Dance Classes at The Cornwell Centre

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Dance Sensation offers a wide range of dance classes at The Cornwell CentreTilehurst in Reading, Berkshire.

We provide 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.
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Our Timetable

Friday

Grade 1 Ballet
Ages: 8+
4.00 – 4.30
Grade 1 Tap
Ages: 8+
4:30 - 5:00
Grade 1 Modern
Ages: 8+
5:00 - 5:30
Grade 3 Modern
Ages: 10+
5:30 - 6:00
Grade 2 Tap
Ages: 9+
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

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

Our Dance Classes

Baby Ballet

Ages: 2.5 to 5
An introduction to Ballet, in a fun and friendly class that uses imagery and magical adventures each week to keep the little ones smiling!

We use stimulating and fun music to help our littlest dancers learn the basic technique, poise and co-ordination.

Once our babies reach the age of 5, they will move up to the Pre-Primary class.
Baby Ballet

Ballet

Ages: 5+
Ballet is a beautiful art form, allowing us to be expressive, fluid and free.

While taking a Ballet class you will learn the basic Ballet moves from the very beginning and then build on your technique.

Ballet increases your flexibility, strength, speed and balance as well as giving you finesse, endurance and mental focus.
Ballet

Tap

Ages: 5+
When children and adults start learning Tap, straight away they love the sound that the tap shoes make.

It's a relaxed style of dance which is fun and is equally rewarding when achieving each new step.

Some of the greatest and most famous dancers were incredible “tappers” - Fred Astaire, Ginger Rogers and most recently Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone could be seen tapping in the Oscar winning film “La La Land”.
Tap

Modern

Ages: 5+
Modern dance is a dance style that allows a dancer's own interpretation and has a more relaxed feel than Ballet.

We also cover Jazz in this lesson and this style is fun and energetic with quick moves, footwork, leaps and turns. The Modern dance style is more down to the ground, using the body weight to enhance movement.

In most theatre shows, music videos, music and commercials, you will see Modern and Jazz dance. This is a fun and energetic dance style providing a great way of keeping fit too!
Modern

Contemporary

Ages: 5+
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. Our contemporary teacher, Isobelle, works with the students individually in the lesson, with students being able to have the confidence to be creative, improvise and use the freedom of movement.
Contemporary

Street

Ages: 5+
You see Street dance everywhere from music videos to reality TV shows, on stage and on screen (think the Step Up film and TV series!). It comes from the social dance styles of Hip Hop, Locking, Breaking, Popping and House.

A dance style that evolved outside dance studios in any available open space. The key elements which make street dance what it is are groove, character, originality, intention, creativity and social interaction.

Street dance is a fun and great social class which builds the children's confidence and self belief.
Street

Musical Theatre

Ages: 5+
A form of theatrical performance that combines songs, spoken dialogue, acting and dance. The story and emotional content of a Musical, humour, pathos, love, anger are communicated through words, music, movement and technical aspects of the entertainment as an integrated whole. We cover singing, drama and movement in Musical theatre.

Singing musical songs to the latest pop or ballad song. Musical theatre performers are often referred to as “triple threats” because they can do it all - dance, sing and act!
Musical Theatre

Find Us

The Cornwell Centre
Home Croft
Tilehurst
Reading
Berkshire
RG31 5WJ
Dance Class Studio in Reading

"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."

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.

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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