Last day of term 17th July

Half Term 30th May-5th June

Summer show 16-17 July 2022

Last day of term 17th July

Half Term 30th May-5th June

Summer show 16-17 July 2022

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Ballet is a type of performance dance that originated during the Italian Renaissance, in the fifteenth century, and later developed into a concert dance form in France and Russia. It has since become a widespread, highly technical form of dance with its own vocabulary based on French terminology. It has been globally influential and has defined the foundational techniques used in many other dance genres and cultures. Click link/picture above to see what classes we have available.


Being able to create instruments with your feet is an amazing feeling; tap and Irish tap give you this ability. We have classes in ISTD Tap for those aged four and upwards, and a fun Adult Tap class for those having basic tap knowledge. Click the link/picture above to see what classes we offer.


Street, which originates from the social scene, has become very popular and incorporates a wide range of styles. In Street classes you'll learn Hip Hop, Break dancing, House and Commercial dance styles. Classes are fun and informal, and available for junior and senior levels. We also offer an Adult commercial class where you'll learn to move like Beyoncé and The Pussy Cat Dolls. Join us to make new friends, learn routines to boost your confidence and have a chance to let your hair down. Click the link/picture above to see what classes we offer.

Stretching and Strengthening

To reach an individual's full potential in dance technique it is important to improve flexibility and complement this with strengthening. This class goes through safe stretches to increase one's range of motion, tone muscles and improve muscle strength. Click link/picture above to see what classes we have available.

Musical Theatre

Musical theatre is a form of theatre that incorporates dialogue, music, dancing, singing and acting. The primary focus of this class is to introduce the basic elements of a musical. We select the repertoire from popular musical theatre and work towards a presentation for the last class of term. If you love singing, acting, and dancing this fun two-hour class will be perfect for you. It is for all abilities, from five years plus. Click link/picture above to see what classes we have available.

Irish Tap

Irish Tap is a combination of traditional hard-shoe Irish and rhythm tap to create a twist to the normal tap rhythms. If you always wanted to dance like Michael Flatley, come along to our Irish Tap classes. These are available for six-year- olds through to adults. Click the link/picture above to see what classes are available.

Modern Theatre Dance

ModernTheatre Dance

Modern dance is a highly energetic and rhythmic dance style that originated in America, before spreading throughout the rest of the world. It’s often seen on the stages of musical productions and is known for its theatrical qualities. The style features travelling steps, high kicks, leaps and turns which all require strength and flexibility. Click link/picture above to see what classes we have available..


Contemporary and Lyrical

Contemporary and Lyrical

Contemporary dance is a multi-faceted and varied style that does not easily fit a simple definition, and is not performed in the same way by every dancer. It is an expressive style dance that combines elements of several genres including modern, lyrical, classical ballet and jazz. Dancers, sometimes performing barefoot, strive to connect the mind and the body through fluid dance movements. Lyrical dance is a dance style consisting of a blend of elements of both ballet and jazz dance. Lyrical dance is generally somewhat more fluid than ballet and also tends to be rather faster -- although it not as rapidly executed as jazz dance. Lyrical dance seeks to be expressive of a dancer's emotions, with the physical movements often sychronized with the lyrics of the music. Click link/picture above to see what classes we have available.

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Our terms run for 12 weeks, and there are three terms in a year.
A few classes can be paid weekly, but most must be paid prior
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JASD caters for those wanting to learn for fun, to get fit, or wanting to take training more seriously to help pursue their dream of having a career in the Performing Arts industry.

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“A real family friendly dance school offering many dance genres...."
"It is so fun attending to all these brilliant classes full of new things!....
Miss Jess is an amazing dance teacher."

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Tap Classes Available

  • Mini tap (4years +): Monday 5:15pm - 5:45pm
  • Grades 1 & 2 Tap: Tuesday: 4:15pm - 4:45pm
  • Grade 3 Plus Tap: Tuesday 6:15pm - 7:15pm
  • Mini Ballet & Tap (4 - 7 years): Saturday 10:45am - 11:00am

Tap dancerTap has evolved as an American dance form, since popularized throughout the world. The extent to which its roots lie in African dance, Irish dance and/or clog dancing is still debated. Dancers use their feet to strike the floor, beating out different rhythms, and wear tap shoes which have small metal plates on the toe and heel to produce the distinctive sound. Tap dance is a theatrical art form and often features in stage musicals.

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Tap dance as it is known today evolved from a number of ethnic percussive dances long established in widely-scattered parts of the world. These included English clog dancing, various African tribal dances and Irish jigs. Tap dance became established in America in the mid-1800s during the rise of the minstrel shows. William Lane became, known as Master Juba, was one of the few black performers who joined mostly white minstrel troupes, and is now regarded as one of the most famous early practitioners of tap dance.

Tap emerged in America as a theatrical art form and a Jazz dance. Early African American dancers articulated rhythmic patterns through scooping, brushing, chugging and shuffling movements of the feet.

Today, there are a number of variations of tap dance including Broadway tap, rhythm or jazz tap, classical tap and post-modern tap. Broadway tap, widely performed in musical theatre, has its roots in the traditions of the English theatre and focuses on choreography, formations and simpler rhythms. Rhythm or jazz tap focuses on musicality, and practitioners generally consider themselves to be part of the jazz tradition. Classical tap also has a long history which merges classical European music with American-style drumming of the feet. Post-modern, or contemporary, tap has evolved in more recent times to incorporate abstract expression, thematic narrative and technology.

Tap is characterized by the use of the sounds of tap shoes striking the floor as a form of percussion. The sound is created by special shoes that have metal "taps" fixed under the heel and toe. There are different types of shoes which produce subtly different sounds. "Soft-shoe" tap is a rhythmic form of tap that does not require special shoes. Rhythm is created by tapping the feet, but use is also made of the sound created by sliding of the feet on the stage. In some cases, sand is scattered on the stage to enhance the sound. Tap dancers make frequent use of syncopation, a disturbance or interruption of the regular flow of rhythm. Choreography typically starts on the eighth or first beat.

In the early years, tap shoes typically had wooden soles - nowadays, most tap shoes have leather soles.  It is now also common for manufacturers of of the shoes to affix taps. These are attached to the soles of shoes with screws, and sometimes also with adhesive. The screws are driven into a thin fiberboard integrated into the sole that provides strength for the attachment and also acts as a soundboard. In some cases, where no adhesive has been used, the screws can be  tightened or slackened to produce different sounds. 





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Jessica Ann School of Dancing
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Jessica Ann School of Dancing is a fresh, friendly Dance School in Ipswich, and provides excellent and specialized dance training for all ages and styles of performing arts.