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Ballet is a core dance subject. It develops technique and establishes the basic elements for all styles of dance. We recommend every child attends ballet classes if they wish to develop good technique, which can be carried on to other subjects.

We follow the IDTA syllabus, and enter our pupils for examinations once they are ready.


Also offering Early Learning Ballet with Melody & Milligan Bear for ages 2 -4 years.

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Tap is all about rhythm... and making lots of noise... which we all know, children love to do!! It's origins are many and varied. Americans claim its origin dates from the African Jazz age. The Irish stake their claim to the Jigs and Step Dancing. The English relate back to northern Clog Dancers but whichever one you choose to believe, tap is as popular today as it was in the heyday of the great Fred Astaire and Gene Kelly musicals.

We follow the IDTA syllabus, and enter our pupils for examinations once they are ready.

Musical Theatre:

Let's dance, sing, act and have fun!!!

These classes cover all three aspects of musical theatre, working on one show/theme per term to allow progression and to help with performance skills. Our main aim is to have fun, whilst building confidence and developing vocal, acting and dance skills along the way.

Modern Jazz:

A technical modern jazz class focusing on core strength, flexibilty, extension, release and creativity.


Learn how to kick, turn, leap and dance from the heart.


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Melody Bear Ballet

Melody Movement Early Learning is a unique dance curriculum which addresses the needs of children aged 2 years upwards.  It introduces children to dance and movement using natural actions such as walking, running, jumping, hopping, skipping and galloping. It is a structured syllabus to aid children's physical development, coordination, spatial awareness, creativity and self-expression, working individually, with a partner, or as a group. Melody Movement also introduces children to other fundamental curriculum learning skills such as counting, colour and shape recognition, vocabulary and language skills.


Holiday Clubs

Looking for a fun activity for your little ones to do during the school holidays?

Click here to be directed to our dedicated Holiday Club page.

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Afonso School of Performing Arts

Offering weekly classes in dance and performing arts, to children aged 2yrs and above.


Based in Berkhamsted, Hertfordshire, and run by husband and wife team, Alicia and Ricardo Afonso, both West End professionals, with credits including We Will Rock You, Chicago, Top Hat, Thriller Live and BBC1's The Voice UK.

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Learn from the professionals...


We regularly invite stars of the West End to hold Masterclasses. You must be signed up to our ballet, tap and/or musical theatre classes to participate.

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Disco Duck

A fun and exciting pre-school disco/street dance class.


Introducing young children to basic movements, rhythm, musical instruments whilst improving strength, co-ordination, balance and creativity.  Also helping to build confidence when meeting new friends.


Bronze award winner in the Loved By Parents awards for Best Toddler Class, and 'class of the month' in Prima Baby magazine.

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A class to develop presentation skills through fun exercises, improvisation and learning poems and short pieces to recite.  You will see your child’s self-confidence improve as they have the opportunity to perform for their class or in a group to parents. They will learn stage acting, ensemble work, scriptwork, but most of all have fun being creative.


We also work towards LAMDA examinations and stage performances.

Contemporary dance is a style of expressive dance that combines elements of several dance genres including modern, jazz, lyrical and classical ballet. In this class, we strive to connect the mind and the body through fluid dance movements. Taught by our principal, Alicia Afonso.


Commercial Jazz

Learn how to dance like popstar to the latest chart music.


Combining jazz and street dance styles to produce a high energy, fun class.


Students will build strength, flexibility and stamina in this fun and engaging class. A perfect addition to any dancer's training program, and a great alternative to gymnastics. They will progress at their own pace, and learn how to do tricks and tumbles in a way that is safe and gentle on the body. Something that we strongly believe in here at the Afonso School of Performing Arts.


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Best UK Service or Activity Provider

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Tip Tap Toe & Groovy Moves

A super-fun tap and modern class for pre-school children.


Hop on the Fun Bus with Melody Bear and stop off to learn some new moves. A great introduction to dance classes, or to take alongside Melody Bear Ballet.


Suitabe for children aged 2-4yrs.

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Which class do I choose for my child?

See the full list of what we offer below...

Classes available for pre-school children

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