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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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Sharing the joy of dance
Welcome to Thorrington Dance Academy.

We provide a range of fun and engaging dance classes for children and Adults. From Ballet and Tap to Acrobatics and Musical Theatre, we have something for everyone, no matter their ability.

We are passionate about helping to develop happy and confident dancers from their very first step with us. Our qualified and experienced teachers create a safe environment for our dancers to grow in confidence and ability.

We are committed to creating a wonderful experience that enables every dancer the opportunity to make friendships and memories to last a lifetime.

We look forward to sharing the joy of dance with you!

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

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.

Term 1 2023: Friday 8th September - Wednesday 20th December (14 weeks)

Half Term: 23rd-29th October

Halloween Workshop: Monday 23rd October

Christmas Workshop: Thursday 21st December

Term 2 2024: Friday 5th Jan - Wednesday 27th March (12 weeks)

Half Term: Classes running due to upcoming showcase

Easter Workshop: Monday 8th April

Term 3 2024: Saturday 13th April - Friday 19th July, Monday classes finish on Mon 22nd July (13 weeks)

No classes Monday 6th May

Half Term: 27th May - 2nd June


Thorrington Village Hall (Main Hall) with Miss Sam
Level 1 Ballet
7-9 Year Olds
Level 1 Tap
7-9 Year Olds
Level 2 Tap
9 Years+
Level 3 Tap
9 Years+
Adult Dance Classes


Thorrington Village Hall (Farrow Room) with Miss Shannon
Pre School Ballet
2.5-4 Years
Reception/Year 1 Ballet & Tap
4-6 Year Olds
Level 2 Ballet
7-9 Year olds
Level 3 Ballet
7-9 Year Olds


Brightlingsea YMCA with Miss Shannon
Reception Ballet & Tap
Primary Ballet & Tap
4-6 Year Olds
Level 1 Ballet & Tap
7-9 Year Olds
Adult Ballet
Adult Dance Classes


Brightlingsea YMCA with Miss Sam
Adult Dance Classes


Thorrington Village Hall with Miss Lissy
Year 3-5 Acrobatic Dance
Level 1
Reception - Year 2 Acrobatic Dance
Musical Theatre
6-11 Year Olds
Junior Jazz
6-11 Year Olds
Acrobatic Dance
Level 2&3


Thorrington Village Hall with Miss Sam
Pre School Ballet
2.5-4 Year Olds
Reception/Year 1 Ballet & Tap
4-5 Year Olds
Beginners Acrobatic Dance
5-8 Year Olds
Year 1/Year 2Ballet & Tap
6-7 Year Olds

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 classes run for 39 weeks per year. Classes do not tend to run during school holidays. We do offer holiday workshops in some of the school holidays.

How much are your classes?

30 minute class - £16.25 per month
40 minute class - £17.87 per month
50 minute class - £19.50 per month
60 minute class - £21.12 per month
Adult Ballet - £19.50 per month
Adult FunkyFit - £6.00 pay as you go

Do we have to give notice to leave?

We require 4 weeks notice before terminating any classes.

Where do classes take place?

Our dance classes for Children and Adults take place at Thorrington Village Hall, Salmons Lane, Thorrington, CO7 8HE and at Brightlingsea YMCA, High Street, Brightlingsea, Essex, CO7 0AQ

You can reach our classes for kids easily from Alresford, Brightlingsea, Great Bentley, 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.