DanceWorks attracts dance enthusiasts to its classes from Estepona to Gibraltar.
DanceWorks prides itself on providing young dancers with truly excellent training in a broad range of dance styles. Students are offered classes in Ballet, Tap, Modern Jazz, Gymnastic Dance, Freestyle and Musical Theatre.
We teach our students to develop their individual potential in a challenging yet encouraging environment. We focus on developing technique, strength, flexibility and musicality in preparation for the Grade examinations as well as various public events, including our DanceWorks Show.
DanceWorks follows the IDTA syllabus which offers Grade Examinations, as well as Medals and Awards in a wide range of dance and theatre related disciplines.
DanceWorks classes are held at Soto Centro in Sotogrande within the International Montessori School Sotogrande (IMSS). We have created two beautifully equipped, air-conditioned dance studios within the school to work and grow from.
CLASSES WE OFFER
Childrens classes from age 3 -18yrs
Ballet - Tap - Modern Jazz - Theatre Craft
Freestyle/Hiphop - Musical Theatre - Gymnastic Dance
Adult classes: Ballet, Freestyle & Aerial Hoop
Progressing in dance...
All grade-work follows a dedicated, development-driven structure created specifically for dance students to progress via the various grade syllabi. The practice of studying dance grades allows both teacher and student to focus on building technique, strength, flexibility and musicality in preparation for entering the Grade examinations.
IDTA Exams are held once or twice a year. An IDTA Examiner will be flown over from the UK to assess the candidates.
Students may be entered for Rosette Awards from aged 4yrs and Grades & Medals from aged 6yrs and over.
Building confidence through team-work...
Musical Theatre, Freestyle & Gymnastic Dance form the core of our general dance classes. These are great introductory classes for all ages, perfect for developing confidence and team-building skills - every step of the way!
General dance classes are available for students aged 3-18yrs
Students may also be offered the option to enter the IDTA exam session to take Medal Tests in Freestyle, Gymnastic Dance & Musical Theatre.
Just dance! ...
Are you looking for a totally fab, fun & funky dance class for boys & girls?
Then Poptastic Revolution is the perfect class to join!
Our Boy/Girl Dance Crews are continually learning new, fun and funky routines ready to provide support entertainment at various local public & charity events.
Classes are for students aged 3 -12yrs
Just DANCE and have FUN!!
WEEKLY CLASSES AT DANCEWORKS
Ballet - Tap - Modern Jazz - TheatreCraft - Musical Theatre - Gymnastic Dance - Freestyle
Mon - Thurs: 4:00pm - 9:00pm
Sat: 10:00am - 6:30pm
Click to see the complete weekly timetable of classes - Get in touch if you have any queries
Our time to shine...
Every 18 months our students aged 5-18yrs are invited to perform in the DanceWorks Show where we hope to give them a taste of the magic and joy of stage performance.
2005 - 2006 - Teatro Casino San Roque
2007 - 2009 - Palacio de Congressos, La Linea de la Concepcion.
2010 - Present - Teatro Juan Luis Galiardo, San Roque
In preparing our students to perform on a professional stage they learn about the pride and satisfaction that is gained from hard work as individuals and as part of a team... They then experience the nerves, the rush of adrenaline and the thrilling delight when the audience applauds their efforts... What a reward!!
With each successive performance DanceWorks raises its standard, astonishing and delighting audiences with the level of talent and ability our students demonstrate.
WHAT ELSE DO WE OFFER?
The best week of the year!
Every year, during the last week in August, DanceWorks hosts its annual summer school.
During the week students aged 5-18yrs are offered a wonderful opportunity to train with some of the UK's leading dance professionals, in their own home studio.
They will learn an exciting variety of new dance and musical theatre routines throughout the week and showcase the work for parents and friends in the end of week Show.
Each year the visiting teachers select one student, who they feel has excelled throughout the course, as the winner of the 'Scholarship Award' which offers a free placement on the following year's summer school.
Something to look forward to...
Led by outstanding UK dance instructors, our weekend workshops will guarantee to serve as an exciting diversion to, or be designed to compliment, our planned termly schedule.
Many of our dancers love attending these courses as it offers them a wonderful opportunity to work with new teachers, experience new choreography and learn from the 'best in the business'!
DanceWorks students can get involved in the competitive world of dance too.
Each year we take our Competition team and their best routines out into the wider world of our dance community and see how we measure up.
It's a whole new experience and it's also great fun!
INTERNATIONAL SUMMER SCHOOLS
No rest for the wicked...
DanceWorks senior students are actively encouraged to extend their experiences and develop their dance studies away from home during the long holidays we have in Spain by attending external Summer or Easter courses.
Some of the colleges our students have attended include:
Phil Winston's Theatreworks (Blackpool)
Northern Ballet School (Manchester)
Urdang Academy (London)
Bird College (Sidcup)
Tring Park (Hertfordshire)
Aerial Hoop training with Amie Gunn
Students will learn to flip, roll, turn, pose and transition between various beautiful positions on the hoop whilst building confidence, strength and flexibility.
Aerial Hoop work has really hit the main stage in the last few years, with more and more cruise ships, artists and entertainers adding Aerial Work to their shows and repertoires.
Adding more strings to your bow as a dancer/gymnast is now an essential part of modern day training.
Classes are offered to students aged 5yrs and over, with a minimum height requirement.
MEET THE TEAM
By the way... You’re in Great Hands
Jacqui began her ballet training at age six attending Solihull School of Ballet in the West Midlands. She worked through the Royal Academy of Dancing (RAD) syllabus up to the highest level examination, Solo Seal. At age eleven she was awarded a scholarship with the RAD, which she held for 5 consecutive years. She won the Carshalton Cup for Best Scholar in 1984 at the age of sixteen.
She became a junior member of the West Midlands Youth Ballet (WMYB) aged ten, and was soloist in the company by the age of fifteen. The WMYB, as well as the annual performances at Warwick University Arts Centre, also performed at the National Exhibition Centre, Birmingham, The Haymarket Theatre, Leicester and at the Royal Albert Hall, London.
Jacqui has been teaching classical ballet in Sotogrande since 1994 and in 2004 established DanceWorks as a multi-disciplined dance school, incorporating the IDTA syllabus examination grades into the weekly schedule of classes.
As artistic director, Jacqui also produces, coordinates and choreographs for the DanceWorks Show, one of the most spectacular amateur events in the area.
Amie began her dance training at the age of four at the Cardwell Theatre School, and Graduated in 2010 from Phil Winstons Theatreworks, Blackpool.
As a young dance student she achieved a superb standard in her training and her accolades include:
Miss Dance Finalist 2007 & 2008
North West of England Senior Ballet Champion 2007 & 2008
UK Dance Championships – 2008
ITDA Theatre Awards nominee 2006, 2007, 2008 & 2010
She holds a Diploma in Musical Theatre an Associate teaching qualification in Tap & a Licenciate in Jazz with the IDTA.
She has previously taught around the north of England in various dance schools and vocational colleges as well as teaching overseas at a dance school in Grand Cayman.
Amie has also performed from a young age around the UK in shows and productions for various companies including QDOS, Pantone and the BBC.
In July 2016 Amie was invited to join the DanceWorks teaching team and she took up the position formally in August 2016.