Dance class recommendations are requested so often in the York Mumbler chat group, be it ballet for a 2 year old, street dancing for an 8 year old or zumba for an adult.
Not only is dancing so much fun, there’s a long list of other benefits too, including: making friends, getting fit, improving confidence, reducing stress and providing a creative outlet.
Luckily in York we are completely spoilt for choice when it comes to dance class options, there’s such a variety of dance styles and with classes running throughout the week at various times and locations, there’s bound to be a class to suit.
Have a scroll through the options and get in touch directly with the dance school who can advise you further about getting involved!
Derwent Danceworks has been established in Thorganby for 10 years, and also has branches in Escrick and at Knavesmire Primary School, South Bank. We offer a huge amount of classes for children aged as young as 2 up to adults. Subjects include Ballet, Tap, Modern Jazz, Freestyle, Streetdance, Musical Theatre, Contemporary and Acro-gym. We are also the home of ‘Dinky Derwents’, a fun range of pre-school classes in Ballet and StreetPop for pre-school children. Our biennial shows include all students and we offer lots of holiday activities too. For those with a serious passion for dance, Derwent Dance Company is our performance group. The Company embark on an annual programme of intensive training, performances, guest artist workshops and more. Always inclusive, lessons are taught by dedicated teachers, all with excellent backgrounds in both performance and teaching qualifications. We have a high standard of exam results – including 100% pass rates and our lessons are competitively priced offering generous sibling and multi-class discount. Throughout September new students can try out a class for free – paying nothing until October.
Come along and join in a diddi dance class in September 2019 for our fab BOLLYWOOD theme!!
If your little one LOVES to dance and boogie and has endless energy then this could be just the class for you!
diddi dance is an award winning fun and funky dance session for both boys and girls aged 18 months (or younger if walking) to 4 years!
Why choose diddi dance for you diddi ones: • Over 16 different dance themes from Rave to Charlston, Hip hop to Rock and everything else in between! • Classes are educational, engaging and inspire children’s own creativity using action songs, dancing games, fun exercises, hoops and dance ribbons. • All pop songs used are original and funky to get your diddi ones moving.
Back in September at all my old venues with 3 more brand new venues including Bishopthorpe Road, Malton & Sherburn in Elmet!
For all class locations/times please click HERE for my timetable.
En Pointe Our passion for dance is second to none. We live and breath it. The dedication and commitment we have to teaching has rubbed off in York and has made En Pointe, our dance school the popular school it is today. We have won the award for Best Dance Classes in York for 3 years running now, we offer annual Summer Schools and theatre shows and RAD ballet examinations. We have been involved with filming with the BBC for a dance documentary, as well as being on BBC Radio York. Principal, Miss Donya is an ex professional dancer with the Birmingham Royal Ballet and a member of the Royal Ballet teaching faculty. We also have teaching staff that teach for the Academy if Northern Ballet. With all that going on, the heart of what we do is teach dance classes for babies, children and adults as well. If you think En Pointe might be for you, then come and find us at our purpose built dance studios in Nether Poppleton (York Business Park). En Pointe host over 80+ classes a week from just £5 a lesson including Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Contemporary, Lyrical and Acro floor gym. Be part of our wonderful dance world, and join our qualified professional dance instructors today. En Pointe Studios, Rose Ave, York, YO26 6RU
Come join our thriving, fun, friendly Freestyle dance school!
We offer I.D.T.A. exams, run our own competitions and perform whole school shows in a theatre each 18 months, along with offering regular performance opportunities and more! Our classes provide an environment where students’ abilities and talents are celebrated, and we hope to instill confidence and provide skills that will positively affect other areas of dancers’ lives too.
Mondays in Elvington Village Hall: 1.30-2.15pm: Minis (1-preschool) 4-4.45pm: Juniors (4-7 years) 5-5.45pm: Seniors (8-10 years) 5.45-6.30pm: WOW (recommended for 7+) 6.30-7.15pm: Tweens & Teens (11+ years)
Tuesdays in White Rose House in Wheldrake: 1.30-2.30pm: Crystals Chair-Based Dance and Exercise Classes
Tuesdays in Haxby: Private Adult classes, contact for more information.
Wednesdays in Bubwith Leisure Centre: 7.15-8.45pm: Adult Class (18+)
Thursdays in Bubwith Leisure Centre: 1.30-2.15pm: Minis (1-preschool)
Thursdays in St Mary’s Church Hall in Haxby: 3.45-4.30pm: Juniors (4-7 years) 4.45-5.30pm: Seniors (8+ years) 5.30-6.15pm: WOW Class (recommended for 7+)
Saturday in Bubwith Leisure Centre: 10-10.45 Juniors (4-7) 11-11.45 Seniors (8-10) 11.45-12.30 Tweens and Teens (11+)
JAZZ HANDS DANCE AND MUSICAL THEATRE is a fun, modern dance and musical theatre environment with a focus on performance. We excel in a range of modern dance styles, all with a musical theatre twist. From hip-hop to lyrical to jazz and beyond, all ages and abilities are welcome and nurtured through weekly classes and annual showcase performances at local theatres.
Jazz Handers experience a range of different modern dance styles and genres in our classes, learning basic dance technique and discipline while having lots of fun through routine-based learning.
Founded by York choreographer, Jessica Hardcastle, who has choreographed and directed large-scale musicals across the City including Hairspray, Grease and Oliver! JAZZ HANDS offers classes for age 4 through to adult.
