Childrens Lessons

We are open for in-person children’s dance classes!

Enrol with us here: New Students or Login to check your classes.

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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 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 (we do not use the trial classes part of the Portal). If suitable classes are full then they will be placed on the waiting list – however, the portal may tell you that you are enrolled even if you are added to the waiting list, so you should wait for an invoice if a place is available, or an email to advise you are on the waiting list. You may enrol for a class and just pay to attend the next lesson as a trial before committing to a full block of lessons.

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


Term Dates

After an initial trial lesson our 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)

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 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 old

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

10:15am – 11:00am Tuesdays & Thursdays
10:00am – 10:45am Saturdays (NEW CLASS)
11:30am – 12:15pm Saturdays


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.

All age ranges are approximate and children generally only move classes after our annual exam sessions.  Covid has played havoc with our exam schedule so please ask for advice regarding class selection if your child is returning to us after a break from classes due to Lockdown.

Pre-school: age 3-4 years

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

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

4:45pm – 5:30pm Tuesdays
4:30pm – 5:15pm 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: 5:15pm – 6:00pm Thursdays
Grade 2: 6:00pm – 6:45pm Thursdays
Grade 3: 6:45pm – 7:30pm Thursdays
Grade 4: 7:30pm – 8:00pm Thursdays
Intermediate: 8:00pm – 8:30pm 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 classes combine Disco Freestyle and Rock ‘n’ Roll into one class for those wishing to learn both styles together – class details below.

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

9:15am – 10:00am Saturdays
10:30am – 11:15am Saturdays (age 4-8) at Cedars School, Newport Pagnell
10:45am – 11:30am Saturdays

Age 7-11 (School Years 3-6)

9:15am – 10:00am Saturdays
10:45am – 11:30am Saturdays
11:45am – 12:30pm Saturdays (age 9+) at Cedars School, Newport Pagnell
5:15pm – 6:00pm Wednesdays

Age 11+ (School Year 7+)

1:00pm – 1:45pm 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.

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

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

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

10:00am – 10:45am Saturdays
11:15am – 11:45am Saturdays (age 6-8) at Cedars School, Newport Pagnell

Age 7-11 (School Years 3-6)

10:00am – 10:45am Saturdays
11:30am – 12:15pm Saturdays
12:30pm – 1:00pm Saturdays (age 9+) at Cedars School, Newport Pagnell
6:00pm – 6:45pm Wednesdays

Age 11+ (School Year 7+)

12:15pm – 1:00pm Saturdays


Freestyle Rock – from school age (4+)

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

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

4:15pm – 5:15pm Wednesdays

Age 7-10 (School Years 3-5)

4:15pm – 5:15pm 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.

4:30pm – 5:15pm Fridays – classes are currently only 30 minutes long as no partner work can take place due to social distancing measures.


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.

5:00pm – 5:45pm Tuesdays


Competitive Dance

You must regularly attend a Freestyle Disco 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 Beginner Comp Drills Class to learn drills to put together your own Competition routine.  The class teacher will then discuss additional Comp Squad classes with you.

If you wish to compete in Rock ‘n’ Roll then please speak to your class teacher who will discuss the next steps with you.

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