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Thorrington Dance Academy

Dance Classes in a fun and engaging environment that create memories and friendships that will last a lifetime.
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Thorrington Dance Academy provides fun, inspiring and engaging dance classes for children in Thorrington and Brightlingsea, near Colchester, Essex.

We also run our own fantastic dance fitness class for adults, FunkyFit. 

Our classes will leave you feeling happy, confident & energised!

About Us

At Thorrington Dance Academy we believe our dance classes are about more than learning steps and routines.

We strive to bring joy to every child, build their confidence and develop their creativity in a friendly and welcoming environment.

Why Choose Us?

Fun Classes
All of our classes are designed to bring joy to every child and build their confidence.
Experienced Teachers
We're Acrobatic Arts certified and a member of the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing.
Fantastic Opportunities
We offer a wide range of dance styles - Acro, Ballet, Tap, Jazz, Musical Theatre and Dance Fitness for Adults.
Brilliant Reviews
Our children and adults really enjoy our classes - we have lots of 5* reviews on Facebook and Google.

Our Commitment

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Thorrington Dance Academy is committed to putting our dancers’ well-being first.
We are a certified Acrobatic Arts studio, a member of the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing and proud to be a Dance Den accredited school. 

All of our teachers are hugely passionate about sharing their love of dance. Our teachers are friendly and have a positive and encouraging approach to teaching.

All teachers have DBS checks, first aid training and are appropriately qualified to teach dance.
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Member of the ISTD
Acrobatic Arts Certified
Dance Den Accredited School
DBS Checked
First Aid Trained
Qualified Dance Teachers


Freya just loves her Ballet classes at Thorrington Dance Academy so much!

I hear all about it all week until the day and she literally dives into her with excitement!

It is such a great way for all ages to keep fit and healthy and to learn as well!
My daughter absolutely loves going to classes. The teaching is done in such a fun way that the children don’t even realise that they are learning.

It’s so important for children to be active, and dancing is the perfect way to do this. Highly recommended.
Our daughter started two weeks ago. She really enjoys it. Thorrington Dance Academy is the best!

Sam is an outstanding teacher, the classes are fun and brilliantly structured.

I love the smiles on their faces.


Most of our dance classes are held at Thorrington Village Hall, Colchester.

Our Tuesday Classes are held at Brightlingsea YMCA.

Spring Term 2022
3rd January - 3rd April 2022

Summer Term 2022
Friday 22nd April - Monday 25th July 2022
No Classes during Half Term: 30th May - 5th June


Main Hall with Miss Sam
7-9 Year Olds
7-9 Year Olds
9 Years+
9 Years+
Adult Dance Classes


Farrow Room with Miss Shannon
Pre School Ballet
2.5-4 Years
Reception/Year 1 Ballet & Tap
4-6 Year Olds
5-7 Year Olds


Brightlingsea YMCA
Ballet & Tap
Ballet & Tap
4-6 Year Olds
Level 1 Ballet
7-9 Year Olds
Adult Ballet
Adult Dance Classes


Main Hall with Miss Lissy
Acrobatic Dance
Level 1
Acrobatic Dance
Musical Theatre
6-11 Year Olds
Street Jazz
6-11 Year Olds
Acrobatic Dance
Level 2&3


Main Hall with Miss Sam
Pre School Ballet
2.5-4 Year Olds
Reception Ballet & Tap
4-5 Year Olds
Beginners Acrobatic Dance
5-8 Year Olds
Primary Ballet & Tap
6-7 Year Olds
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Our Principal

samantha bearman principal
Thorrington Dance Academy was started in 2014 by Sam to share her love of dance with others.
Sam knew from a young age that she wanted to become a dance teacher. Thorrington Dance Academy began with just a couple of classes on a Saturday morning. These classes were hugely popular and more classes were gradually added to the timetable.

With demand growing, Sam was delighted to have Lissy join the TDA teaching team in January 2018. Thorrington Dance Academy’s primary focus is on providing classes that are thoroughly enjoyed, where every child leaves the class smiling.

Children have the opportunity to take ISTD examinations in Classical Ballet and Tap Dance. We also create performing opportunities for every child.

As well as showcases for parents, Thorrington Dance Academy has also performed at Thorrington Village Day for several years.

Find Us

Thorrington Dance Academy

Thorrington Village Hall,
Salmons Lane,
Brightlingsea YMCA,
High Street, Brightlingsea,
Our Dance Classes for Kids are easily reachable from Great Bentley, Frating, Alresford, Hare Green and Brightlingsea.
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Frequently Asked Questions

Do your classes run in School holidays?

Our terms tend to follow the local school terms. We do offer workshops in some of the holiday periods.

How much are your classes?

30 minute class £4.50, 40 minute class £4.75 and 50 minute class £5.00. 

Classes are payable termly in advance upon receipt of an invoice.

Do we have to give notice to leave?

We require half a term’s notice in writing before stopping any class.

Where do classes take place?

Our dance classes for children are held at Thorrington Village Hall, Salmons Lane, Thorrington, CO7 8HE. 

You can reach our dance classes for kids classes easily from Alresford, Brightlingsea, Clacton-on-Sea and Colchester.

Do you offer a trial class?

Yes,We offer a trial class to give your child a chance to experience our fantastic classes before enrolling for a full term. 

Payment for the trial class is required at the time of booking to secure your child’s place.

Do you have a uniform?

Yes, all uniform requirements can be found here.