Shake was founded in 2003 by 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 wanted to create a place dancers can depend on for quality training.
Our biggest priority is making Shake a fun place to dance on the basis that if a person enjoys something they will excel at it. Whether dancing with us as a fun hobby or with the aim of a professional dance career we provide a high quality environment where challenge, hard-work and fun is important. All of our students are encouraged and supported to grow to their full potential by a top faculty of both in-house teachers and regular guest choreographers.
Our dancers are frequently considered for performances. Current and former students have performed in TV Shows, Films, Music Videos and Live Performances including Rock Assembly at Wembley Arena, for royalty at St James Palace and to sold out audiences at The London Palladium, Royal Albert Hall and with Diversity on their UK Arena Tours. Over the past 16 years we are proud of the large number of students who have obtained places at some of the UK’s top dance colleges and entered into professional dance careers. Our students also work towards their own annual show in January, giving everyone the opportunity to not only train but to perform.
We are proud to be home to several dance crews who have been honoured to represent the UK in European and World Street Dance Championships in Germany, Amsterdam, Denmark, Mallorca and Glasgow, achieving top 5 places on numerous occasions. In 2019 Shake became UDO World Super Crew Champions!
Classes are always fun with a great atmosphere, inspiring students 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.
Free trial classes are available throughout the term. They are an opportunity to see if you will like the lessons with no obligation to join. Please email us to check availability as some classes are currently full with a waiting list in place. If you wish to sign up following the trial class then the remaining fees for the half-term will apply
1 hour weekly classes focusing on building a strong foundation in a variety of street dance styles and techniques. The 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.
2 hour intensive weekly classes that focus on enhancing quality of movement and execution of dance techniques and styles through challenging drills, choreography and freestyle. Dancers will need to have a strong foundation in a variety of street dance styles.
How many students are in each class?
20 students per class for 4 - 7s and 30 students for other classes is the limit. There are teaching assistants for the larger classes, to ensure every student still receives the right amount of attention.
Are dancers moved about the classes and do they have chance to move up the levels?
Yes. Classes are streamed at the beginning of each new term, giving each student a chance to be moved to a different level class.
How do we pay for classes?
All our weekly classes are £6 an hour and payable in advance of each half-term. Once you have been allocated a place you will receive an invoice in advance of each half-term.
How is the year organised?
6 half-terms per year in line with the Dorset/Hampshire school term dates, breaking for school holidays.
Does Shake hold any holiday workshops?
Yes we hold a summer school each year which finishes with a short showcase of the work learnt during the week for friends and family as well as special masterclasses throughout the year.
Can I just observe the class?
Spectators of any kind are not allowed. Parents may enter for the last 5 minutes of class.
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?
Yes Shake t-shirts are available to buy for £15.
Are there any drinks served at the classes?
No. Dancers should bring their own drinks for the classes.
How do I sign-up?
Al new students are offered a free trial class. Please email us to check availability, if a place can not be allocated you will be added to the waiting list.