Déda Expands Class Programme

Deda-Autumn-2014-1.jpgDéda in Chapel Street will launch an expanded class programme for adults and children following a £412,000 redevelopment programme at the regional dance house.

Several new classes will start in September – some of which will be based in the new dance and production studio.

This is part of the extended facilities that also include new conference and meeting rooms and atrium following the conversion of the squash courts at the neighbouring Queen's Leisure Centre.
New class opportunities include Tai Chi which has been introduced on Wednesdays at 5.30pm. An initial taster session will be held on September 17 followed by a six week programme run by accomplished dancer and choreographer Heather Rutland who now specialises in the ancient Chinese art of movement.

A high-energy Commercial Dance class has been introduced on Monday evenings run by former West End dancer Shane Whitlam.

And an additional Ballet Kids class will be held as part of the Saturday programme which already features a ballet class and two hip hop classes for young people aged seven to 11.

Déda's Head of Dance Development and Learning Clare Limb explained: "The new studio facilities have enabled us to extend the popular class programme which already features a wide range of styles from salsa to ballroom.

"The class programme is at the heart of Déda. With nearly 50 classes a week for people of all ages from 6 months and up, the programme fits within the artistic direction of the organisation as a whole.

"I am delighted that Tai Chi will now be part of the programme as this is an essential programme both for general health and well-being and as part of aspiring dancers' core and movement training. It is therefore an ideal fit as part of our overall danced focused arts offering.

"The energy of dance choreography which is such an essential part of today's music video channels has been the inspiration behind the introduction of the commercial dance class.

"And an additional Ballet Kids class has been introduced on a Saturday due to the demand for extra places."

For more information about the Déda class programme and performances at the dance house, please visit www.deda.uk.com or telephone 01332 370911.

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Note to Editors

Déda

Déda (formerly known as Derby Dance) is a unique venue located in Derby city centre offering a dance-focussed arts programme. The building houses two performance spaces, three professionally equipped dance studios, conferencing facilities and the CUBE café|bar.

With a class curriculum of almost 50 classes a week and an extensive community development programme Déda is one of the key cultural organisations in the city.

Déda receives funding from Arts Council England and Derby City Council.

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