Welcome to Josie Clarke Academy of Dance & Acrobatics
Passion, Perfection, Performance
Welcome to Josie Clarke Academy of Dance & Acrobatics, a 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.
JCADA is named Central England Dance School of the Year!
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COVID-19 Update from Miss Josie
7th April 2021
I am very happy to announce we will be returning to The Gliderdrome for our Summer Term, which commences on Monday 12th April. We are adhering to all government guidelines and have gone to great lengths to ensure the safety of our dancers and their families. Our Covid-19 safety action plan is available to view in our parent group, or can be emailed out on request. We are hopeful adult classes will resume the week commencing Monday 17th May. Many thanks for your continued support and co-operation. Miss Josie x
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, ensuring they reach their full potential. All classes are personally taught by Josie Clarke; assisted by her mother Alison Noble. 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 with the ADTA and is PBT Certified. All the JCADA team have undergone safeguarding training, have an enhanced DBS disclosure and hold a Level 3 qualification in Paediatric First Aid.
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.
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. Please click for our fees policy.
Please note 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 www.rockthedragon.co.uk/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. Three classes are available, Twinkle Toes 1 for pre-school children ages 3-4, Twinkle Toes 2 for ages 4-5, and Twinklers for ages 5-6.
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 authentic Egyptian 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 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.
EASTER BREAK (no classes): Monday 5th April, Tuesday 6th April, Wednesday 7th April, Thursday 8th April, Friday 9th April, Saturday 10th April
First Lessons of Term: Monday 12th April, Tuesday 13th April, Wednesday 14th April, Thursday 15th April, Friday 16th April, Saturday 17th April
1/2 Term (no classes): Monday 31st May, Tuesday 1st June, Wednesday 2nd June, Thursday 3rd June, Friday 4th June, Saturday 5th June
Last Lessons of Term: Monday 12th July, Tuesday 13th July, Wednesday 14th July, Thursday 15th July, Friday 16th July, Saturday 17th July
Parents are kindly asked to join and regularly check our closed Facebook group “JCADA Dancers & Parents” for important information regarding exams and other events.
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 is currently undertaking training for this exciting new role.
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.
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: 4.15 - 8.15 pm
Friday: 4.15 - 8.45 pm
Saturday: 9.00 am - 5.15 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.