Children’s Classes

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

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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 when attending the lesson(s).  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.


Classes

All classes are held at our dance centre in New Bradwell – see here for how to find us.

Ashworth & Stratford are the ballrooms in the dance centre in New Bradwell.  Children under the age of 13 should be escorted into the building by a parent/carer to ensure that they are correctly booked into classes before being left at the Centre.

Parents/carers do not stay in any classes with the children, with the exception of Baby Boppers (for our youngest dancers). However, we do ask that a parent/carer of any pre-school aged child attending Lollipops or pre-school ballet stays on the premises or in our car-park during their child’s class.

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. Our term dates can be found here.

Class places are limited and will need to be booked and paid for in advance.  We do not 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 any reason, in each half-term block.  We are also unable to carry forward credits for any unattended lessons to the next block. Our half-term block prices include a discount on the weekly lesson price for block booking and pre-payment.

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


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
9:15am – 10:00am 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 or in the carpark for the duration of the class.  At the current time a maximum of one adult per child may wait in the building during the classes – face coverings must be worn whilst in the building.

10:15am – 11:00am Tuesdays (new class to start when sufficient children are booked on the waiting list)
10:15am – 11:00am Thursdays
10:00am – 10:45am Saturdays – temporary new time of 10:45am – 11:30am for Summer 1
10:45am – 11:30am Saturdays


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 for our ballet classes are approximate and children generally only move classes after our annual exam sessions.

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

4:15pm – 5:00pm Tuesdays

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 or in the car park for the duration of the class.  At the current time a maximum of one adult per child may wait in the building during the classes – face coverings must be worn whilst in the building.

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

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

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

5:45pm – 6:30pm 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 – 7:00pm Thursdays
Grade 4: 7:00pm – 7:45pm 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.

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

9:15am – 10:00am Saturdays
10:45am – 11:30am Saturdays – temporary new time of 12:30pm – 1:15pm for Summer 1
4:00pm – 4:45pm Wednesdays (Freestyle Rock)

Age 7-11 (School Years 3-6)

9:15am – 10:00am Saturdays
4:45pm – 5:30pm Wednesdays
(Advanced classes by invitation only – Saturdays)

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

12:30pm – 1:15pm Saturdays
6:15pm – 7:00pm Wednesdays
(Advanced classes by invitation only – Saturdays)


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.

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

10:00am – 10:45am Saturdays
4:00pm – 4:45pm Wednesdays (Freestyle Rock)

Age 7-11 (School Years 3-6)

10:00am – 10:45am Saturdays
5:30pm – 6:15pm Wednesdays (age 7-16)
(Advanced class by invitation only – Saturdays)

Age 11+ (School Year 7+)

11:45am – 12:30pm Saturdays – temporary new time of 1:15pm – 2:00pm for Summer 1
5:30pm – 6:15pm Wednesdays (age 7-16)
(Advanced class by invitation only – Saturdays)


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.

Email us to register your interest for these classes.


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.

5:15pm – 6:00pm Tuesdays
(6:00pm 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 Beginners Comp Class at 11:30am on Saturdays to learn drills used 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.