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Evening dance classes at GSA

Guildford School of Acting at the University of Surrey is one of the most highly regarded locations for delivering musical theatre training. As member of GSA Evening Dance Classes you will be inspired by industry-leading professionals and be a part of the vibrant community of performers. We offer evening classes in Ballet, Jazz, Commercial Jazz, Tap, Pilates, Contemporary and Tumbling.

Our classes aim to introduce and develop a secure and consistent technique in dance and physical skills, and expand existing knowledge and ability. All of our classes are led by industry experts who have danced professionally and bring a wealth of experience to the Evening Dance Classes.

Class details

GSA offers evening dance classes to anyone over the age of 18 with some dance experience, and adults that also have some knowledge in dance or movement. These classes run Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from 19:00 to 21:40. All evening dance classes are 1hour 20 mins long and take place at the GSA main building on the Stag Hill campus at the University of Surrey, where there is free parking located next to the main GSA building.

Safety and Security

The main doors to the GSA building are swipe only after 7pm, after this time the front desk is only staffed from 8pm until 8:30pm for members taking the second class.

Term dates


Week 1, 8 October 2018

Week 2, 15th October

Week 3, 22nd October

Week 4, 29th October

Week 5, 5th November 2018

No classes due to University Reading Week 12th November

 

Week 6, 19th November

Week 7, 26th November

Week 8, 3rd December 2018

Week 9, 10th December

Winter vacation: 17th December 2018 to 4th January 2019

Week 10, 7th January 2019

Week 11, 14th January

End of Semester 1 Evening Dance Classes

Week 1 11th of February 2019

Week 2 18th of February 2019

Week 3 25th of February 2019

Week 4 4th of March 2019

Week 5 11th of March 2019

Week 6 18th of March 2019

25th of March no classes due to University of Surrey reading week

 

Spring Vacation: 1st April-26th of April 2019

 

Week 7 29th of April 2019

Week 8 6th of May 2019

Week 9 13th of May 2019

Week 10 20th May 2019

Week 11 27th of May 2019

Timetable

Semester 1

If you wish to book for Semester 1 please contact gsaeveningclasses@gsa.surrey.ac.uk

Download our Semester 1 timetable here

 

Semester 2

Day

Monday

Monday 

Monday

Tuesday

Tuesday

Thursday

Thursday

7pm start

Beginners Tap
Emma Dalton
Intermediate Jazz
Jo McShane
General Pilates 
Tania Whatley
Beginners Ballet
Stuart Neal
Body stretching and conditioning
Jo McShane
Contemporary
Sarita Piotrowski
Commercial/ Street Dance
Alice Walker
Studio
Grant
Hargraves
McGrath
Simon
Founders 1 and 2
Simon
Allen
               

8:20pm start

Advanced Tap
Emma Dalton
Intermediate Tap
Jo McShane
Acro
Robert Crisall
Intermediate Ballet
Stuart Neal
Advanced Jazz
Jo McShane
 
Beginners Jazz
Alice Walker

 

Studio
Grant
Hargraves
McGrath
Simon
Ball
 
Allen

Fees

NOTE: We have reduced the evening classes prices by half for students joining from now on till the end of the semester

 

Student/staff

External

Trial class

£7.50

£7.50

One class

£55

£70

Unlimited classes

£140

£160

Acro

£120

Not available

Stretching & bod con

Free of charge (registration needed)

Not available

if you are interested in joining our semester 1 classes please contact gsaeveningclasses@gsa.surrey.ac.uk


Please enquire for information about fees or any other enquiries gsaeveningclasses@gsa.surrey.ac.uk   Tel:01483 68 4042

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Tutors

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Tania trained at Laine Theatre Arts, studying all aspects of Musical Theatre.  Her theatre work includes, Sunset Boulevard (Frankfurt) playing a Beautician, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat playing Narrator, Barnum as cover Jenny Lind, Great Expectations playing Clara, Robin – Prince of Sherwood playing Maid Marion, and Patsy Cline – The Musical playing Loretta Lynn. Tania’s television appearances include, Happy Birthday Peter Pan, playing Mrs Darling.  Die Another Day, Holby City, Home and Away, The Bill, Little Britain, One Chance and various appearances in Law & Order and Midsomer Murders. Pantomime appearances include Jack and the Beanstalk, Mother Goose, Cinderella, Dick Whittington, Jack and the Beanstalk, the title role of Aladdin, Cinderella and Dick Whittington at the theatre. Royal Bath, and again at the Anvil, Basingstoke. This year she appeared in an Ident for Lorraine GMTV advertising Dove and appears regularly in Murder Mysteries. Tania now teaches L.A.M.D.A/Musical Theatre in schools and Pilates at Health Clubs.

