Children’s Classes

We will continue to run our school aged children’s classes online during our time in stage 4 lockdown.

Our timetable has been reduced during our online sessions and we hope to resume our regular timetable in the future.

Creative Ballet

Learn the basics of ballet while exploring choreographic elements in a safe, nurturing environment without the hassle and stress of exams and competitions.

Ballet doesn’t have to be stressful and focused on gold medals and top exam results. While that is perfect for some, there are others that just want to learn some technical skills, reap the physical benefits and have fun!

If you fit into this category, then Creative Ballet is for you!

Students learn basic ballet technique appropriate to their age and development and inspire their creative side by learning how to choreograph their own dances. This gives them ownership over their work and teaches them how to be an effective team member.

Ballet classes are a great way to get fit and are guaranteed to strengthen and condition your body. You will improve your cardiovascular endurance, muscular strength, muscular endurance, flexibility, posture, balance and coordination.

Classes consist of cardio vascular warm up, barre and center work, combinations across the floor, stretching and cool down. A routine or phrase will be learnt and performed at the end of the term. While there will be an element of focus on correct technique, this class is about making ballet accessible to everyone, no matter what your skill level.

The goal is to develop dancers who move with expression, grace and feeling.

Alanna is a VIT registered teacher who is experienced in working with children from 18months up to mature adults and understands that even when it comes to learning dance it is not a one size fits all category. Everyone learns in their own unique way and that should be celebrated and embraced.

Mini Creative Ballet 

  • School Year 1, 2 and 3
  • Monday 4:15-5:00pm
  • Castlefield Community Centre                                                                                                                                                            

Junior Creative Ballet

  • School Year 4, 5 and 6
  • Thursday 4:00-5:00pm
  • Hampton Community Centre

Intermediate Creative Ballet

  • School Year 7, 8 and 9
  • Taking expressions of interest 


Jazz Dance classes are great for fitness and loads of fun. Classes begin with a cardio vascular warm up then onto technical aspects such as kicks, turns, jumps, leaps etc. Students will learn combinations and work towards a routine to perform at the end of the term. Lessons always conclude with a cool down.

Fun, energetic and artistic movement performed to popular age appropriate music. Improves coordination, posture, flexibility.

The goal is to develop dancers who are engaged, dynamic and passionate.

Mini Jazz

  • School Year 1, 2 and 3
  • Wednesday 4:15-5:00pm
  • Castlefield Community Centre

Junior Jazz

  • School Year 4, 5 and 6
  • Wednesday 5:15-6:15pm
  • Castlefield Community Centre

Intermediate Jazz

  • School Year 7, 8 and 9
  • Wednesday 6:15-7:15pm
  • Castlefield Community Centre


Tap classes give you the opportunity to learn rhythm, basic tap progressions, and the fundamentals of both the classic ‘Broadway’ and modern style! You’ll learn self-confidence, poise, and improve your coordination. Class begins with warm up exercises at the barre and in the center that increase control, coordination, and rhythm, followed by across the floor exercises that teach dynamics, shading, phrasing, and musicality. Students will learn a routine and perform it at the end of the term.

The goal is to develop tap dancers that are equally strong musicians, technicians and performers.

Mini Tap

  • School Year 1, 2 and 3
  •  Expression of interest 

Junior & Intermediate Tap 

  • School Year 4, 5 and 6
  • School Year 7, 8 and 9
  • Saturday 12:45-1:15pm
  • Hampton Community Centre


Acro classes are fun and energetic while developing flexibility, strength, control, stamina and focus.  Classes are taught by skilled professionals and great care is taken to ensure safety is adhered to at all times.  Students will learn cartwheels, handstands, rolls, walkovers etc. 

The goal is to develop students who are confident in executing basic acrobatic techniques. 

