Summer Programme 2018

We are pleased to announce our summer programme of open classes and workshops, open to Downland Dance members as well as visitors, and running the whole way through the summer break. Please see the Summer Calendar for the full list of classes going ahead.

Juniors:

The junior classes are displayed on the calendar in orange. Junior classes are available to ages 10 – 15, and others of a suitable standard. The studio will be open for drop off from 08.30am on the days of junior classes, and parents of those students attending the workshop will be invited to watch a short demonstration at 12.00pm. It is not necessary to attend both the open class and workshop on any of the given workshop days, however a discount is available for those who wish to do so. All classes are available as PAYG classes, with no need to pre-register, however we will be offering discounts for block bookings and pre-registration. We are promoting the Warm-up Workshop, with an open class, at a special price, as we’d like to demonstrate how a good warm-up routine is an essential part of healthy dance practice. Please see below for a full list of prices.

Seniors:

The senior classes are displayed on the calendar in black. Senior classes are open to ages 16+, and others of a suitable standard. All special event senior classes and workshops will be held on Saturday mornings. It is not necessary to attend both the open class and workshop on any of the given workshop days, however a discount is available for those who wish to do so. All classes are available as PAYG classes, with no need to pre-register, however we will be offering discounts for block bookings and pre-registration. We are promoting the Warm-up Workshop, with an open class, at a special price, as we’d like to demonstrate how a good warm-up routine is an essential part of healthy dance practice. Weekday classes are available only as PAYG. Please see below for a full list of prices.

Location:

All classes will be held in our Abingdon studio:

West Wing Studio (above Seeney’s Pet Shop)
Coxeter House
Abingdon
Oxfordshire
OX14 3RG

Teachers:

All classes and workshops will be taken by Downland Dance Artistic Director, Adam Harris ARAD, and Downland Dance teacher Laura Houghton. Both are experienced professional dancers, and are passionate about passing on the joy of dance to others. Full biographies are available at: http://downland-dance.co.uk/contact/about-us/

Prices:

Please click here to view a full list of prices

Pre-registration:

If you would like to pre-register to any of the above options, please:

Click here for Juniors

Click here for Seniors

Open Day: Sun 18th February

Does your son or daughter want to dance?

Bring them along to a FREE ballet class at Downland Dance’s Open Day on Sunday 18th February.  There will be 2 x 45-minute classes to select from, depending upon age.

  • 09:30am – Ages 3 to 4
  • 10:15am – Ages 5 to 7

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Aureus event

Professional ballet at Aureus

On Monday 8th January, Downland Dance celebrated its new Didcot base at Aureus School, by brining a demonstration of professional ballet right into the School. The new Downland Dance Artistic Director, Adam Harris, delivered basic ballet technique classes to all 120 of Aureus’s year 7 students. We ran on the Nutcracker theme that ballet companies worldwide perform traditionally over Christmas.

Elmhurst Ballet School

We were supported by graduate students of the world renowned Elmhurst Ballet School. They performed excerpts from the Nutcracker, under the watchful eye of Elmhurst Graduate teacher and ex Royal Ballet Principal Dancer, Errol Pickford. Grateful thanks to Elmhurst for supporting this event.

Not just for girls!

The effort that the students made was extremely impressive. In particular the boys, some of whom had thought that ballet was only for girls!

Downland Dance

Watch out for more from Downland Dance as we engage with other schools in the community. We bring world class professionals to South Oxfordshire to deliver our highly popular masterclasses.

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Masterclass

Downland Dance brings you another opportunity to Dance with the Professionals.

Adam Harris, recently appointed Artistic Director of Downland Dance, is currently dancing with the Croation National Ballet in Zagreb. He and his partner, Miruna, a principal dancer with the same company, delivered a series of sold-out classes during the Summer of 2017 in Abingdon.

Matz Skoog

Building on this success, Downland Dance are delighted to announce that their January Masterclass will be led by the world-renowned Ballet Master, Matz Skoog.

Matz has enjoyed an extensive dancing career at the highest level in both classical ballet and contemporary dance, including several years as a Principal Dancer at the English National Ballet. He held Artistic Director roles with the Royal New Zealand Ballet and English National Ballet before becoming a freelance teacher, artistic consultant and coach. Click here to read Matz’s biography.

There are 2 x 90-min Ballet Masterclasses being taught by Matz Skoog on Sunday 7th January, 2018.

These classes are ideal for aspiring dancers, those considering vocational training and adults who currently dance or previously danced. Suitable for ages 11+ and those of Grade 5 standard or above. Students will benefit from expert advice and knowledge from the unique perspective of a world-class professional dancer. Students will also experience what’s it’s like to dance with a live pianist.

  • 10:00am: Younger Dancers. Suitable for both boys and girls aged between 11 and 15. Click here to book.
  • 12:00pm: Seniors. Suitable for both men and woman aged 16+. Click here to book.

Both Ballet Masterclasses are being held at the new home of Downland Dance (Didcot): within the brand new, purpose-built, dance & fitness studios at The Aureus School, Candytuft Way, Harwell, Didcot, OX11 6FF.

Places are limited and advance booking is essential. Book your place now at: buytickets.at/downlanddance

  • £18.00 for Downland Dance Students
  • £20.00 for Visiting Students

Small Print:
All bookings are non-refundable.
The masterclass may be filmed or photographed for promotional purposes.