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Welcome to Pirouette School of Dance

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.

Blackheath Classes
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).

Ingatestone 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).

Brentwood Classes
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 Greenwich Theatre, SE10 and The Broadway Theatre, SE6. Our next show will be held at The Towngate Theatre, Basildon in October 2014. We are also very excited to announce that 30 members from our school have been selected to perform in The Children’s Variety Showcase at Her Majesty’s Theatre, Haymarket, in London’s West End in June 2014.

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. The 2014 charity dance event will be in November.

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

Latest news/events:

  • Sunday 4th May 2014 - UTD Exams & Medal Tests (Ingatestone & Herongate members) at Ingatestone Community Centre, CM4
  • September 2014 – Dance Display at Ingrave Flower Festival, Brentwood, CM13
  • Bank Holiday Monday 5th May 2014 - UTD Exams & Medal Tests (Blackheath members) – to be held at St James’ Church Hall, Kidbrooke Park Road, SE3
  • Sunday 29th June 2014 – The Children’s Variety Showcase at Her Majesty’s Theatre, Haymarket, London’s West End (30 Pirouette members are dancing)
  • Sunday 5th October 2014 - UTD Scholarships - members from Junior & Senior Display Teams will be performing
  • Sunday 12th October 2014 - Theatre Rehearsal day at Towngate Theatre, Basildon (for class 2, class 3 & Adult Tap members)
  • Sunday 19th October 2014 – Pirouette Show at The Towngate Theatre, Basildon
  • November 2014 - Charity Dance Fundraising Event - details to be confirmed