Welcome to Josie Clarke Academy of Dance & Acrobatics
Passion, Perfection, Performance
Welcome to Josie Clarke Academy of Dance & Acrobatics, an award winning dance studio focused on achieving exceptional standards of dance and acrobatics, with emphasis on correct technique and safe progressions. The studio welcomes supportive parents and dedicated pupils who have a passion for dance, strive for perfection and love performing. Reach out today to learn more about the classes on offer and how to get involved.
Boston’s Multi Award Wining Dance Studio
2 x Winner “Central England Dance School of the Year”
“Dance School of the Year’ Silver Winner 2021
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The Dance School of the Year Awards was founded in 2013 by Anne Walker MBE in order to celebrate the achievements of dance teachers everywhere. This annual award is now open to all all dance teachers wherever they teach and is designed to encourage teachers to realise what amazing achievements they have made within their school during the last 12 months. 2021 saw the highest number of entries, with dance schools entering across the UK and Europe as well as Canada, Ireland, USA, Bahrain, Malaysia, Finland, India and Australia.
COVID-19 Update from Miss Josie
We have loved dancing at our temporary venue, The Gliderdrome; however, from September 2021 all lessons will resume in the JCADA studio. Social distancing within classes will cease however we will continue to clean frequently touched surfaces (e.g barres, gym mats) and ensure the studio is well ventilated at all times. Due to the very limited space in our waiting rooms, we kindly request these areas remain for dancers only. Our one way system will remain in place with dancers being dropped off at the rear of the building (younger children should be supervised whilst waiting outside - I will greet them 5 minutes before class starts); older dancers may wait without supervision in the rear waiting room. All dancers should be collected from the front door please. Thank you for your continued support and co-operation in this matter. Best wishes, Miss Josie
The enthusiastic teaching staff nurture creativity and artistic development in each pupil, offering a warm and positive environment for every dancer to learn and grow at their own pace. Every student receives professional training from Josie Clarke, who personally teaches all classes. Alison Noble (Josie’s mother) supports with teaching many of the school’s younger dancers.
Both Josie and Alison are fully qualified with the BATD, IDTA, Acrobatic Arts and Alixa Flexibility; enabling them to teach dancers from pre-school to professional level. Josie also recently qualified as an Acrobatic Arts examiner and is a certified teacher with both the ADTA and PBT.
Jamie Clarke (Josie’s husband) provides administrative support, assisting with uniform orders, fee payments and fundraising. Jamie is also a licensed chaperone and regularly helps at shows, displays and events.
All the JCADA team have undergone safeguarding training, have an enhanced DBS disclosure and hold a Level 3 qualification in Paediatric First Aid.
Many older dancers choose to become studio assistants in the younger children’s classes; volunteering their time to demonstrate exercises, techniques and routines which gives them an insight into dance teaching and helps to develop their leadership skills. JCADA studio assistants are wonderful, valued, role models and a credit to the school.
Classes We Offer
To ensure all dancers enjoy a variety of styles and excel as well rounded performers they are required to attend classes incorporating Ballet, Tap, Modern and Flexibility. Additional, optional classes include Acrobatic Arts (from age 3) and Belly Dancing (from age 6). All classes are designed to inspire dancers, encourage strong technique and develop artistry and performance.
School uniform is purchased through the school’s online store (http://jca.mydancestore.co.uk) and is compulsory at all classes to promote a sense of belonging and equality. At JCADA students are actively encouraged to dress smartly and take pride in their appearance. For health and safety reasons hair should be fully swept back into a classically dressed bun or French plait; jewellery must also be kept to a minimum.
Promotional wear including personalised rhinestone t-shirts, hoodies, onesies, shorts and leggings can be ordered from https://rockthedragon.co.uk/dance/jcada
Twinkle Toes & Twinklers
The foremost priority in these classes is having fun and building confidence. Little dancers explore steps in Ballet, Tap, Modern and Freestyle working towards the BATD Starlite Awards - an introductory range of exams designed for the younger performer. Two classes are available, Twinkle Toes for children aged 3-5 and Twinklers for ages 4-6.
Pre-Primary and Primary Classes
From Twinklers, dancers progress to Pre Primary and then Primary; these are combination classes including Ballet, Tap, and Modern. Dancers learn rhythms and develop musicality to prepare for their first graded exams.
Grade 1 - Intermediate
As dancers progress through the school, they are required to attend a minimum of twice weekly; one class incorporating Tap and Modern, the other, Ballet and Flexibility training. Dancers are encouraged to develop artistry and performance skills whilst continuing to build their skills and technique.
An exciting opportunity for your dancer to develop their strength, flexibility, balancing, limbering and tumbling skills, following the world renowned Acrobatic Arts programme.
A fun class developing graceful transitions and isolated movements of the body. Dances are choreographed to traditional Belly Dance music. Three classes are available: Junior Intermediate and Senior. All dancers work towards IDTA Belly Dancing Medals and performance pieces for displays and events.
