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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You may have see this bunny in the changing room at our Great Bowden classes. One of our Grade 6 students, Harriett, is running a guess the number of eggs competition to help raise money for a charity trip to Sri Lanka as part of her Duke of Edinburgh Gold award. Entries are 50p per guess or 3 guesses for £1. More information about Harriett’s trip and the competition can be found with the entry form at lessons this week. Good luck to all that enter. ...

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Meet me at the barre 😊 Ready for this mornings classes in Great Bowden 👍🏼

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📷📸📷📸📷Photography Prints Deadline📸📷📸📷📸📷📸

If you have not yet placed an order with Harriet for prints from our recent photo shoot make sure that you send it through to her by 6pm this evening.

No more orders will be taken after this point.

Please check your emails for details on how to order.

Miss Annie 👍😀

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AFB Dance Academy - Market Harborough shared CURVE theatre, Leicester's post. ...

We are now seeking passionate and ambitious 18-26 year olds to join our new Youth Advisory Board! The Board will be made of eight young people who, over a two year period, will ensure that Curve continues to actively engage with younger community members. The voluntary positions will involve being part of key activities at the theatre, meetings with stakeholders and participating in engagement projects. Youth Advisory Board members will also receive training and develop their skills as leaders in a thriving business. Applications are now open and the deadline is 16 March, with first round interviews scheduled to be held 26 March. For more information and to apply, visit bit.ly/CurveYouthAB

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As it looks like the weather conditions are unlikely to improve by tomorrow and because many of the schools in the area have decided not to open I have made the decision to cancel all of tomorrow's classes, I apologise.

I am yet to make a decision about Saturday's classes so will be in touch once I have.

I hope that you all stay warm.


Miss Annie

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