Birmingham Pro Class, a brand new non-profit initiative supported by local dance artists, companies and organisations, launches on 4 June with an exciting programme of regular dance classes, events and workshops for the growing professional dance community-based in the city and wider region.
Responding to the ambition of the city’s dance sector to have a consistent offer of classes in a variety of styles, Birmingham Pro Class offers bi-weekly sessions open to professional dancers, recent graduates and those in training.
DanceXchange has worked in partnership with local leading dance organisations ACE Dance and Music, Birmingham Dance Network, Autin Dance Theatre and Rosie Kay Dance Company as well as a number of independent dance artists, to design the new scheme which offers a membership model that encourages a collective share in the responsibility for making the classes sustainable. Members will enjoy discounted access to professional classes and priority booking for special events and workshops, with all fees going directly to support the programme.
Gail Parmel, Artistic Director and Co-Founder of ACE says, Birmingham Pro Class is another great example of dance organisations in the Midlands working together and being ahead of the game. The model offers dancers the chance to experience classes and workshops in many contrasting styles, in a cost effective way.
Rebecca Randall, Associate Director of Birmingham Dance Network says During dance training, or when working full time in a company, daily class is a vital part of a dancer’s schedule, but as a freelancer it can be hard to access regular, relevant, affordable classes. We at BDN are therefore thrilled that here in Birmingham organisations and individuals are working together to enable dancers to invest in their physical practice. The programme reflects the broad range of skills required by dance artists…. It is fantastic that this scheme, which allows dancers to think long term about investing in themselves, is being co-created here in Birmingham. By signing up for membership you can be part of it – we look forward to seeing you in the studio!
PLEASE NOTE: Tuesday classes mostly take place at ACE, Digbeth with Thursday classes at DanceXchange.
First Time? If you’d like to attend one of our classes, just turn up on the day. You don’t need to book a place or let us know you’re coming.
What should I wear? Anything comfortable that lets you move freely. You can wear tracksuit bottoms, leggings, t-shirts, and vests to most classes
15-minute rule: You won’t be allowed to join a class if you’re more than 15 minutes late. This is because you’ll have missed the warm-up, which increases your chance of injury.
Accessibility: We aim to make our classes accessible to everyone. Please call to discuss any support you might need.
16+ Dancers: We’ve extended adult classes to welcome 16 and 17-year-olds working at advanced levels. This is subject to agreement with the class tutor.
We’re on hand six days a week. Got a question – contact us on 0121 689 3170 or firstname.lastname@example.org