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Street Dance

Street dance lessons - Dance School ChristchurchStreet dance is an upbeat ‘funky’ and current style of dance often used in commercial and pop videos.

Street dance is a very popular style of dance especially amongst young people as it encourages individualism, it’s interactive, fun and uses music which they like and can relate to. Street dance originated from outside of traditional dance studios. Within street dance, there is a variety of different style characteristics such as funk, break dancing and hip-hop. There has been a renewed hype increase due to the popularity of Diversity in Britain’s Got Talent in 2009. Street Dance is full of high-energy movements.

Students are encouraged to take their medal tests in Street which are taken in a very relaxed and encouraging environment. For those who work hard and gain a strong level of confidence, an invitation to join one of our performance crews may become available. This would mean having the chance to compete in Street competitions as well as other performance opportunities. All crew members MUST also be studying at least one other dance styles at Mad4Dance as well as continuing with their weekly street class.


Ballet Dance Lessons in ChristchurchBallet acts as a substantial foundation to most other dance techniques and significantly aids in core strength, good posture and increased flexibility.

Ballet is one of the oldest dance techniques as well as being one of the most recognised and respected.  This technique enables a dancer to be more versatile and is especially important to anyone wanting to develop a career in dance.  We mainly study ISTD syllabus but also offer free (non-syllabus) classes too. Exams are made available to those who are ready and wanting to enter.


Tap Dance Lessons in ChristchurchTap dance is great for developing timing, rhythm and is full of high energy.

The sound of tap shoes striking the floor creates the recognisable characteristic of tap dance. Tap dance is a rhythmic form of dance, allowing dancers to listen, respond and move to the music, and the sounds which their shoes are making. Our classes are all ISTD syllabus based.


Modern Dance Lessons in ChristchurchThe ISTD Modern syllabus includes various styles of dance such as contemporary, jazz and commercial.

It involves high kicks, travelling steps, leaps and turns. The dance style is full of high energy and requires flexibility. This style of dance is vibrant and elegant, it allows our students to express themselves and grow with confidence.


Contemporary Dance Lessons in ChristchurchContemporary dance is generally very expressive, lyrical and involves lots of travelling, leaping and floor work.

This is a style that originates from various genres becoming a very expressive dance. Fluid dance movements allow dancers a creative outlet, combining both the body and mind.

Through contemporary dance, you can tell an emotive story to an audience through strong leg movements, floor work and improvisation characteristics of modern dance. There various styles or techniques that come under the umbrella term of contemporary include Graham, Cunningham and Horten.

Acrobatic Arts

Acrobatic Arts Lessons in ChristchurchAcrobatic Arts blends together gymnastics with dance.

Precision acrobatic elements and classical dance form this unique and athletic dance. It is gaining in popularity, is full of high-energy movements, and offers something strong and different in the genres of dance.

Acro is also known as acrobatic dance and gymnastic dance, due to the elements of both within the routines and within performance. It is physically challenging, as it requires skill in both areas.

Groove Child

Groove Child Dance in ChristchurchGroove child is a creative syllabus designed to celebrate individuality and boast self-esteem in young dancers.

Child dance is led by theme and emotion, allowing young people and children a great space to express themselves.

The syllabus has directed improvisation elements mixed with themed choreography. It is an excellent chance to get your children into dance, offers an outlet through music and movement and grows their self-esteem and confidence.