Adult Dance Classes in Brighton | Ducky Shincrackers

for adults who love to Dance

Adult Dance Brighton Classes Fun

Rachel Pittman, Owner and Teacher

"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 and look forward to seeing you in class.  Your home for Adult Dance Classes in the Brighton area."

Rachel Adult Dance Brighton Class Teacher

"Don't be a Cement Mixer be a... Ducky Shincracker!"

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!”

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!”

Our Dance Collection

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

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.


New COVID Compliant central Brighton Courses are now OPEN for booking!

Click to see our New Central Brighton Studios

Very Central, purpose-built with sprung floors, secure entrance and changing rooms.



Autumn Term Dates will be confirmed in early September (TOTAL 5 Weeks) 

If you have not danced with us before, complete the New Joiner Form to get on the list and Rachel will keep you up to date.



50 per Half Term
  • 7.15 to 8.30pm Intermediate & Advanced Tap


50 per Half Term
  • 7.00 to 8.00pm Stand Wow Ballet


50 per Half Term
  • 7.15 to 8.15pm Joyous Jazz Hands
Back On


25 per Half Term
  • 7.30 to 8.00pm Basic Beginners Tap


50 per Half Term
  • 7.30 to 8.30pm Beginners Tap


50 per Half Term
  • 8.00 to 9.00pm Beginner/Improvers Tap


Group Classes

Book upfront

Half-Term (5 weeks)
£ 50
Per Half-Term
  • Guaranteed Availability
  • £10 per Class


Per Class
£ 12
00 Per Class
  • Flexible
  • Per Availability

Book upfront

Per Term (10 weeks)
£ 100
Per Term
  • Guaranteed Availability
  • £10 per Class

Private Classes

Private Class

£ 30
00 Per Person
  • Up to Three People
  • £10pp over 2 people

Private Class

£ 22
50 Per Person
  • Up to Two People
  • £8pp over 2 people

Booking Information


If places are still available in class, it will be offered out to drop-ins weekly, and a waiting list will be established once we’ve reached capacity.

If the minimum number of course bookings per class is not achieved, the class will not go ahead but a waiting list collated and any bookings refunded.

The central location should make it much easier for everybody on public transport, plus there is on-street, paid parking if you are driving in.


There are two guaranteed and dedicated parking spots available at the studio within the secure gates for an additional £2.50 per session. Please check for availability before booking on the mobile number below.

Class Term Booking

A very limited number of places available, priority will be given to term bookings. Payment details will be sent directly upon Form completion.

New Joiner Form

NB. Everybody must fill out the new (covid compliance) joiner form before being allowed in the Class. You can do this online HERE

Drop-In Booking

A very limited number of places available, priority will be given to term bookings. Payment details will be sent directly upon Form completion.

We have moved away from PayPal and Credit/Debit Card Payments so as to keep Class costs to a minimum.


Rachel has curated a collection of good quality and value dance clothes and accessories that would be good for the classes. You do not need professional dance clothes, but you might find them more comfortable.

The Team

Rachel Pittman:Teacher Adult Dance Classes Brighton

Rachel Pittman

Owner & TAP/JAZZ

Collette Goodwin

Collette Goodwin


Frequently Asked Questions

Most frequently asked questions and answers

Please note that within the Dance class only water can be consumed and the entire premises is a


(although we do allow a little crazy !)

What should I wear to Dance?

Comfortable and breathable clothing works best, with appropriate shoes for the class.  If in doubt, you can’t go wrong with Leggings & T-Shirt.

Tap dancers need to keep their lower legs and ankles fairly free and are better off learning on a lower-heeled tap shoe. 

Ballet requires ballet shoes or socks. 

Above all…come as casual or as fabulous as you like!

Rachel has selected some practical dance clothing that you can purchase via International Dance Supplies. Pre filtered on the site by Rachel, so a lot easier to navigate.

Access to Studios?

We have secure gated entrances to the Studios.  Once you have registered and booked a course you will be supplied all relevant access information directly, via e-mail.  Make sure you join the WhatsApp and Facebook communities too. 

What are our COVID Rules?

We will be strictly following the UK Government Guidelines
  • If YOU FEEL UNWELL or have ANY SYMPTOMS during the class, please alert the teacher and leave the studio IMMEDIATELY

Do you have changing rooms?​

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.

Travel to and from the studios?

For all Studio information, including travel, please refer to the Studio Information Page.

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