VBDance – Our Story
Starting with just 10 children in 2006 as an after school dance club in Burgess Hill, VBDance has blossomed into a friendly and professional ISTD Dance school providing weekly classes in Classical Ballet, Modern, Jazz, Tap and Street to over 170 pupils across two branches based in West Sussex and London.
At VBDance we understand the necessity for dance classes to be engaging and fun. We create an environment in classes where students whatever their age can grow in confidence and feel comfortable and assured that they are being guided by teachers who love teaching dance and are passionate about their subjects. Our teachers hold professional ISTD Dance Teaching Qualifications and / or professional performing experience in the dance industry. We regularly attend CPD courses to ensure our students get the very best out of their sessions at VBDance.
Our Pre School Program ‘VTots’ paves the way for early foundations in the genres of Ballet, Jazz and Tap. Classes are small, imaginative and fun. The environment we create allows young children from the age of 3 to get to grips with foundation steps such as skipping and galloping as well learning basic positions and how to stretch legs and feet. We create excitement about dancing with the use of props, games, costumes and exciting music which further stimulates an enthusiasm for dance which means the children want to return to an environment where they can excel in their subjects.
From the ages of 4 – 11, students embark on the VBDance Junior Program where they are guided through the ISTD Grades system at a pace that suits them. If we identify students with particular strengths and talents then we are keen to encourage this and like to offer opportunities for further coaching and to accelerate their learning in a positive way through our Associate classes. Equally, your child may purely enjoy the experience of dancing for fun and coming to VBDance where they have made new friendships and blossomed in confidence. Whatever their ability, there are plenty of opportunities for all to be included at the school including the chance to perform in the biennial VBDance Production which takes place in a professional theatre in West Sussex.
At 12 years of age, students progress from the Junior School to the VBDance Academy Program where they are given the opportunity to embark on the higher level ISTD Grades and Medals. Students may also be invited to participate in competitions, festivals, ISTD intensive workshops with examiners and invited to audition for youth companies. We are proud of our students excellent examination results and our 100% pass rate.
VBDance are pleased to provide after school dance clubs in Jazz, Ballet and Street Dance for many schools in Burgess Hill including Hurstpierpoint Pre Prep, Birchwood Grove, London Meed and Manor Field School.
Whether a student wishes do dance as a hobby, or to prepare for a career in dance, VBDance provides a unique environment for them to realise their potential.
On behalf of myself, the VBDance Team and the VBDancers we look forward to welcoming you to our school.
Victoria Bremner DDE, BA Hons, AISTD