Contemporary Dance Beginners Classes

Dance Classes Overview

Thursdays: 6.45 pm – 7.45 pm

WINTER TERM29th September  – 1st December 2022
(9 weeks plus showcase – no class on 17th November)
SPRING TERM19th January  – 23rd March 2023 (10 weeks)


£180 OR £126 with 30% Early Bird Discount-fees can be split into TWO instalments
SPRING TERM£180 OR £126 with 30% Early Bird Discount-fees can be split into TWO instalments

YMCA at One KX, WC1H 8BS

JEN WELCH Jen started dancing, performing, teaching and choreographing from a very early age in styles such as jazz, street, tap and musical theatre. As an adult, Jen then went on to consolidate her training in contemporary, ballet and contemporary jazz at the prestigious Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance. She has trained and worked with artists such as Rachel Lopez de Nieta, Rosemary Brandt, Hagit Yakira, Rosangela Silvestre and Tim Casson. Credits include T Mobile, BBC 2, Sadlers Wells, Richmix Festival, The Natural History Museum, plus many other dance festivals, theatre performances and private events across London.

Places may still be available even if the term has started. Please e-mail to find out

Looking for fun and rewarding dance lessons in London?

This high-octane, fun-packed dance course for adults will have you moving and finding your rhythm whilst surrounded by a brand-new group of friends. Get ready to build confidence, develop technique and revitalise your creativity. Contemporary dance is a style of expressive dance that combines elements of several different genres including modern, jazz, lyrical and classical ballet. It’s a form of dance that strives to connect the mind and the body through fluid dance movements.

Cultivate your dancing skills

Our Contemporary Dance classes will teach you a fusion of techniques to build on a commercial style, whilst developing your emotional exploration, storytelling and performing skills. You will also explore your own body’s flexibility, coordination, freedom and efficiency of movement to different styles of music. Our teacher will encourage you to step out of your comfort zone and enjoy every minute of this course, which will give you a great workout as well as enhancing your dance technique.

Once you have completed a couple of terms you will have the opportunity to audition for Stage & the City’s Contemporary Dance Company, giving you opportunities to perform in competitions and showcases.

Unsure about signing up for the full course? Join us for a £10 Taster Evening by clicking the button below. 

Contemporary Dance Beginners takes place on Thursdays 6.45pm – 7.45pm, 19th January – 23rd March. ALL profits from this course will go towards the Fiorentini Foundation and helping disadvantaged children access the performing arts.

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Or if you wish to pay in TWO instalments, please send an email to and someone will get back to you within 48hrs to arrange.

*Please note that as we are an adult performing arts school, any video footage or photographs taken during your class may be used on our social media for marketing and promotional purposes.

Course Content - Spring Term

Weekly dance classes in London will look a little like this:


  • WEEK ONE: Warm up (10 mins) – yoga style, stretch and gentle strengthening. Technique (20 mins) – ballet style footwork exercises to create awareness and strength through the legs and feet. Choreography (30 mins)
  • WEEK TWO: Same as week one but with added levels such as Limon inspired techniques
  • WEEK THREE: Same as weeks one and two but again with added levels such as footwork patterns e.g. Pas de Bouree
  • WEEK FOUR: Warm up (10 mins), Technique (20 mins) small jumps sequences adding bigger jumps depending on class level, Choreography (30 mins) continue working on same choreo and adding on.
  • WEEK FIVE: Same as week four, but with added levels such as floor work
  • WEEK SIX: Same as weeks four and five but with added levels such as basic turns
  • WEEK SEVEN: Warm up (10 mins), Technique (20 mins) – basic floor work exercises, getting in and out of the floor with ease. Learning to get into the floor safely and effortlessly. Choreography (30 mins) – Start new choreography incorporating new techniques learnt.
  • WEEK EIGHT: Same as week seven
  • WEEK NINE: Same as week eight
  • WEEK TEN: As above with more time spent polishing the latest choreography for sense of completion and confidence on the movement.

The pace is still class led but the last few weeks will move slightly quicker applying previous sequences learnt and adding slightly more complex routines. By week 10, students will have built up more confidence with the technique learnt, strength in dancing and have a better understanding of contemporary movement in their body.

If you do not enjoy your first class, let us know within 24 hours and you will receive a full refund minus the cost of the first class.


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