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Contemporary technique, choreography and performance skills

Jump's primary focus is the development of contemporary technique, choreography and performance skills for ages 10-13 years.

The group works together to create their own choreography and develop performance skills working towards performance opportunities in the region. Déda Youth Performance Companies work towards performance opportunities at a regional and national level, plus national development opportunities including U.Dance and the Dance4 Centre for Advanced Training. Commitment is required and therefore we ask for a payment each half term. If you would like to join a performance company, please speak to the Box Office team on 01332 370911 or email.

  • 1. What is Jump?

    Jump is a performance company that acts as a great starting point for those wanting to perform and is for young people from the age of 10-13 years. It’s the perfect progression for anyone who has attended our Creative Dance or drop-in classes. This is, however, not a requirement as it’s equally accessible to anyone looking to start their dance journey.

    Led by artist Danni Louise Chell, Jump focus on creating their own choreography, developing performance skills, and working toward performance opportunities in the region (see FAQ: Performance Opportunities). They will also continue to work on contemporary technique in this class and may get the chance to sample other styles throughout the year.

  • 2. 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.

  • 3. 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.

  • 4. 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.

  • 5. 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. 

  • 6. What performance opportunities are there?

    All of our Youth Performance Companies work toward performance opportunities at local, regional and national level. This includes entering national platforms, including U.Dance, and exploring development opportunities, including the Dance4 Centre for Advanced Training (CAT) programme. In addition, our Dance Development and Learning team regularly source further performance opportunities.

  • 7. Why do we run these classes as courses?

    As our tutor’s focus on building technique and ability, we do ask that you make the commitment to attend. Payment is therefore required, in advance, either half-termly or termly.

  • 8. When can I join?

    We offer taster sessions, for non-audition companies, at the start or end of the term (our term dates are on our website at This allows you to try a class, before payment, to see if it suits you. There is no commitment to enrol once you have attended a taster unless you wish to do so. Pre-booking is required so please call our Box Office on 01332 370911 to book your taster session.

    Once you have decided to join, you can do so at any time of the year but, as payments are half-termly, it ideally needs to be at the start of a new half term. If our classes are working toward a performance opportunity, we may ask you to wait until the following term. However, our Box Office will advise you of this when booking so you do not need to worry if this is not the case.