Derwent Danceworks was established in 2009 by Principal Miss Kate Womersley in Thorganby (near Wheldrake). From humble beginnings the school has grown to include classes in Escrick and at Knavesmire Primary School, South Bank, York. Our IDTA timetable includes Ballet (for children, adults and even a beginners’ class for teens!) Tap, Modern Jazz, Freestyle, Streetdance, Musical Theatre, NATD Contemporary Dance, as well as Acro-batics Arts classes and Drama.
Our Ballet classes are from ages 2+ in Thorganby with other subjects from ages 4 or 5+, we have something for everyone – including Adult Ballet, Tap and StreetFit. Miss Kate has Distinction level teaching qualifications in three IDTA Faculties and all of our staff are qualified and DBS checked with many years’ experience and talent.
Our students can take exams and medal tests and we are proud of our 100% pass rate. We hold bi-annual shows, local performance opportunities, holiday workshops, trips and sessions with guest artists from across the industry. Derwent Danceworks has a strong reputation for inclusivity and aims for all our students to realise their potential. Classes start at £3.50 per week.
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. Our choreography focuses on a range of modern dance styles, all with a musical theatre twist. All ages and abilities are welcome and nurtured through weekly classes and annual showcase performances at local theatres. JAZZ HANDERS who join us will experience a range of different dance styles and genres, learning basic dance technique and discipline while having lots of fun through routine based learning.
JAZZ HANDS is founded by York choreographer Jessica Hardcastle who has choreographed large-scale musicals across the City including Hairspray, Grease and Oliver! JAZZ HANDS was 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.
Classes are £5 per person per class unless otherwise stated (10% sibling and multiple class discount available) payable in advance of each term. Payment plans can be arranged if necessary as we are committed to being affordable and accessible to all.
Just Dance York has been a street and freestyle dance school in York for 8 years. The owner Stacey has danced for 20 years and taken part in many shows and events in that time. The school also has 2 other qualified teachers Millie and Gemma who have great experience in teaching and they both also have a great passion for dance. All of our teachers are qualified with the NCDTA.
Classes run on a Monday for girls are at Heworth hall, Melrosegate from ages 3-18. They also have a brilliant boys break/street class on a Thursday at Earswick village hall which includes and infant class (3-7) followed by junior class (8-15). All of our lessons are taught by professional teachers, are fun and well organised. Classes can get busy so we always request for people to contact us and book in advance. At only £4 per lesson Just Dance York try to keep prices reasonable and they also offer sibling discount each half term!
Just Dance York regularly perform around York as well as putting on their own big shows too. They also take examinations every other year which children can take part in if they wish too.
Come and see what Just Dance York is all about!
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
Access all Areas is a referral only drama group for young people 12-16 years old who would not normally access mainstream for a variety of reasons. At Access All Areas we explore theatre and drama in a safe and supportive environment. The sessions are FREE and are delivered by a theatre professional from York Theatre Royal.
St Leonards Place, YO1 7HD
T: 01904 658162
Acting Up! is a weekly youth theatre for 14-18yr olds with additional needs and disabilities. We love to play games, improvise, invent new plays, put on public shows, and generally hang out and be creative. Join us for a free taster session.
Wednesday evenings, term time.
Each term costs £70, bursaries are available.
T: 01904 655317
Blaze Dance York offer fun & friendly Street Dance Classes & Adults Modern (Commercial Fusion) in York. Classes are held at the Melbourne Centre, Escrick Street (nr Mecca Bingo).
Adult Street Dance; Beginner, Open Level, Improvers
Adult Modern Dance; Beginner, Open Level
Kids Street Dance; Ages 8+
Teens Street Dance
‘Totally recommend Blaze, Stef is great.’
RD, July 2018
‘Stef Lyons can pretty much teach any style of dance. From Jazz to Charleston and Line dancing.
She’s fab with dancers of all ages and abilities.’
SOS, Sept 2018
Contact Emily to arrange a FREE trial class or to book a dance party for either kids or adults or arrange a school workshop.
T: 07821 902702
At En Pointe we teach dance to infants, children and adults with passion. We’ve got fantastic facilities at our dance studios in York. We are renowned for our multi award winning classes in RAD Classical Ballet, Jazz, Contemporary, Tap, Musical Theatre, Commercial Dance, Pointe Work and Lyrical Dance.
‘En Pointe in York is excellent.’
SN, June 2019
‘My nearly 4 yr old boy does ballet there and loves it! They have a 2yr-4yr class pretty much every weekday and it actually is teaching the foundation of ballet through various activities/routines.’
AC, March 2018
Visit our website for more info.
