Children’s Classes

New students should enrol with our class manager portal here. Current students can login to check class details.

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We still have Covid Safe policies and procedures in place, which are constantly monitored and updated as the government and industry guidelines are published and amended.  Class places are limited and will need to be booked and paid for in advance.

Dancers will need to book and pay for each whole block for their class(es).  We no longer offer pay-as-you-go prices or casual drop in / one-off session bookings, and there will be no price reduction if you are not able to make any of the lessons, for whatever reason, in each half-term block.  We are also not able to carry forward credits for any unattended lessons to the next block.

Ashworth & Stratford are the ballrooms in our main dance centre in New Bradwell.  All classes with CEDARS in their name in our class manager portal are held at Cedars School in Newport Pagnell; all other classes are at our main dance centre in New Bradwell.  Children under the age of 13 should be escorted into the building by their parent/carer to ensure that they are correctly booked into classes.

Our Covid Secure Guidelines can be found here: https://mkdc.org/policies/


New Students

If you would like your child(ren) to start classes with us then please register with our MKDC Class Manager Portal.  Once you have completed the registration details, with yourself as the customer and your child(ren) as the student(s), you will be able to see the classes that are suitable for your child(ren) to join using the Enrol Now option (we do not use the trial classes part of the Portal).

Provided there is space in the class you have chosen we will approve your enrolment and the class will be moved from your ‘pending enrolment’ list to ‘upcoming classes’.  We will issue you with an invoice for the next lesson in each class you chose as a trial and you will need to make payment in cash when attending.  After the trial has taken place we will issue you with an invoice for the remainder of the half-term block and if you wish to continue with the classes then you all you need to do is make payment by the due date shown to secure your child’s class place(s).

If suitable classes are full then your child will be placed on the waiting list for the class you have chosen and we will contact you to offer alternative classes, or once a place becomes available in your chosen class.

Please email us if you have any questions.


Term Dates

You can book and pay for one initial trial lesson in all of our classes before committing to a half-term block.  After this trial lesson all classes are booked and paid for in half-termly blocks.

2020/21

Summer 1: Monday 12th April – Sunday 30th May inclusive (7 weeks)

Summer 2: Saturday 5th June – Sunday 25th July inclusive (Mon-Fri 7 weeks; Sat-Sun 8 weeks)

School Holidays: Saturdays Only 31st July, 7 & 14th August (PAYG lessons)

Annual Two Weeks Closure: Saturday 21st August – Friday 3rd September inclusive

2021/22

Autumn 1: Saturday 4th September – Sunday 24th October inclusive (Mon-Fri 7 weeks; Sat-Sun 8 weeks)

Autumn 2: Saturday 30th October – Sunday 19th December inclusive (Mon-Fri 7 weeks; Sat-Sun 8 weeks)
[No classes at Cedars School in Newport Pagnell on Saturday 30th October]

Spring 1: Monday 3rd January – Sunday 20th February inclusive (7 weeks)

Spring 2: Saturday 26th February – Sunday 10th April inclusive (Mon-Fri 6 weeks; Sat-Sun 7 weeks)

CLOSED for Easter Weekend

Summer 1: Saturday 23rd April – Sunday 29th May inclusive (Mon-Fri 5 weeks; Sat-Sun 6 weeks)

Summer 2: Saturday 4th June – Sunday 24th July inclusive (Mon-Fri 7 weeks; Sat-Sun 8 weeks)

School Holidays: Saturday 30th July, 6 & 13th August (PAYG lessons)

Annual Two Weeks Closure: Saturday 20th August – Friday 2nd September inclusive


Classes

All classes are at our main dance centre in New Bradwell unless otherwise stated.  See here for how to find us.


Baby Boppers – 15 months – 2 ½ years old

An energetic, fun class designed for confident walkers, aged from approximately 15 months up to 3 years, to experience their first dance lessons.

This class is disco freestyle based with elements of ballet and rock ‘n’ roll.  We focus on engaging the children with fun active exercise whilst introducing good dancing technique to prepare them for their dancing future.

