Welcome to Dance Attack

Introducing the magic of Dance and performance to young people of all ages and abilities.

About Us

The DA Team

Dance Attack is proud to have been running for 16 years. We have achieved many successes over the years. Our Dancers have achieved numerous Gold and Silver and first place positions during many of the competitions we have entered with The International Dance Teachers Association.

Our examination results have continued to be outstanding during the regular sessions we have held. Our students have gained  Highly Commended and Honours in all Dance styles.

 We have always achieved fantastic feedback and reports from every examiner. Dance Attack student 'Jenny Danks' has been nominated for a Freestyle scholarship Award by an IDTA Examiner following our recent examination session. 

Our students & Teachers  have had numerous and regular performance opportunities over the years performing in various Shows, events and concerts such as; 'Footloose' and 'Grease' at the Alexander Theatre. They have also performed in Productions at The Rep Theatre and in Dance school productions at The Old Rep Theatre. Students have taken part in shows at The Birmingham hippodrome with 'Chance2Dance' 3 years running which they have all enjoyed thoroughly. 

DA Team members have proved to be current in todays market as their recent appearances in the following  prestigious events show; Dancing at Free Radio Live main stage 3 years running, Fashion shows such as The Wireless festival, B-Town 2014, The Elite Fashion show for the past 2 years, Catwalk events for The Teenage Cancer Trust, 'Love Music, hate Racism events and 'King' tribute at The mac Theatre.  This is along with performances at cadbury world and performing at The MViSa Awards at The ICC. 

Our choreographer and teacher 'Joe Woodall' has also has also recently achieved 1st place at SDC and 2nd place for The midlands best Dance crew.

Our Students have the opportunity to take part in our annual school production which gives students the chance to showcase their talents and gain performance experience, these performances are held within a Theatre and performance space environment.


All DA Instructors and Choreographers are DBS checked. They are fully experienced in the genre that they teach and in their work with young people. Several members of the team hold Dance/Performance related degrees and qualifications along with Dance Teacher Training degrees. Instructors also hold various Fitness/Gymnastic and Yoga qualifications. Our main DA team  are all experienced performers with Dance, Musical Theatre or Musical  back grounds. The DA Team are working currently within the Dance Industry performing in various concerts, shows and events. We welcome new upcoming choreographers who hold workshops with us on a regular basis. All of the DA Team are passionate in sharing their skills and love of Dance to inspire young people to be creative and increase in confidence. 


Dance Attack founder: 


Rachel linthwaite

 

Rachel trained in Dance ( all Dance styles) and performance from the age of 3. Rachel went on to train in Ballet and Contemporary with The Birmingham youth Dance company. Rachel gained professional experience performing in 'Hello Dolly', 'Babes in the wood' and 'Cinderella' at The Birmingham Hippodrome, 'Aladdin' at The Old Rep Theatre and 'Bertie' at The Alexander Theatre. Rachel has also taken part  in various Ballets at The Mac Theatre Birmingham, performances at the  Birmingham Dance Xchange.  Rachel enjoyed performing with the Birmingham Dance company at venues such as Packwood House. Rachel had numerous performance opportunities with various Dance schools such as The Audrey Roper Roper Ballet school (RAD), The Birmingham Stage school & Sutton stage school along with BBO Ballet training at The Birmingham Dance Xchange. 


Rachel's professional training took place at a full time residential school The Midlands Academy of Dance of Drama based in Nottingham where the curriculum consisted of Ballet, Tap, Jazz, contemporary, Street Dance, Musical Theatre, Latin American and Ballroom Dance, Drama, Improvisation, Singing, Alexander technique, Body conditioning, audition technique and Anatomy and physiology. During this training Rachel performed regularly at The Theatre Royal Nottingham where she Danced in Musical Theatre pieces such as 'The Rocky Horrow show' and 'Hair'. and in serval Ballet, Street and Contemporary Routines. Rachel worked with  West end Choreographers such as 'Emma Clayton '  and with music Choreographer 'Paul Domain'. Rachel danced as Alice in Wonderland in a Ballet production. Rachel filmed several advertisements for CITV and had various TV parts during her time there. 

Rachel gained teaching qualifications in 2001 (Associate Degree) with IDTA and furthered this in 2008 by achieving a (Licentiate Degree) with IDTA. Rachel's teaching qualifications were gained under the tuition of 'Diane Edwards' IDTA Examiner based at Catshill Dance Centre, Bromsgrove.

Rachel achieved 'Graduate Teacher  One' in Tap Dance in 2002 along with 'Pre Associate One' in Ballet Dance in 2007 , both under the tuition of 'Janet Terry' from the 'Terry School of Dance', Birmingham. Rachel has continued to organise and choreograph for in house Dance School performances. Rachel continues to prepare students for examinations With IDTA. Rachel has trained students to championship level for Freestyle and Street Dance competitions, resulting in DA students performing at 'The Blackpool Winter Gardens'. 

