Christmas is just around the corner. What’s not to love about the spending time with loved ones, exchanging gifts, and who won’t partake in way too much food and drink?
We understand that too many roast potatoes, minced pies and mulled wine can leave you feeling like a stuffed turkey! Which is why Downland Dance have developed a Ballet Boot Camp to help you shed the Christmas excess and make a fit and healthy start to the New Year.
Our Ballet Boot Camp is available for new students and runs between 7th January and 9th March 2019. For one month (from your chosen start date) you can come to any 2 of our ballet open classes, per week for a flat fee of £59.00. And, we’ll throw in your own Downland Dance T-shirt. The Boot Camp is available for any age* or ability (adults especially welcome!), and can be tailored to your individual needs.
*minimum age requirement 10 years
What are the benefits?
Dance is known to have a positive, lasting effect on the body and mind:
– Develop coordination, fitness and flexibility
– Enhance your energy levels, concentration and self-confidence
– Improve posture will help reduce body aches and pains
– Build strength, stamina and agility
– Increase general physical and mental wellness.
Ballet Boot Camp students will have access to any 2 of our ballet open classes each week for a period of one month. During this time you will develop a basic understanding of the art of ballet, and our dedicated teachers will guide and encourage you towards your goals. We’re even including a Downland Dance branded T shirt to help keep you motivated and get you looking and feeling great!
All of this costs just £59.00
How to apply?
Please fill out the following contact form, and someone will be in touch to suggest which classes might be right for you. If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact us at: firstname.lastname@example.org. Make a positive change to your life – you won’t regret it.
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.
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.
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.
All classes will be held in our Abingdon studio:
West Wing Studio (above Seeney’s Pet Shop)
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/
If you would like to pre-register to any of the above options, please:
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!
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.
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.
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
All bookings are non-refundable.
The masterclass may be filmed or photographed for promotional purposes.