Children’s Creative Movement & Dance Classes: 2018-19

Chisenhale Dance Space announces a new programme of Saturday morning dance and creative movement classes for ages 2-12.

Class Schedule

Performance Studio:

9:45-10:25        Mini Movers (Ages 2-3)
10:30-11:10      Leaps & Strides A (Ages 3-5)
11:15-11:55      Leaps & Strides B (Ages 3-5)
12:00-12:50      Dash (Ages 6-7)

Research Studio:

10:00-10:40     Mini Movers: Research Studio (Ages 2-3)
11:00-12:00      Contemporary (Ages 8-12)
12:00-13:00      Street Dance (Ages 8-12)

Nurturing creativity through movement has been a key aspect of our mission since its founding. Our Saturday morning Children’s Creative Movement & Dance classes offer a dynamic series of classes for children in local boroughs. We’re delighted to launch our biggest ever dance and creative movement programme for children this Autumn and we’re looking forward to welcoming new students to the Chisenhale Dance Space family.

Led by CDS Artist members Robyn Holder and Ingvild Marstein Olsen, the programme nurtures the creative futures of nearly 200 children each term. The classes start at age 2 and run on a progressive programme up to the age of 12, building skills and knowledge in movement, rhythm and choreography. We always end the year with a performance which lets family and friends see what the children have created.

What’s changed?

We’ve been listening to your feedback and expanded our offering for Leaps & Strides, and added two new dance classes: Contemporary and Street Dance for ages 8-12. Leaps & Strides will now cover ages 3-5 and is offered twice at 10:15 (Leaps & Strides A) and 11:30 (Leaps & Strides B) to accommodate more children in the class. The age group for Dash will also be slightly younger, for 6-7 years old starting this year. See the full schedule below, and follow the links for more information on each class.

We’re offering longer terms this year for a total of 12 weeks per term. At the same time we’ve made a small £1 increase in the cost per class, for a full-term cost of £72 for Mini Movers and Leaps & Strides, and £78 for Dash, or £36 and £39 for the half-term respectively. The price for drop-in/taster classes has been held at £8 without increase.

These price changes reflect the rising costs of running our studios and will further support the sustainability of our work as a home for experimentation in dance & performance in East London.

Try out any class on your first visit without booking the full term! See details on each class page.

Term Schedule

Autumn Term
15 Sept – 8 Dec 2018
Half term break (no classes): 27 Oct 2018
Last day of classes: 8 Dec 

Spring Term
12 Jan – 6 April 2019
Half term break (no classes) 23 Feb 2019
Last day of classes: 6 April 

Summer Term
27 April – 20 July 2019
Half term break (no classes): 1 June 2019
Last day of classes: 20 July

To enquire about Children’s Classes, please contact us Monday – Friday 10am  – 6pm on 020 8981 6617
or email

Safeguarding and Inclusivity

As an organisation working with children, Chisenhale Dance Space is committed to taking action to promote the welfare of young people. We have implemented Safeguarding policy and procedures to ensure that every child, regardless of their age, gender, religion or ethnicity, can be protected from harm.

CDS is also committed to creating a culture of inclusion as an organisation and among its community. We have developed an Equality and Inclusivity Statement, and Anti-bullying Statement

Read our Safeguarding Policy & Equality Statement.

Terms and Conditions

A child’s place is secured only once payment has been received.

A registration form for each child must be filled out before the first lesson, either online or in hard copy on the first day.

Registration details must be reviewed and updated at the start of each term for each child.

Only one Taster session is allowed per child per term before booking the term or half-term.  No new starters or Tasters in the last 3 weeks of term.

Maximum 24 children per class (Performance Studio).

Please notify us in advance of any absences of more than one week. Email or call 020 8981 6617

Payments are non-refundable and non-exchangeable. Classes paid for must be used in the term that payment is taken.

Children under 8 must all be accompanied by an appointed adult who must stay on site during classes; Chisenhale Dance Space is not legally responsible for childcare in this capacity.

Concession rates are available to the following groups, proof required on the first day of class:
– Universal Credit, Pension Credit, Disability Living Allowance
– Full-time students (in possession of valid NUS or ISIC cards)