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 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. Students of all ages and abilities can learn in an environment where challenge, hard-work and fun is important. Every student 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.
Members of Shake are frequently considered for performances. Current and former students have taken part 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. The students at Shake also work towards their own annual show in January, giving everyone the opportunity to not only train but to perform.
There is a yearly opportunity to audition for our competition crews. Shake have been honoured to represent the UK in the World Street Dance Championships in Germany, Amsterdam, Denmark and Glasgow, achieving top 5 places on numerous occasions.
Our 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.
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.
Free trial classes are available throughout the term. They are an opportunity to see if you will like our lessons with no obligation to join. Please email us to check availability as some of our 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.
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. Classes are run in 3 age groups - Age 4 - 7 (School Years R - 2), Age 7 - 11 (School Years 3 - 6), Age 11 - 16 (School Years 7 - 11).
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. Classes are run in 2 age groups Youth (Under 16) and 16+.
How many students are in each class?
20 students per class for 4 - 7s and 28 students for other classes is the limit. We supply 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.
Do we have to pay for classes?
Yes, 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. Cash or cheques made payable to Shake are accepted.
Can I pay online?
You can pay by BACS to the details below:
Shake, Lloyds, Sort 30-91-08, A/C 03380977. Please reference all payments with the students name.
Do we reapply each half-term?
No once you are with us we simply invoice you before the start of each half-term. If you decide not to return, we request that you let us know before the end of term, so that we can bring in new dancers from the waiting list.
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.
Does Shake hold any holiday workshops?
Yes we run a summer school each year which finishes with a short showcase of the work learnt during the week for friends and family. We also host 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?
There are Shake t-shirts available to buy.
Are there any drinks served at the classes?
No. Dancers should bring their own drinks for the classes. Teachers will allocate a supervised 5 minute break.
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.
Established in 2003 we are proud of our growth to become one of the most successful street dance schools in the UK, even reaching the top 5 in the nominations for 'Dance School Of The Year 2017'.
Our deep rooted commitment to bring the very best street dance training to the South Coast has seen our dancers achieve things beyond our wildest dreams when we started 15 years ago. In the last few years alone we have achieved top 5 places at World Championships, performed to sold out venues across the UK and seen many of our dancers go on to successful professional dance careers, not bad for a school based in a small market town!
We continue however to be most proud of the skills and confidence we have instilled in hundreds of young dancers and our part in helping them find their passion and a dance family to enjoy it with.
We are always on a mission to take our work and our students to the next level and would love your support during these exciting times. Here is how you can help us:
You can make a donation or set up an annual gift. Your contribution could allow us to provide year round training to a young dancer, help support our dancers in fulfilling their dreams of competing at international events, which for many unfortunately finances do not allow or to give our dancers the opportunity of a masterclass with one of their idols. We are incredibly thankful to Hearnes Estate Agents of Ringwood who in 2018 generously established a Junior and Senior Scholarship that has covered the cost of two students training for a full year. Please contact Rachel at Shake to find out more.
If you are looking for exciting entertainment for your guests why not hire our dancers for your next event? Please contact Rachel at Shake to find out more.