Rachel has choreographed routines for the 'Dance, Drama and Music Extravaganza' at The NEC Birmingham along with other events and  Charity performances  in venues such at 'Ruskin hall', 'The Old Rep Theatre',' The Sutton Coldfield Town Hall', 'The Nottingham Theatre Royal' and 'The Birmingham Hippodrome'. Rachel Choreographed 3 routines that were chosen through audition for The IDTA Gala based at 'Bromsgrove Arts Theatre' Which proved to be enjoyable for al involved. Rachel has been part of community Arts events in Sutton Coldfield and Erdington areas for the last few years and has also recently been attending schools teaching Dance and performance workshops to children of all ages which she enjoys. 

Rachel also became a qualified 'Fitsteps' instructor in 2014. Fitsteps is a combination of ballroom Dance and Fitness. Fitsteps is designed and choreographed by Natalie Lowe and Ian Waite from 'Strictly come Dancing' and includes all of the famous Latin American and Balroom routines.

Rachel also has a busy career as a qualified Registered Mental health Nurse and Holistic Therapist  which she enjoys. Rachel has been able to utilise her Dance Therapy skills in various locations and settings. 

Rachel is currently undertaking L5 in management & Leadership with children and young people, which she is looking forward to achieving. 

Rachel is also looking forward to becoming a qualified Childrens yoga teacher which she is aiming to do this year.

Classes

DA offers classes in Ballet, Tap, Freestyle, Street Dance, Hip hop,Theatre Craft, Acrobatics, Boys only Street Dance, Jazz, Slow Dance/Lyrical.

Weekly Senior workshops include Street Dance, Hip hop, Contemporary and a range of other styles. Students work towards Examinations with The International Dance Teachers association, these qualifications are recognised Internationally. Students also work towards various performances and events at Theatres such as The Birmingham Hippodrome, The Old Rep Theatre, The Theatre Royal (Nottingham) and other venues. 


Teacher Training sessions are available with the International Dance Teachers Association in both Theatre & Ballroom branches. DA Tutor Christina slominska is a trainer for the new IDTA Level 4 Teaching Diploma which we offer at dance Attack.


Dance Attack has recently collaborated with 'Urban Trix' to introduce state of the art Tricking and Acrobatic classes. The Teams of coaches from DA & UTX work well together to offer a unique, dynamic learning experience. 


Coming soon: Dance Attack is looking forward to expanding to North Devon in January 2019.

Our Mission

We aim to bring the magic of Dance and Acrobatics to children of all ages and backgrounds. We encourage students to enjoy being creative through Dance, Musical Theatre and Performance. We aim to see an overall  improvement in self confidence and self expression in all students..  We encourage children to take pride in their achievements gained with us such as in there Examination results and in learning new skills and developing during classes and workshops.

  We work with young people with Mental health issues and learning disabilities. All are welcome. 

We aim to give all Dancers a solid stable base to commence their Dance training where they can achieve graded qualifications and move on to further educational establishments. 

Why choose Dance Attack

We are different to other Dance schools

Dance Attack prides itself on it's all round holistic approach to teaching. Our students are all individuals and all have different needs and goals. We aim to treat all of our students with the respect and care they deserve. Our Team are all experienced Teachers and they understand how delicate children's development can be. 

Many of the Team have had experience of attending harsh and super strict Dance schools where children are continuously shouted at and we do not believe in this approach at all. 

We  teach in a family friendly manner where we guide students in the right direction.We continue to instil discipline in a calm and kind environment. 

Our students continuously demonstrate high standards during classes, examinations and performances. Students obviously enjoy coming to our classes. We have positive feedback from parents on a weekly basis. 

The benefits of Dance

Dancing helps to maintain a healthy weight.

- Dancing releases endorphins (Serotonin) the feel good chemicals which improve well being.

- Dancing improves bone density: It places positive stress on growing bones encouraging them to grow strong and healthy.This can help to prevent bone disease in later life.

- Dance Increases Muscle tone & helps to strengthen core muscles, keeping the spine healthy to improve a good posture.

-Dance Improves stamina and flexibility.

Dance is a good cardiovascular work out.

-Dancing Improves balance and co ordination.

- Evidence shows that a lifetime of  dance can prevent some forms of Dementia and aids memory and concentration in later life. 

Dance provides a physical release which helps with Stress, anxiety and low mood and anger.

Dance improves your immunity.

- Dance develops muscle tone.

- Dance improves improves strength.

- Dance encourages creativity and imagination.

-Dance is a fun form of exercise.

- Dance improves social and communication skills.

- Dance encourages children to work as part of a team and encourages team work.

Dance helps to develop communication skills and also  leadership skills in some children.

- Dance offers children a chance to gain a sense of achievement through learning new skills, performing and taking graded examinations.


Educational benefits of Dance: 


- Studies show that children who attend dance classes often achieve academically above their non attending peers.

- Many children are kinaesthetic learners which requires learning through the experience of 'doing'. Dance provides this opportunity and offers unique sensory and physical experiences in this area.

- Through memorising dance choreography and focusing on the musical rhythm students are improving their cognition.

- Learning to Dance helps students to develop their own sense of responsibility and self awareness. 

 Learning to dance requires sharpening the skills of focus, concentration and discipline along with memory building skills all of which are useful skills for any academic work.

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