Be Sensational!

Fantastic Dance Training in Reading with Qualified and Experienced Teachers

Be Sensational!

Fantastic Dance Training in Reading with Qualified and Experienced Teachers
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Dance Classes in Reading

Dance Sensation School of Performing Arts offers dance classes for children and adults at several locations around Reading, Berkshire.

We offer fantastic opportunites for our pupils including annual performances at Arlington Arts Centre in Newbury and dance examinations with the ISTD to give your child a real sense of achievement.

Every student and adult is offered a free taster session in our classes - book today and join the Dance Sensation family.
Fun dance classes in a wide range of styles.
Lots of performance and exam opportunities.
Qualified and Experienced teachers.

"Our girls are always very happy to attend class, and their skills and confidence has grown enormously since starting."

"Having attended other dance schools in the Reading area I will always place Dance Sensation as the number one choice."

Find Us

We run classes at four different locations conveniently located around Reading.

The Cornwell Centre

Home Croft
Tilehurst
Reading
RG31 5WJ
Classes

Kennet Valley Free Church

Carters Rise
Fords Farm
Reading
RG31 7YT
Classes

Spencers Wood Village Hall

Basingstoke Road
Spencers Wood
Reading
RG7 1AP
Classes

Westwood Social Club

Downs Way
Tilehurst
Reading
RG31 6SL
Classes

Why Choose Us?

Fun Classes

Above all we want your child to enjoy their classes with Dance Sensation. We support and nurture them every step of the way and help them to achieve their best.

Lots of Opportunities

We offer exams with the ISTD, one of the leading examination boards in the UK and worldwide, as well as annual performances and shows.

Excellent Teaching

We offer accredited training, with qualified and experienced teachers - that allow our students to gain fantastic experience in their chosen field of dance.
I can’t recommend Miss Marie and Dance Sensation enough.

My daughter absolutely loves her ballet classes and has progressed so much since starting.

Miss Marie has a wonderful manner with the dancers and is a fantastic role model being both kind and gentle while getting the best out of each dancer.
Catherine
It is a great pleasure to have watched a number of the annual shows.

The routines, the music and the costumes (and everything else that happens backstage) paint a beautiful picture of the commitment and dedication that Miss Marie has to each individual child.

Miss Marie has a holistic approach, caring for my daughter’s passion for dance alongside her general well-being.
Shekeria
My son Logan loves Miss Marie.

His overall dance ability and co-ordination has come on massively since starting Ballet with Dance Sensation.

This has hugely helped him with his professional work in the West End, where he’s been lucky to get roles in School Of Rock.

Thank you Miss Marie!
Melissa

Dance Exams

At Dance Sensation, we follow the set syllabus of the ISTD examination board. The ISTD is one of the leading examination boards in the UK and worldwide.

When students attend Ballet, Modern and Tap dance from pre-primary onwards, when they are ready and up to the grade standard, students are given the opportunity to take an exam to progress to the next level and further their training.
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Regular Shows

We have a yearly show that takes place at Arlington Arts Centre in Newbury.

This gives students the opportunity to dance on a beautiful stage which is professionally run with stage lights, sound and costumes.

There is nothing quite like the buzz of performing in a professional theatre in front of a live audience - an experience that all dancers and their families will cherish and remember for years to come!

Monday at Westwood Social Club

Baby Ballet
Ages: 2.5 - 5
4:00 - 4:30
Pre-Primary Ballet
Ages: 5 - 7
4:30 - 5:00
Primary Tap
Ages: 5 - 7
5:00 - 5:30
Primary Ballet
Ages: 7+
5:30 - 6:00
Grade 3 Tap
Ages: 10+
6:00 - 6:40
Grade 4 Tap
Ages: 11+
6:40 - 7:20
Grade 5 Tap
Ages: 13+
7:20 - 8:00
Adult Tap
Ages: 18+
8:00 - 8:45

Tuesday at Spencers Wood Village Hall

Baby Ballet
Ages: 2.5 - 5
4:00 - 4:30
Pre-Primary Ballet
Ages: 5 - 6
4:30 - 5:00
Grade 1 Modern
Ages: 7+
5:00 - 5:30
Grade 4 Modern
Ages: 11+
5:30 - 6:10
Grade 4 Ballet
Ages: 11+
6:10 - 6:40
Grade 4 Tap
Ages: 11+
6:40 - 7:20
Grade 6 Modern
Ages: 15+
7:20 - 8:00
Adult Tap
Ages: 18+
8:00 - 8:45

