Current classes

In normal circumstances, Dorset Youth Dance (DYD) company members meet at Martinstown Village Hall on Sundays during term time.

Each class has a friendly and inviting atmosphere whilst fostering a level of professionalism expected at most dance schools. DYD Company is a county-wide youth dance company, managed by Activate, offering high quality dance experiences, for young people who have a real passion and enthusiasm for dance and want to take that extra leap in training.

DYD Juniors
Ages 7-11
10am – 11am, Sundays during term time
Martinstown Village Hall
Term fees: £50

Learn more about contemporary dance through fun, creative exercises.

DYD Seniors
Ages 12-18 years
11am – 12.30pm, Sundays during term time
Martinstown Village Hall
Term fees: £75

Focusing in on contemporary techniques, these classes are more technical and will develop performance techniques.

DYD Company (invite only)
Ages 14-19 years
1pm – 3pm, Sundays during term time
Martinstown Village Hall
Term fees: £100

Developing contemporary techniques, Company classes are an advanced level training for those looking to pursue dance professionally or at a higher level.

Next Term Dates
Sunday 25th September 2022 – Sunday 11 December 2022 inclusive (excluding 23rd & 30th October for Half Term). 11am-1pm on Sunday 25th September is an open class for new dancers to try Seniors class, this class will include current DYD Seniors & Company dancers. Please email for full term information and to and to book your space in the open class.

Additional cost information
Open Classes for new starters are free. DYD offer a limited number of bursaries and/or payment in instalments available to make classes accessible. At the heart of what we do is a belief that the performing arts should be accessible for all – no matter what your experience or background.

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For the Spring-Summer term between May – July, our Seniors and Company classes merge in order for both groups to strengthen technique and work together.


Interested in giving DYD classes a go? Seniors and Company combined class on Sunday 1 May 2022 will be open to new starters, please email Sammy at for more information and to register your interest. Our Juniors class is currently full and has a waiting list. Please email Sammy if you would like your dancer to be added to the Juniors waiting list.

The DYD Artistic Director is former Motionhouse dance artist Claire Benson. Find out more about Claire on our main page Dorset Youth Dance.

Throughout the pandemic our paramount concern has been the health and wellbeing of our team, artists, participants, audiences and local community. With this in mind, we created a ‘Digital Dance’ programme which continued to upskill our DYD dancers and enrich their sense of community whilst they remained safely at home during the lockdowns.

Following government guidance on activities for young people we were pleased to return to the studio at Martinstown in April 2021. We continue to provide a safe environment for our company members and staff team with extra safety measures and precautions in place.

Interested in giving DYD classes a go?

Classes on Sunday 9 January 2022 will be open to new starters

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