Timetable and Classes
Autumn Term 2021
Monday 6th September - Saturday 11th December
HALF TERM: Monday 25th - Saturday 30th October
29th October - Halloween Workshop/Party
18th & 19th December - Christmas Ballet Workshops
26th June - Show Rehearsal (TBC)
2nd & 3rd July - Alice in Wonderland (TBC)
Which classes can I choose from?
At DSD we are known for our excellence in Ballet. All students are taught to be dancers. They are taught the importance of presentation, commitment and teamwork. We offer Classical Ballet for children from the age of 2 to 18. We follow the Royal Academy of Dance grade and vocational Ballet syllabi; in addition we also offer non-syllabus and strength classes to compliment the syllabus classes.
Our Toddler ballet is for toddlers as young as one. This class is designed to develop coordination, listening skills, musicality and focus. It is also a wonderful opportunity for focused parent/carer and baby time.
We know that the term ‘dancer’ can mean very different things to different people. Whether your child takes ballet once a week for fun (and all the many other benefits ballet classes can bring) or if they have their sights set on a career as a dancer, the RAD syllabus offers a quality learning experience for all ages and abilities. The higher grades are Ofqual recognised and give points for UCAS university entries which in this competitive world can give your child the advantage needed to be accepted on the academic course they want.
Davies Theatre Academy is our performance group which was set up for students aged 5 years plus. Each Friday students of all ages work together and experience a variety of different dance and theatre genres, workshopping numbers from popular shows from the West End to Broadway.
Our classes are held in a positive and friendly environment where children can have fun whilst they learn. Students will learn different rhythms, tempos, singing styles and vocal techniques in our singing lessons, while dance classes feature pop, jazz and musical theatre routines. In acting classes children enjoy working on role play, improvisation and performance whilst working towards performances. We also make sure everyone improves their fitness by starting the evening off with the Broadway Fitness class Chichi Fit.
The students of DTA have several opportunities to perform throughout the year, including our annual theatre productions and termly showcases to parents. We also have a partnership with Fishers Farm allowing us to perform on their stages regularly.
We also have Mini Musical Theatre is for our 3-5 year olds who love to sing and dance.
DSD has a range of adult classes and there is something for everyone. We offer Ballet, Yoga and Fitness classes at our beautiful studios in Billingshurst. We have beginners ballet classes for adults who have never tried Ballet before. Silver Swans which is the RAD class designed for over 55 years old. Our Adult ballet classes are very popular and are recommended for adults who have danced to at least grade 5 level when they were younger or for ex-professional dancers. This class is non-syllabus.
Alongside Ballet we also have yoga with two levels of classes - Gentle yoga for those less experienced and yoga for people wanting to challenge their yoga knowledge. Both classes include vinyasa flow and some constant movement practice which focuses on flexibility through slow, rhythmic movement and deep stretching. We begin with Sun Salutations and build pace, posture by posture. These classes create focus, concentration and by using breath work they help bring clarity to the mind and balance to the body, this is a moving meditation which leaves you feeling energised.
We also offer the new Chichi Fit classes which is a Broadway style work out set to Musical Theatre Music, you don’t have to be a dancer to do this class as it is a fitness class. I would describe it as a lot like a Broadway Zumba and is amazing fun!
All classes are friendly and we welcome new faces.
Contemporary & Stretch
Suitable for children age 9-18. Contemporary dance is a style of expressive dance that combines elements of several dance genres including modern, jazz, lyrical and classical ballet. Contemporary dancers strive to connect the mind and the body through fluid dance movements. We follow TDSC contemporary syllabus with an optional chance to do an
examination. Class will consist of warm-up, floor work, travelling steps and combinations as well as learning routines.
Body Conditioning & PBT
Body conditioning class with pilates elements alongside Progressing Ballet Technique which is a ball based exercise class to music.
Adult Yoga will follow vinyasa flow, or constant movement practice which focuses on flexibility through slow, rhythmic movement and deep stretching. Begin with Sun Salutations and build pace posture by posture. Creating focus, concentration and using breath work to help bring clarity to the mind and balance to the body, this is a moving meditation which leaves you feeling energised.
Suitable for children age 5-8. We will cover all the basic tap steps which we will then incorporate into dances. We follow TDSC tap syllabus with an optional chance to do an examination.