Kids Classes

Our Children’s classes are a great way for your child to learn and have fun. We don’t insist on wearing a specify uniform, and welcome parents to watch. In fact we do everything we can to make dancing an enjoyable, energetic and positive experience for your little one. Our classes are a great way to increase child interaction, with a fantastic team of teachers who know how to get the best from each age group.

Over the years our children’s classes have produced champions, as well as professional teachers…and a great deal of happy children with dance as a hobby.

We’ve been established for over 40 years, operate out of a full time dance centre. We are insured, DBS checked and qualified. But that should be expected! What we are most proud of is that the children that dance with us love their dance classes and feel a part of something- a big dance family! Our teachers fill the rooms with energy, and every child walks away with a smile.

Not sure which style your little one would take too?

We don’t make you choose! For us dancing from a young age is all about having fun, building confidence along with co-ordination, getting some exercise, meeting new friends and finding a new happy place. From age 11 upwards our young students learn ballroom, latin, freestyle and street and do have the option specialise. Any younger than that and they do a combination called Dance Fusion!

Dance Fusion classes are really upbeat and energetic and cover freestyle (think pop music) and a little latin (think Strictly for beginners!). Adding musical theatre into the mix completes what we feel is the perfect all round dance class…building confidence in our little dancers and giving them the perfect dance foundation.

Age 18 -36 Months MINI DANCERS

For children 18 months and over our next class up is Mini Dancers. Still very much a parent and child environment, but built to give your fast developing toddler a little more confidence and independence in a friendly, safe and lively dance environment.The joys of dancing and movement are shared by teacher, parent and toddler as together they join each week for a fun filled toddler class.

Class Day: Saturdays

Age 3 upwards DANCE FUSION

For the younger classes, we start with a few simple styles (Cha Cha/Street) and widen their range of dances as they grow. Our DanceFusion classes cover everything from Ballroom & Latin to Freestyle, Street and Musical Theatre and are a great way to introduce your child to different dance skills, build confidence and social skills, as well as being a fun way to exercise.Our classes start at age 3, with groups continuing right through to eleven. Children have the opportunity to take medals6 monthly, as well as performing for parents and relatives at presentation days, Galas and Fundays. Some children chose to venture into competitions too, but step one is always building a love of dance through a supportive and fun environment!

Class Day: Saturdays

Age 11 plus BALLROOM/LATIN/COMMERCIAL/STREET

For children over 11, we have an excellent range of classes in Ballroom, Latin, Commercial and Street which work towards 6 monthly exams. Whilst still lots of fun, these classes work to the ability of the child, making them perfect for those who enjoy a Saturday hobby, and those who really want to excel in the world of dance. The parents of our teenage students will endorse all the benefits that dance brings, from a routine, exercise, social skills, a release from school pressures, and much more.

Class Day: Saturday
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Frequently Asked Questions

We do not have a strict dress code so normal casual clothes and sensible footwear is fine. Dance shoes can be purchased through the dance centre and although these are optional at first.
We encourage parents of younger children to watch classes. It benefits the children as they often feel more comfortable knowing that a family member is close by and gives a lovely atmosphere to the classes. Please be aware that only one adult per child will be able to sit in the ballroom and watch (to give us maximum space and little noise disruption), and any other adults will be asked to stay in the waiting areas.
We generally close for one or sometimes two Saturdays over the Christmas period, and of course these classes are not charged for. We remain open every other Saturday of the year.
Yes, your place in class is dependent on payments being made on a 4 weekly basis. Missed weeks still remain chargeable.
Yes, we prepare the children for 6 monthly IDTA medal tests. These are optional, but all classes prepare for them before they consider moving to the next level. We also often enjoy dancing at Beighton Gala in July for fun and a chance to perform. Both these events require uniform, which consists of a Drapers T-shirt which can be purchased nearer the time from the studio.
Just let us know if classes aren’t for you and your payment will be cancelled at the end of the current 4 week block, no problem!

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Ella

Dance Teacher
Ella started dancing from a young age at Drapers, and competed in Ballroom and Latin American before being drawn to freestyle and street. Having a real family connection to the school as we have taught her parents and all her siblings, it’s just meant to be that she’s our head of freestyle nowadays! But don’t be deceived, she’ll be just as quick to fix your cha cha – and definitely one of our all rounders.

Ella

Dance Teacher
Ella started dancing from a young age at Drapers, and competed in Ballroom and Latin American before being drawn to freestyle and street. Having a real family connection to the school as we have taught her parents and all her siblings, it’s just meant to be that she’s our head of freestyle nowadays! But don’t be deceived, she’ll be just as quick to fix your cha cha – and definitely one of our all rounders.

Joanne

Dance Teacher
Joanne brings years of experience as a past competitor, plus many years teaching. Add to that she’s a mum of two, she’s brilliant in our children’s classes as well as keeping an eye on the adults. A very versatile teacher, Joanne is much loved by our Mini Groovers, through to top level British Juvenile team members.
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Scott

Manager
Respected and renowned in the world of Ballroom, Scott has a knack of putting people at ease with his friendly approach. He understands the need to alter his teaching approach for different ability levels, and enjoys taking a beginner class just as much as coaching high level competitive dancers. Laughter is a common sound to come from his classes, but it’s not all fun and games – Scott’s methodical approach ensures his pupils get through all the steps.
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Hayley

Manager
Fun and lively, Hayley organises the diary, events, deals with our pupils needs and sees that the centre runs smoothly. She makes it her job to know every pupil personally, and teaches a range of classes from beginners and children’s to advanced and fitness, as well as professional competitors. Her attention to detail (and eyes in the back of her head!) mean you’ll receive a top level of tuition.
hayley dancing teacher

Caroline

Dance Teacher
The newest addition to the teaching team Caroline came to Drapers in 2019 and has infected so many with her bubbly personality since! Always smiling and positive it’s easy to miss that behind the scenes she is working incredibly hard on her own dancing, being one of this countries top ballroom competitors. Coming from a family of dancers and trained in sequence as well as ballroom you’ll find Caroline in children’s and adult classes as well as being available for private lessons.
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Kay

Dance Teacher
Kay started dancing at Drapers at just 3 years old. She continued to study at Drapers before gaining a degree in Dance at University, and came back to teach for us shortly afterwards. Our most all round teacher Kay is the Queen of Qualifications! She heads up Musical Theatre, as well as being a great Ballroom, Latin and Commercial teacher.
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Olivia

Dance Teacher
Olivia started dancing at Drapers as a very cute three year old. Years later with many championship titles under her belt she returns as teacher and ballroom specialist. You may have seen her on Netflix hit show Baby Ballroom, which was partly filmed at our dance centre many moons ago. Olivia is friendly, approachable and a total hit here with kids and adults alike.

Siobhan

Dance Teacher
Siobhan danced at Drapers from a young age and qualified as a dance teacher whilst still in her teens. After a break and becoming and mum, Siobhan rejoined the team in 2014. Well liked amongst pupils over all three of our sites, it is often said she can be heard calling out the steps from one venue to another! Always smiling, she’ll work her magic and make sure you have a great time.
siobhan dancing teacher

Alysia

Dance Teacher
Alysia has danced all her life and still actively trains and competes with dance partner Vaclav. Starting at Drapers Dance at a young age Alysia had been a part of the school for many years, until she headed off to Uni to follow her talented brains (she’s our little brainbox) as well as her talented feet (dancing for and now running the University Dancesport Team). Alysia came back to Drapers after a return to Yorkshire a few years ago, and now teaches with us full time.
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