Children’s classes


Please email or call us for more info as the timetable is subject to change and it is worth checking first to ensure a class is running. For registration & for all other enquiries please email us with your details. For times and dates please see the timetable.

Please note RITA BARKER SCHOOL OF DANCE is now closed. Term resumes on Saturday 9th September.

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Ballet Classes

I.D.T.A. Examination classes from PREPARATORY age 4 to ADVANCED Ballet classes at the Dance Workshop run throughout the day on Saturday. All classes maintain the highest level of technique and individual attention in order to fully develop each student’s potential. We aim to give a thorough understanding of body alignment and etiquette of Ballet, with strong emphasis on musicality and artistry.


NEW CLASS This class is for children aged 7 - 9 yrs. Level 1 

Acro dance is the fusion of the artistic motion of dance and athleticism of acrobatics. Acro dance blends seamlessly classic dance styles with acrobatic movement. 
 Solid dance training in Ballet and Jazz is essential to the success of the Acro dancer. Unlike Gymnastics, Acro Dancers need to flow in and out of skills to create a seamless transitions into dance choreography.

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Contemporary Dance

There are currently 2 contemporary classes running at The Dance Workshop for ages ranging from 8 – 16 years old.

Junior Contemporary class, 8-12 years: Saturday 4.30 – 5.30 pm
Senior Contemporary class, 13 – 17 years: Saturday 4 – 5.00 pm

These classes are particularly suitable for children wishing to develop their dance technique in tandem with or building up to  A level or GCSE’s in dance or furthering their dance skills in choreography and performance to follow a career in dance. Please note: Regular attendance is essential for all age levels.

Ballroom & Latin Dance Young starters


A new class for children aged 6-8 years. A fun, lively class introducing the elements of ballroom and Latin dance. Starting September 2017 Saturdays 11.15 am - 12.00 

Commercial Dance 16+

Classes combine hip-hop, street and jazz (Fosse) to create musical, dynamic routines.  Classes focus on musicality and precision in choreography with performance and expression –  a great class for dancers who would like to go on to work within the commercial industry – or those who need a bit of Beyonce-ness in their day!

Beginners class 16+ yrs: Wednesdays 5.30 pm starts again in September £7.00 per class


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Modern Jazz Classes

Primary/Grade 1 class Wednesdays 4.30 pm 

Grade 3 Wednesdays 4.30 pm 

Jazz class is also offered in combination with acro dance at a package price. Email  us for details 

Street Classes
Rita Barker School of Dance (RBSD)

45 minute classes for ages 8-12 yrs & 12 up – I.D.T.A. Examination classes (Bronze, silver, gold, medals gold bar & star awards). These high energy classes focus on musicality, rhythm and performance skills, while developing a good dance technique. Students will take part in warm-ups to develop aerobic capacity, strength and technique before learning routines to the latest funky tunes.



Tap Classes
Rita Barker School of Dance (RBSD)

I.D.T.A. Examination classes from PREPARATORY age 5 to INTERMEDIATE Tap classes at The Dance Workshop are designed to develop the child’s sense of rhythm and co-ordination. Classes incorporate progressive teaching style and encourage each individual. We offer introductory classes for 4-5 year olds in a combination class of ballet, tap and theatre.