Things to do for Teenagers York

Performing Arts, Dance & Drama

Derwent Danceworks reached our 12th birthday in the latest lockdown! We are eagerly awaiting the return of face-to-face classes in Step 2 of the roadmap out of lockdown – hopefully 12th April! Our Covid-secure measures ensure the safety of all whilst keeping everyone dancing and happy!

As an IDTA registered dance school, we offer classes for children in Ballet, Tap, Modern Jazz, Freestyle, Streetdance, Musical Theatre, Acro and Contemporary. Our youngest students are just 18months and we hold classes for all ages up to 18. We are keen to reintroduce our adult classes from Step 3.

Our classes are dynamic, fun and student-oriented. We offer generous sibling and multi-class discount, and are entirely inclusive. Classes run for beginners, through grades and medal stages and we even have our own Performance Company for those who take dancing seriously! We have a passion for our students’ well-being and are proud of the recognised teaching qualifications of our staff.

We have classes in Thorganby Village Hall, Escrick Village Hall and at Knavesmire Primary School.

If you are looking for friendly, fun classes with high quality teaching, contact us to book your free trial.

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Evolution Dance and Fitness will keep you and your children moving, fit and motivated through lockdown. We loved dancing and working out with you all online last year and had fab feedback so please come join our friendly community!

We’re running a huge variety of live Dance and Fitness classes online, for all ages and abilities, and hope to keep you physically and mentally well.

The first two weeks include Open Workshops and Masterclasses and then our term starts on 18th January, when we’ll have weekly Freestyle Dance classes and Fitness classes available for ages 4-adult.


07800 865214
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Our drama classes are specifically designed to promote emotional well-being and boost self-esteem.
Our acclaimed International Development Through Drama programme also increases children’s confidence, social and interaction skills and develops creativity and performance skills.

Classes are 1 hour long during term time and include a new play exploring new characters and themes each week.

Our curriculum, written by experts in child development, is updated annually and has been adapted this term so classes can move seamlessly between face to face and online should the need arise.

We have an annual performance where each class performs a specially written production on stage for family and friends. Every child is fully involved throughout the whole piece.

Most importantly our classes are huge fun and our aim is for every child to leave with a big smile on their face! We offer a free taster session so your child can come along and see if our classes are right for them.


07309 880805
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Just Dance York is a friendly , professional freestyle and street dance school based in Heworth York. We are fully open and ready to welcome members old and new!

We currently run several classes per week for all ages and abilities.

On a Monday we have mixed classes for all ages starting with infants as young as 3 right up until teens aged 18. Classes are grouped with ages and kept small for great teacher contact. Tuesdays we have boys break and street dance also at Heworth hall Melrosegate. Infants 4.15-4.55pm and juniors 5-5.40pm. These lessons are fun and very energetic , they focus on learning new routines and being an all boys dance class – very popular!!

Classes are very reasonably priced at £4.50 per lesson. We are fully qualified and insured.

Lessons follow a fun but structured format and we regularly work towards shows and exams. We have space to accept a few new members this year so please get in touch if you have any queries.

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PV Dance is set to re-open its doors on the 12th of April. PV Dance is a Covid safe school with Social Distancing and Covid-19 guidelines in place. Children and students up to 18yrs are ready to resume classes and new starters are very welcome. Adults and students over 18yrs are advised by the government to start from the 17th of May. The school is up to date with The Royal Academy of Dance regulations and guidelines to ensure safe practice is in place at all times for our families and teachers.”
Trail sessions are available for the new Summer term –

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

01904 799640
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PV Dance covid safe school

Over 20 years of experience.

Classes from 3 years to adult, beginner to advanced. You can choose from Ballet, Tap and Theatre Craft. Freestyle/Commercial Jazz, Cheer Leading and Contemporary. Adults can choose from a range of classes in Ballet, Tap and Line Dancing.

All our classes are small, friendly and fun, first class is free for all new pupils.

Classes are held in the Leeman Road area and in Poppleton, our lessons are competitively priced.

Pupils are given the opportunity to perform in our annual show at the Rowntree Theatre and we offer a full range of dance exams with the I.D.T.A.

This not only gives our pupils a wonderful sense of achievement but shows parents how their children are blossoming and improving in our warm friendly environment, where all children can grow and develop their motor skills and self-confidence while making new friends, learning new skills and developing a love of dance and musicality.

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Access All Areas at York Theatre Royal

Access all Areas is a referral only drama group for young people who are 12-16 years old. 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!

Acting Up is on pause. We hope to release information about the group restarting in the Autumn Term of 2021.

A weekly youth theatre for 14-18yr olds with additional needs and disabilities. We love to play games,  invent new plays, put on public shows, and hang out and be creative.

T: 01904 655317

Blaze Dance

Blaze Dance York offer fun & friendly Street Dance Classes & Adults Modern (Commercial Fusion) in York.

Open Level Teens Street Dance 5:30-6:30pm
Adult Beginner Street Dance 6:30-7:30pm
Adult Beginner Modern Dance (Commercial Fusion) 7:30-8:30pm

Open Level Adult Street Dance 6:30-7:30pm
Improvers Level Adult Street Dance 7:30-8:30pm

Under 14’s Street Dance 5:30-6:30pm
Open Level Adults Modern Dance (Commercial Fusion) 6:30-7:30pm

Melbourne Centre
T: 07916092261

Classical Ballet Coaching

Classical Ballet Coaching:
– 1:1 at home coaching for dancers to improve technique, strength & flexibility.
– Audition preparation classes for intensives and vocational training.
– Any age or previous experience welcome, classes are personalised to your needs.
– Encouraging & nurturing environment with a passionate teacher.

