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A fun-filled dance class for young disabled people aged 10-18 years.
Provides an opportunity for young people to explore dance in a safe environment.
Déda has signed up to the CredAbility Charter because we are committed to supporting our disabled customers.
What to bring: Please wear loose, comfortable clothing such as leggings or light joggers and a t-shirt.
How do I register my child for classes?
We run two types of classes, drop-in and pay termly.
The exception to this is Déda’s Youth Performance Companies Bounceback and Youth Dance and Circus Company (1 & 2), both of which entry is by an audition process. Please speak to a member of the Box Office team who will advise you on when the relevant auditions are and how to apply.
Déda requires an enrolment form to be completed for each child that attends a class. Forms can be picked up from the Box Office and returned on completion. If there are any changes in details, please inform us as soon as possible.
Are classes suitable for people with additional needs?
Yes - we want everyone to enjoy dance and all are welcome in our classes. We have a huge range of classes for children from 18 months upwards and people of all abilities. Déda is an accessible building and a copy of our Access Statement is available online giving more details about the building. Please contact Box Office or speak to the class tutor if you have any queries.
What styles of dance are covered?
Contemporary dance is the focus of all of our Youth Performance Companies and Creative Dance classes. Our tutors use their experience and expertise to offer a broad range of Contemporary Dance techniques throughout their teaching. On occasion, performance opportunities can lead to classes exploring other styles. However, contemporary dance remains the sole focus of these classes.
What kind of music is used?
Our classes use a broad variety of music to suit exercises and compliment exploration of practice. This also develops musicality and knowledge of a wide range of styles.
What does a typical lesson involve?
Each company class offers a balance between learning technique and exploring creative exercises. Tutors use this to build a strong foundation for developing performance and choreographic skills.
Do I need to perform?
Our Youth Performance Companies (Jump, Bounceback, Incompany and Youth Dance and Circus) work toward performance opportunities so performing is a requirement.
What do I need to prepare for auditions?
Our open auditions do not require you to prepare anything in advance. For information about a specific audition, please contact Isobel Davis, our Dance Development and Learning Coordinator, at [email protected].
Our general audition process involves taking part in a contemporary class and learning repertoire as part of a large group. You will perform the repertoire in small groups, never solo. In addition, you will have a creative task to respond to but, again, this will be as part of a group. We do not ask you to perform solo or prepare anything in advance.
Do I need experience?
No, we are proud to offer classes that are accessible to those from both a dance and non-dance background. Once enrolled, we ask for a termly commitment so that our tutors have the time to build your technique and ability. Prior to this, you do not need to have any previous experience.
Our Youth Dance and Circus Company and Bounceback are the only companies that require an audition before enrolment. These are open auditions so, although some dance experience may aid your audition, you do not need to have any dance experience beforehand and we welcome everyone, regardless of background or experience, to apply.
Our auditions for these companies happen annually. Please contact Isobel Davis, our Dance Development and Learning Coordinator, for further information at [email protected].
Is there car parking at Déda?
Chapel Street Car park is located directly opposite Déda. This 500-space multi-storey is reasonably priced, with evening parking for just £1.40 (parking charges apply to disabled badge holders)
Please note that there are parking restrictions on the street outside Déda and cars parked on the street may be towed.