EMPAS offers a vast range of subjects including;

Ballet, Tap, Theatre Craft, Modern Jazz, Acrobatic Arts, Limber, Contemporary/Lyrical, Freestyle/Commercial, Singing & Drama!

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Please note: Classes must be enrolled on in advance. Please get in touch here!

Below is a brief description of the classes we provide here at EMPAS:

Adult classes:

‘Golden Girls’ – An exercise and dance class for mature ladies, incorporating a gentle warm up/barre work, basic dance based centre work and a routine to finish such as a line dance or a Latin style dance.

We also have three levels of Adult Tap classes running and a ‘Barre’ fitness class!

Creative Movement Classes/Pre-School

Creative Movement ClassesFrom the age of 3yrs we have our “ School Creative Movement class” which introduces young children to dance and movement in a fun and friendly environment and encourages natural coordination, there is clear progression route from this class to the other dance classes taught at EMPAS.


Ballet – Preparatory to Advanced 2 (IDTA) From 4 yearsEmily Newell performing at NE Dance Live 2017

Ballet is a classical art form requiring grace and precision.

Ballet fundamentals are essential to mastering lines and body placement in different genres of dance.

Ballet is the root of all dance forms.


Tap – Preparatory to Advanced 2 (IDTA) From 4 yearsTap Dance

Tap dancing is an exciting form of dance in which dancers wear special shoes equipped with metal taps.

Tap dancers use their feet like drums to create rhythmic patterns and timely beats.

This style of dance is about detail, precision and articulation of a dancer’s balls and heels of their feet.


Modern/Jazz – Preparatory to Advanced 2 (IDTA) From 6 years

Modern JazzModern/Jazz is combined as a subject with the IDTA:Jazz is a stylish form of dance that incorporates energetic, dynamic and intricate movements. Jazz dancing often uses bold, dramatic body movements, including body isolations and contractions.Modern dance involves the use of many dance steps that are unusual and often interpret a dancer’s emotions and mood. The dancer in this case typically performs on bare feet. In Modern dance, it’s not only the choreography that speaks about the emotions to be conveyed. The lighting, costumes and props are used with great creativity to arrange interesting and unusual dance sequences.

Theatre Craft-Preparatory to Advanced 2 (IDTA) from 4 yearsLuke

This most exciting dance form encompasses the wide spectrum of productions that are Musical Theatre. Shows like Grease, My Fair Lady, Bombay Dreams, The Lion King etc all diverse styles but all embraced by the Theatre Craft Title.

A dance which is form for theatrical performance which prepares the body physically through exercise and stimulating artistic ability through dance movement, improvisation and interpretation of music. The use of hand props, make up and much more – it provides all the ‘must have’ qualities for today’s amateur and professional dancer.


Elena Davidson 2017 - Image Credit: Joe Laws PhotographyIn these classes we dance to all the latest pop music learning the trendiest commercial styles including some street and Hip Hop. These are fun classes but you still have to work hard in them, exams are taken with the IDTA.

Street dance is a combination of dance moves combined with loads of attitude. Hip-Hop includes various moves such as breaking, popping, locking and krumping. Improvisation and personal interpretation are essential to this style of dancing and music choices can be vast.

Contemporary Contemporary from 10 years

Contemporary dance is characterised by its versatility and can be danced to almost any style of music, or united with other dance forms to create new styles of movement. Contemporary seeks to work with the natural alignment of the body and is therefore safe and accessible for beginners. The ease of movement promoted by this form of dance technique allows experienced dancers to push new boundaries of body movement.


Musical Theatre (4 years to 16 years)Encore

So you want to be a star? Or maybe you just want to have the moves – and the fun – of the stars. So start with the IDTA’s Musical Theatre Syllabus!

  • Drama/Acting
  • Singing/Vocal technique
  • Dance
  • Speech

Musical Theatre takes you to inspirational heights. The spotlight’s on you!

Drama and Singing (including vocal technique) classes are available in a group session or as a private lesson.

Acrobatic Arts & LimberIMG_2473

Our Acrobatic Arts class’ focus on acrobatic dance moves & balance, where the focus is strength, poise and flexibility. The aim is to incorporate these moves into dance routines. All dancers need to prepare their body for dance with limbering and stretching exercises. In our limber class we focus on limbering and stretching all parts of the body combined with strengthening exercises, pupils learn how to stretch and limber safely so they can then also work independently preparing their bodies for dance. A well limbered body is a delight for any teacher/choreographer as well ensuring the dancer’s body is fully prepared and conditioned. Limber classes are important to compliment an already established dancers skills and can be used as a supplement to other dance based classes within EMPAS.

Class Lengths

Most Pre-school classes are 45mins or 1 hour.

As pupils progress the classes are split down in to subjects starting with 30 minutes in each subject then moving on to 45mins or an hour in each subject.

Private lessons are offered as a 30 minute or 45 minute slot.