The Knight's Academy of Dance
Dance & Musical Theatre School in Dartford
Welcome to The Knight's Academy of Dance, a school focused on achieving exceptional standards of dance. We believe in nurturing creativity and artistic development, and offer a warm and positive environment to foster the growth that all dancers want and need. Reach out today to learn more about the classes we offer and how to get involved.
From Ballet, Tap & Contemporary to Drama, Street Dance and Singing we cover it all for children aged 3yrs+
About The Knight's Academy of Dance
Dance Better. Live Better.
Come learn with the best at The Knight's Academy of Dance.
Based at The Mick Jagger Centre in Dartford we are an innovative and professional dance school. Our dancers are aged between 4 and 16 and are all bursting with enthusiasm, willingness to learn, talent and dedication.
Learning to dance is a life skill that is a privilege and a tool that can aid children in all walks of life as they grow into young adults. At Knight’s Academy, we ensure that the children know how lucky they are to have such wonderful opportunities and ensure that our teaching is of the high standard that our pupils deserve.
Come and make memories, learn a new passion and meet friends for life!
Classes We Offer
The Academy welcomes children of all abilities from beginners to advanced dancers from 3+ years old. We offer a variety of classes from dance to drama and provide children with the opportunity to take exams in ISTD and IDTA as recognition of their hard work and dedication. The Academy also offers children performance opportunities throughout the year as well as our annual Easter Camp and Summer school
ISTD Imperial Classical Ballet
A Disciplined Beauty
Classical Ballet is the most important style of dance, it teaches a high level of technique and discipline and also allows the dancer to be expressive and artistic.
Preparation for Pointe
This is a preparation class for pointe work to focus on the correct technique and to build up strength. demi-pointe gives a dancer a more gradual transition to pointe work. Wearing the correct Demi-Pointe shoes allows the dance to get used to the feel of a pointe shoe before learning to dance on pointe.
A Delicate Strength
Every ballet dancer dreams of the day they can finally purchase their first pair of pointe shoes! This class is an invitation only class for when a students has reached a a high level of ballet technique and strength.
It is where the dancer will stand on the tip of their toes in specially designed shoes. They are all designed to support the full weight of the dancer.
The effect is simply beautiful, the essence of grace and poise.
On Your Feet
Tap Dance is a rhythmical style of dance which teaches musicality, technique and style.
Pop it & Lock it
Street Dance is a fun and energetic style of dance. It is an umbrella term which encompasses a range of dance styles characterised by descriptions such as hip hop, funk and breakdancing. Its diverse nature has taught us new styles such as popping, locking, waving and krumping.
Commercial dance is the style of choreography you will see in concerts, live shows, music videos and TV adverts. It’s a combination of different styles including Jazz, Street, Hip Hop, lyrical and of course a little Diva thrown in the mix.
Contemporary dance is a style of expressive dance that combines elements of several dance genres including modern, jazz, lyrical and classical ballet. Contemporary dancers strive to connect the mind and the body through fluid dance movements.
Get Up & Move
Jazz style is a theatrical dance performed on stage. In jazz technique, not only do we focus on the style of jazz, we work on fitness, strength, leaps, kicks and turns! It is imperative for any style of dance.
Leaps & Turns
Jump Your Heart Out
Starts after the October half term.
This class is a fun and energetic class designed to work on the impressive skills that all dancers want to achieve. The class will focus on the specific areas required to execute leaps and turns - just like the dancers we see on dance moms! These skills are imperative to become a competent and talented dancers, particularly in the styles of ballet, jazz, contemporary and musical theatre.
Flex it out
Acrobatic Arts is a unique blend of dancing and gymnastic disciplines that is taking the dance world by storm. Loved by both teachers and students, Acrobatic Arts is a multi-discipline blend and is also known as Acro Dance. Acro Dance is a style of dance that combines classical dance technique with precision acrobatic elements. It teaches tricks, tumbles, fitness, strength and flexibility
Tumble & Tricks
Acro Mix has the perfect balance to learn those all important tricks all dancers aspire to learn. The class will be split into 3 sessions: Body Conditioning, Acrobatic Arts and Tricks.
Each session will be 35 minutes focusing on the different aspects required. It is important to build up the strength and flexibility to obtain the exciting tumbling tricks. All teachers have an extremely high level of knowledge and expertise in their area of the Acro Mix Class.
Sing Your Heart Out
Singing is the perfect add-on to a dancer's weekly routine. It teaches breath control and stamina as well musicality and performance technique. You will learn a wide variety of songs whilst working on tone, projection and range. Singing is part of musical theatre. You can also add on solo or group singing lessons.
Explore new possibilities
Drama is learning to explore different characters, emotions and feelings. It teaches the confidence to improvise as well as learning acting scenes, monologues and duologues. Drama is part of our Musical Theatre lessons..
What else do we offer ?
ISTD, IDTA, Acrobatic Arts, LAMDA
The Academy provides children with an opportunity to take exams throughout the academic year. We aim for our students to constantly learn new skills and have work towards to achieve as recognition of their hard – work and dedication.
We offer ISTD Imperial Classical Ballet and Tap, IDTA Street and Contemporary, Acrobatic Arts for Acro Dance and LAMDA for drama. We are currently looking at introducing singing examinations later in the year.
Committed to Quality
The Knight’s Academy of Dance Competition Teams provide an opportunity for students to develop discipline, responsibility, self-confidence and co-operation in a professional, yet fun, dance environment.
We are going in to our fourth season of competing and have already had some great success at competition level.
Members of the The Knight’s Academy of Dance Performing Team are selected for participation on an annual basis through audition only, We are constantly looking for new talent and hold auditions in November. No student of Knight’s Academy of Dance is required to be a member of the Competition Team, therefore participation is considered a privilege.
Easter Camp & Summer Boot Camp
The Academy is an extremely busy school and we offer additional classes during each half term, coaching sessions for examinations, summer dance fun days as well as an ‘Easter Camp’ and ‘Summer Boot Camp’.
Time To Shine
Our Annual Showcase
We have our annual showcase at the end of every academic year for all students. We like to provide our students with the best experiences possible. We put on a Musical Theatre production to include dancing, singing and acting every other year and perform in our dance showcase ‘Knight’s Camera Action’ at The Orchard Theare every alternate year.