NEW PRE School BALLET CLASS
The ideal starting point for budding ballerinas. Mondays 12pm, for girls and boys aged 2 1/2 upwards. Contact us to book a place.
Uniform for THE NEW TERMOur shop will be open on Tuesday 29th August (10am-12pm) and Thursday 31st August (3pm-5pm). The ideal opportunity to buy your child's dance uniform for the new term. The shop will also be open during term time on Saturdays 8.45am - 1pm.
'Progressing ballet technique' methodTwo of our teachers are now certified to teach the PBT method, which is a revolutionary programme developed to teach students an understanding of muscle training and memory, helping them to achieve their personal best in classical ballet. The technique is incorporated in many of our syllabus classes, and is also available as an additional training program - please enquire for details.
NEXT HOLIDAY DATESStudio closed on Saturday 28th October to Friday 3rd November. Re-open Saturday 4th November.
NEXT exam sESSIONIDTA exams will be taking place in November 2017 - please check the noticeboard for details.
NEW CLASS - acrobatic arts
We're delighted to bring Acrobatic Arts to Ribble Valley Dance. This exciting syllabus is great for developing strength and flexibiliy, whilst giving dancers the skills to perform acrobatic tricks within their performances.
The programme is carefully planned, with progressions to ensure that each student is able to work towards their own goals. Available to students taking Ballet classes with us, this course will run on Saturday afternoons for children in Year 1 and above.
In May 2017, 200 students from Ribble Valley Dance took to the stage to entertain audiences in our production of Scheherazade - based upon the Tales of the Arabian Nights.
With over 20 dance routines, our talented cast of principals and dancers worked as a great team, performing to sellout audiences on three nights.
The production helped raise £1000 for the charity Young Minds, which offers support to young people experiencing mental health issues.
Parents and students can view a selection of photos from the production on our Facebook students' group.
Performance opportunities are already being planned for the 2017/18 season, with our students encouraged to participate in these events. Further details will be posted at the studio in the near future!
Ribble Valley Dance is based in the centre of Clitheroe, offering theatre dance training in a professional and friendly environment.
Principal Lindsay Pollard is a Fellow and Examiner with the IDTA, with a PGCE qualification and over 20 years teaching experience. She leads a team of dedicated and well qualified staff, who are all experienced and passionate dancers.
We offer training from beginner through to pre-professional level in Ballet, Tap, Modern Jazz, Theatrecraft and Musical Theatre, following the IDTA syllabus, which offers fun and enjoyment alongside solid technical training. Our teachers are also certified in Acrobatic Arts and Progressing Ballet Technique. We also offer a number of fitness classes that compliment dance - Bootybarre, Zumba, Yoga and Pilates.
As a dance school, we aim to ensure that each student enjoys learning to dance. Our dedicated, talented and friendly team of teachers look forward to sharing their love of dance with you!
BA (Hons), PGCE, QTS, Fellow & Examiner IDTA
What is so special about dancing? Well, those of you who have ever done it will know:
• It can enrich your life beyond your wildest dreams!
• It is an excellent way to improve your strength, coordination, stamina and flexibility.
• It is cardiovascular exercise: dance regularly and it will help keep your heart fit and keep you trim.
• Dance is an expression of your personality and a way of exploring who you are.
• It is an excellent introduction into many other creative activities, such as drama and music.
• You will meet new people and make new friends.
• You will work closely with your teacher and other students; this will help develop communication and leadership skills.
• It is a social skill that stays with you for life.
• Most important of all, it is great fun!
Miss Lindsay - School Principal
Located in the centre of Clitheroe at the Memorial Hall, Lowergate, you'll find us signposted next to the large public carpark. Students have keycode access, so in the event that you wish to pop in to see us, just ring the doorbell. Both studios have
professional standard sprung floors, full length mirrors and double ballet barres, with high quality audio equipment ensuring the best experience for our dancers. We also have a comfortable reception area, changing room, toilet and a small shop which stocks our uniform. Parking is readily available on street or on the Short Stay Car Park, Lowergate.
Our students excel in dance and musical theatre - with many having gone on to further training at vocational schools.
Our students have performed at the IDTA Theatre Awards, trained at the Royal Ballet School, Northern Ballet, Royal Conservatoire of Scotland, Wilkes Academy, Manchester College, Sylvia Young Theatre School, Arts Educational Schools and Theatreworks, performed in plays and musicals, and worked professionally as dancers, actors and choreographers.
We provide individual support to each dancer, working closely with those who wish to pursue dance as a career or in further training. If you or your child would like specialist advice or one-to-one training, contact us.
Our holiday dates are:
- • October Half Term: Sat 28th - Fri 3rd November
- • Christmas: Sat 23rd Dec - Fri 5th January 2018
- • February Half Term: Mon 12th February - Sun 18th February 2018
- • Easter: Weds 28th March - Tues 3rd April 2018
- • May Day: Closed Mon 7th May 2018
- • May Half Term: Sat 26th May - Fri 1st June 2018
- • Summer Closure: From Sat 21st July 2018
Our classes follow the local school term and holiday dates.
Fees are charged per 10 week session (four bills per year, with fees due at the beginning of each term).
We are happy to discuss a monthly payment system if required - please contact us for more details.
Wearing clothes that allow you to perform is essential in dance. Personal presentation is also part of training in any dance style, and we expect a high level of grooming to be maintained.
We recommend that parents buy uniform directly from us to ensure that you have the correct items - whilst other suppliers are available, we often find that colours or styles do not match.
Students wear pink, lavender or navy blue uniform according to their level and age.
Items of uniform include:
Ballet, tap, jazz and theatre shoes
Ribble Valley Dance Hoodies
Ribble Valley Dance Musical Theatre T-Shirts
A full uniform price list is available upon request by email or at the studio.
If you wish to buy items of uniform, please call in on Saturday mornings during term time before 12.45pm.