Dance Tours UK

If you have a passion for dance, travel, and love The Royal Ballet and the British style and want to combine these passions together, then this experience is right for you.

Dance Tours’ Dance & Tourism course is designed and managed by leading professionals in the dance industry and is a perfect balance of dance, touring and cultural activities for you to enjoy.

With over 15 years’ experience in the dance & tourism industry Dance Tours will provide a tour that has a unique understanding and local knowledge of the United Kingdom and its people.

When you travel with Dance Tours you will be part of a small family. We provide a tailor-made tour by offering you hidden gems that you would not experience on any other tour.

Dance Tours’ Dance & Tourism UK

Dance Tours invites students to visit the United Kingdom and experience the culture and lifestyle of the country in a safe and friendly environment.

Dance Tours provides students the unique opportunity to study with some of the finest dancers, teachers and choreographers from The Royal Ballet and around the world.

Our course offers students a well-balanced programme of dance education, cultural exchange, tourist activities and social interaction for you to enjoy.

Our dance classes cover the many aspects of dance with an emphasis on classical ballet artistry and technique. The course has been especially designed to emphasise the British style and importance of being a versatile dancer.

Our programme is available to dancers of all ages. Our Classes are divided into separate age groups and are designed to challenge the creative, technical and artistic capabilities of each group in a nurturing and professional environment.

All our students benefit from cultural exchange by integrating with other dancers and developing long-term friendships. Students will also gain maturity and confidence by travelling abroad in a safe, supervised environment. Non-English speaking students also have the added opportunity to improve their English skills by living and socialising in the UK.

    The Dance & Tourism course comprises a variety of classes including:

  • Classical Ballet classes (Based on the English Style).
  • Pointe, Pirouette & Allegro technique
  • Variation, Repertoire & Corp de ballet
  • Pas de deux
  • Character
  • Stage Mime
  • Make-up
  • Contemporary
  • Jazz
  • Musical theatre
  • Choreography
  • Cardiovascular Training
  • Boys Class

On conclusion, DT allows students to demonstrate all they have learnt in a Graduation Day Performance to exhibited their progress throughout the course. Parents and teacher are welcome to attend and as a graduation gift students receive a DT D&T certificate and complimentary DVD of their experience in the UK.

Dance Tours ‘Dance & Tourism Package consist of:

    The ‘DT Pick up Service’

  • Return airport transfers
  • Transfers to all scheduled activities

    Accommodation

  • Hotel type accommodation

    Meals

  • Breakfast
  • Lunch
  • Dinner

    Dance Classes

  • All dance classes and tuition
  • Daily transfer to and from the ballet studios

    Activities

  • Admission to all scheduled activities
  • Transfers to all scheduled activities
  • DT Supervisor/Chaperone on all scheduled activities

    The 'DT Gift Pack'

  • 1 DT Drink bottle
  • 1 DT T-Shirt
  • 1 DT Drawstring Bag
  • Map & local guides
  • DT Snacks
  • Plus much more

    Graduation Pack

  • Graduation gift
  • Graduation Certificate
  • Graduation Farewell party
  • DVD of DT Seminar experience

    Added Support

  • 24 hour language support
  • Medical service (If required)

What to Expect

At Dance Tours we endeavour to make your time in each country as exciting and educational as possible. Students will enjoy creative extra-curricular activities including live ballet, musical and theatre productions and quality tourism experiences in a protected, safe and organised environment.

Dance Tours organises these fun activities so that you may experience the wonderful lifestyle this great country has to offer, and so that can you take away more than just the memories of a dance workshop, but an unforgettable experience that will last a lifetime.

Students will enjoy site seeing in England and visit some of London’s world-renowned tourist destinations such as Buckingham Palace, the Tower of London and The Royal Opera House. Students will enjoy a very special and exclusive experience visiting the backstage of The Royal Opera House including its dressing rooms. You will attend live ballet performances and a Westend musical shows and will enjoy meeting some of the Dancer from The Royal Ballet. Non-English speaking students will have the opportunity to improve their English skills and experience the culture of the United Kingdom. You will enjoy eating out in London and be tempted by some of the London’s famous shopping locations such as Harrods, Freed’s of London, Hamley’s and much more all in a fully supervised environment.

