Discover your love for dance at one of our classes
The Bethany McKeand School of Dance offers ballet, tap, modern and contemporary dance classes for children and young adults, as well as beginner tap classes for adults.
Our dance school is based in Woking, at the Holy Trinity Church Hall in Knaphill; and in Haslemere, at Camelsdale Church Hall.
With a variety of dance classes available, why not enrol now for a trial class on us and become part of our friendly dance community?!
At the Bethany McKeand School of Dance, we strive to help everyone find the joy in dancing. Our friendly dance classes offer children and young adults the chance to be creative, have fun, challenge themselves, and discover their greatest potential.
Our dance school offers classes in Cecchetti Classical Ballet, Tap, Modern and Contemporary dance. Students are able to attend classes in their favourite style, or reap the physical and creative benefits of learning and enjoying multiple types of dance.
If you aren't sure which of these styles might be for you, why not come to a trial class with us and see for yourself! Our dance classes take place at the Holy Trinity Church Hall in Knaphill (Woking), and Camelsdale Church hall in Camelsdale (Haslemere).
We are ready to welcome you to our community and help you discover your inner dancer!
Our dance school offers ballet classes for children aged two and a half upwards. These classes adopt creative approaches to introduce young children to ballet, finding fun ways to develop musicality, performance and technique. This learning environment leaves children and students inspired to improve, create and enjoy!
In our classes we teach the Cecchetti method of classical ballet which is expressive, precise, and musical. As students develop, they have the opportunity to take part in ISTD Cecchetti Ballet examinations. This approach to classical ballet - combined with our teaching methods - make for classes which inspire both fun and discipline: an enjoyment of the process and notable progress!
Tap, Modern & Contemporary
Our Contemporary dance classes for Children aged five and above incorporate influences from jazz, modern and contemporary dance to expand our dancers' technique, creativity and versatility. This can be fun for students attending classes as an enjoyable hobby, and is extremely beneficial for those who would like to take their dance training further.
Our Tap dance classes - also for children aged 5 and above - creatively teach students important tap vocabulary and allow the opportunity to combine these steps into exciting rhythms and patterns.
In our Modern, Contemporary and Tap classes; dance steps, phrases and longer sequences are performed to fun and popular music and improve students performance skills, strength, fitness, and ability to pick up dance combinations.
Alongside ISTD examinations, students with the desire to take their dancing further are also encouraged to audition for schemes such as the Cecchetti Junior and Senior Associates. Find out more about this scheme here.
We encourage all our students to pursue their strengths and interests, including other creative opportunities such as choreography competitions.
At the Bethany McKeand School of Dance we also have exciting events during the year, such as our popular and memorable workshops and performances.
Autumn Term - 2023
Spring Part 1
Mondays: 8th Jan. - 5th Feb.
Tuesdays: 9th Jan. - 6th Feb.
Wednesdays: 10th Jan. - 7th Feb.
Thursdays: 11th Jan. - 8th Feb.
Saturdays: 13th Jan. - 10th Feb.
Half Term break
Monday 12th Feb.
Tuesday 13th Feb.
Wednesday 14th Feb.
Thursday 15th Feb.
Saturday 17th Feb.
Autumn Part 2
Mondays: 19th Feb. - 25th Mar.
Tuesdays: 20th Feb. - 26th Mar.
Wednesdays: 21st Feb. - 27th Mar.
Thursdays: 22nd Feb. - 28th Mar.
Saturdays: 24th Feb. - 30th Mar.
Beginners Adult Tap class
This adult class offers a fun, sociable and engaging way to get moving to some of your favourite music. Come and try out a new skill in a friendly and supportive environment, your first class is free!
About the Teacher
Bethany McKeand was a student at the Silke Mackay School of Dance from the age of two. Here she found her love for Cecchetti ballet, tap and modern/jazz dance. Growing up, dance became a huge part of her life as she embraced the opportunities offered to her through the school, attending choreography competitions, summer schools and dance residential trips. Bethany studied GCSE and A Level dance and went on to complete two dance degrees; a BA (Hons) degree in Dance, and an MA in Dance Research - both from the University of Chichester - which she spent five years studying for. At University, Bethany studied dance teaching; contemporary, ballet and contact technique; dance science, heath and safe practice; choreography; dance writing, criticism and journalism; popular dance studies; dance history; dance film and repertory studies.
Over this time, teaching has been something Bethany has always enjoyed and found extremely rewarding. She began assisting ballet classes at the Silke Mackay School of Dance from the age of 13, and went on to lead classes at the school following her Master's Degree. Bethany has undertaken various leadership and teaching courses and modules and continually seeks ways to develop and expand her knowledge and understanding of teaching. Bethany's main aim is to create a nurturing environment for young dancers to discover new capabilities in a supportive and positive atmosphere.