How do I know if my child is ready to start Pre School dance classes?


And why choose DDTS as the school to send your child?

Read below for the detailed answers that help you decide.


At DDTS we start our Pre School Ballet classes for girls and boys aged 3 years old. We believe starting younger than this children often lack the attention span and physical strength needed for basic dance lessons. We believe the decision is when the child’s personality is ready and level of interest for the ballet classes we offer. Different programs offer different experiences and you may see movement classes for much younger children.


What do DDTS parents say?


“ My daughter just loves this dance school” AC

“A fun, caring and nurturing environment which has ignited my daughters passion for dance. She has been at the school since four and absolutely loves it ! “ SML

“A caring, nurturing environment from a young age all the way up to adulthood. A professional yet friendly school where you can make friends and achieve your dreams.” BM


How to find the right dance school for your daughter/son?


1. Choosing the Day/Time/Location that suits you.


DDTS offers Pre School Ballet classes for girls and boys ages 3-4yrs : Tuesdays 2.00pm

DDTS offers Pre Primary Ballet classes for girls and boys in Reception on Thursdays at 4.15pm and Friday 4.00pm, and in Year 1 on Tuesdays 4.00pm.


Both classes held in Burgess Hill in a lovely air conditioned, heated large studio space with café and adequate parking.


• Basic ballet steps learnt within safe dance practise guidelines.

• Inspire your child's musicality and imagination.

• Encourage self-confidence and self-expression

• Develop a child’s social skills with our fun classes.

• Specific progressive exercises to develop a love of dance and physical strength for young developing bodies providing the foundation for sound technique for the future.

• As the children grow there is an opportunity to progress through the school up to the age of 18yrs.


FREE TRIAL CLASS to all new enquiries to see if your child enjoys the experience first before committing to a term’s fees. Please contact the school office for further details:


2. What are the fees and what does that price reflect?


An example of our fees for this age group are approx. £6.50 per class dependent on level and length of class. Our termly paid in advance fees reflect our attention to detail and the high quality of our work. Our commitment to teaching the children with highly experienced qualified staff providing tuition within safe dance practise guidelines looking after the young developing bodies so you can be assured your child is in very safe hands.


3. What are the teacher’s professional dance teacher qualifications? Are they DBS checked? Level of teachers experience and how long has the school been running?


DDTS was established in 1957 and is still thriving 63yrs later. We have not been so successful for so long for no reason. The School has developed a strong reputation in the dance world and has become a renowned place of learning for dance students in Mid Sussex. When you choose a dance teacher, it is vital that you are confident your child is in safe hands. ISTD dance teachers are required to undergo rigorous training and examinations to ensure they are highly knowledgeable and confident to train students of all ages and abilities. All DDTS teachers are highly qualified and experienced and all DBS checked.


DDTS Pre School and Pre Primary Teachers;


Mrs Karen Durrell A.I.S.T.D, F.D.I DBS Checked, Diploma Pre School Practice.

Miss Karen's has 25yrs+ experience as a special needs educational teaching support having taught in nurseries, primary schools for many years. Helping children to reach their full potential whatever their ability is her passion. Her plans for the future are to carry on sewing the seeds for the love of dance to girls and boys in their early years. DDTS pupils absolutely adore Miss Karen.


Miss Lucy Somerville ISTD DDE, DBS Checked, Diploma in Dance Education in Modern & Ballet

DDTS has been a big part of Lucy’s life and now is a part of her career. She started at the age of 3 in the pre school class and now has in her words the pleasure of teaching this class. Dance isn’t just a job it’s a passion and it is great enjoyment teaching lots of different children on a daily basis. The enthusiasm and pure joy from Lucy brings the children imaginations truly alive. Enter the magical world of Miss Lucy’s classes. Lucy has also been mentored by Miss Karen.


Please contact the school office for any further details. We are happy to discuss any questions you may have.


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and V Pilates Studio Burgess Hill


Suite F

KBF House

55 Victoria Road

Burgess Hill

West Sussex

RH15 9LH

Pupil Care manager and office administrator

: Alyson Hewitt Lock

01444 232672


Please leave messages on the school answerphone or contact us via email. We endeavour to respond to all enquiries as soon as possible.

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