Free Virtual Classes this Easter!

Guest Teacher to Start New Term

With the start of the new school term just around the corner, Downland Dance are delighted to announce that we will be welcoming an exciting guest teacher for our first week, to help our students hit the ground running for a successful school year ahead!

Becky Clow has returned to her native UK after retiring from a successful international career as a classical ballet dancer. She trained at Elmhurst Ballet School, where she performed with Birmingham Royal Ballet. During that time, she also performed for “Reach-Out 4 Dance” which took ballet to hospitals, secure facilities and orphanages around the world. Since then, Becky has danced with Moscow State Ballet, touring Europe and Mexico with productions such as Swan Lake, Nutcracker and Sleeping Beauty. The final stop in Becky’s career saw her dancing with The National Theatre Belgrade, Serbia, where she danced for three seasons including roles such as Swanhilda’s friends from Coppelia and the Lead Čardaš from Swan Lake.

Between Thursday 5th September and Wednesday 11th September, Becky will be taking over the following classes:

Thursday 5th September: Grades 2 – 6 (Didcot)

Friday 6th September: Grades 2, 3, 4 and Advanced 1 (Abingdon)

Saturday 7th September: Grades 3 – 6 (Didcot)

Wednesday 11th September: Senior Mixed Ability (AM class Abingdon), and Vocational Grades (Didcot).

Becky will use the opportunity to give many of our RAD students a taste of the many benefits of open classes.

As she will not be taking the majority of scheduled Open Classes, adults are welcome to join in with Advanced 1 classes so that they may benefit from her experience.

Becky is a gracious and bubbly person, and we are thrilled to be welcoming her!

Summer Holiday Classes 2019

For those looking to keep fit this summer, our Summer Holiday Classes schedule is now available to view below. Classes are PAYG, open to anyone aged 14+ and will be invoiced for at the end of the Summer. For information about prices, please contact us: We hope to see you there!

The Little Mermaid tickets now on sale!

We’re delighted to announce that the students of Downland Dance will be performing the story ballet, The Little Mermaid on Saturday 12th and Sunday 13th July at the Civic Hall in Didcot.

Parents, friends, relations and members of the public are most welcome to join us in the end of year performance and school celebration.

Tickets can be purchased below or via links on our Social Media pages.

Jubal Battisti Masterclasses – 28th April 2019

As the next one in our series of professional standard masterclasses, on Sunday 28th April 2019, Downland Dance is excited to be welcoming Jubal Battisti for a day of exceptional masterclasses in both classical ballet and contemporary dance styles.

All classes are open to anyone aged 14+ (exceptions can be made for very talented young students and adults are very welcome) , and have been tailored to suit all abilities.

SPECIAL DISCOUNT: Get 15% off when you attend both classical and contemporary workshops.

EARLY BIRD SPECIAL: Get an EXTRA 10% off ticket prices when you book before 11th March 2019.

DOWNLAND DANCE MEMBERS: On top of all of these savings, you can secure an extra £5 off per person by using the special discount code posted on our studio notice boards.

Click here to see a YouTube video of Jubal dancing with the Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet Company.

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Jubal Battisti is a professional freelance ballet and contemporary dancer, based in Berlin. Born in the USA, Jubal began his training at Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre School, before graduating from the prestigious Juilliard School in New York with a BFA and Scholastic Distinction. As a dancer he has performed for companies across the United States and Europe, including the Cedar Lake Contemporary Ballet Company, and GoteborgsOperans Danskompani in Sweden. He has worked, both as a dancer and as an assistant choreographer with some of the dance industries leading names, including Didy Veldman, Hofesh Shechter and Jiri Bubenicek. With a solid classical ballet background, and extensive experience on the contemporary dance circuit, Jubal has developed a beautifully fluid movement and an excellent sense of musicality. He has a wealth of knowledge to offer dance students of both classical and contemporary ballet, and Downland Dance is extremely privileged to be welcoming him.

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The timetable for the day is as follows*:

  • Mixed Ability Ballet: 9.00am – 10.30am
  • Mixed Ability Contemporary: 10.45am – 12.15pm

Do you have any questions? Please fill out our contact form or email

Places are limited, so get your tickets now to avoid disappointment!

*Timetable updated April 2019, and subject to alteration.

