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Musical Theatre Dance

Glenlyn Academy's Musical Theatre Dance course is designed to create the all-round performer with classes in all areas of Dance, Acting and Ensemble Singing. 

The course is structured as follows:

  • Foundation Students take seven classes a week in Ballet, Tap, Technical Jazz, Street Jazz, Musical Theatre, Acting and select a another dance discipline from Street Jazz, Acrobatics, Ballet, Technical Jazz and Tap.
  • Intermediate Students take nine classes a week in Ballet, Tap, Technical Jazz, Commercial, Contemporary, Musical Theatre, Acting and select one dance discipline from Street Jazz, Acrobatics, Ballet, Technical Jazz and Tap.
  • Advanced Students take eleven classes a week in Ballet, Tap, Technical Jazz, Commercial, Contemporary, Musical Theatre, Acting, Contextual Studies and select one dance discipline from Street Jazz, Acrobatics, Ballet, Technical Jazz and Tap.


Girls on the Musical Theatre Dance course are given specialist classes in developing the strength and technique required to go 'en pointe'. Boys are given specialist classes that focus on developing strength, stamina and technique.

Students on the Musical Theatre Dance course cover:

  • An understanding of the fundamentals of jazz dance: including turns, steps and kicks
  • Developing posture, co-ordination and correct placement in dance
  • Integrating singing, dancing and acting
  • Fundamental techniques of singing, acting and dancing
  • Group exercises, drama games and improvisation
  • Understanding and developing characters
  • Improving self-confidence while developing greater balance, flexibility and strength
  • Understanding the technicality of footwork and co-ordination, corner to corner work and spacing and routine combination
  • A deep understanding of performance and technicality
  • Ballet barre exercises and stretches: including French terminology
  • Ballet footwork combinations (enchantments)
  • Build and develop tap choreography: and advancement of footwork combinations
  • Essential Contemporary dance combinations of steps and fundamental choreography
  • Technical exercises that improve posture, such as centre and floor exercises and travelling steps
  • Developing posture, co-ordination and correct placement in dance
  • Improving self-confidence while developing greater balance, flexibility and strength
  • A deep understanding of performance and technicality
  • Build and develop footwork combinations and choreography
  • Technical exercises that improve singing, acting and dance technique
  • Exploring the use of voice and body through vocal and physical exercises
  • Advanced students take Contextual Studies classes introducing them to the fundamental theories of acting


All students enrolled on to the Musical Theatre Dance course are given the opportunity to perform in Glenlyn Academy's two showcases every year and are entered for examinations with LAMDA (London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art), the NATD (National Association of Teachers of Dancing) and IDTA (International Dance Teachers Association). Advanced students also take part in a full-scale musical in the Spring term.

Senior students receive career and development advice to allow them to make a seamless transition into further and higher education and training.

Parents receive verbal feedback on their child's development every term and a written report every year.

To register on to Glenlyn Academy's Musical Theatre Dance course click here.

For details of course fees click here.