Acro : Blue Group (Absolute Beginners)

Will learn to:

– cartwheel

– improve strength for handstands

– forward roll

– improve bridge from floor

Acro : Red Group (Advanced Beginners)

  • School Year 1 – 6
  • Monday 5:15 – 6:15pm
  • Castlefield Community Centre

Must have:

–  strong cartwheel

–  controlled handstand

–  forward roll

–  bridge from floor unassisted



Musical Theatre

Musical Theatre classes are a great way to introduce students to the wonderful world of Musical Theatre and build their confidence in the areas of singing, dancing and acting in a safe, inclusive environment. Students partake in a broad range of fun activities to build and extend their skills in acting, dancing, and singing and are taught vocal technique with a touch of theory including stage skills. Classes commence with a vocal and physical warm up and we work on songs, scenes and choreography from an appropriate musical to perform at the end of year concert.

The goal is to develop confident performers who have an understanding and knowledge of the theatre and an appreciation of teamwork.

This term we have decided that ‘The show must go online’ and are working on a completely online musical! 

Mini Musical Theatre

  • School Year grade 1, 2 and 3
  • Saturday 10:30-11:15am
  • Hampton Community Centre

Junior/Intermediate Musical Theatre

(These classes will be combined until further notice)

  • School Year 4, 5 and 6
  • School Year 7, 8 and 9
  • Saturday 11:30-12:30pm
  • Hampton Community Centre


Hip Hop

Hip Hop classes are new to ATADS and are such a great way to keep fit and active!

This is a high-energy class that infuses the latest styles of street dancing. Classes encourage students to step outside of the box by bringing their own individual style and personality to the movements. This high energy class can be taught to anyone with a passion to move, so no dance experience is required. 

Hip Hop (open kids age)

  • School Year grade 1 – 9 
  • Tuesday 6:00-6:45pm
  • Hampton Community Centre


Lyrical classes are new to ATADS!

Lyrical dance combines Ballet, Jazz and contemporary dance techniques. This style teaches younger children how to listen to music and interpret and demonstrate emotion using their face and body.

Classes begin with a ballet inspired warm up and stretch incorporating some jazz movements. Then we progress to some exercises to teach young dancers about weight transfer, turns and jumps.

At the end of every class we will do a different style of lyrical routine each week

Lyrical  (open kids age)

  • School Year grade 1 – 9
  • Tuesday 5:00-5:45pm
  • Hampton Community Centre


Speech and Drama

Speech and Drama Private and Semi Private Lessons

*While ATADS do not offer dance examinations, we do offer Trinity College examinations in Acting and Speaking.

Please refer to the Trinity College website for more information.

Trinity College Examination Syllabus

*While ATADS do not offer dance examinations, we do offer Trinity College examinations in Drama and Musical Theatre.

Musical Theatre is one of the fastest growing areas of interest within the dramatic arts. The Trinity Musical Theatre Syllabus recognises this and supports development in musical theatre training internationally. The syllabus integrates well with other programmes and examinations in performance.

Grade examinations in Musical Theatre are available for solo, pair, and group work. The three disciplines that are examined in these syllabuses are singing, acting, and movement but, as is the nature of musical theatre, candidates need to demonstrate their ability in these skills through integrative performance.

The Musical Theatre Syllabus is available for all ages and levels from Grade 1 to Grade 8. Opportunities for young learners under the age of seven are provided by the Young Performers’ Certificate option.

Please refer to the Trinity College website for more information.

Private and semi-private lessons available. Contact Alanna for details today!

My nine year old daughter can’t wait each week to go to Miss Alanna’s classes. Whilst the classes are fun, inclusive and relaxed, my daughter’s examination success this year is proof that Miss Alanna is a disciplined and knowledgeable teacher.

My daughter achieved distinctions in both grade 2 Musical Theatre and grade 3 Voice examinations from the Trinity College London Examinations Board.

Miss Alanna makes a team-building and creative learning environment where my daughter’s confidence has flourished. I have no hesitation in recommending Miss Alanna’s classes to you.

Dr Jacqueline Horan