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Sarita, firstly established as a performance artist with a heavy credit list; 7 years performing nationally and internationally with leading British contemporary dance companies and still ongoing since 2008, freelancing for commercial productions in TV, film, theatre and large scale events. She has worked with an eclectic mix of productions and dance styles, which is evident in her varied work as a choreographer. Sarita has also delivered extensive amounts of dance education world wide both as an independent teacher and for institutions/companies such as Urdang Academy, Middlesex University, Italia Conti, Ballet Boyz Dancers Course, UDO Academy, Union Dance, National Dance company of Wales, Henri Oguike Dance Company, Random Dance Company (Wayne McGregor) and in 2017 became an Associate at Surrey University, teaching Contemporary Dance to the BA Dance Degree students. Because she is so passionately driven to inspire others in her teaching and mentoring she is often requested to share her knowledge and experience in teaching for many differing establishments. Her classes are heavily influenced by her Cunningham, Graham and Release technique training whilst also fusing other forms experienced throughout her years as a dancer

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Emma has been dancing and performing from a young age. After leaving secondary school she went onto do her A-Levels at Hurtwood House before continuing her vocational training at Italia Conti Arts Centre. Whilst at Italia Conti, Emma studied to complete her ISTD DDE Teaching Qualifications in Ballet, Tap and Modern. In the midst of this Emma joined a Tap Dancing company called Tap Attack and was fortunate enough to represent England with them at the World Tap Dancing Championships and after winning the formation team event, came away with a World Champion title. Since graduating from Italia Conti, Emma has performed in touring pantomimes, was a dancer for Warner Leisure Hotels and most recently has just returned from Mallorca where she was Entertainment manager and performer at a 5* Hotel. Emma has now decided to take a break from performing and pursue her teaching and cannot wait to teach at GSA.

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Robert trained at the Huntingdon Olympic Gymnastics Centre. Where he trained in all pieces of Apparatus but specialised in Tumbling. He competed and won at the British Tumbling Championships in 1989 and then began training for the Olympic team in 1991 at age 17. Robert toured international during that time and was also trained by members of the Russian Gymnastics team. In 1992 Robert decided to concentrate on Power Tumbling and competed in National and European Championships. In 1995 Robert's career changed direction as he decided to go to GSA where he obtained a BA in Musical Theatre.

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Jo is from Liverpool and trained at Laine Theatre Arts. She has been part of the teaching faculty at GSA since 2009. In her professional career she has worked in Musicals such as Cats, Blood Brothers, Charlie & the Chocolate Factory, Legally Blonde, Chicago, Sister Act, Grease, Singing in the Rain, Chess and South Pacific. She has recently been a finalist for Best Choreographer at the Off West End Awards, for her work on Bad Girls the Musical and Soho Cinders both at Union Theatre. She has recently choreographed Salad Days the Musical which will be going on a UK tour in the New Year. She is passionate about teaching here at GSA and is dedicated to helping students grow and achieve.

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Stuart’s theatre credits include: ‘Leo Bloom’ in The Producers (Royal Exchange Theatre), ’Billy Lawlor’ in 42nd Street (Theatre Royal Drury Lane), ’Dirry-Moir’ in The Grinning Man (Bristol Old Vic), ‘Dion’ in The Winter’s Tale (Kenneth Branagh Theatre Company), ‘Fred Ingram’ in Harlequinade (Kenneth Branagh Theatre Company), ‘Jigger’ in Carousel (National Tour/Opera North) ‘Elliot’ in Finding Neverland (American Repertory Theatre, and Curve Theatre), ‘Servant/Murderer’ in Macbeth (NY Park Avenue Armory, and Manchester International Festival) ‘Young Ben’ in Follies (Opera de Toulon), ‘Riff’ in West Side Story (RSC Sage Gateshead), ‘Theo’ in Pippin (Menier Chocolate Factory), ‘Seymour’ in Little Shop of Horrors (Kilworth House Theatre), Cowardy Custard (National Tour), ‘Nephew Fred’ in A Christmas Carol (West Yorkshire Playhouse), ‘Ziggy Renshaw’ in The Pros, The Cons and a Screw (Derby Theatre), ‘Jean Michael’ in La Cage Aux Folles (Playhouse Theatre), ‘Charles Aznavour/Georges’ in Piaf (Donmar Warehouse), ‘U/S Frodo’ Lord of the Rings (Theatre Royal Drury Lane), Evita (Adelphi Theatre)
‘Hanky Panky’ in Aladdin (Old Vic), ‘Neleus’ in Mary Poppins (Prince Edward Theatre) ‘Mungojerrie/ Skimbleshank’ in Cats (National Tour). Stuart’s film credits include: ‘Wedding Guest’ in Artemis Fowl, Walt Disney Productions), ‘Stable Boy’ in Cinderella (Walt Disney Productions) ‘Lesgles’ in Les Miserables (Working Title Films).

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Alice Walker has been dancing professionally for over 10 years.  She has performed all over the world doing everything from cruise ships to bollywood movies.  Her credits include Rita Ora Tour, London 2012 Olympics Closing Ceremony- Jessie J, One Direction, Taio Cruz, Tinie Tempah and The Petshop Boys. She has choreographed for The Vamps, been dance captain for the Adidas Fashion show and featured in TV commercials such as the Health Lottery and DNRC. Alice loves teaching and seeing pupils progress, she specialises in Commercial/Street Dance styles as well as Jazz and Contemporary.