cement mixer: noun: informal 1930’s slang term meaning…. a terrible dancer
“Mind your toes, Bob, she’s a cement mixer….and she’s on her way over!”
ducky shincracker: noun: informal 1940’s slang term meaning…. a good dancer!
“Ooooh look at him, Babs, he’s a right ducky shincracker……me first!”
Your home of Adult Dance in the Brighton area.
Whether you were a prancing, dancing child OR a desperate dancing dreamer ………it’s never too late to pick up those dancing shoes again or learn a new skill.
No matter your age, shape, size or sense of humour… we welcome you as long as you bring a good attitude and willingness to learn.
However, please don’t mistake this for a bunch of bonkers adults just floating around in their own bubbles, dreaming of a life that could have been ……….We offer excellent classes that can take you through your paces, challenge your braincells & workout your bodies.
Tap Dance has always been our specialty with a variety of levels available from ‘Brand New Beginner’s up to the more Advanced Tappers, and yes it is possible to start at any age and work your way up (no exams though people, just at your own comfortable pace)
From this fabulous foundation we have increased our variety of dance styles & classes available to give you a more all-round dance experience.
To complete this experience and ensure our bodies are being fully worked out & balanced, we have crafted a timetable to allow you the most benefit in the least amount of time……
This is for absolute beginners to tap dance and also those who have had little previous alternative dance training. It is a great place to get to grips with your tap foundation from which your technique will be able to grow.
You feel the next level is getting overwhelming and you want to go back to basics. You are welcome to stay in this level for as long as you like. We will cover posture, rhythm, foot placement, co-ordination and learn steps such as Taps, Beats, Digs, Springs Shuffles, Paradiddles, Ball Changes and begin short, slow combinations of steps.
You are confident with the Level 1 basic steps and are ready to learn more complex combinations which will form the basis of all of our warm up exercises such as Time Steps, Shuffles, Pickups, Waltz steps and Cramp rolls.
You have tapped before and just need to learn the warm up exercises before transitioning to the next level.
These will be taught in slow and repetitive bursts, to enable you to build muscle memory and eventually speed and precision.
The courses run by Adult Dance Brighton are suitable for all ages and will give you a lot more than a spring to your steps. There is a very sociable ambiance and the eclectic range of music adds to the varied nature of the tap lessons.
To join the Intermediate class, you know most of the warm up exercises from Level 2 and are ready learn more complex warm up combinations such as Suzie Q’s, corner work and so on, whilst maintaining a fairly steady pace and still reviewing the detail.
You are an experienced tapper who can pick up the warm up exercises “on the hoof” so to speak but needs a little breakdown on each exercise before learning and moving to the next level. Each week we will review at least one warm up exercise/combo in detail and there will also be dedicated time to learning new steps and routines.
You are confident of the exercises in level 3 and are ready to take the next challenge of working them quicker and learning more complicated combinations and a greater level of new work and routines each week.
You have been tapping confidently for a number of years and can pick up the warm up exercises and combinations at an up-beat speed without much step breakdown. The classes run by Adult Dance Brighton are suitable for all ages and will give you a lot more than a spring to your steps. There is a very sociable ambiance and the eclectic range of music adds to the varied nature of the tap lessons.
With our fabulous Collette you will work through a variety of familiar Ballet exercises, learn some new skills and work towards a gorgeous dance routine each week…..and the twist will be in the music……no “Plinky Plonk Piano” here …expect anything beautiful and inspiring, from Power ballads to Prince & Puccini
Using the basic elements of ballet you will gently lengthen, strengthen and tone those arms and bodies in a relaxing ballerina type workout.
Classes will include:
Acapella choir using our own tappy feet as the percussive element. Anybody is welcome to join this uplifting class of song, foot percussion & laughter….its experimental so be a part of something new and unique!
Jazz and musical theatre-based exercises with a new sassy routine, to whatever music we fancy!
General level: We will cover a range of warm up exercises including stretches, isolations, arms, corner work and combinations. Each week we will learn part of a routine building towards a varied repertoire of fabulous dances.
Classes are broken into Terms, roughly aligned to the Brighton State Schools. The Spring Term is:
Term starts on Monday 6 January
Half term is from Monday 17 February to Friday 21 February
Term ends on Friday 3 April
Owner & Dance
Join us in our fabulous New Studios by London Rd station. Purpose built with :
Please note that within the Dance studios themselves, no outdoor shoes should be worn, and only water can be consumed, although feel free in the communal areas and changing rooms. However, the entire premises is a
“NUT FREE ZONE”
(although we do allow a little crazy !)
Comfortable and breathable clothing works best, with appropriate shoes for the class.
Tap dancers need to keep their lower legs and ankles fairly free and are better off learning on a lower heeled tap shoe. It is advisable to try on your tap shoes rather than buying on line, as sizing can vary dramatically. Dancia in Portslade is the nearest specialist stockist.
You will also need a yoga mat or towel for Ballet Bootcamp & Grace & Flow, along with comfortable clothing, ballet shoes, bare feet or grip socks.
Above all…come as casual or as fabulous as you like!
Yes, we have a Male & Female separate changing room, which is a large open space with a shower and WC’s.
If you are transgender or gender non conforming (TGNC) you are very welcome to use the changing room that matches your gender identity, regardless of whether you are making a gender transition or appear gender non-conforming.
By Train …London Rd Train Station is literally a Tap Step away from the studios, with direct access to Brighton station and a plethora of other areas.
By bus… you are also very well served with many nearby stops from all over Brighton.
By bicycle… we have a secure bike store (Code given on request)
By Car…please see parking FAQ
There are paid, on street parking spaces all around the studio and surrounding area, and whilst we have never had problems finding an available space it is worthwhile leaving yourself some extra time to park…generally once you’ve been a few times, you’ll know where all the best spaces are!
Dear Ducky Dancers,
All studio-based classes are cancelled for the foreseeable future. However…… myself and the Ducky Dream Team have completed our first online live “Dancing from Home” classes (hurrah) which seemed well received. We will, therefore, be continuing until everyone is bored of us. We are currently keeping to the same studio-based schedule, however, this may change depending on demand. Attendees will be e-mailed simple meeting login details; we are using Zoom Meeting so you can use any device and no need for complicated downloads etc.
If you do not feel this suits you and have already paid then please let me know and I will issue you with a refund or class credit. We plan on covering as many missed classes as possible and perhaps even carrying on into the Easter holidays because it’s going to be so darn boring without some activity.
The best form of communication is our what’s app groups so please let me know if you are not on your current class group and I will add you.
Love, tappinness & jazz hands to all of you,
Stay safe & see you online
Rachel & The Ducky Dream Team
We encourage all Ducky Shincrackers to take simple common sense steps to help reduce risk, including using a tissue when coughing and sneezing (or into the crook of your elbow if you don’t have a tissue – not your hands), washing your hands regularly and thoroughly with soap and hot water or using a sanitiser gel, and of course if you feel unwell, staying at home and avoiding coming into class.
We encourage all Ducky Shincrackers to continue to follow advice from Public Health England, and to go online to 111.nhs.uk or call NHS 111 if you think you may have the virus
NHS guidance on how to avoid catching or spreading the virus, as well as travel and other advice, can be found on the www.gov.uk website: