Shake was founded in 2003 by Artistic Director Rachel King with one simple aim - to bring the very best street dance training to the South Coast. Inspired by her own professional training in LA, New York and Europe under the worlds best instructors, Rachel aimed to create a place dancers can depend on for quality teaching/training. Her passion for dance and her community is visible in her unwavering commitment to Shake 15 years later.
Our biggest priority is making Shake a fun place to dance, knowing that if a person enjoys something they will excel at it. Dancers of all ages and abilities can learn in an environment where challenge, hard-work and fun is important. Every dancer at Shake is encouraged and supported to grow to their full potential by a top faculty of both in-house teachers and regular guest choreographers.
Not only do we focus on developing and strengthening dance skill, we also focus on helping people achieve their goals and dreams in dance. Dancers at Shake have had the privilege of performing at some of the UK’s biggest venues including for 10,000 people at Wembley Arena, for royalty at St James Palace, with Diversity on their arena tour as well as to sold out audiences at The London Palladium, 02 Arena and The Royal Albert Hall. Shake have appeared on Got To Dance, Alesha Dixon’s Street Dance Stars, Daybreak, BBC news and featured in music videos and films including the 2013 release ‘All Stars’. Shake have won the UK championships on several occasions giving them the honour of representing the UK in European and World Championships in Germany, Amsterdam, Glasgow and Denmark. At the 2015 World Street Dance Championships Shake’s Over 18 advanced team were placed 2nd, their Under 14 advanced team were placed 5th.
Our classes are always fun with a great atmosphere, inspiring dancers to reach their full potential in a variety of street dance styles in both choreography and freestyle. Our unrivalled team of expert instructors bring a wealth of knowledge, energy and passion.
At Shake we adopt a unique approach and structure in our classes allowing dancers to equip themselves with a solid foundation in a variety of street dance styles as well as offering a genuine progression route to higher level techniques.
To view our timetable please click on the level you are interested in below -
These classes are designed for aspiring dancers with little to no street dance experience. These classes focus on building a strong foundation in a variety of street dance styles and techniques. Our class instructors have a great sense of patience, fun and understanding and make sure every dancer feels comfortable and confident in class, enabling them to develop their individual skills. Classes are weekly with a duration of 1 hour per class.
2 hour intensive weekly class that focuses on enhancing quality of movement and execution of dance techniques and styles. The class is suitable for dancers progressing from our foundation classes or for dancers starting Shake with some background wishing to strengthen their basic techniques.
Geared towards advanced level dancers with a focus on challenging drills, choreography and developing vocabulary for freestyle. Dancers will need to have a strong foundation in a variety of styles. Classes are weekly with a duration of 2 hours per class.
Are dancers moved about the classes and do they have chance to move up the levels?
Yes the dancers with us are monitored on a regular basis and will be moved to a higher class on the teachers recommendation.
Do we have to pay for classes?
Yes, all our weekly classes are £6 an hour (3 -4 year olds/Future Stars £5). Once you have been allocated a place you will receive an invoice half-termly, including information on the ways to pay your fee. Please note: Unpaid fees will result in your place being withdrawn.
Do we reapply each half-term?
No once you are with us we simply invoice you half-termly, before the end of each current half-term. If you decide not to return, we request that you let us know at the end of term, so that we can bring in new dancers from the waiting list.
Are the fees payable in advance?
Yes. Cash or cheques made payable to Shake are accepted, or you can pay by BACS.
How is the year organised?
We run 6 half-terms per year in line with the Hampshire school term dates. We break for school holidays.
Can I just observe the class?
Spectators of any kind are not allowed. Parents may enter for the last 5 minutes of class with the exception of our 3 - 4 year old/Future Stars class where parents are encouraged to stay.
What should students wear?
Anything that is comfortable. Trainers, tracksuit trousers/leggings and t-shirts are the best combination.
Is there any uniform to buy?
There are Shake t-shirts and caps available to buy but uniform is not compulsory.
Are there any drinks served at the classes?
No. Dancers should bring their own drinks for the classes.
How do I sign-up?
We offer all new students a free trial class. Please email us to check availability, if we can not allocate you a place we will add you to our waiting list.