Grown ups must accompany their child(ren) during the class and are encouraged to join in with the dancing too! A maximum of one adult per child may attend classes whilst Covid Safe guidelines are in place.

9:15am – 10:00am Tuesdays & Thursdays


Lollipops  – 2 ½ to 4 years (pre-school age) 

An energetic, fun class for toddlers aged from approximately 2½ upwards.  We encourage all children aged under 3 who are new to classes with us to join our Baby Boppers classes with a parent/carer first and do not register new children aged under 2½ years straight into our Lollipops classes.

This class is Disco Freestyle based with elements of ballet and rock ‘n’ roll. Following on from our Baby Boppers class, we focus on engaging the children with fun active exercise whilst introducing them to more dancing techniques.

Parents/carers do not stay in class with the children, but we do ask you to stay on the premises and have a waiting room for this purpose.  At the current time a maximum of one adult per child may wait in the building during the classes – we encourage you to wear a face covering whilst in the building.

10:15am – 11:00am Tuesdays & Thursdays
9:15am – 10:00am Saturdays
10:45am – 11:30am Saturdays

NEW CLASS: 10:00am – 10:45am Saturdays at CEDARS School, Newport Pagnell


Ballet – from 3 years old

This classical style of expressive movement has something to offer for everyone. Ballet dates back to the 17th century and the conventional steps, grace and fluidity of movement are still found in ballet today. Ballet choreographers have been influenced by composers through the ages and we use both classical and modern pieces of music during our classes. Ballet techniques are the foundation of all dance, and ballet classes can assist with posture and form for all other styles.

We teach ballet for pleasure or for the more serious-minded, and children can start in our pre-school class from age 3.  We offer Rosette and Graded IDTA examinations to those pupils who wish to follow this route. We only enter pupils when we feel they are ready for an exam.

All age ranges are approximate and children generally only move classes after our annual exam sessions.  Covid has played havoc with our exam schedule but we do hope to get back on track with exam sessions soon.

Pre-school: age 3-4 years (pre-school age)

4:00pm – 4:45pm Tuesdays
10:15am – 11:00am Wednesdays

Children can start ballet classes with us from age 3, and remain in this class until they start school.

For the pre-school class, we do ask a parent/carer to stay on the premises during the class and have a waiting room for this purpose.  At the current time a maximum of one adult per child may wait in the building during the classes – we encourage you to wear a face covering whilst in the building.

Preparatory: age 4 and attending school – 7 years (Reception, Years 1 & 2)

4:45pm – 5:30pm Tuesdays
4:15pm – 5:00pm Thursdays

Primary: age 7+ (School Year 3 and above)

5:30pm – 6:15pm Tuesdays

Graded Classes

Children who are at Secondary School (age 11+) and are new to ballet should start with a trial in the Grade 1 class.

Grade 1: 5:00pm – 5:45pm Thursdays
Grade 2: 5:45pm – 6:30pm Thursdays
Grade 3: 6:30pm – 7:15pm Thursdays
Grade 4: 7:15pm – 7:45pm Thursdays
Intermediate: 7:45pm – 8:15pm Thursdays


Disco Freestyle – from school age (4+)

A modern, expressive and varied dance style.  Freestyle is a popular form of dance in the UK today.  It involves runs, spins, kicks and leaps, as well as many other diverse steps and movements with lots of arm and hand actions.

The music can be fast and rhythmic or slow and sensuous, allowing dancers of all ages to use freedom of expression to enhance their style.

Our Freestyle Rock class combines Disco Freestyle and Rock ‘n’ Roll into one class for those wishing to start to learn both styles together – class details in their own section below.