Wednesday at Kennet Valley Free Church

Grade 1 Ballet
Ages: 8+
4:30 - 5:00
Grade 2 Modern
Ages: 8+
5:00 - 5:30
Grade 2 Ballet
Ages: 9+
5:30 - 6:10
Grade 3 Ballet
Ages: 10+
6:10 - 6:50
Grade 3 Modern
Ages: 10+
6:50 - 7:30
Grade 4 Ballet
Ages: 11+
7:30 - 8:10
Grade 5 Modern
Ages: 13+
8:10 - 8:50

Thursday at Spencers Wood Village Hall

Primary Ballet
Ages: 7+
4:30 - 5:00
Grade 1 Tap
Ages: 7+
5:00 - 5:30
Grade 1 / 2 Ballet
Ages: 8+
5:30 - 6:00
Grade 3 Tap
Ages: 10+
6:00 - 6:30
Grade 3 Ballet
Ages: 8+
6:30 - 7:00

Friday at The Cornwell Centre

Grade 1 Ballet
Ages: 7+
4.00 – 4.30
Grade 1 Modern
Ages: 7+
4:30 - 5:00
Grade 1 Tap
Ages: 7+
5:00 - 5:30
Grade 2 Modern
Ages: 8+
5:30 - 6:00
Grade 2 Tap
Ages: 8+
6:00 - 6:30
Musical Theatre
Ages: 8 - 16
6:30 - 7:00
Grade 5 Ballet
Ages: 13+
7:00 - 7:40
Pointe Work
Ages: G5 Ballet Students
7.40 – 8.10

Saturday at The Cornwell Centre

Baby Ballet
Ages: 2 1/2 - 5
9.00 - 9.30
Pre-Primary Ballet
Ages: 5+
9:30 - 10:00
Primary Ballet
Ages: 7+
10:00 - 10:30
Street Dance
Ages: 5 - 9
10:30 - 11:00
Contemporary
Ages: 8 - 11
11:00 - 11:30
Street Dance
Ages: 10 - 18
11:30 - 12:00
Contemporary
Ages: 12 - 18
12:00 - 12:45

Frequently Asked Questions

When can my 2 ½ year old start ballet?

All our Baby ballet children have to be fully potty trained, dry and out of nappies before attending a free taster class.

Do I have to pay for a taster session?

No. Every student at Dance Sensation is entitled to a free taster class before enrolling into the school.

Can we watch the first free taster class?

Yes, providing there are no covid restrictions. What we currently do is leave the main door open so you can stay and watch from outside to see how your child settles into class.

Is there a waiting room?

Due to covid we are currently unable to have parents waiting in the waiting area. Once we are able to operate in a covid free environment, then we will be able to open up our waiting rooms again in the near future.

It's not ideal but for the past year parents have been waiting in cars or outside while their child’s class takes place.

What should my child wear on her first taster class?

For Baby ballet/ Primary ballet girls can wear a dress/ skirt and soft pumps or trainers. Boys can wear shorts/ t-shirt and trainer’s.

Grade 1 onwards girls may wear leggings/ t-shirt, soft pumps, Boys may wear shorts/ t-shirt and trainers.

For Modern, Tap, Musical Theatre, Contemporary or Street dance please can children wear a track-suit or leggings/ t-shirt and trainers or soft pumps.

For Tap dance please can your child wear hard wearing school shoes.

What should I wear for Adult Tap?

For this class, please wear something that you can easily move in, track-suit/ leggings or sportswear. Hard wearing shoes for footwear.

Do I have to buy all the uniform at once?

No, you can buy the uniform gradually but please contact Dancia in Caversham to purchase uniform.

There's more information on our uniform page.

Can I purchase shoes from any shop?

No, it’s important that your child’s shoes are fitted correctly at Dancia who have a wealth of expertise.

Are fees refunded for lessons missed?

No lessons are not refunded for holidays or absence. Fees are paid termly at the beginning of every term.

How much is a term?

Depending on how many weeks are in the term, fees are paid termly i.e., a 12-week term of ½ hour ballet would amount to £54.

Is there an enrolment fee?

Yes, there is a non-refundable joining fee of £15 per child when enrolling into the school. This is for children’s classes only.

Can we watch our child?

Twice a year in July and December, I invite parents to watch the last lesson of term. Parents are then able to see what each student has learnt in class and see the progress their child has made. For older students this is once a year in July.

Do the children have the opportunity to perform?

Yes we have our yearly dance shows and have in the past taken part in summer fetes and performances.
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