Call Philippa Gomez for more information

T: 07488540555 

Emerge Dance York

I am now running regular LIVE-STREAM classes via Zoom Monday though to Friday. The timetable is subject to change however so please visit the emerge dance website for more info. Emily specialises in dance fitness classes for adults. Easy to follow, happy making ZUMBA fitness, ZUMBA gold and Contemporary dance classes.
Trial a class for FREE. Contact Emily to arrange. 07821902702

T: 07821 902702

En Pointe Classical Dance School

We teach dance to infants, children and adults with passion. We are renowned for our multi award winning classes in RAD Classical Ballet, Jazz, Contemporary, Tap, Musical Theatre, Commercial Dance, Pointe Work etc.

Visit our website for more info.

Unit 2, The Rose Centre, York Business Park, York, YO26 6RU.

Field Academy of Irish Dancing

Come along to the Field Academy of Irish Dancing. Taking ages 5+years.

Classes are held on:
Tuesdays 6.30pm-7.30pm, Orchard Park Community Centre, Badger Paddock, Huntington
Thursdays 6:30-7:30 at York RI, New Lane Holgate
Saturdays 9.00am-11.00am, Acomb Primary School.

T: 07896 943798

Gemini Dance Academy York

From Tots to Teens, Ballet, Tap, Modern, Acro, Musical Theatre amongst more, Solo’s Duo’s Trio, Troupe choreography on offer, there really is something for everyone. Book your place today.

T: 07519 172845

Katie Ventress School of Dance

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: Tang Hall Community Centre

Millthorpe School

The Raylor Centre (James st).

T: 07919 008078 (Katie Ventress)

Kinesis dance

We offer regular street, contemporary, lyrical & musical theatre dance classes from age 4yrs up to Adults in York. We also provide Dance in Education (School-based) & private wedding first dance tuition.

Orchard Park Community Centre, Huntington
T: 07886 440154

Kirsty Higgins School of Dancing

Childrens ballet, tap and freestyle classes held on Saturdays at Knavesmire Primary School. 30mins £2.50, 45mins £3.50. Patient and qualified teacher.

Adult ballet classes held on Friday at Steiner School costing £5 per hour. Also available for private lessons and ballet parties.

T: 07931346140

Northern Dance Academy

Northern Dance Academy

Children’s dance classes are face to face. We are offering a range of activities from Adult ballet and tap, to stretch and strengthen classes. Adult classes are returning to the studio after the easing of lockdown, but are on Zoom currently, costing £2.00 each.

Venue Location:  The Gateway Centre in Acomb, York. YO24 3BZ.
T: 07917 176418 (Sarah)

Pauline Quirke Academy of Performing Arts

PQA is a weekend performing arts Academy providing tuition for 4-18 year olds. Students spend three hours with us, rotating through sessions in Comedy & Drama, Musical Theatre and Film & Television. Students are split into groups according to their age with tailored classes and expert performing arts teachers. Poppets class for 4-5 year olds are shorter and last 90 minutes.

Classes run Saturdays 9.45am-1.00pm (9.45am-11.30am for Poppets) and 1.45pm-5.00pm (1.45pm-3.30pm for Poppets) at Huntington School, YO32 9WT.

MENTION MUMBLER for 4 free weeks when people quote PQAMumbler in the ‘Any Other Information’ section of the enquiry form

T:07753 179070

Perform with Emma Bassett

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.

Mention Mumbler for a FREE TRIAL

T: 07720 717 858

Razzamataz Theatre School York

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:
Tots 2-3 years 9-10am
Minis 4-5 years 9am -10am
Junior Classes 6-8 years 10.30-1pm
Inters 9-11 years old 10.15 -1.15
Seniors 12-18 years old 10.15 -1.15

T: 07969 859895

Riding Lights Youth Theatre

Based at Friargate Theatre, in central York, we run courses for young actors aged 11-18. We run three courses taking place throughout school term times: juniors, seniors and additional needs sessions.

We offer a free trial session for anyone interested in joining us, simply give our creative associate, Erin Burbridge a call.

T: 01904 655317

Stagecoach York

We provide excellent part-time performing arts training for children aged 4 – 18 years in York, Wetherby and surrounding areas.

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.

T: 01904672662

Starbrite Studios

Studio now reopened. Providing fun and inspiring performing arts sessions for children and adults as well as parties. We are professionally qualified, vibrant, and recognised as a fun and inspiring environment for people to be in.

Units 13-15 Brookfield Business Park, Clay Lane, Shiptonthorpe, York, YO43 3PU
T: 01430 803170

The York Stars Theatre Company

We are a Not-for-Profit Community theatre company run entirely by volunteers.

Based in York, the group perform a variety of shows a year within the community, often in non theatre venues. The group also has links with St Johns University and other charitable organizations.

Find us on Facebook.


Tread The Boards Performing Arts classes

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

Yorkshire Rose Academy of Dance

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

Mention Mumbler for a free trial.

T: 07891 004850 (Kerry Whitfield )