Tips for exam candidates

We know how important exams are to our students and their families, which is why we work hard to make sure all exams candidates are looking and feeling their best before they go in. Don’t worry if you are feeling nervous – that’s quite normal! We know that our students try their very best in the build up to exams, so we hope that the tips below will give them the impetus to perform at their best on exam day:

  • Arrive Early. Make sure you get to the studio with plenty of time to get ready. Rushing yourself before the exam will add unnecessary stress, and giving yourself an extra few minutes to settle your mind will give you the confidence to do your best!
  • Dress to Impress. Please make sure you arrive with hair and uniform in an impeccable condition. Showing the examiner that you are well disciplined with your appearance and manner will go a long way to impressing them.
  • Nervous? Being nervous makes you dehydrated, and being dehydrated makes you feel nervous. Make sure you drink plenty of water on the day of the exam.
  • Worried? Remember that we’re all human (including the examiner) and mistakes happen. If something goes ‘not to plan’ during the exam, don’t let it distract you. Just smile and keep on going!
  • Remember: Confidence is King! Take a deep breath before you enter the room to help focus your mind, and let any fears you might have leave your body as you exhale.
  • Enjoy! Exams are a golden opportunity to practice performing in front of a new audience, and what could be more enjoyable than performing the dances that you have worked so hard to get right?

Open Day 2019

After the success of our 2018 Open Day for young children, Downland Dance is delighted to be running another Open Day in 2019. On Saturday 23rd February 2019, we will be offering FREE ballet classes in Didcot and Abingdon, and this time we’re pleased to be including a class for Adult Beginners too!

Places are limited, so pre booking is essential. Please read on to find out how to secure your place.

Times and Locations

The following classes will be available:


Aureus School, Candytuft Way, Harwell, Didcot, OX11 6FF

9.00 – 9.45am Ballet for boys and girls (aged 3 – 6)

10.00 – 11.00am Adult Beginners Ballet (Ages 14+)


West Wing Studio, Coxeter House, Abingdon, OX14 3RG

9.00 – 9.45am Ballet for boys and girls (ages 3 – 6)

After the classes, you will have an opportunity to talk to our teachers about the different classes we offer and find out which one might be right for you, they will also be able to answer any questions you might have.

What are the benefits?

Dance is well 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, which will help reduce aches and pains
– Build strength, stamina and agility
– Increased general physical and mental wellness.


Places are limited, so don’t delay! To sign up for our 2019 Open Day, please fill out the following form. For any questions, please do not hesitate to get in touch via email at


Ballet Boot Camp 2019

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.

What’s included?

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:  Make a positive change to your life – you won’t regret it.

Bootcamp Application:


Branded Merchandise On Sale Now!

We are thrilled to announce that our Downland Dance branded merchandise is now on sale. Items range from breathable sports T shirts to hoodies, water bottles and bags, and all featuring the revamped Downland Dance logo. Adult’s and children’s sizes are available.

All garments are available in black or white, and we hope to introduce a wider range of colours and styles soon. For more information, please see our Order Form and Size Guide.

To order, please fill out the Order Form, and return it either to your ballet teacher, or via email to Maggie Morris at:

Branded Downland Dance merchandise makes the perfect gift for your budding ballet dancer, and just in time for Christmas!

Easter Classes 2018

Downland Dance Holiday Classes have proven a popular way for our members (and visiting students) to keep in shape during the long school holidays. We’re happy to announce the details of our 2018 Easter Open Classes below.

The following classes are running from Monday 26th March – Saturday 21st April 2018*:

  • Mondays  Senior Open Class (All Abilities) 19.00 – 20.30 (£8.00)
  • Wednesdays Adult Beginners 10.00 – 11.00 (£6.50)
  • Thursdays Floor Barre 18.30 – 19.00 (£5.00)
  • Thursdays Company Class 19.00 – 20.30 (£8.00)
  • Saturdays Senior Stretch and Open Class 10.30 – 12.30 (£8.75)

*Please note, there will be no classes held on Weds 28th, Thurs 29th and Sat 31st March, or on Mon 2nd April.

All classes will be delivered by our resident professional dancer, Laura Houghton, and held in our Abingdon West Wing Studio. They are being offered on a Pay As You Go basis, so pre- registration is not necessary, and visitors are very welcome!

For more information, please contact We hope you enjoy the classes!