Classes for Adults
Our Glitz class provides fun and friendly tuition in a relaxed environment. Ballet, Modern, Belly Dance, Flexibility, Freestyle and Tap are covered in this 1 hour 30 minute lesson for experienced adults age 21+. Many Glitz dancers enjoy participating in shows, displays and competitions, however this is completely optional.
JCADA fees offer exceptional value for money. Classes are arranged to run as closely to the school terms as possible (36 weeks per year), however fees are divided into 12 monthly membership payments to spread the cost. All new dancers are eligible to one free trial lesson. If you would like to make a membership payment please click here
Up to 1 hour tuition per week - £15 per month
Up to 2 hours tuition per week - £20 per month
Up to 3 hours tuition per week - £25 per month
Up to 4 hours tuition per week - £30 per month
Up to 5 hours tuition per week - £35 per month
More than 5 hours tuition per week - £40 per month
JCADA has a 100% pass rate and is renowned for its outstanding examination results. Graded exams are held frequently throughout the academic year with BATD, IDTA and Acrobatic Arts, providing official accreditation and evidence of progression and attainment. Examinations motivate dancers to be the best they can be, giving them a chance to shine and be proud of their achievements.
The studio aims to produce a full school production every 18 months, packed with sparkle and glitz, creating many magical memories. JCADA dancers are frequently asked to provide displays, both locally and further afield. Regular parent days are also scheduled to allow dancers to showcase their talents to their families. Dancers are invited to participate in competition and festival work based on their attendance, merit and attitude.
End of term: Monday 6th December, Tuesday 7th December, Wednesday 8th December, Thursday 9th December, Friday 10th December, Saturday 11th December
SPRING TERM 2022
Start of Term: Monday 3rd January, Tuesday 4th January, Wednesday 5th January, Thursday 6th January, Friday 7thJanuary, Saturday 8th January
Half Term: Monday 14th February, Tuesday 15th February, Wednesday 16th February, Thursday 17th February, Friday 18th February, Saturday 19th February
End of Term: Monday 28th March, Tuesday 29th March, Wednesday 30th March, Thursday 31st March, Friday 1st April, Saturday 2nd April
EASTER BREAK – Monday 4th April to Saturday 16th April inclusive.
SUMMER TERM 2022 - TBC
Start of Term: Monday 18th April, Tuesday 19th April, Wednesday 20th April, Thursday 21st April, Friday 22nd April, Saturday 23rd April
Half Term: Monday 30th May, Tuesday 31st May, Wednesday 1st June, Thursday 2nd June, Friday 3rd June, Saturday 4th June
End of Term: Monday 11th July, Tuesday 12th July, Wednesday 13th July, Thursday 14th July, Friday 15th July, Saturday 16th July
Miss Josie continues to develop her knowledge and skills enabling JCADA dancers to thrive and continually progress. In 2019 she became one of five teachers in the UK to qualify with the newly formed Acro Dance Teachers Association (ADTA), in addition to completing Acrobatic Arts Module 2 certification, allowing her to enter students for exams from Primary Level up to Pre-Professional 3. In 2020, JCADA became an official Acropad centre and Miss Josie qualified as a PBT (Progressing Ballet Technique) teacher. Most recently, Miss Josie was invited to become an examiner for Acrobatic Arts and has now successfully completed her training.
The level of professionalism that you aspire our children to dance like is second to none yet is achieved by such a supportive and caring ethos. You go out of your way to not only get the best out of every individual, but you nurture their mental health in a way I have not seen anywhere else. Many dance schools focus on winning competitions. You focus on developing the whole dancer, building on feedback from both exams and competitions, and show an excellent understanding of child development.
Policies and Procedures
JCADA is committed to upholding and enhancing the standard and reputation of the dance profession. The following policies and procedures are in place to ensure classes at JCADA are run safely and professionally (please click to view). Please rest assured the academy holds the correct insurance, music licences and holds formal accounts which are independently audited.
Where possible, classes run to coincide with school term times.
Monday: 4.00 - 9.30 pm
Tuesday: 4.00 - 9.30 pm
Wednesday: 4.15 - 9.30 pm
Thursday: 4.00 - 9.15 pm
Friday: 4.00 - 9.00 pm
Saturday: 9.00 am - 5.30 pm
Sunday: Reserved for private lessons. competition rehearsals, exams and workshops.
Fundraising for New Studio
Please help make JCADA's dream a reality
JCADA are rapidly outgrowing their current studio and therefore fundraising for a new studio. Many classes are capped with waiting lists and there are also several duplicated classes due to their being insufficient space to train all dancers at the same level, at the same time.
Miss Josie is seeking larger premises which could offer an increased studio area, a healthy cafe, and the opportunity to deliver vocal tuition and music lessons.
A new studio would be a positive asset to the town, nurturing and celebrating the performing arts for Bostonians from all backgrounds.
If you would like to find out more information about JCADA, we’d be more than happy to help. Please fill out the form below and one of the team will get back to you as soon as possible.