Rythmic Rascals Preschool Dance

Rhythmic Rascals preschool dance classes are for 3 and 4 year olds. Children don’t need to have attended Mummy and Me sessions in order to sign up.

These preschool ballet and tap classes build coordination, musical awareness and social skills. Children learn to perform basic dance movements. They’re also encouraged to express themselves freely in a fun and friendly environment.

Preschool dance students can get a first taste of dance exams by entering for an IDTA Rosette Award. They can also showcase their new dance abilities to family and friends in our Rhythmic Rascals bi-yearly show.

Ballet

Ballet is the foundation of all dance styles. It’s a demanding dance form which builds strength and stamina. At Sophie Dee School of Dance, we offer ballet dance classes for children aged 5 and up.

Tap

Tap dancing helps dancers to develop strength in their legs and feet as well as flexibility in the hips, ankles and knees. Children work on other key tap skills such as rhythm and timing too. We specialise in the ISTD Tap syllabus, from pre-primary level to Advanced 2.

Modern

Modern Theatre dance is a rhythmic dance style which originated in America. It is often seen on the stages of musical productions and is known for its theatrical qualities. The style uses travelling steps, high kicks, leaps and turns, all of which require great strength and flexibility.

Acrobatic Arts

Our acrobatic arts classes (acro for short) combine classic dance with acrobatics. Students work on their flexibility, strength and balance. And they develop tumbling skills as well as their musicality.

The acro program we use at Sophie Dee School of Dance has been created by experts from many different fields. It combines elements of ballet, modern dance, jazz, contortion, rhythmic gymnastics and hand balancing – to name but a few.

Acro dance classes are open to children aged 3 and up. Students progress from basic somersaults to athletic acrobatics. They can also choose to take acro dance exams.

Street Dance

At our street dance classes, students learn the most up-to-date street dance moves. We cover a wide range of street dance styles – including breaking, locking, popping and house – and teach the history and origins of each dance style too.

Classes are split into a number of different age groups. Younger children combine street dance moves into exciting routines. Advanced street dancers work to master complex dance styles and harder choreography.

There’s also the opportunity to join one of our three Street Dance Crews – Dimension, Devotion and Distinction. These crews, led by teacher Jack Robinson, take part in street dance competitions around the UK.

Mini and Junior Musical Theatre

Our mini and junior musical theatre classes are a fun introduction to musical theatre. Students dance, sing and act. They do exercises that build their confidence, their voice projection and their performance skills.

Mini and junior musical theatre students also work towards a showcase for family and friends at the end of each term.

Mini musical theatre is for 3 to 4 years olds. Junior musical theatre is for 5 to 6 year olds.

Both classes act as a foundation for our Young Performers Academy, open to students when they turn 7 years of age.

Adult Dance

Whatever your tap dancing experience, come join our group of happy tappers. Every week we work on rhythm, coordination and stamina. We learn new moves and combine them in lively routines set to great music.

Classes cost £5 and can be paid for weekly.

Beginners – St Andrews Church Hall, Cheadle Road, SK8 5ET – Mondays, 19.45 to 20.30

Intermediate – The Studio, 6A Station Road, SK8 5AE – Tuesdays, 20.15 to 21.00

Advanced – The Studio, 6A Station Road, SK8 5AE – Wednesdays, 20.15 to 21.00

Jazz Dance

Jazz dance is energetic and fun. It’s a dance form that combines the impressive footwork, leaps, kicks and turns we see on our TV and movie screens.

At Sophie Dee School of Dance, our jazz class students develop flexibility and balance, strength and grace. Children are encouraged to interpret moves in their own way and form their own individual style.

Jazz dance classes are available to children aged 5 and up, with classes split into three age groups

Young Performers Academy

The Young Performers Academy at Sophie Dee School of Dance is a course in musical theatre. Students enjoy an equal mix of dancing, acting and singing tuition as part of our weekly program.

The academy is led by a highly trained team of teachers, each specialising in their own subject area. We also welcome guest tutors from the worlds of television and musical theatre to run special workshops with the children each term.

Fancy joining one of our classes?

