Beginners Courses

Woking Dance Space offers a range of short courses for complete beginners.

The classes focus on the basics of each dance style helping you to learn positions, simple step combinations and to help you gain confidence.

At the beginning of each term the class starts at the very beginning and gradually build up over the weeks. When you feel confident enough you can join any of the other classes we offer at a higher level, or stay in the beginners class for another term. You define the pace.

To book your place on a course, please visit our on-line shop.

Contemporary for beginners

Monday evenings from 6:30pm to 7:30pm, six week course starting Monday 8th January.

This six week course is for those who wish to learn the basic principles and knowledge of contemporary dance. It is a great chance to get an introduction to a sector of dance that isn't so easily available in comparison to other disciplines.

The classes will be loosely based around 'Cunningham' and 'Release' contemporary techniques and will include focus on back mobility, travelling to each individual's absolute maximum and integrating classical technique to a more grounded and expansive format of movement.

Exercises in the centre will warm up the body from head to toe before moving onto travelling phrases, floor-work and jumps; all at a basic level with room for customising the material to the individual's needs/ability.

Perfect for those with little or no dance background who wish to try a more free and explorative dance class.

This class is taught by Natalie Dodd.

Tap for beginners

Monday evenings from 6:30pm to 7:30pm, six week course starting Monday 19th February.

Over the course of six lessons, we will endeavour to become comfortable with basic tap movements and sequences in a relaxed and open environment. Working at a pace tailored to those participating, the content of each class will generally begin with a group warm up, simple exercises on the spot and across the room and culminating in an enjoyable routine.

The classes will be mostly the same for two weeks in a row, giving each dancer a chance to absorb and improve on what they have learnt. The difficulty of what we learn will gradually build and through repetition, the participants will gain knowledge of tap vocabulary and feel confident in putting it into practice.

This class is taught by Natalie Dodd.

Ballet for beginners

This course concentrates on absolute basics - i.e. the five positions of the arms and feet and the importance of correct stance.

The class follows the traditional pattern of barre work, adage/port de bras, centre practice, allegro and short cool down, but at a fundamental level. Suitable for students who have never studied Classical Ballet before or for those returning after a long break.

This class is taught by Natalie Dodd.