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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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:

  • £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.