About Us

Welcome to AFB Dance Academy, we are a small and friendly ballet school based in Great Bowden, close to the town of Market Harborough. Formerly known as The Oakley School of Dancing we specialise in teaching the Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) syllabus. The RAD is a world renowned organisation for high-quality dance education. Both teachers and students benefit from the high standards set by the RAD and you can be confident with the standard of teaching and learning in our classes.

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Based close to Market Harborough, we currently hold classes in Great Bowden and Foxton. As a small school, we have time to support your child individually during classes and aim to provide a nurturing and supportive environment. Alongside ballet, we offer tap classes. With a more relaxed feel these classes aid children with musicality and rhythm which supports progress in other dance styles.

Children can begin studying ballet with our school from age 2 1/2 starting in our Nursery classes. When they begin school aged 4-5 children are invited to move onto the Graded syllabus and can begin taking exams from the age of 6. We offer students the opportunity to be entered into a wide range of ballet exams and assessments with the RAD. Providing support for students through the exam and assessment process we aim to motivate and inspire students to achieve their best, rewarding students of all ages and abilities. Exams are not a compulsory element to learning and, if they choose, students are able to progress through the Grades without taking exams meaning they can remain in classes with their peers.

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Good luck to all of our students that will be collecting A Level results today. 🍀🍀 ...

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Adult Ballet Summer Workshops

Foxton Village Hall

Wednesday 9th and Wednesday 16th August

9:30 am - 11:00 am

£8 per person

For more information email afbdanceacademy@gmail.com

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AFB Dance Academy - Market Harborough shared National Gallery of Art's photo. ...

The artist Edgar Degas was born on this day in 1834. Degas's best-known works are those inspired by the ballet. Behind-the-scenes, candid moments of rehearsal or rest intrigued Degas the most. "The Dance Lesson" is the first ballet scene executed in an unusual horizontal format. Degas had already begun to experiment with this format in some of his racing scenes to create an almost panoramic sense of space. Here, he transforms the setting into an oblong rehearsal room. The space is populated by dancers in various states of activity and exhaustion. This format, which has been likened to a frieze, has a decidedly decorative quality. The artist crops some figures and places others off center. The floor, which dominates the scene, seems tipped upward, an illusion that is accentuated by the elongated format. Edgar Degas, "The Dance Lesson," c. 1879, oil on canvas, National Gallery of Art, Washington, Collection of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Mellon

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Remember our animated friends Sam and Jack? We were delighted that they, along with their families and ballet teacher from Kirkham Henry Performing Arts Community Interest Company, could join us at the launch of Project B to help us in inspiring even more boys to pursue ballet. Read more about Sam and Jack > goo.gl/oFSV2f Watch the CBeebies video > goo.gl/7eYfDY

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