Pre-school classes

Ballet & tap classes for younger students follow the Melody Movement® Early Learning syllabi which are centred around a dancing teddy called Melody Bear® and her friend Milligan Bear®. Children follow their adventures through the use of stories, mime and props which are designed to capture the children's imagination and develop their coordination, spatial awareness, self-expression and creativity working individually, with a partner, or as a group. All pupils are encouraged to bring their own soft toy to class.  The non-competitive Melody Bear Award Schemes encourage a sense of achievement and make learning fun.


In addition we also offer Acro Dance classes.  Children learn a combination of dance and acro moves.  Key elements include learning locomotive skills, balance skills, classroom behaviour skills, movement concepts, cooperation and social skills.  

DTA Tiny Dancers

ages 2-3 years

Our DTA Tiny Dancer classes are parent & toddler classes especially designed for those tots who love to dance.  Each week there is a theme of the week such as "We are going to a Magical Kingdom with Melody Bear" or "Melody Bear wants to go to the Zoo".  With the help of their parent/carer the children dance their way through the adventures and enjoy twirling around with props and singing songs and nursery rhymes.  

DTA Mini Dancers

ages 3-4 years

Our DTA Mini Dancer classes are ballet and tap combination classes.  Children continue to follow the Adventures of Melody Bear developing their dance moves as well as introducing other fundamental curriculum learning skills such as counting, colour and shape recognition, vocabulary and language skills.  Children also collect stickers and work towards gaining medals, badges or rosettes which are presented in front of parents on the child's 'Special Day'.  Parents wait outside the studio.

DTA Mini Acro

ages 3-4 years

Our DTA Mini Acro Dance classes focus on combining dance and acro moves.  At this stage they will be learning basics which will eventually lead to them being able to tumble and do aerials when they are older. They prepare by learning exercises  such as pre-cartwheel, pike position, skipping, marching and plies. All children learn through imaginary play, having fun and playing games.  All classes focus on repetition and the student progress by ticking their lesson reports cards.   

DTA Baby Primas

ages from walking to 2 years

Our DTA Baby Primas introduce babies and their parents/carers to the wonderful world of dance, movement and music.  Each class explores a variety of props and imaginative themes.


These classes are designed to offer parents and their babies the opportunity to bond, socialise with other parents/carers and babies whilst developing self-confidence and have lots of fun.   

Melody Movement, Melody Bear® Milligan Bear® & Little Bear Feet® are the trademarks of Jill Ewing



Weekday Classes

Ardleigh Community Association, 

Ardleigh Green Road, Hornchurch RM11 2LG

Saturday Classes

Benhurst Primary School, Benhurst Avenue, 

Hornchurch, Essex RM12 4QS 




Monday  to Fridays   10.00 - 14.00pm

Saturdays                 09.00 - 12.30pm

Sundays                                 (closed)

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