Who we are
Founded in 1991 by Clare Merchant Andreou, (B.Phil,( HONS) DIP TTC RBS, ARAD, Dip Benesh Choreology, Examiner, Tutor and Solo Seal Examiner of the RAD) Dance Works offers a dance training by highly qualified staff in a positive and nurturing environment. We have a reputation for producing dancers of a high standard and for developing confident individuals who have a love of dance.
In 2016 the school celebrates 25 years of ownership. This is a sure testimony that it is efficiently managed and offers an excellent quality of service and care.
Classical Ballet is taught from 4 years of age up to Pre- Professional level.
The Baby and Pre Primary classes are non syllabus- incorporating a program of study that Clare has put together over her 35 years of teaching experience. Although the outcome is to prepare the children to be ready to tackle the Primary level when they start school, the children gain the necessary skills and strength through especially put together exercises, mime and movement in a fun and play- like environment.
Graded Exam Syllabus classes include:
- Grade 1
- Grade 2
- Grade 3
- Grade 4
- Grade 5
- Discovering Repertoire and or Grade 6
- Grade 7
- Grade 8
Vocational Exam Syllabus classes include:
- Intermediate Foundation
- Advanced Foundation
- Advanced 1
- Advanced 2
- Solo Seal
Modern classes are NON- SYLLABUS
This allows the students to experience a variety of modern dance genre. It is advised that students do modern in addition to their ballet classes as this gives them a better base.
The Classes are:
- Modern Red- 6.5-8 year olds
- Modern Purple- 8-10 year olds
- Modern Yellow 9-11 year olds
- Modern Blue 11 years and up
As with the Modern, it is advisable to take contemporary in addition to ballet as this gives the student a better base. Below is listed the recommended ballet level.
The groups are:
- Pre Junior Contemporary (Gr 4)
- Junior Contemporary (Gr5 & 6)
- Pre Senior Contemporary (Gr7 & 8)
- Senior Contemporary (Adv 1)
Tap dance was introduced in 2019. Presently the level is Grade 4
Acting & Musical Theatre
Acting & Musical Theatre from September 2020.
These classes have been introduced for those students wishing to pursue a more theatrical/ musical theatre veer. Examinations will be offered through TRINITY COLLEGE LONDON at Grade 5 level in 2021.
Stretching & Strengthening
Ballet and dance training requires a flexible, healthy and balanced body. Along side the core technique lessons, which promote safe practice, Dance Works offers additional stretching lessons once a week from Grade 2 upwards. Students are expected to do additional stretching at home, armed with the skills developed in these classes. To do that ideally they should have a mat and a space clear from obstacles.
”To touch, to move, to inspire. That is the true gift of dance” – Audrey Lynch "A teacher must possess many qualities- firmness and softness, patience, perseverance and sturdiness….but above all is the love for children, a burning desire to train them up-both weak & strong. And creativity in ones approach to ones task is above all. You gave me life when you taught me how to dance and I love you for it."
"As a dance student, Dance Works was home to me, a safe place where I could release all my thoughts and worries through dance. Clare is my true inspiration. She has touched me forever, teaching directly from her heart, showing me that anything is possible through hard work, determination and a passion to do what you love. "
"At Dance Works I learned to be confident, independent and hard working. My love for dance became stronger with the enthusiasm and love given to us from the great teachers there. The lessons I gained form my teacher Clare have stayed with me in my training and I can still hear her voice in my head while dancing."
"Dance Works is my best and unforgettable school of life. There I learnt how to think, feel and express. 15 years of the most enjoyable period of my life- and creation of long life friendships- a second family. "
"Dance Works opened the little hidden door to a whole new world for me - it unlocked the magical dancing world! every single lesson was filled with joy, happiness and new challenges to overcome, just like going on a treasure hunt. 🙂 "
"I remember my classes at Dance Works 20 years ago like yesterday. Clare’s energy and enthusiasm for dance were inspiring. I continued to dance all through my undergraduate studies, medical school, residency and the beginning of medical practice – until I had my first child and I intend to go back to it as soon as my 3 kids are up for it. Thank-you Clare!"
"Wishing you all a wonderful reunion and sending you my love. I remember my time at Dance Works with the fondest memories as you all touched my heart in so many ways, and I feel truly honored to have had the privilege of working with such a talented group of young people and an inspirational Director. I will never forget any of you! Love and hugs, Miss Carmen xxx"
"I have so many fond and wonderful memories of being a part of the Dance Works family. It’s hard to say that one thing best describes my time there. My fondest memories are all full of laughter and smiles. Dance Works is so much more than a dance studio, it’s a place where children feel safe and secure to be the best version of themselves and real relationships and bonds are made. This studio and everyone involved will always have a special place in my heart. xx"
Meet our team
“Do it big, do it right and do it with style” - Fred Astaire
Andria MichaelidouDance Instructor
“I do not try to dance better than anyone else. I only try to dance better than myself” - Mikhail Baryshnikov
Eleni IoannouDance Instructor
“I dance because there’s no greater feeling in the world than moving to a piece of music and letting the rest of the world disappear” - Eleni Ioannou
Natalie JonesDrama Facilitator and Director
“I love acting. It is so much more real than life” - Oscar Wilde
Kristina AlexandrouDance Instructor
“Practice like you've never won. Perform like you've never lost” - Kristina Alexandrou