Dance Training

At Footlights we offer classes from 2 to 18 years! Scroll down to find out about all the brilliant things we have on offer! 

From September all disciplines for each age group will be taught on one evening. Following the government guidelines on COVID-19 and children's out of school activities we will have no more than 15 children in the studio at 1 time and mixing groups within the school will be minimised. 

Footlights  is  keeping  up  with  both  the  new  Government  guidelines  and  the  new  developments  of  the  ISTD.  Currently  our  classes  are  taking  place  over  Zoom  because  of  the  new  national  lockdown  and  we  are  currently  waiting  for  updates  about  if  and  when  our  booked  November  exam  sessions  will  take  place.  For  all  information  on  our  current  situation  please  visit  the  COVID-19  section  of  the  website.


Our  exam  classes  are  still  happening  over  Zoom  with  both  teachers  and  students  trying  their  hardest  to  keep  up  their  skills.

Ballet ISTD

Footlights teachers are associated with the ISTD Ballet accredited examination board. Members work on technique and exercises and can progress through graded examinations. We also offer technique classes which can complement any dancer even if they do not take Ballet grades. 

Progressive Ballet Technique 

Progressing Ballet Technique (PBT) is an innovative body-conditioning and strengthening program. One of the important elements used in the PBT method is muscle memory which helps to improve students' understanding of core stability, weight placement and alignment. Each exercise in the PBT program has been developed with care and guidance with a team of physiotherapists. Tina and Esther are fully qualified teachers and look forward to bringing these skills to our dancers.

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Modern Dance

Emphasis is on the learning of solid technique, increasing strength, coordination, musicality, rhythm and stage presence. Classes follow the ISTD syllabus, where there is the opportunity to enter for examinations.

Junior 8+
Advanced 12+ based on ability 

Contemporary dance is a style of expressive dance that combines elements of several dance genres including modern, lyrical and ballet. Classes encourage freedom of expression as well as strong technique. Classes are from age 8 upwards. Older students will have the opportunity to take part in the new ISTD contemporary syllabus examinations. 

Competition Groups 

Footlights is fully prepared to join national competitions once these are able to start back again following lockdown. To be considered to join a competition group you must be attending a graded dance class with Footlights. 

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Little Toes Ballet 

Explore an introduction to Ballet for children age 2-5 years. We encourage natural co-ordination, rhythm and movement incorporating basic ballet steps and technique. Classes are full of fun and imaginative games and activities using props such as scarves and pom poms. To join this class you don't need to be in one of our bubbles and parents can come and watch whilst following social distancing.