Start your journey to excellence and sign up to Sophie Dee’s School of Dance!

or send us an email

 

info@sophiedeeschoolofdance.co.uk

Testimonials

Amaze and impress

I just wanted to send a quick message of thanks again. I know how difficult things must be at the moment and yet your teachers continue to amaze and impress me.

Today in ballet and tap, both Miss Kirsten and now Miss Liz have kept both my girls excited and engaged. They are so encouraging. Plus this is not a one off. My daughters also do musical theatre, YPA and lamda. Miss Amy continues to make my eldest daughter grow in confidence and it is so lovely to see her skills develop. Plus, all of the Lamda teacher are amazing. In each class, Miss Steph, Sean and Miss Amy make the lesson both fun and rewarding. Thursday is my daughter’s favourite day of the week and I know that is largely due to her excitement to spend time in YPA and take part in such engaging activities. 

Please pass on my thanks once again and let your teachers know that in an extremely tough time, they are certainly bringing a lot of light into the children’s’ lives.

A very pleased parent

A massive thank you

I just wanted to get a message to Jack to say a massive thank you for what he did today during her private lesson.

She was anxious prior to her lesson and said to me that she felt self-conscious and embarrassed doing freestyle.

Jack was amazing with her. He reassured her and made her feel able to talk about her feelings openly. She seems to be having a few self-confidence issues lately and it nearly moved me to tears hearing Jack speaking to her today.

Parent of a 10 year old.

The encouragement you have given

Personally, I would like to thank you and the other teachers for all the encouragement you have given and all the care and concern you have shown.

I have always been amazed at both how you combine your desire for such high standards with genuine recognition of the efforts of every pupil and how you combine running such a visionary business with maintaining a real family atmosphere.

We very much appreciate everything the SDSD staff are doing to support dancing during the restrictions, working so hard to get classes online and everyone organised.

A big thank you to everyone at SDSD for keeping it all going.

Parent of a 10 & 13 year old.

A positive impact

I’m so grateful for both the lessons and workshops because they’re keeping her active both physically and mentally. She’s really finding this lockdown much tougher than last year and has been quite upset which is heart breaking for me to see. I wanted to express how much of a positive impact you have made on J by maintaining the lessons.

There is nothing better than being in the studio but the zoom lessons are keeping her focussed and feeling a sense of normality.

Parent of a 10 year old.

You have been fabulous

Just to say a huge thank you for everything that you do as a school. I knew when I helped out with the show in 2019, that we made the right choice sending I to Sophie Dee for her dancing. You instil such great values and work ethic into your students from an early age.

I practised all the time for her exam, saying she wanted to make us and Miss Kirsten proud. We said everyone would be proud no matter what her score but to see her come today with a distinction, I don’t think anyone will be able to take this smile off my face for weeks!

You have been fabulous during these last 18months, you would never know that whilst dealing with all the government restrictions you have also had to change venue. I hope when the summer break comes you all take a well-earned rest and enjoy time with your families.

Thank you so much for everything you do for our daughter.

Parent of a 5 year old.

Teaching discipline

My son is part of the Boys Class at SDSD with no dance training apart from being part of Street Dance crew so we were a bit apprehensive but I have to say my Son absolutely loves it to say he's passionate about it is an understatement, its taught him discipline and how to express himself and also body conditioning.

They have a great Teacher in Jack his guidance and encouragement is amazing Saturday is the best day of the week.

Parent of a 12 year old.

I would highly recommend

My daughter has just finished a week of summer camp and has thoroughly enjoyed herself.

Every day she has come home keen to show me a dance or sing a song she has learned. She normally just grunts when she gets home and isn’t keen to share her experiences, so this has been quite a turnaround! She has happily skipped off to class each day and thinks Miss Amy and Sean are just wonderful and even asked to go back next week.

Parent of a 6 year old.

Buzzing and filled with glee

Just wanted to message you as had two very excited and happy girls tonight having returned to the studio. They were buzzing and filled with glee as they described their lessons.

Caoimhe was particularly pleased to have got star of the week in singing and is so excited about being filmed next week.

Once again, your teachers made the experience joyous and memorable. Please pass on my thanks to all.

Parent of a 8 and 4 year old.