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Adult Dance Brighton | Ducky Shincrackers

for adults who love to Dance
rachel dance 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 Pittman

Owner and teacher, adultdance

"Don't be a Cement Mixer be a...

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.

OR

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.

OR

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.

OR

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.

OR 

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.

Designed to bring out your Sassiness and move your body like you never thought possible. This is a class for all levels , taught thoughtfully by our Queen of gorgeousness Kornelia….a truly Empowering class for all ages.

Our Brighton Brazilian LEGEND Marta brings this exhilarating carnival party of Funky Latin styles that leaves you SWEATING & SMILING! 

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Timetable

Mondays

Tuesdays

Wednesdays

Thursdays

Fridays

Pricing

Basic

Per Class
£ 9
00 Per Class
  • Pay -per-class

Double

Two Classes in a week
£ 16
00 Per Week
  • Any 2 Classes per week
Popular

Triple +

3+ Classes in a week
£ 21
00 Per Week
  • Pay-per-week

Private Class

In-Person
£ 30
00 Per Person
  • Up to Two People
  • £10pp over 2 people

Private Class

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

How to Book

THE WORLD HAS CHANGED AND SO HAS OUR BOOKING SYSTEM!!!

Having spent many an hour throwing things at my computer whilst setting up our “All Singing and Dancing ” Booking system….I have taken the decision to disable it whilst we are in these somewhat UNUSUAL TIMES. Booking more than a week ahead feels like tempting fate as if any of us have to isolate for any reason it creates all manner of complications with refunds etc.

Therefore, the only block booking will be for a short Beginners course OR if you are taking multiple classes in a week.

 

NB: You will see that there are some added restrictions on booking and cancellations. This is to enable essential track and tracing accuracy and to be as fair as possible within our restricted settings.

LIMITED NUMBERS: WHILST WE HAVE OBTAINED A WONDERFULLY LARGE SPACE, WE WILL STILL NEED TO RESTRICT NUMBERS FOR STRICT SOCIAL DISTANCING GUIDELINES, MINIMUM 3 METRES.

When Can I book from?

How do I book?

How will I know if it's full?

  • If a class is becoming full I will inform regulars via What’s App and Facebook, so that you can check for space before you book.

  • If you have paid but it has become fully booked, you will be placed on the waiting list.
  • If you are still unable to get a place in that class, your payment will be forwarded to the following week where you will have PRIORITY, unless you require a refund

The Team

Rachel Pittman

Rachel Pittman

Owner & TAP/JAZZ

Dance Teacher Bio Headshot

Collette Goodwin

Ballet

Marta Scott

FUNKY LATIN JAZZ

Kornelia Koszak

R&B

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

“NUT FREE ZONE”

(although we do allow a little crazy !)

Suspected cases of COVID-19

We ask that anyone who falls within the clinically vulnerable or extremely clinically vulnerable group will be advised to stay at home. In addition to this, anyone who has displayed symptoms within the last seven days, or lives with someone who has displayed symptoms within the last fourteen days, must not attend the site.  This includes if the person displaying symptoms receives a negative result to the test. 

We ask all customers and staff to remain alert to the symptoms of COVID-19 and take the following action should they develop either a fever, a persistent cough or lose their sense of smell and taste whilst on site. 

  • The individual must leave the School site immediately. If they are awaiting collection, they must wait outdoors in isolation from others. 
  • The customer must report this incident to the teacher immediately via phone
  • The rest of their class ‘bubble’ will be expected to self-isolate for 14 days and will not be able to visit the site during this time. 

The areas used by this bubble will be blocked off until a deep clean can be undertaken.

You should not attend site if you have any symptoms of the virus
Should you develop symptoms having attended the class site you must inform the teacher, the organiser, immediately
You need to travel to the venue safely, avoiding public transport if possible
You should bring their own water bottles rather than using water stations l
If  anyone displays symptoms on site you should leave the site immediately and inform us

What are our COVID Rules?

GOOD NEWS, YOU WILL “NOT “NEED A MASK WHEN DANCING AS WE HAVE MORE THAN THE REQUIRED SOCIAL DISTANCE, HOWEVER…

WEAR A MASK when entering and exiting the studio or if using the WC

  • FORM A SOCIALLY DISTANCED QUEUE OUTSIDE until you are invited to enter
  • SANITIZE HANDS when entering and exiting the studio
  • DROP BAG & WATER in designated space & remove mask
  • MOVE TO NEAREST 3M EMPTY DANCE SQUARE
  • DANCE ONLY in your designated square
  • DO NOT CROSS ANYBODY ELSES SQUARE when getting water or going to WC (Direction will be given)
  • KEEP SOCIALLY DISTANCED AT ALL TIMES
  • When LEAVING REPLACE MASK and avoid contact with any other groups.
  • If YOU FEEL UNWELL or have ANY SYMPTOMS during the class, please alert the teacher and leave the studio IMMEDIATELY
  • REMEMBER….WE ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR EACH OTHER XXX

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. 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.

https://www.dancia.co.uk/dance-shop/brighton/

Ballet requires ballet shoes,  or socks. 

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

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.

NB. DUE TO COVID GUIDELINES WE REQUEST THAT YOU DO NOT USE THE CHANGING ROOMS AND COME AS READY AS YOU CAN TO CLASS.

YOU CAN CHANGE SHOES IN THE STUDIO

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