Age 4-7 (School Years Reception, 1 & 2)

10:00am – 10:45am Saturdays
11:30am – 12:15pm Saturdays

10:45am – 11:30am Saturdays (age 4-8) at CEDARS School, Newport Pagnell

Age 7-11 (School Years 3-6)

11:30am – 12:15pm Saturdays
4:45pm – 5:30pm Wednesdays

12:00noon – 12:45pm Saturdays (age 9+) at CEDARS School, Newport Pagnell

Age 11+ (School Year 7+) – Freestyle Commercial

12:15pm – 1:00pm Saturdays
6:15pm – 7:00pm Wednesdays
(Advanced classes by invitation only on Saturday afternoons)


Rock ‘n’ Roll – from school age (4+)

Rock ‘n’ Roll is a fast-paced and lively dance; one of the many Jive dance styles it emerged in America from the Swing dance Lindy Hop.  Rock ‘n’ Roll is fun, energetic and can be performed socially or as a competitive dance.  This dance has something for everyone; adults and children alike, and is performed to great music.

Children (and more adventurous adults) choosing to compete in Rock ‘n’ Roll will learn Acrobatic Rock ‘n’ Roll, which requires a lot of skill and stamina and is a highly demanding sport. Kicks and acrobatic elements such as lifts, throws, jumps and flips, are all characteristic of competitive Rock ‘n’ Roll dancing.

Our Freestyle Rock class combines Disco Freestyle and Rock ‘n’ Roll into one class for those wishing to start to learn both styles together – class details in their own section below.

Age 4-7 (School Years Reception, 1 & 2)

10:45am – 11:30am Saturdays

11:30am – 12:00noon Saturdays (age 6-10) at CEDARS School, Newport Pagnell

Age 7-11 (School Years 3-6)

12:15pm – 1:00pm Saturdays
5:30pm – 6:00pm Wednesdays (age 7-11)
5:30pm – 6:15pm Wednesdays (age 7-16)

12:45pm – 1:15pm Saturdays (age 10+) at CEDARS School, Newport Pagnell

Age 11+ (School Year 7+)

1:00pm – 1:45pm Saturdays
5:30pm – 6:15pm Wednesdays (age 7-16)
(Advanced class by invitation only on Saturday afternoons)


Freestyle Rock – from school age (4+)

Our Freestyle Rock classes combine Disco Freestyle and Rock ‘n’ Roll into one class for those wishing to start to learn both styles together.

Age 4-7 (School Years Reception, 1 & 2)

4:30pm – 5:30pm Wednesdays


Ballroom and Latin American – from 5 years (School Year 1+)

It’s never too young to start learning this ‘Strictly’ style of dancing, and we have classes for children from 5 years of age, whether they are budding professional dancers or just looking for a new hobby where they can make friends and have fun.

Our classes promote coordination, improved posture, strength, flexibility, self-confidence and positive body image.  We offer children the option of taking IDTA examinations in both Ballroom and Latin styles and the opportunity to sparkle on stage in our theatre shows.

Our children’s classes include various different styles of Ballroom and Latin dances.

5:45pm – 6:30pm Fridays
(6:30pm Advanced class by invitation only)


Contemporary – from 9 years

Varying rhythms and styles for fun musical interpretation.

Contemporary is fun. You will learn to develop many different movements reacting to a broad choice of varying rhythms and musical styles. Classes are structured to begin to prepare the physical strength and flexibility required to demonstrate emotion through interpretation of any musical genre.

One minute you may be dancing to the rhythm of a drum, the next to a contemporary jazz style. You may explore the contrast between expansion and relaxation or learn to isolate in a slick stylish mood. Whatever the atmosphere of the class, it will be a wonderful opportunity to react and interact with other members and really dance to express your feelings.

5:30pm – 6:15pm Tuesdays
(6:15pm Advanced class by invitation only)


Competitive Dance

You must regularly attend a Freestyle and/or Rock’n’Roll class with us before joining our Competition Squad.

If you wish to compete in Freestyle then you will initially join our ‘Comp Drills & Slow Drills A’ Class at 4:30pm on Tuesdays to learn drills to put together your own Competition routines.  The class teacher will discuss the additional Comp Squad classes with you once you are ready to move into them.

If you wish to compete in Rock ‘n’ Roll then please speak to your class teacher who will discuss joining our Comp Squad Rock ‘n’ Roll class on Saturday afternoons.

If you have any questions regarding our Comp Squad classes please speak to your class teacher or email us.