CLASS INFORMATION

Ashtanga Yoga

Intermediate Level, 16+ years

This yoga class practices Ashtanga and is suitable for those who have some experience in yoga already. If you’d like to try yoga for the first time or you’re a beginner, try our Wednesday evening class!

As Ashtanga is a strong and dynamic practice, there’s no rest between poses. Classes start with a few moments to arrive and connect with the breath then the opening sequences of Surya Namaskaras, some standing and seated postures.

Ashtanga is a set sequence of postures so if you attend regularly you will soon start to achieve familiarity with the poses. As this is a strong style you will work hard, smile, and get hot! Class closes with a final relaxation to allow you to absorb the practice and leave feeling refreshed.

Some people find that the physical practice of yoga becomes a gateway into spiritual exploration, while others just enjoy a wonderful low-impact workout that makes them feel great. Typically, a DanceEast yoga class will focus purely on the physical benefits of yoga.

What you need for this class: a yoga matt.

This class is led by Katharine Lawrence.

Ballet

Classes suitable for 4-7 years and 7-11 years available

Designed to introduce children to the basics of ballet and encourage their natural ability and enjoyment for dance.

The students are led through a series of movement stories and ballet-based activities that appeal to both girls and boys alike. The creative movement enhances the development of motor skills as they balance, skip, leap, coordinate, isolate and move to the music.

These classes are led by Tina Sparks.

Introduction to Ballet

Suitable for 11-16 years

This class allows you, whatever your ability or experience of ballet, to learn ballet techniques and improve your alignment, posture and co-ordination.

Ballet

Suitable for 16+ years

This open class allows you, whatever your ability, to experience the elegant moves of ballet, focusing on alignment, posture and coordination. Ballet helps to improve strength, flexibility and posture and develops an increased sense of elegance and fluidity.

This class is classically based and will begin at the barre. The barre supports you and the exercises at the barre are designed to increase strength, mobility and turn out. The class will then move on to some gentle exercises in the centre, which means away from the barre and developing your strength even further!

What you need for this class: to begin with you will need a chair or a hard surface to use as your barre.

This class is led by Gail Lister.

Ballet Barre

Suitable for 16+ years

This is an open level class, which means it’s suitable for everyone, whether you’ve practised ballet before or would like to start now! Ballet Barre will help to improve strength, flexibility, posture, coordination and develops an increased sense of elegance and fluidity. Ballet Barre focuses on all areas of barre work including both slow and fast exercises, which both serve to strengthen muscles and get your brain working! These classes will also feature some floor barre, this will help your body placement and provides a foundation for when you’re at the barre.

What you need for this class: either a yoga mat or towel, you might also want a pillow to support your back! Later in the class you will need a chair or a hard surface to use as your barre.

This class is led by Laura Bryars.

Creative Dance

Suitable for 4 - 7 years

This class is a basic introduction to contemporary dance. The tutor uses dance games and creative play to create movement and inspire you to move in a way that feels most natural to your body. You will learn easy-to-follow sequences which help to develop control over movement and basic contemporary technique.

This class is led by Laura Bryars.

Creative Dance

Recommended for beginners or those aged 7-11 years

This class is an introduction to contemporary dance. Using creative play to inspire and generate movement, you’ll learn a sequence or phrase – why not have a go at developing this choreography to create a unique dance of your own? We’d love to see what you create! If you feel like sharing your dance with us, use #HomeIsWhereTheDanceIs on social media, or send it directly to us!

This class is led by Tina Kitley-Sparks.

Contemporary Technique

Recommended level intermediate or those aged 11 - 16 years

This class is a progression from Creative Dance Beginners/7 – 11 years, developing contemporary technique and choreography further. Using creative play to inspire and generate movement, you’ll learn a sequence or phrase – why not have a go at developing this choreography to create a unique dance of your own? We’d love to see what you create! If you feel like sharing your dance with us, use #HomeIsWhereTheDanceIs on social media, or send it directly to us!

This class is led by Tina Kitley-Sparks.

Contemporary Technique

Suitable for 16+ years

Open to all abilities this class is perfect for if you’ve not danced before and want to try something new, or if you’re a regular and want to continue to improve your technique!

This class is led by Hayley Lemon.

Digital Movers

Suitable for those with limited mobility

Research supports that dance as an activity makes an enormous contribution to our physical, social and creative health and wellbeing.  As both an expressive and physical activity, dance has a role to play in times of stress – that’s why we have programmed these seated dance classes, for those who have reduced mobility or find standing for long periods of time difficult. There might be exercises where you’ll be encouraged to stand, using your chair as a barre however, please feel free to skip any exercise you don’t feel comfortable with.

These classes are a great opportunity to put on some music you love, move your body and have fun – so pull up a chair and dance with us!

What you need for this class: a chair, and your favourite music!  

This class is led by Karen Pratt.

Hip Hop

Classes suitable for 4-7 years and 7-11 years available

This course focuses on developing musicality, co-ordination and confidence. The class begins with an aerobic warm up, followed by creative tasks around learning different Hip Hop styles.

These classes are led by Charlie Buchanan.

Hip Hop

Classes suitable for 11-16 years and 16+ years available

This class begins with an aerobic warm up, followed by technique exercises and a routine. The main focus is on perfecting technique and performance as well as having great fun and keeping active.

This class is led by Rikkai Scott.

Musical Theatre

Classes suitable for 7-11 years and 11-16 years available

Dancing to musical theatre tracks and learning routines inspired by West End productions is what this class is all about. If you know someone who is interested in dance and drama, this class will be perfect for them!

These classes are led by Laura Bryars.

Pilates

Suitable for all levels, 16+ years

A Pilates class for all abilities designed to improve physical strength, flexibility, balance and posture, and enhance mental awareness – perfect for if you’ve been working at your desk all day!

Pilates emphasises your body’s core – the abdomen, obliques, lower back, inner and outer thigh and bottom. It focuses on correct alignment and form, the exercises build the body’s core strength and improve posture through a series of low repetition, low impact stretching and conditioning exercises, which develop muscles.

What you need for this class: a yoga matt.

This class is led by Michael Mann.

Tots & Co

Suitable for under 4 years and their grown ups

This is a fun and sociable class for parents with tots 9 months – 4 years, that uses themes, music, games and imagination. The class offers children and their grown-ups a space to dance together where they can engage, explore, be creative and expressive!

This class is led by by Tina Sparks.

Open Yoga

Suitable for all levels, 16+ years

This is an open level class, so is great for anyone who wants to try yoga for the first time, or for those who have practiced yoga before. Yoga is a spiritual and ascetic discipline, including breath control, simple meditation, and the adoption of specific bodily postures.

Some people find that the physical practice of yoga becomes a gateway into spiritual exploration, while others just enjoy a wonderful low-impact workout that makes them feel great. Typically, a DanceEast yoga class will focus purely on the physical benefits of yoga.

What you need for this class: a yoga matt! 

This class is led by Katharine Lawrence.

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