points.

The syllabus continues to be very popular with students and teachers with the courses very well supported. We are delighted to be able to offer these classes with the latest recognition and the status that it gives the genre.

The name "Contemporary Dance" describes a range of styles including the 4 main techniques; Cunningham, Graham, Limon and Release. Contemporary dance was developed in the early 20th century as a reaction against the rigid techniques of ballet and is characterised by its versatility.

Contemporary can be danced to almost any style of music and seeks to work with the natural alignment of the body, making it safe and accessible for beginners. At the same time, the ease of movement promoted by contemporary dance technique allows experienced dancers to push new boundaries of body movement.

Graded classes are offered for Grade 1 through to Grade 5, then onto the Vocational Grades of Intermediate Foundation and Intermediate. From Grade 4 onwards, students will develop their Choreography skills by creating their own solos which form part of their Graded exams. The technique and choreography skills developed through the Grades are a vital part of GCSE Dance, often offered in secondary schools to Year 10 and 11 students, and can be enhanced through taking further classes and exams in Contemporary Dance.