Launched with the aim of providing the York community dance and musical theatre classes that are accessible, inclusive and guaranteed to get the best out of all performers regardless of their age, ability or previous experience. Our class fees are affordable. Our doors are always open to those with a passion for musical theatre and modern dance.
Just Dance York is based in Heworth and has been running 8 years. We are a family friendly, professional dance school that offers a high standard of teaching to all ages and abilities. We work under the NCDTA and all our teachers are fully insured and CRB checked. We specialise in street, freestyle, modern, contemporary and break dance ! We also run boys only street/break classes for ages 3-15 each Tuesday at Heworth Hall. Each year we organise dance exams and shows for our students to take part in and we have performed at many local events too! Classes are £4 each and we also offer sibling discount when block paying each half term. We also offer dance classes to schools around Yorkshire , whether it be an after school club or one off sessions , these are great for children to take part in and a brilliant activity to have within a school. T: 07538723010 E: firstname.lastname@example.org WEBSITE FACEBOOK
My Baby Can Dance
My Baby Can Dance and Newborn Can Dance are award winning movement to music activity classes (voted Best Music class 2017, 2018 & 2019 in the Little Vikings awards). Closely linked to the early development stages and ideally suited for children from birth to 4 years. For children with additional needs there is no upper age limit.
Our interactive sessions combine movement, singing, instruments, numbers, colours, shapes and phonics plus lots more. We use a broad range of music children will recognise and enjoy as well as music adults will appreciate.
Achieving a proven learning and development path for little ones using a repeatable format which is shown to increase memory and learning.
Every session is fun, fast paced and relaxed and above all else has a warm inclusive atmosphere for everyone attending. All the family are welcome to come along.
Classes are £5 per participating child, siblings are half price.
The Field Academy is an Irish Dance Academy based in York and registered with An Coimisiun Le Rinci Gaelacha, the largest governing body of Irish Dancing. The classes are taught by Katie Leaf a qualified teacher and held in Foxwood, Dringhouses and Huntington.
Irish dancing helps your children to build in confidence and improve their coordination. It’s a great way to make friends all over the world, a great way to keep fit and most importantly our lessons are fun!
Katie has travelled the world with Irish Dancing, competing at World Championships and touring with Irish Dance shows. Katie’s experience and love of Irish Dancing shines through to make lessons fun and enjoyable.
The Field Academy do performances and competitions but that doesn’t mean your child has to! Lessons can be purely for fun!
The Patricia Veale School of Dance is one of the most established schools in York with an excellent reputation of producing highly trained dancers in classical ballet, jazz, contemporary, tap and modern dance.
We offer professional ballet classes to everyone, from pre-school 2.5yrs, children, teens and adults, to progress and develop skills in technique, knowledge and artistry. The first steps of a little ballerina starts right here with nurturing and careful training for young children that develops into many exciting years through a life of a dancer.
Situated in the heart of Acomb York in our own premises, with free parking. The school is a clean and safe environment with changing facilities, office and a fully equipped dance studio with ballet barres, mirrors, music system and a professional dance floor.
These unique, fun and exciting children’s ballet classes are created to nurture young children’s desire to dance and give inspiration to engage in their first little steps in dance.
With the use of props, imagery and enchanting music children are guided into a magical themed adventure packed with interactive exercises which gives children the ability to learn basic steps and techniques along with musicality that is required for a head start in dance, whilst having fun, developing confidence and interacting with other children to develop social skills.
The school encourages parents to take part in the younger classes so you can experience and become part of the children’s calm and inviting atmosphere.
6-8 Regent Buildings, York Road, Acomb, York YO26 4LT
The Pauline Quirke Academy is a weekend performing arts Academy, providing tuition for children and young people from 4-18 years.
Since 2013, PQA York has given children outstanding performing arts training in an environment that is friendly, safe and rewarding.
Students spend 3 hours with us, rotating through hour long sessions in Comedy & Drama, Musical Theatre and Film & Television.
The PQA model was created by Pauline Quirke and her dedicated team of performing arts education specialists. With Academies across the UK, our inspirational Principals and teachers work tirelessly to ensure every student receives unrivalled support and amazing opportunities.
This model results in Academies that deliver the highest educational values possible, with industry standard practices and continuous opportunities for our students to thrive and flourish.
What our parents say:
“James and his team at PQA York are brilliant… always full of enthusiasm and inspiration” – Susan
Students split into groups according to their age and are taught by specialist teachers (Poppets class for the younger ages are shorter and last 90 minutes). Classes are held every Saturday at:
Huntington School, Huntington Road, Huntington, York, YO32 9WT Main Academy 9.45am – 1.00pm or 1.45pm – 5.00pm Poppets 9.45am – 11.30am or 1.45pm – 3.30pm
Established in 2013, Yorkshire Rose Academy of Dance (YRAD) provides a diverse range of classes for children aged 2½ upwards.
We deliver inclusive and engaging classes that inspire, improve and nurture students both in confidence and technique. Children form incredible friendships and receive valuable life skills and discipline from the classes whilst having lots of FUN along the way.
We also provide opportunities to take dance examinations and performances on stage, plus private lessons and workshops.
All classes are taught by highly qualified teachers, who know their stuff and know how to deliver. School Principal and Founder Miss Kerry both trained at and works for the prestigious Royal Ballet School, so parents can rest assured that their children are receiving top notch quality tuition.
Zumba classes for adults are suitable for both men and women and will help to maintain an active lifestyle whilst keeping your mind fresh, and your body healthy.