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Many studies have shown that dance and moving your body to music boosts your physical and mental well-being, and with dance being a social activity it provides an essential connection to other people.

Get your heart pumping

Regular dancing is great for maintaining strong bones, improving posture and muscle strength, and can improve heart health. 

Improve your balance and strength

Dance is a great form of physical fitness for the young and old because it incorporates movements on all planes of motion and from all directions – keeping all muscles active and conditioned. 

Boost your cognitive performance

Research shows that dancing can improve the areas of the brain that control memory and skills, such as planning and organising. It's also an ideal way to look after your mental health, and great for endorphins!

Challenge your brain

Remembering steps, routines, moves and even to keep smiling, requires focus and this continually challenges your brain – giving you a mental workout as well as a physical one.

Dance is for everyone

Everyone can participate in some form of dance and movement to music. And dancing in a class, or with friends or family is great for your social and emotional well-being; reducing stress and boosting self-esteem. 


The Mark of Quality Teaching

Dancing is a great way for children (and adults) to develop self-confidence, increase fitness and physical health, improve posture and coordination, and get creative.

Qualified teachers will take the time to get to know your child, their ability, interests and ambitions in order to help your child progress and develop their dancing. Look out for the mark of quality teaching.

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Events and Courses

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In studio courses

Regional Course: Modern Theatre Grade 4 and 5 Musical Theatre Amalgamations, Aberdeen

Network with Scottish teachers and lecturer Ruth Armstrong for a day of Modern Theatre training.

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Natalie Tough School of Dance, 314 Clifton Rd, Woodside, Aberdeen AB24 4HQ

Sunday 28 Apr


Cecchetti Scholars Audition 2024

The Cecchetti Classical Ballet Scholarship Scheme offers talented young dancers outstanding training and performance opportunities. Thank you to the...

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Arts Educational Schools, 14 Bath Road, London, W4 1LW

Saturday 11 May

Online courses

Safeguarding: Best Practice for Dance teachers

Join safeguarding experts and dance teachers, Kayleigh Chambers and Vicki Race, on this 1 hour safeguarding course.

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Tuesday 14 May

Online courses

Creating magical early years classes

Join dance teacher Fiona Ramasami , on this course focused on preschool and early years classes.

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Tuesday 28 May

In studio courses

In Studio - May Half Term CPD: Modern Theatre

Join us at ISTD HQ, London, for two days of Modern Theatre training at Advanced 1 level.

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ISTD HQ, 22/26 Paul Street, London, EC2A 4QE

Wednesday 29 May

In studio courses

Regional Course: Modern Theatre grade 4 and grade 5 floor sequences, Preston

Join this course to learn the new grade 4 and grade 5 floor sequences with the Modern Theatre faculty.

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Preston College, St Vincent’s Road, Fulwood,Preston PR2 8UR

Sunday 2 Jun


Janet Cram Awards 2024

Welcome to our 2024 awards! With live heats across England, and our Online Heat for teachers and competitors in Scotland/Ireland...

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Kenneth More Theatre, Oakfield Road, Ilford, IG1 1BT

Sunday 16 Jun

In studio courses

Regional Course: Imperial Classical Ballet Student Classes and Teacher Observations, Shropshire

A day of student classes focused on Imperial Classical Ballet fundamentals, from Grade 1 to Intermediate.

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The Depot, 9 Holyhead Rd, Oakengates, Telford, Shropshire, TF2 6DW

Sunday 16 Jun


Street Dance Competition Day 2024

Join us for a fun competition day for your Street dance pupils, including solos, pairs, quads and crews.

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Various UK locations

Sunday 7 Jul

In studio courses

Residential Summer Programme 2024

Join the CPD and events team for the annual Teachers’ Summer programme.

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University of Chichester: Bishop Otter Campus, College Lane, Chichester PO19 6PE

Monday 12 Aug