Dance Tours London

Brief outline:

Dance Tours Dance & Tourism programme will be delivered each day at popular dance studios in London. Dance & Tourism accommodation consists of hotel or apartment accommodation and will be provided throughout your stay in the very heart of central London. You will enjoy supervised sightseeing excursions around London’s historic and cultural sites. Enjoy world famous shopping around its spectacular city streets and experience some of the bet Westend shows, cultural performances and museum’s and art galleries in the world.

London, United Kingdom, England’s capital, set on the River Thames, is a 21st-century city with history stretching back to Roman times. At its center stands the imposing Houses of Parliament, the iconic ‘Big Ben’ clock tower and Westminster Abbey, site of British monarch coronations. Across the Thames, the London Eye observation wheel provides panoramic views of the South Bank cultural complex, and the entire city.

London is a leading global city, with strengths in the arts, commerce, education, entertainment, fashion, finance, healthcare, media, professional services, research and development, tourism, and transports all contributing to its prominence as one of the world's leading financial & cultural capitals.

London has a diverse range of peoples and cultures, and more than 300 languages are spoken. Greater London accounts for 12.5 percent of the UK population and is the largest of any municipality in the European Union. London's urban area is the second most populous in Europe, after Paris, with a 21 million populous in the city's metropolitan.

YOUR ITINERARY

DAY BY DAY

Day 1 – Saturday 21st July

International flight arrival. Today you will begin your journey by arriving in the United Kingdom.

On arrival into London, you will be met by your Dance Tours Chaperone. You will then be transfered by coach (30 min approx.) to your hotel.

ACCOMMODATION DETAILS

Hotel Check-in:

Twin & Triple Rooms

Description

Located in the heart of central London, 15 minutes walk from Convent Garden and the bustling theatreland. The Hotel accommodation is for up to 14 people and includes breakfast and one evening meal on the first night. Towels and linen are also included. WiFi is available in the lobby and free of charge, but not in the rooms.

All the rooms are fully equip with their own bathroom. The Hotel has its own pub and restaurant,. Nearby tourist attractions include The Royal Opera House, the British Museum, Covent Garden, the Westend and much more. All of them just approx. 15 minutes’ walk away. The nearest Tube station is Russell square and Holborn tube stations. 40 minutes by train to Heathrow and King’s Cross St Pancras Station is just 10 minutes away by Tube or bus.

Hotel Accommodation

Accommodation is based on sharing.

    Facility

  • bed linen and towels
  • En-Suite bathroom
  • Non-smoking rooms
  • Tea/Coffee making facilities
  • Television & Radio
  • Telephone
  • Hair Dryer on request
  • Iron on request
  • Trouser press on request
  • Fridge on request

    Additions

  • Breakfast included
  • Welcome Dinner

Day 2 – Sunday 22nd July

Dance Classes at The Royal Opera House

The Royal Opera House is an opera house and major performing arts venue in Covent Garden, central London. The large building is often referred to as simply "Covent Garden", after a previous use of the site of the opera house's original construction in 1732. It is the home of The Royal Opera, The Royal Ballet, and the Orchestra of the Royal Opera House. Originally called the Theatre Royal, it served primarily as a playhouse for the first hundred years of its history. In 1734, the first ballet was presented. A year later, Handel's first season of operas began. Many of his operas and oratorios were specifically written for Covent Garden and had their premieres there.

    Dance Classes at The Royal Opera House

  • Ballet Class
  • Repertoire class
  • Jazz Class

Day 3 –Monday 23rd July

    Dance Classes at The Royal Opera House

  • Ballet Class
  • Repertoire class

Westend Musical Theatre Workshop Experience

Backstage tour and Practical Workshop at Pineapple Studios with cast member(s) from West-end shows re-staging part of a routine from the musical. rical monuments. The Great Buddha of Kamakura (Kamakura Daibutsu) with a height of 13.35 meters, it is the second tallest bronze Buddha statue in Japan.

Shopping

Experience London’s famous dancewear brand such as Freed’s of London; established in 1929 and Pineapple dancewear.

Day 4 – Tuesday 24th July

    Dance Classes at The Royal Opera House

  • Ballet Class
  • Repertoire class
  • Contemporary Class

Watch a live Westend Musical

Day 5 - Wednesday 25th July

    Dance Classes at The Royal Opera House

  • Ballet Class
  • Repertoire class
  • Choreography Class

The Royal Ballet

Surely the most famous and beautiful of all classical ballet companies. The renowned Royal Ballet continues its season, with a wide selection of Internationally acclaimed dancers and a range of spell-binding productions.

