How old do you have to be in order to take part in Adult Classes?
Anyone age 16+ is welcome to take part in the Adult Classes. We have adults of all ages, backgrounds and abilities taking part.
What are the classes like?
The atmosphere in the Adult Classes is relaxed, friendly and welcoming! Sessions take place on weekday (Tue-Thu) evenings, or on Saturday mornings. People come to the Laban Building to take part in dance or movement classes for their enjoyment, relaxation, to improve health, and meet people. There is a real sense of community with people returning each term, as well as new people starting for the first time.
How many people might there be in a class?
There are no more than 26 participants in our dance and yoga classes depending on the size of the studio, and no more than 12 in Pilates classes.
Can I have a ‘taster’ class?
We can offer some taster sessions for Adult Classes at week 1, the start of term. Please get in touch with a member of the team to find out more. Our teachers work in a progressive way, developing material from week to week over a term, which is especially important for our Introduction and Level 1 participants who are still learning the foundations of the technique.
We offer half-term bookings (usually 5 or 6 weeks) so if you are unsure, you only have to pay for a half term block rather than the whole term.
How much does it cost?
You can book for one half term block at a time for £72 (6 weeks) or book block 1 and 2 together for a full term of classes.
A concession rate of £60 is available for all bookings if you are a full-time student, unemployed, disabled, or a senior citizen.
Please refer to the Fees page for specific details for the current term.
How early do I need to book?
Some of our classes are particularly popular so early online booking is advised.
When can I pay?
You can make termly and half termly bookings through our Online Shop in advance of and during each term. Please note that class fees are non-refundable.
Which level is best for me?
- Introduction classes are for complete beginners or those with limited dance experience. Our teachers will take the time to cover the essential basics of the technique and build confidence over a number of sessions. If you have never done any dance before, we recommend joining at the start of a term for Block 1. This will give you the best possible experience of taking part in the sessions.
- Level 1 classes are suitable for participants who have a basic knowledge of the technique, or those with lower levels of stamina.
- Level 2 classes are more technically demanding classes for those with previous dance experience.
- Open Level classes are mixed level classes, suitable for participants of different levels.
For more information on levels see our Class Descriptions.
Can you let me know about accessibility?
The Laban Building is fully accessible; all classes are in principle open to people with disabilities. If you have any special requirements, including medical or access needs, it is helpful if you discuss them with us beforehand, or let us know in our online form when booking your place. Please contact us on 020 8305 9414 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
What should I wear?
It’s best to wear soft comfortable clothing that is easy to move in, such as tracksuit bottoms and a T-shirt with extra layers for warmth. For ballet it is helpful if you can wear tight fitting clothing, so that your teacher can check your alignment.
You should expect to do all classes in bare feet, except ballet and street dance. For ballet classes you should wear soft ballet shoes if you have them, but tight fitting socks would initially be a good alternative at the barre for beginners. We do not offer Pointe work as part of our ballet classes. Street dance classes can be danced in trainers with non-marking soles. To ensure your safety and the safety of others, we ask that that you don’t wear jewellery when taking part in a class.
What equipment is provided?
We have mats available for Pilates and yoga, but you are also welcome to bring your own equipment.
What is your policy for latecomers?
For health and safety reasons, participants who arrive later than 15 minutes after the start of the class will not be permitted to take part. This is because they will have missed the essential warm up and introduction to the class, which is vital in the prevention of injuries to participants.
How do I get to the Laban Building?
All Adult Classes are located at the Laban Building, Creekside, London SE8 3DZ.
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Please note bikes and scooters, (including e-bikes and e-scooters) are not permitted in the Laban Building. If you cycle to your class you can store your bike, e-bike or e-scooter in the cycle racks at the rear of the Laban Building.