Childrens Lessons

Under the current guidance children’s dance classes (for those under 18 on 31st August 2020) can continue in all three of the new Tiers.

We close for our Christmas break on Sunday 20th December 2020 and re-open on Monday 4th January 2021.

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Our Covid Secure timetable has been prepared based on the guidelines that are currently available. Class places will be limited and will need to be booked and paid for in advance. The timetable will, obviously, be subject to change as the government and industry guidelines are published and amended.

Dancers will need to book and pay for each whole block for their class(es).  We are no longer be able to 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 class sessions, for whatever reason, in a block as we are not able to offer this place to anyone else. We are also not able to carry forward credits for any unattended lessons to the next block as our classes can only take place if we have enough students booked and paid for each lesson.

Ashworth & Stratford are the ballrooms in our main dance centre in New Bradwell. Please see our Covid Secure Guidelines for details of the entrances and exits you should use for your classes based on which ballroom (or part of Ashworth ballroom) your class is in. Children under the age of 13 should be seen into the building by their parent/carer to ensure that they are correctly booked into their classes.

Our Covid Secure Guidelines can be found here: http://www.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 you will be able to see the classes that are suitable for your child(ren) to join using the Enrol Now option.

Please email us (mail@mkdc.org) if you have any questions.


Spring 1 half-term: Mon 4th Jan – Sun 21st Feb (inc)


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 at the current time.

9.15-10.00am Tuesday – Amy – Ashworth
9.15-10.00am Thursday – Amy – Ashworth

£4 per lesson


Lollipops  – 2 ½ to 4 years old

An energetic, fun class for toddlers aged from 2½ upwards.

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 waiting rooms for this purpose. At the current time a maximum of one adult per child may choose to wait in the building during the classes – face coverings must be worn.

10.15-11.00am Tuesday – Amy – Ashworth
10.15-11.00am Thursday – Amy – Ashworth
11.30am-12.15pm Saturday – Danielle – Stratford

£5 per lesson, you may book one, two or all three class times


Ballet – from 3 years

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.

For the pre-school class, we do ask a parent/carer to stay on the premises during the class and have waiting rooms for this purpose. At the current time a maximum of one adult per child may choose to wait in the building during the classes – face coverings must be worn.

Pre-school (Age 3-4 & not at school):
   Class A: Tuesday 4.00-4.45pm – Amy – Stratford
   Class B: Wednesday 10.00-10.45pm – Amy – Stratford
(Maximum of one adult per child to wait in the building during the pre-school classes)
Preparatory (Age 4 & at school – approx. 6):
   Class A: Tuesday 4.45-5.30pm – Amy – Stratford
   Class B: Thursday 4.30-5.15pm – Amy – Stratford
Primary (Approx. age 6+): Tuesday 5.30-6.15pm – Amy – Stratford
Grade 1 Thursday 5.15-6.00pm – Amy – Stratford
Grade 2 Thursday 6.00-6.45pm – Amy – Stratford
Grade 3 Thursday 6.45-7.30pm – Amy – Stratford
Grade 4 Thursday 7.30-8.00pm – Amy – Stratford
Intermediate Thursday 8.00-8.30pm – Amy – Stratford

£6 per lesson


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.

Age 4 (& at school) to 6 years
Freestyle Rock (new combination class with Rock ‘n’ Roll): Wednesday 4.15-5.15pm – Alice – Ashworth 2
Saturday Class A 9.15-10.00am – Danielle – Stratford
Saturday Class B 11.30am-12.15pm – Lucy – Stratford

Age 7 + years
Freestyle Rock (new combination class with Rock ‘n’ Roll): Wednesday 4.15-5.15pm – Maddie – Ashworth 1
Wednesday 5.15-6.00pm – Nicky – Stratford
Saturday Class A 9.15-10.00am – Laura – Ashworth
Saturday Class B 10.45am-11.30am – Laura – Ashworth

Age 11+ years (and at Secondary School)
Saturday 12:15-1:00pm – Laura – Ashworth

£5 per 45 minute lesson
Freestyle Rock £7 per 60 minute lesson

 

Disco Freestyle @ Cedars School Newport Pagnell
Approx. Age 4-8: Saturday 10.30-11.15am – Nicky
Approx. Age 8+: Saturday 11.45am-12.30pm – Nicky

£5.50 per lesson


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.

Due to social distancing no partner work will currently be taking place in classes.

Ages 4 (& at school) to 6 years
Freestyle Rock (combination class with Freestyle Disco): Wednesday 4.15-5.15pm – Alice – Ashworth 2
Saturday 10.00-10.45am – Danielle – Stratford

Ages 7 + years
Freestyle Rock (combination class with Freestyle Disco): Wednesday 4.15-5.15pm – Maddie – Ashworth 1
Wednesday 6.00-6.45pm – Nicky – Stratford
Saturday Class A 10.00-10.45am – Lucy – Ashworth
Saturday Class B 11.30am-12.15pm – Lucy – Ashworth

Age 11+ years (and at Secondary School)
Saturday 1.00-1.45pm – Danielle – Ashworth

£5 per 45 minute lesson
Freestyle Rock £7 per 60 minute lesson

 

Rock ‘n’ Roll @ Cedars School Newport Pagnell
Approx. Age 6-8: Saturday 11.15-11.45am – Nicky
Approx. Age 8+: Saturday 12.30-1.00pm – Nicky

£4.50 per lesson


Ballroom and Latin American – from 5 years

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.

New students should join Class A

Classes A & B Friday 4.30-5.00pm – Hannah – Ashworth
Class C Friday 5.15-5.45pm – Hannah – Ashworth
Class D Friday 6.00-6.30pm – Hannah – Ashworth

£5 per lesson


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.

New students should join Class A.

Class A Tuesday 5.00-5.45pm – Nicky – Ashworth
Class B Tuesday 6.30-7.15pm – Nicky – Ashworth

£5 per lesson


Competitive Dance

You must regularly attend a Freestyle Disco and/or Rock’n’Roll class with us before joining our Competition Squad – please speak to your teacher or email us to discuss joining our additional comp squad classes.