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Dance Training

Diana Freedman's School of Dance has a very professional approach to teaching and studying dance. Students are expected to attend regularly, and give full effort to their work. Not everyone wants to dance professionally, and we are happy for students to gain whatever they can from their time with us, either performance skills, good posture, confidence, and / or discipline. It works, and this shows in our results. The school has been recognised by the Dance Council International, and has been awarded a certificate in recognition of the high standards continually shown at the school.


We put on spectacular shows every year at one of the local theatres, and parents are always amazed to see what their child/ren can achieve. We are very proud of all of our students. Diana Freedman's School of Dance has also had the privilege of performing in Christmas Concerts at The Congress Theatre, Eastbourne, at the Summer Variety Show in the Hippodrome Theatre, Eastbourne, and at the All England Festival, Peacock Theatre, London, as well as providing dancers for many other shows, including pantomimes, ballet companies, including The Royal Ballet and local theatre productions.


Candidates who pass their examinations, from Grade 3 and above, with over 95%, may be entered for BATD scholarships, and many of our students have had this privilege. Being entered for scholarships is the culmination of years of hard work both on the part of the students and their teachers. Many of our students have successfully attended the scholarships for many years, being accredited (placed 1st by a Judge), and awarded Most Promising Pupil awards.

Exam Classes- B.A.T.D.


Ballet is the basis of all forms of dance, giving the dancer strength, technique, and discipline. Classical ballet requires dedication from the dancer to perfect the art, and those who study classical ballet become graceful yet strong performers in all areas of Dance. Ballet teachers must be aware of each students individual ph​ysique, and are required to work with each dancer to gain the maximum technical ability. For this reason teachers are required to study anatomy and be aware of the changes they make to the bodies of the students throughout their training.


Tap dancing has been popular through so many generations. A way to make your feet talk and use them as musical instruments. The greatest use of rhythms, when mastered in tap dancing is spectacular, and magical to watch.


Modern dance technique comes originally from the ballet syllabus. Dancers are then taught to modernize the moves, create contemporary lines and experiment with diverse styles, and choreograph unusual pieces of dance to the many various musical rhythms available. A modern dance class consists of warm up, stretching, loosening and strengthening classes, with the dancer becoming very flexible and able to move the body in many ways



Moves taken from the street dancers, danced in tracksuits and trainers, very athletic with full use of isolations. Can includes some elements of breakdance, and looks at current Commercial Dance, e.g. MTV. Requires attitude and confidence! Danced to the latest music.​


Musical theatre is a form of theatre combining songs, drama, and dance. The emotional content of the piece – humor, love, anger – as well as the story itself, is communicated through the words, music, movement and technical aspects of the entertainment as an integrated whole.


A fun way to dance, using pompoms. Lots of energetic moves with crazy arm lines. You can shout, cheer and chant also. Not a quiet class, but lots of fun. A must for all high school musical fans



Contemporary dance is a style of expressive dance that combines elements of several dance genres including modern, jazz, lyrical and classical ballet. Contemporary dancers strive to connect the mind and the body through fluid dance movements.


Acro is a style of dance that combines classical dance technique with precision acrobatic elements. It is defined by its athletic character, its unique choreography, which seamlessly blends dance and acrobatics, and its use of acrobatics in a dance context


Baby classes cover the basic elements of ballet, modern, cheerleading and tap dance. The children are taught disciplines of being in a dance class, and the required posture and steps to help them on their way to being the stars of the future. Starlite examinations are taken at this level.


Students who show above average potential in any dance or theatre subject are encouraged to have private tuition to prepare them for competition / festival work. We enter several festivals throughout the year, again with much success. Our students continually achieve 1st, 2nd, and 3rd places in Solo's, Duets, Groups and Mini-groups, and have recieved many trophies and medals in such Festivals. We also are continually successful in qualifying for the All England Regional Finals, with several of our pupils achieving further success in this harder competition, and qualifying even further to the All England Final in London's West End

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