Please note that we don't publish the children's timetable online since we really need to assess the student's individual ability before placing them in a class, please phone us.
If you have kids, you may be wondering what is the best way to channel their seemingly boundless energy. Dance classes are a great alternative to team sports, and we offer lessons for children as young as three in Ballet, Tap, Modern, Irish and Highland. Participating in dance classes can be beneficial for children of all ages. We also have a mother and toddler Mini-movers class.
Improved Physical Health
Dancing is a highly physical activity, and kids who take dance lessons regularly should expect to see a significant improvement in their overall physical health. Regular dance practice can increase your child's flexibility, range of motion, physical strength and stamina. The repetitive movements involved in dance can improve muscle tone, correct poor posture, increase balance and coordination and improve overall cardiovascular health. Dancing is an aerobic form of exercise. For children who are overweight, it can potentially help them to lose weight.
In addition to being a physical activity, dancing is also a highly social activity. Dance lessons can help children improve their social and communication skills, learn how to work as part of a team, develop a greater sense of trust and cooperation and make new friends. If your child is shy, enrolling him or her in dance can encourage them to reach out to other children their age and help to reduce their anxiety about new people or places.
Becoming a skilled dancer requires practice, discipline and focus, skills that can be useful in other areas of your child's life. Dance lessons can help to spark creativity in young children and help them to develop an appreciation for the arts. We are pleased that UCAS now have a point allocation system for the Major exams we offer and, for example, an award of Distinction at Intermediate Level is the equivalent of a B in Highers. Our qualifications count towards University and college entrance.
As children adjust to the movements and postures required in dance, they begin to get a better sense of their bodies. As they become more comfortable in their own skin, their confidence and self-esteem also improve.
Can I view my child's class?
Unfortunately not, we find it gernerally disruptive to the class and children settle quicker without the distraction of a parent. We do have an open day from time to time and parents are wecome to see classwork then.
Our enrolment day for 2018/2019 session is Saturday 18th August
between 1000 and 1600 when you can view the studios, meet the staff and ask any questions you might have. Classes will start the following week.
We are, however, willing to enrol suitable children at any time. Please call us.
What some of our customers have said:
"Dear Lesley, I just want to thank you for all the work and devotion you have put into my daughter over the years. We had a fabulous time at the show. The choreography, music and discipline for the groups of all ages is astounding."
"Thank you Lesley! I really couldn't have managed it without your encouragement. So thank you for making me the happy dancer I am today!"
"Dear Lesley, "A huge 'thank you' to all at the Dance Factory for a truly marvellous show. We really appreciate all your hardwork, creativity and attention to detail. Not only was it a delight to watch but our daughters really enjoyed taking part, The whole thing was a triumph!"
"I just wanted to write and say how much I enjoyed your show at Mitchell theatre last night.
It took me back to the shows I did with the Dance Factory at Eastwood theatre all those years ago.
I now work extensively in UK television and theatre and I thought the show you produced was just so fabulous!
I loved seeing that there are now musical theatre classes. These students really stood out for me with expression and performance as well as their dance skills. I spotted a good few wee stars in the making!
I always think back fondly on my time at The Dance Factory, it was a great base for me before I went off to study acting and performance and I have many great memories of my time there. I always recommend it to any parents who ask about dance training
and will continue to do so.
- Leah Macrae, actor