Pirouette School of Dance has been established since 1999 and holds classes for children and adults in London and Essex. At Pirouette we offer members an opportunity to study the four main aspects of dance: Tap, Ballet, Lyrical, & Modern, as well as singing tuition.
The Blackheath, London SE3 (click here for a map) classes are held for children from 2½ years old through to seniors on Tuesday afternoon/evenings in St James’ Church Hall, Kidbrooke Park Road, Blackheath, SE3. Classes run throughout the year including most school holidays, except we are closed every 3rd Tuesday in each month (click here for more information about Blackheath classes).
The Ingatestone, Essex CM4 (click here for a map) dance classes are held on Saturdays mornings in Ingatestone Community Centre, 7 High Street, CM4. Ingatestone dance classes are from 2½ years old through to seniors, and an Adult Tap class is also available on Saturday afternoons at Ingatestone (click here for more information about Ingatestone classes). We also offer singing tuition to our Class 2 & Class 3 members at Ingatestone – a 45 minutes session directly before dance class, run by a professional musician from Royal Academy of Music, at only £1.00 per week (only available to dance members of Pirouette).
Tiny Tots Class - Ingatestone
On Mondays we have a Tiny Tots class for children from from 18 months old to Reception school age (during the school day in term time). This is a relaxed and informal introduction into the school, where you can dance with your child or enjoy sitting to watch. Tiny Tots is held in Ingatestone Community Centre, 7 High Street, CM4. The class includes Tap, Ballet, Modern & Lyrical Dance, Songs & Rhymes and use of props and musical instruments (click here for Tiny Tots registration).
The Herongate, Brentwood, Essex, CM13 (click here for a map) classes are held for children from 2½ - 12 years old after school on Thursday afternoons/evenings. We also run our Junior & Senior Display Team classes on Thursday in Herongate. Brentwood classes are held within Herongate Football Club, 77 Billericay Road, Brentwood, CM13. More information.
About Pirouette School of Dance
Over the years Pirouette has staged numerous shows where we have given all members the opportunity to perform as a whole school. We have staged shows at The Towngate Theatre Basildon, The Greenwich Theatre SE10 and The Broadway Theatre SE6. We were also extremely proud in June 2014 when 32 members from our school were selected to perform in The Children’s Variety Showcase at Her Majesty’s Theatre, Haymarket in London’s West End. Our next Annual Show will be at The Towngate Theatre on Sunday 6th September 2015.
Members at Pirouette can study for United Teachers of Dance (UTD) Exams and Medal Tests in Tap, Ballet, Modern and Lyrical. We also enter children from the singing group into Song and Dance Medal Tests. Our next Exam & Medal Test days will be in Feb/March this year (see dates below).
Pupils from Pirouette School of Dance have been selected for the United Teachers of Dance (UTD) National Dance Championships & Scholarships every year since 2005 - winning a variety of medals and trophies over the years including Best Entry School Cup and Highest Stage solo dance across all age groups for 2 years running. Our Pirouette members have also performed a range of solo, duet, trios, small group and large group dances at the South East England Performing Arts Festival for the past 5 years, with many individuals being awarded medals within their sections.
At Pirouette we are committed to hosting an annual charity event. In 2012 we took part in Arleen Phillips’ Ultimate Dance Challenge where an exciting danceathon was organised and members raised over £600 for Save the Children. In 2013 we danced in the BBC World Record Attempt tapathon and raised over £900 for Children in Need. In December 2014 we performed at the Ingrave Johnstone Christmas Bazaar helping raise £131 entry fees. This year we will be performing 2 dance displays – May 2015 at Ingrave May Fete and June 2015 at Ingatestone Junior School Fayre – helping raise money for local primary schools.\
Pirouette membership fees are competitive to other dance schools in all 3 areas as well as other UTD schools around the UK. If you are interesting in joining us click here for a registration form. We cater for a wide range of abilities and dance experience – so whether you’re a complete beginner or an advanced dancer we are confident there is a class to suit you.
Please do not hesitate to contact us if you would like to discuss any of the classes more fully before joining.
Tina Clark, Principal
Congratulations to Claire Palmer from our Senior Display Team who was presented with High Achiever Awards for Modern and Lyrical exams from UTD (March 2015).