Dance Mill Academy
At The Dance Mill Academy (based in Halifax (near Bradford), West Yorkshire), we are committed to making the student experience the very best it can possibly be, all our classes are taught by experienced teachers (fully CRB checked) in a caring, encouraging and structured environment.
Why bring your child to The Dance Mill Academy?
- CDET Recognised School: Ensuring quality teaching and safe environment for your child.
- 4 week trial period: Try our classes for 4 weeks at a reduced cost to ensure your child is happy.
- No registration fee to join.
- Quality studios, plus large comfortable social area for parents.
- Low cost uniforms at trade prices.
- Annual performance at The Victoria Theatre, Halifax, plus many further opportunities per year.
- We do NOT charge to hire costumes or to perform at any of our events.
- Regular optional exam sessions (IDTA) to help map your child’s progress.
- A fun and supportive environment with total inclusion for all.
The Dance Mill Academy offers dance training from 2 years old to adult. Offering Ballet, Modern and Tap. Progression can be made through exams operating under the International Dance Teachers Association (IDTA). The Academy operates under the guidance of Toni Diaper AISTD, AIDTA, RAD.
An annual show will give the opportunity to experience the thrill of performing on stage. With unrivalled facilities and expert tuition The Dance Mill Academy is the perfect environment to enjoy the dance school experience to the full.
All of the ages listed for classes are a guide for placing children into classes. Once we have seen a child in class if we believe they should be in different class to allow then to excel we will discuss this with the parent/carer and then proceed to place them in the best learning environment for their ability.
Preschool Dance Class: Parent and Toddler 18 months to 3 years
This class uses the Melody Bear Syllabus to provide excellent preschool learning in dance that reflects the learning your child experiences at preschool and nursery. It is an interactive class between parent/carer and child to help them gain confidence and learn how to use their bodies to express themselves.
Pre Juvenile Class: For ages 3-4
This class follows on from Pre School and looks at more specific ballet and tap skills for the young dancer in a fun and exciting environment. In ballet we work towards taking the Pre Juvenile Group Award, their first examination experience. In tap we work on the basics of using our feet and bodies to create sound and rhythm.
Level One (L1): For ages 5+
This class includes ballet, tap and modern jazz. They work on technique and performance and have the opportunity to take a range of exams including rosettes, medal tests and full grade exams.
Level Two (L2): For ages 6-7 (approximately)
This is the same as Level One but a slightly more advanced level. This class includes ballet, tap and modern jazz.
Level Three (L3): For ages 8-9 (approximately)
This is the same as Level Two but a more advanced level. This class includes ballet, tap and modern jazz.
Level Four (L4): For ages 9+ (approximately)
This is the same as Level Three but a more advanced level. This class includes ballet, tap and modern jazz.
Level Four (L5): For ages 10+
This is the same as Level Four but a more advanced level. The pupils in this class must have prior experience. This class includes ballet, tap and modern jazz.
Junior Associate Class: For ages 9+
These classes are non exam classes and work on performance and presentation. There is one for ballet (by invitation only) and one for theatre, a mix of modern, jazz and contemporary (open to all).
Intermediate Ballet, Tap, Modern Jazz and Advanced 1 Ballet:
Prior experience must be of a suitable standard to attend these classes. Please speak to Toni.
Quote from our last annual performance:
"We have seen many 'dance school' performances but none that were so diverse with a range of talent and that everyone had an opportunity to perform and be seen!"