EnPointe Studios, Rose Ave, York, YO26 6RU
Come along to the Field Academy of Irish Dancing.
Classes are held on:
Tuesdays 6.30pm-7.30pm, Orchard Park Community Centre, Badger Paddock, Huntington
Thursdays 6.30pm-7.30pm, My Community Room, Tesco, Askham Bar
Saturdays 9.00am-11.00am, Foxwood Community Centre, Cranfield Place, York, YO24 3HY
First class is free then every class is £5. Taking ages 5+years
T: 07896 943798
Drama and Imaginative play for ages 2-10years.
Our weekly drama classes for ages 5-10 are fun filled and action packed with lots of games, speech work, devising and scripted work. Frenzy encourages its members to explore, play and experiment with ideas to create new innovative pieces of theatre.
Spaces limited, book your free trial today!
Contact: Shawna Mitchinson (Miss) 07496727144
Build Confidence, Communication, Creativity
We offer a two free taster sessions so your child can come along and see if our classes are right for them.
Tuesday 6.15pm – 7.15pm at Lakeside School, Oakdale Road, Clifton Moor YO30 4YL
Wednesday 4.30pm – 5.30pm at Heslington Village Meeting Room, Main Street, Heslington YO10 5EA
Wednesday 5pm – 6pm at Foxwood Community Centre, Foxwood Lane, Foxwood YO24 3HY
Saturday 9.30am – 10.30am for children age 5 – Year 3 and 10.30am – 11.30am for children in years 4 – 6, Earswick Village Hall, Earswick Chase, Strensall YO32 9FY
11.30am – 12.30pm for children in Year 7 and above at Earswick Village Hall, Earswick Chase, Strensall YO32 9FY
‘Our daughter loves it!!’
LJ, March 2019
T: 01904 492998
A small, friendly dance school for children from 18 months – teenagers. Classes: ISTD Ballet, Tap, Modern Theatre Dance and Musical Theatre.
Classes run Monday to Saturday. Get in touch for times.
Venues are: James St, YO10 3DW & York Railway Institute, Queen st, York YO24 1AD.
‘Great for all ages x’
KT, Dec 2018
‘Katie Ventress School of dance very highly recommend. Both my girls go and love going, such a happy place. Katie is lovely.’
KLU, Nov 2018
T: 07919 008078 (Katie Ventress)
Run by qualified dance teacher and choreographer, Helen Brown. She aims to inspire children, teenagers & adults who have a passion for dance and want to learn and develop new skills, become part of a friendly, vibrant group, and have the opportunity to take part in a variety of performances.
‘My son goes to Helen Brown’s kinesis dance. There are different dance style classes with a show each summer which isn’t compulsory – he loves it xx’
CL, June 2018
‘My daughter goes to Kinesis and loves it. Helen is brilliant with the kids, can highly recommend her.’
AB, July 2018
York College Dance Studio, Sim Balk Ln, Bishopthorpe, York YO23 2BB
T: 07886 440154
We offer ISTD Ballet & Tap dance and Contemporary classes for all ages. NDA delivers the Arts Award qualification validated by Trinity College London allowing students to participate in creative and exploratory dance activities. We also offer Over 55’s Ballet & Tap classes. All classes are taught by highly qualified teachers ensuring a great atmosphere for you to learn.
‘Northern dance academy is fab 🙂’
CL, July 2019
‘My daughter does adult tap and contemporary at Northern Dance Academy and loves them both x’
JS, Oct 2018
York Railway institute
T: 07917 176418 (Sarah)
PQA is a weekend performing arts academy providing tuition for children from 4-18 years. Students aged 6-18 rotate through sessions in comedy & drama, musical theatre and film & television.
Saturday 09.45 – 13.00 & 13.45 – 17.00
Poppets (4-5 yrs) 09.45 – 11.30 & 13.45-15.30
‘My little girl goes to Pauline Quirk she’s 4 and she is loving it.’
DB, March 2019
‘My lg started PQA York Poppets aged 4. They have fun themed sessions and put on little shows for parents at end of terms.’
DS, March 2019
For 4 free weeks at PQA simply visit our website and request your FREE info pack today. In the ‘Other Information’ section of your enquiry enter the following code: PQAMumbler and we will be in touch!
DANCE – ACT – SING
PERFORM with Emma Bassett has availability in classes for age 3 up to adults. A combination of dance, acting and singing taught by fully qualified and experienced performing arts specialist Emma Bassett. Explore our website for class times.
