Tiptoes & Tappers started in 2008 after Rachael moved to Greenwich from Islington, after a career as a professional dancer Rachael wanted to continue to work in the industry and bring the benefits she saw in dance in developing creative and independent children. Initially based at The Forum on the Woolwich Road the expanding school moved to Mycenae House in 2011. The school has recently expanded to include classes at Kingswood Hall in Lee.
Having worked for dance schools in Islington and Dartford Rachael set out on her own in 2008. The first year of operation coincided with the birth of Rachael’s first child, followed two years later by a second. With the children now in nursery part time Rachael has been able to devote more time to expanding the school and now has three teachers supporting her in the running of Tiptoes & Tappers.
Over the years Rachael has evolved her own style of teaching which incorporates music, dance and methods that draw from her experience working with all of the major dance bodies in the UK. The current syllabus is broadly based on that of the British Ballet Organisation ensuring that as children develop they can work towards an accredited recognition of their development.
The Tiptoes & Tappers curriculum is derived from the experience of the teachers and has been refined over time. However, at the core of our syllabi is conformance to the British Ballet Organisation approach. In partnering with this world renowned organisation Tiptoes & Tappers examinations are recognised not only in the dance world, but increasingly as part of your child’s core learning experience.
The British Ballet Organisation (BBO) was founded in 1930 by the renowned Espinoza family. The association advocates ‘dance for all’. It believes there should be opportunity for all those interested in acquiring a dance technique, artistry and performance skills. The BBO has devised a safe and developmental programme of dance study that recognises students’ progress and achievement through taking examinations. The BBO provides an Examination Syllabus in Classical Ballet, Tap, Jazz and Modern Dance which has been designed to accommodate a wide variety of candidates of different ages, experience and levels of achievement.
The BBO is recognised by the Government’s Office of Qualifications and Examinations Regulation’s (OFQUAL), the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority Wales (ACCAC) and Northern Ireland (CCEA).
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