Classical ballet at its best, wrapped in glorious and unforgettable music, accompanied by The Royal Opera House Orchestra. With lavish costumes, beautiful sets and a company of around 100 dancers, its magnificent productions are not to be missed.

The Royal Opera House seats 2,256 people and consists of four tiers of boxes and balconies and the amphitheater gallery. The proscenium is 12.20 m wide and 14.80 m high. The main auditorium is a Grade I listed building.‪ ‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬

Day 6 – Thursday 26th July

    Dance Classes at The Royal Opera House

  • Ballet Class
  • Repertoire class
  • Mime Class

Richmond Park

Richmond Park in south-west London was created by Charles I in the 17th century‬ as a deer park. The largest of London's Royal Parks, it is of national and international importance for wildlife conservation.

White Lodge is a Grade I listed‪‬ Georgian house situated in Richmond Park, on the south-western outskirts of London. Formerly a royal residence, it now houses the Royal Ballet Lower School, instructing students aged 11–16.‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬

In 1955, the Sadler's Wells Ballet School was granted the use of White Lodge on a permanent basis. The school was later granted a Royal Charter and became the Royal Ballet School in 1956. It is now recognised as one of the leading schools in the world.

As part of its redevelopment programme, the Royal Ballet School relocated and enlarged its ballet museum to include a gallery and collections relating to the history of White Lodge. The museum opened to the public in 2009 but closed in 2015.

Day 7 – Friday 27th July

    Dance Classes at The Royal Opera House

  • Ballet Class
  • Make-up
  • Graduation demonstration

Shopping

Experience London’s famous brand shops and department stores including Harrods, Fortnum & Masons, Selfridges; one of London’s most favorite department stores originally opened in 1906, Freeds of London; established in 1929 and Hamleys; one of the oldest and largest toy shops in London. Enjoy shopping and the crowds in central London’s famous Oxford street, Regents street and Piccadilly Circus.

Graduation Dinner

Graduations dinner proved by Dance Tours.

Day 8 - Saturday 28th July

The Original London Sightseeing Tour

The Original London Sightseeing Tour is London’s premier open top bus tour company. This popular London bus tour will show you the very best of London’s sights from their luxury open top vehicles.

Buckingham Palace Summer Opening

There's no icon more British than Buckingham Palace and it’s Changing of the Guards, Buckingham Palace is more than 300 years old and has 775 rooms, 19 of these are available for the public to explore during summer including the Queen’s Gallery at Buckingham Palace. Changing of the Guards process takes just over half an hour with drums, horses and the smartest of uniforms, military precision and straight-faced guards.

Westminster, Big Ben, the Houses of Parliament & Westminster Abbey

The cultural significance of Westminster Abbey is hard to overstate, The 900-year-old College Garden is one of the oldest cultivated gardens in Britain.

The London Eye, or the Shard

Visible from all over the city, the London Eye is one of the world's biggest observation wheels; offering great views of the capital. The cable car crosses the Thames and is another great way to see the city. The Shard is a spire-like sculpture emerging from beside the river Thames. 87 floors high, the building features 11,000 panes of glass and cost £435 million in October 2008 to construct.

The British Museum

The British Museum houses more than seven million artefacts that relate to sociological history around the world. Marble columns from the Parthenon to Grecian vases. Throughout history it has acted as a symbol of Britain's colonial successes.

Or

Full day excursion to Windsor castle

Windsor Castle has been home to the Royal Family for 900 years and is still an Official Residence of the Queen. We visit the magnificent State Apartments*, still used for State occasions and Royal receptions. Take some time to explore the castle grounds and the fourteenth-century St. George's Chapel, one of the most beautiful examples of medieval church architecture in England and a burial place of kings and queens, including Henry VIII and his third wife Jane Seymour.

Or

The Tower of London & Tower Bridge

Britain's finest historical attraction spanning over 900 years of history, the Tower or London, the crown of Queen Victoria or the armour of King Henry VIII displaying the lives of British monarchs, traitors and Beefeaters.

