Deda to expand its programme

Derby-based Déda will launch an expanded class programme for adults and children following a £412,000 redevelopment programme at the regional dance house.

Several new classes will start in September, some of which will be based in the new dance and production studio.

This is part of the extended facilities that also include new conference and meeting rooms and atrium, following the conversion of the squash courts at the neighbouring Queen’s Leisure Centre.

New class opportunities include Tai Chi, which has been introduced on Wednesdays at 5.30pm. An initial taster session will be held on September 17 followed by a six-week programme.

A high-energy commercial dance class has been introduced on Monday evenings run by former West End dancer Shane Whitlam.

And an additional Ballet Kids class will be held as part of the Saturday programme which already features a ballet class and two hip hop classes for young people aged seven to 11.

Déda’s head of dance development and learning Clare Limb explained: “The new studio facilities have enabled us to extend the popular class programme which already features a wide range of styles from salsa to ballroom.

“The class programme is at the heart of Déda. With nearly 50 classes a week for people of all ages from six months and up, the programme fits within the artistic direction of the organisation as a whole.

“The energy of dance choreography which is such an essential part of today’s music video channels has been the inspiration behind the introduction of the commercial dance class.

“And an additional Ballet Kids class has been introduced on a Saturday due to the demand for extra places.”

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