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.


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.


Normally, classes are broken into Terms, roughly aligned to the Brighton State Schools.  

Due to the COVID-19 Pandemic all classes are currently being held online via Zoom Meeting and some have been merged due to numbers

C19 June Timetable timetable



Per Class
£ 9
00 Per Class
  • Online Class


Two Classes in a week
£ 15
00 Per Week
  • Any 2 Classes*

Triple +

3+ Classes in a week
£ 20
00 Per Week
  • All 5 Classes*


The Team

Rachel Pittman

Rachel Pittman

Owner & Dance

Dance Teacher Bio Headshot

Collette Goodwin


Katie Bio Headshot

Katie Fletcher


The Studios

Join us in our fabulous studios next to London Rd station.  Purpose built with :

  • sprung floors
  • mirrors
  • air conditioning
  • changing rooms
  • bike storage
  • communal area
  • & happiness thrown in!
sprung floors, mirrors, air conditioning, changing rooms, bike storage, communal area, & happiness thrown in!
sprung floors, mirrors, air conditioning, changing rooms, bike storage, communal area, & happiness thrown in!
Adult Dance Brighton Studios
From main London Rd Station head right down the Mews to the end of the road, Studios on the right

Frequently Asked Questions

Most frequently asked questions and answers

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


(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.

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!

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.

How do I get there on Public Transport ?

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 

Where can I park ?

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!

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