‘My daughter joined at age 5/6 and still goes now age 13 x’
RH, Dec 2018
Mention Mumbler for a FREE TRIAL
Come and join the Razzamataz family to experience a range of styles from classic West End musical theatre to funky street dance and pop singing.
York High School
Saturdays term time only from 9am-1.15pm
Tots 2-3 years 9-10am
Minis 4-5 years 9am -10am
Junior Classes 6-8 years old 10.30-1pm
Inters 9-11 years old 10.15 -1.15
Seniors 12-18 years old 10.15 -1.15
Contact Angela for your free information pack
Based at Friargate Theatre, in central York, we run courses for young actors aged 11-24. We run three courses taking place throughout school term times:
Juniors: School Years 7 – 9 (Monday)
Seniors: School Years 10 – 13 (Tuesday)
Acting Up! (for those with additional needs or disabilities): Ages 14 – 24 (Wednesday)
Sessions are welcoming, friendly and open to people of all abilities.
We offer a free trial session for anyone interested in joining us, simply give our Youth Theatre Director, Abi Oscroft a call.
T: 01904 655317
Stagecoach York is an award winning school, now in its 20th year of providing high quality part time training in the performing arts for children aged 4 to 18. We nurture and develop potential through singing, acting and dance classes, encouraging creativity and developing confidence, physical awareness, communication and articulation – while being educational and fun.
‘Stagecoach York is fantastic, loads of opportunities.’
JM, March 2019
‘My daughter has been attending stagecoach since April 2012. I sent her to build her confidence and help her come out of her shell. She absolutely loves it. She’s had some amazing opportunities too, performed at the barbican, done world records, performed in front of 55 thousand people as part of a choir at London stadium and most recently had the privilege of audition and qualifying to perform live on stage at Disneyland Paris. She’s been doing her Lamda Exams for the past few years and passes with flying colours. The principal Sally and her team are amazing and really strive to make sure that every child learns, grows and most of all, loves their time there. Would recommend in a heartbeat.’
EG, March 2019
T: 07799 622880
Providing fun and inspiring performing arts sessions. Based in Shiptonthorpe.
We celebrate individuality and versatility in our students and this can be seen from our success stories. We are professionally qualified, vibrant, and recognised as a fun and inspiring environment for people to be in.
Based in Shiptonthorpe and Upper Poppleton
‘Emma is amazing and my daughter (7) loves her class!’
LG, July 2019
‘Emma is great! Highly recommend x’
AP, July 2019
Units 13-15 Brookfield Business Park, Clay Lane, Shiptonthorpe, York, YO43 3PU
T: 01430 803170
A York based, Vibrant, Talented, Fun and Friendly Theatre Group
We are an inter-generational group bringing the community together and making theatre accessible to all.Rehearsals are held on a Sunday, usually between 4.30pm-6pm or later, depending on the show and are held just off Haxby Road.
Tread the Boards teaches Dance, Drama and Singing to children and young people from ages 6-16. The skills learned in our classes help students to perform more confidently not only on stage, but in all areas of life.
Clifton Moor Community Centre 10.15-1.15 on Saturdays in term time
T: 07584 057445
A comedy stage show run by young people for young people every other Friday 7:30-9pm. Open to all 11-17 years olds.
£2 entry or introduce a friend and both come for free.
Q Church, 12 Priory Street, York, North Yorkshire, YO1 6EX
T: 01904 659475
A Yorkshire-based theatre company creating theatre with people of all abilities and ages. They also specialise in working with people with learning difficulties and disabilities. Check out their website for weekly groups and upcoming productions.
T: 07521 364107
Interested in seeing, making and performing pieces of theatre? York Youth Theatre could be for you. If you are aged between 5 and 19 and want the opportunity to work with professional theatre practitioners and artists and perform onstage every year; apply by calling us or downloading the application form from the website. We also run play in a week and holiday projects- get in touch to join the mailing list.
5-8 yrs groups run on Saturdays & 8-10 yrs run Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays
T: 01904 715446
Yorkshire Rose Academy of Dance provides dance classes for children and adults in and around the York area that are FUN, FRIENDLY and DISCIPLINED. There are a wide range of classes to choose from including: Ballet, Acro, Musical Theatre, Commercial, Street Dance, Contemporary, Tap, Modern, Zumba
Free trial classes available.
Mention Mumbler for a free trial.
‘Yorkshire Rose Academy of Dance, my 4 year has been going since 2.5 and loves it.’
EW, Dec 2018
‘Yorkshire Rose Academy of dance are brilliant. My daughter who is now 7 does ballet, Zumba and acro with them. She started age 5 and loves it.’
TG, Dec 2018
T: 07891 004850 (Kerry Whitfield )