Illuminate (11-25 years)
Tutors: Emily Concannon & Rosy Hopkins
Illuminate is a fun class specially created for young people with additional needs and learning disabilities. The class recognises the abilities and strengths of each of the participants and provides an opportunity for young people to explore dance and use their imagination and get creative in a safe environment.
Tailored to the needs of each class member, this class also encourages the students to work with one another, enhancing their social skills in a controlled environment.
This class works towards performances such as U.Dance.
Please call the box office to book tickets.
A fun-filled dance class for young disabled people aged 11-25 years.
Illuminate Dance Company is a fun filled creative dance class for young people with additional needs and learning disabilities.
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.
Rosy is a Déda Illuminate, Academy & Youth Company Class Tutor. For training Rosy love's anything active which gets her up and moving - from HIIT sessions at home to Swimming, Netball to Aerial and Pole fit... Dancing is her favourite though - something which she loved from being tiny! Contemporary, Lyrical and Tap are her favourite styles - both to dance herself and to teach.
She grew up dancing at Harlequin school of Dance in Alfreton where she took IDTA examinations from Primary grades all the way up to intermediate. She achieved a First Class BA Hons Dance & Aerial Degree at Edge Hill University and from there was lucky enough to perform and teach at some weird and wonderful places - she has so many happy dance memories - she'd be here for ages! She enjoys teaching children, young people and adults from all different backgrounds and last year was nominated and received an award from What's on 4 Kids for highly commended most loved activity leader in the East of England.
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.
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].