Core Programme

From P1, pupils graduate to our Core Programme which covers Ballet, Tap & Modern.

Ages: From P1 to S6
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What's Included?


Pre-Primary and Primary pupils still have an equal emphasis on creativity as a strong technique.

We follow the globally recognised syllabi for The Royal Academy of Dance and pupils are put forward for their first assessment at the end of P2 / beginning of P3.

From Grade 3, pupils should attend an extra ballet coaching every week if they wish to sit exams.

Pointe classes may begin when pupils are between 12 and 14 years old, dependent on teacher assessment.


Dance is an exciting, persuasive, rhythmical dance form. The dance uses their feet to strike the floor, beating out a melody, with tap shoes that have small metal plates on the toe and heel to give the distinctive sound.

Tap dance is a theatrical art form often seen on screen and stage in musicals. Within Tap, we follow the ISTD syllabus.


From P3, ISTD Modern is added to your dancer's core classes, in which they will learn musical theatre, jazz and lyrical style.

The emphasis in this class is on travelling steps, kicks and turns whilst improving flexibility and strength. This is a highly popular dance style to learn.


Our classes are charged by convenient monthly Direct Debit. All prices are per month.
Core (Primary/G1/G2): £37.80
G3 Ballet/Tap/Modern: £16.20 (each)
G4 Ballet/Tap/Modern: £16.20 (each)
G5 Ballet/Modern: £16.20 (each)
Intermediate Foundation Ballet: £18.00
Intermediate Ballet/Modern: £18.00 (each)
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I am so glad I put my tap shoes on again after 26 years, I am having so much fun!

The classes are well thought out & suitable for all levels of experience.

Kaitlin is so patient and such an amazing teacher, as are all the other teachers at the school. The ladies in class are lovely and friendly, it is such a supportive environment & a good way to meet new people!

I have fallen in love with tap all over again! Thank you so much everyone!
Claire, Adult Tapper
My two daughters love attending classes at DC, it’s more than a dance school to us. Carla and her team create such a nurturing and caring environment that brings the best out in all the children.

Their talent and enjoyment shines through when you see the children perform or demonstrate what they have learnt.

Such a variety of classes that suit all ages and abilities led by highly trained and dedicated teachers. Can’t recommend it enough!
Can't thank the fab staff at DC enough for the time and effort they put in.

My daughter has been with them for 8 years now and has gone from a child who wouldn't go on the stage to standing at the top of a pyramid on one leg in front of hundreds of people.

Great life skills, fantastic fitness and good value for money.

Would thoroughly recommend them!

Why Us?

Motivating & Nurturing Staff
Our dance teachers create a fun and engaging environment for all.
Supportive Family Atmosphere
Our dance studio is a warm and welcoming place where you can feel at home.
Unique Dance Programmes
Get a better understanding of dance through different styles and techniques.
Opportunities to Progress
Classes are designed to help students of all abilities make great progress.

Find Us

Our classes are run at our own fantastic dance studio in Stirling and at McLaren Leisure Centre, Callander.

Find out more and see our latest timetables.

Fantastic Opportunities

We have a wide range of opportunities for your child. They can take exams and perform in shows to help them build confidence and reach their full potential!

Dance Exams

Pupils have the opportunity to sit the following exams:

Royal Academy of Dance Ballet
I.S.T.D. modern and tap
L.A.M.D.A. drama

Our pupils can sit examinations up to vocational level.

Once again in our June 2021 session we had a 100% pass rate!

Performances and Shows

One of the highlight of our years is at school show that we hold at the fabulous MacRobert Arts Centre.

All pupils 3+ are invited to take part. Stage & Song classes hold their recitals at the amazing Tolbooth Theatre.

Our performance pupils have also danced at the Irn Bru Clan Can, SKY 1's 'Got to Dance' where there were shortlisted after being awarded 3 gold stars plus a variety of community and charity events.


Do you still have a question?
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To start with your child should wear anything that enables them to move freely and they feel comfortable in. For example; leggings, t-shirt, shorts etc.

Some of the younger children prefer to wear a ballet/fairy/dressing up costume which is absolutely fine too!

Soft shoes are ideal for ballet, lyrical and acro.
Hard sole shoes for tap.
Indoor trainers for street and cheer.
For health and safety reasons socks and outdoor shoes are not allowed in our classes.
All classes, tots and older, are expected to wear uniform after they have attended class for one month.

Follow the link in the menu to see all our uniforms which you can buy from our shop within DC Stirling Studios or via our online store.

We strongly suggest getting ballet shoes fitted by a member of our shop staff and advise against purchasing supermarket ballet shoes as they give little support to feet.
At the moment due to our Covid rules, we can't allow parents in classes except for Baby Boogies. However, we welcome you to make an appointment to come into the studio beforehand and meet the teachers and see the space. We also have 'Dance With me' which is a parent/carer and child class for preschool children.

For Baby Boogies we ask that only one adult stays with the child and joins in the class with them.

Our aim is for children to come independently from the age of 3 or 4 years old. However, some children might need their adult to support them for the first couple of weeks. We completely understand this and we would them welcome you to stay with your child. We will help them to transition to attending the class on their own.

In our experience, children learn better without the distraction of being watched. We do however hold regular class presentations and shows where you can see your child's progression.
You can sign up for a month of classes here. We will be in touch within 48 hours to confirm the space.

We also ask that you register for our online portal where you can view our timetable, see when we are on holiday, book classes and inform us when your child is absent.
Our preschool programme is designed so that children can go on to study any genre of dance. They learn movements such as jumping, galloping, skipping, turning, stretching and also following instructions, making circles and taking turns! The foundations are ballet based as any dancer will tell you that ballet is the foundation of all dance.

We use a wide variety of music - from Mozart to Calvin Harris, to your child's favourite nursery rhymes and film soundtracks, some that your child will already know to motivate them and others that they do not which encourages musicality.

We change the theme every term and use lots of fun props.
Our classes are all between 30 minutes to 2 hours and 30 minutes long.
All payments are taken on the 1st of the month by Gocardless Direct Debit.
We do not run classes during the school holidays apart from inservice and bank holidays.

However, we do hold lots of workshops and summer schools.
Pupils are entered for examinations under the discretion of their teacher and studio owner. All exams are encouraged but optional.

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