Welcome to Josie Clarke Academy of Dance & Acrobatics
Passion, Perfection, Performance
Welcome to Josie Clarke Academy of Dance & Acrobatics, a multi-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
3 x Winner “Central England Dance School of the Year”
“Dance School of the Year’ Silver Winner 2021
"Boston Hero 2021" awarded to Miss Josie
To find about more abut our awards and recognitions, please click here.
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 is also one of seven UK Acrobatic Arts examiners 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 may be ordered through Miss Josie, or 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
Tiny Twinkles, Twinkle Toes, Twinklers & Twinkle Stars
The foremost priority in these classes is having fun and building confidence. Little dancers explore steps in Ballet, Tap, Modern, Freestyle and Song & Dance, working towards the BATD Starlite Awards and IDTA Rosettes; introductory exams designed for the younger performer. Four classes are available, Tiny Twinkles for pre-school children aged 3-4, Twinkle Toes for Reception children aged 4-5, Twinklers for Year 1 children aged 5-6 and Twinkle Stars for Year 2 children age 6-7.
Pre-Primary and Primary Classes
From Twinkle Stars, 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 BATD graded exams. Dancers also have fun working towards IDTA Freestyle, Line Dance and Musical Theatre awards.
Grade 1 - Elementary
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. We aim to transition the move to bi-weekly training at Grade 1-2. 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. JCADA became an official AcroPad centre in 2021, giving dancers the confidence to try more advanced tumbling skills on their inflatable air track.
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 Advanced. All dancers work towards IDTA Belly Dancing Medals and performance pieces for displays, events and competitions.
Classes for Adults
Our Glitz class provides fun and friendly tuition in a relaxed environment. Ballet, Modern, Belly Dance, Line Dance, Flexibility, Freestyle and Tap are covered in this sociable 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 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. Should you wish to withdraw your place at JCADA, one month's paid notice is required.
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 is renowned for its outstanding examination results, with dancers who show exceptional technical ability being nominated by external examiners for scholarship opportunities. 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 show every 18 months, packed with sparkle and glitz, creating many magical memories. “Dance Around the World” was held at Blackfriars Theatre in March 2023 and sold out within days. JCADA dancers are frequently asked to provide displays, both locally and further afield. Most recently they performed alongside Rollason Entertainment, BOS Musical Theatre Society and Tony Peers Productions. Dancers are invited to participate in competition and festival work based on their attendance, merit and attitude.
Autumn Term Dates 2023
First lessons of term:
Saturday 9th September, Monday 11th September, Tuesday 12th September, Wednesday 13th September, Thursday 14th September. Friday 15th September
Half Term (no classes):
Saturday 21st October, Monday 23rd October, Tuesday 24th October, Wednesday 25th October, Thursday 26th October, Friday 27th October
Last lessons of term:
Saturday 2nd December, Monday 4th December, Tuesday 5th December, Wednesday 6th December, Thursday 7th December, Friday 8th December
IDTA exams will be held towards the end of 2023, including Freestyle, Line Dance, Belly Dance and Musical Theatre.
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: 4.30 - 9.30 pm
Tuesday: 4.00 - 9.15 pm
Wednesday: 4.15 - 9.30 pm
Thursday: 4.15 - 9.30 pm
Friday: 4.00- 9.30 pm
Saturday: 9.00 am - 6.00 pm
Sunday: Reserved for private lessons. competition rehearsals, exams and workshops.
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