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Performing Arts


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Learn to Dance or Perform and Develop Your Performing Skills

Our dance and performing arts classes offer you the chance to learn to dance, play an instrument or sing. Whether you are interested in Bollywood, ballet, salsa, hand drumming or music, we can offer you a course that will get you started. You can also improve or maintain your skills through our improvers and intermediate courses. We can offer you what you need to maintain your standard or to improve and build on it. Whether you want to become an enthusiastic amateur or aspire to perform professionally, we can help you.

Some of the courses are:
• Piano and Keyboard Skills – Beginners
• Ballet – Beginners, Improvers and Intermediate
• Contemporary Dance – Beginners, Improvers and Intermediate
• Belly Dancing – Beginners, Improvers and Intermediate
• Strictly Ballroom – Beginners and Improvers
• Argentine Tango – Beginners, Improvers and Intermediate
• Bollywood – Beginners, Improvers and Workshop
• Playing the Guitar – Beginners and Improvers
• Hand Drumming and Percussion – Beginners and Improvers

Intensive Dance Training

Do you want to engage into intensive dance training and even pursue further professional dance training and look to develop a dance related career? This might be the course for you. A one year dance programme which has been originally developed in partnership with Birkbeck, University of London. The programme is mainly centred on regular technique classes and creative workshops in Contemporary Dance and classical Ballet.
It aims to prepare individuals wishing to audition and progress onto Professional Dance Training courses and or just wanting to engage into more intensive training.  This course offers particularly good structured training for people in full time work. As well as one Ballet class and one Contemporary dance class a week, you will be given performance opportunities including a full staged production in the Brady Arts Centre Theatre at the end of the course.

Entry Requirement:
You should have some experience as a performer, who has received training in dance, and be presently capable of working at Improvers level (fundamental technical skills clearly understood and embodied) in Contemporary Dance and/ or elementary level (Confident grasp of the basic movement vocabulary) in classical Ballet.

To enrol on this course all interested participants must attend an audition.To confirm attendance to the audition and find out more about the course, please contact us at:

Audition Dates 2016-17 (Whitechapel Idea Store):
Monday 12 September 2016, 6-8.30pm
Monday 9 January 2017, 6-8.30pm
Monday 24 April 2017, 6-8.30pm

Please note you will have to attend the full session and arrive 15 minutes before the start time.

 Easter Intensive from 3 April 2017 to 6 April 2017

Idea Store Learning Performing Easter Intensive provides a rare opportunity to experience intensive dance training with the highest quality of teaching at an affordable price. The course offers a rich and varied dance experience and a flavour of our department.

Participants can select from a diverse programme of technique classes such as contemporary dance, ballet, Flamenco and Jazz dance.

Time: 6:30 - 8:30pm
Monday 3 April - Ballet (all levels) - Idea Store Whitechapel
Tuesday 4 April - Flamenco (all levels) - Brady Arts Centre
Wednesday 5 April - Jazz Dance (all levels) - Idea Store Whitechapel
Thursday 6 April  - Contemporary Dance (all levels)  - Idea Store Whitechapel

We welcome people of all backgrounds. The courses are offered at different levels from beginners to improvers levels in the evening times. Once you have selected your programme, you will attend the same classes each day for the whole week.

Course code B4001

If you liked your dance course and or you are looking for more to complement your dance training, why not try some of our fitness courses.

Students’ Comments

Every term we ask our learners what aspect of the course did they enjoy and find most useful; here some of their responses:

“Working towards a show at the end of the year made the learning more focused. And it is good to put the exercises we do each week into a dance”. Tessa - Ballet Beginners

“I liked very much the music and the way the teacher explained the exercises. I will continue next term”. Laura - Ballet Beginners.

“The teacher makes the class very interesting and lively. She is also very encouraging“. Fangfang – Ballet Beginners.

“I always enjoy this course, it is varies and challenging. People are friendly and it is always fun”. Gemma - Ballet Improvers.

“Improved my posture, I am feeling more energised throughout the week. I need to do presentations at work quite often, I have noticed I am not stressed about it anymore and I believe this is because of the dance course. I am feeling more confident talking in front of other people.”  Alona – Contemporary Dance Improvers

“I found the choreography of really high standard which inspires me to do something more challenging and it feeds back to my other artistic practice”. Shan –Contemporary Dance Improvers.

“It was good fun and the course was very well taught. Classes were well structured and the feedback was helpful. Thank you”. Fiona – Contemporary Dance Beginners.

“Nice relaxed class but challenging work”. Marie-Louise Ballet Intermediate.

“Good atmosphere, constructive feedback from tutor, friendly group of students”. Sara – Bollywood.

“Fantastic course, great fun, lots of encouragement” Julia – Bollywood

“I love this class, it has helped me to build up and support my career”. Ranjana – Bollywood.

“I think this course is an excellent opportunity which Idea Store offers.” Nina – Jazz Dance

I enjoy the atmosphere in the class. The music, learn new movements, have fun with the other students”. Maria – Jazz Dance.

“I loved this course. I thought it was very challenging whilst keeping in mind everyone’s levels. Tutor’s dynamic attitude, feedback and videos helped a lot in improving. Great atmosphere. Massive thanks.”  Claire- Prepare for Professional Dance Training.

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