DAY BY DAY

Day 9 – Sunday 29th July

    Day of Departure

  • Check-out Hotel
  • Transfer from hotel to international airport
  • International flight departs

PACKAGE INCLUSIONS:

  • Airport/hotel transfers on tour arrival and departure if travelling on suggested flights.
  • Meet and greet at the airport by a Dance Tours’ representative.
  • All transportation to all scheduled classes and activities on comfortable air-conditioned coaches, trains and local transport.
  • Dance Tours’ chaperone to accompany you and your group on all scheduled activities.
  • Talks by your tour leader
  • 3 star hotel accommodation centrally located in Tokyo.
  • Meals as per itinerary (B= Breakfast) (L = Lunch) (D = Dinner)
  • Admission to all scheduled tourist and cultural activities.
  • All dance classes and tuition provided by Dance Tours
  • 1 West-end Musical Theatre workshop
  • 1 Evening performance ticket to see a live Westend musical.
  • 1 ballet performance
  • All day Hop on/Hop off bus
  • Admission on the London eye
  • Day trip Windsor Castle, Stone Henge
  • Visitor guides, Dance Tours welcome pack and Dance Tours Certificate for completing the course. Dance Tours Gift Set including: 1 autographed photo signed by a dancer form The Royal Ballet, 1 signed T-shirt, 1 bag and 1 badge.
  • 1 Dance Tours’ certificate of achievement
  • 1 Dance Tours’ ‘Welcome Pack’ with visitor guides and information.

Additional Support

  • 24-hour language support (when required)
  • Immediate access to medical services (when required)
  • 24-hour access to Dance Tours’ chaperone (when required)

Price does not include:

  • Flights are NOT included. You can book flights through Dance Tours’ recommended travel agent or use your own preferred travel agency. For a small administration fee Dance Tours can take care of your flights for you.
  • Items of a personal nature, including telephone, laundry, taxis, minibar, room service etc.
  • Travel insurance (a condition of travel; please contact our recommended travel agent or your preferred travel agent for assistance).
  • It is your responsibility to arrange visas if required.

*Your group leader is responsible for arranging your travel documents at the time of booking your flight.

*It is your responsibility to ensure you have a valid passport and the correct visa and travel documents in-order to travel to the United Kindgom.

As part of the tour package, a Dance Tours’ chaperone will be provided for all scheduled activities.

Places are limited, so in order not to be disappointed we recommend you book early. A 50% deposit per person is required at the time of booking. Please read our terms & conditions carefully.

Note: Programmes may be subject to changes based on availability, weather conditions and other reasons beyond Dance Tours’ control. We do our best to ensure that changes do not occur. Any changes that do take place you will be notified in advanced. If any scheduled activity or dance class needs to be changed Dance Tours will do its best to ensure it is replaced with another activity or class of the same quality and equal value to guarantee your experience is not affected.

What to bring

You will only need to bring a little spending money with you for dinner and personal items and gifts etc…

Female dancewear:

A few pairs pink tights or all in one for everyday classes including one pair of pink footless tights for contemporary class. Multiple coloured leotards and at least one black leotard for the last day presentation.

Character shirt, tracksuit and appropriate warm-up clothing to be worn in between classes. An appropriate number of hairpins, hairnets and elastic bans etc. to be able to properly do your hair in a bum for class.Pink ballet shoes, Pointe Shoes, Character shoes, Jazz shoes. Only girls who are currently working on pointe should bring their pointe shoes. Do NOT buy new shoes for this course.

Male dancewear: Males: Dance belt (jockstrap), Black Dance tights, waist belt or elastic, fitted white vests or tight fitting t-shirt either made from cotton or lycra fabric, white ankle socks, 2 pairs of white soft ballet shoes and your regular character shoes (usually black). Jazz shoes (optional) – ballet shoes may be worn for contemporary and modern class. Tracksuit and trainers for between classes.

Outdoor clothes

Students are reco bring a range of suitable comfortable clothing items and shoes appropriate for all kinds of walking and tourist activities in London. Footwear should be appropriate for walking in the city and be suited for both hot weather and encase of rain. A formal outfit and shoes to match in order to visit the theatre and go to dinner. As well as warm cardigan encase it gets cold in the evenings. A small sixed travel umbrella for the rain is advised.

(If you do not have any of the above dancewear items already do not buy them especially for this course).