Art House for Adults


Regardless of whether you’ve only danced around your house or warbled in the shower, or have been inspired by seeing others dance and sing in your favourite TV shows or on stage and haven’t a clue where to start, we can help you find the right class for you with the emphasis being that no matter what your age, you can join one of our classes and be completely supported. All whilst keeping fit and most importantly enjoying yourself.

Our adult classes are simply about sharing the enjoyment of dancing and group singing, for fun, sociability, and well being, focusing on providing classes in which everyone can feel comfortable and welcome.

Please always feel welcome to bring a friend, or even don’t – just come along and make new ones.

What To Wear

Please come in something that you feel comfortable in; all our adult classes can be done in loose clothing or fitness wear. We also have Art House T-shirts available to buy which are suitable for all classes.

Benefits of Group Singing for Adults

  • Boosts cognitive performance
  • Helps prevent Altzheimer’s
  • Reduces stress
  • Great for mental health
  • Many social benefits.

Benefits of Dancing for Adults

All of the points in Group Singing, plus;

  • Improves heart health
  • Improves balance and control of the body
  • Exercises the whole body
  • Improves flexibility and agility
  • Improves strength and aerobic fitness.

Classes We Provide


Beginners Jazz – Monday 18.30-19.30

Dance to tracks of the 70’s, 80’s, and into the 90’s

This is a fun mixed dance class for beginners. In this class we’ll be learning jazz and theatre dance steps, routines, and dances to your favourite 70’s and 80’s tracks.


Starters Tap Dance – Thursday 18.15-19.15

Our tap class for beginners is for all adult ages, and is our introductory class to tap dancing.

We’ll be learning the basics of tap dancing, progressing to doing fun routines to get the hang of the steps,  and then learning dances to great music, sometimes using the traditional tap props of hats and canes and others to keep it even more entertaining.

Improvers Tap Dance – Monday 09.15-10.15

This class is suitable for all ages, and is a class for those who have done some tap before and is want to do a mixed style tap class. This is a good option if you want to do a class for fitness benefits.

Carolyn always keeps it fun and enjoyable, choosing a wide range of popular music from all decades as well as sticking with tap tradition by dancing to the swing standards from the 40’s and 50’s.

Advanced Tap Dance – Monday 19.30-20.30

This class has been running for over 20 years and is a lower impact American style tap class (ideal for those who prefer to be keeping their feet on the ground rather than jumping and springing, however, springing options are there for those who wish to). The combinations can be intricate at times or simple at others for a brain rest.  At all times doing great dances to enjoyable music.

Fun fact: One of our original members enjoys it so much she has now been dancing with us for 29 years!


Improvers Ballet – Thursday 19.15-20.15

Our Thursday ballet class is for all ages and is suitable for those who have done ballet before. In the class we follow the traditional ballet class format of barre technique, centre work (to include centre practise, adage, and allegro), and then onto dances.

Movers & Groovers

Movers and Groovers – Thursday 10.30-11.15

This is a low impact movement and dance class for those who want to dance

with no impact, using dance as a fun way to exercise whilst being very kind and gentle to the body. Ideal for those who do not want to be jumping around.

In this class we incorporate lots of routines in a huge variety of styles to fun music that everyone loves (pop from all eras, jazz, Latin jazz, musical theatre, to name but a few).

Group Singing / Social Singing

Daytime Singing SocialComing Soon on Friday mornings at 10:00 -11.30

An hour and a half of fun and socialising singing an assortment of catchy, popular songs.

As usual when taking our classes, you can come along and feel welcome and comfortable to take things at your own pace. Sing your heart out- or enjoy singing quietly enjoying the music, keep singing the tune you know and love, or have a go at harmonies. It’s up to you, just come along and enjoy. And afterwards, you’re more than welcome to stay for coffee, a biscuit, and enjoy each other’s company for longer.

Evening Sing – Wednesday 19.00-20.30

An hour and a half of fun and singing an assortment of catchy, popular songs.

We hope that you’ll come along and feel welcome and comfortable to take things at your own pace. Sing your heart out- or enjoy singing quietly enjoying the music, keep singing the tune you know and love, or have a go at harmonies. It’s up to you, just come along and enjoy.

Solo, Duet & Small Groups

If you always wanted to learn to dance but feel you’d benefit from being in a smaller group class, or even in a one to one, we offer classes in any of our genres to adults during the daytime (up until 3.30pm).

For availability please get in touch.

Parent / Student Testimonials

  • Art House is a really special place. My son learned there — ballet and jazz — for seven years; not only did he become a good dancer, but he found such confidence in himself. He decided he wanted to dance as part of his career: he’s now at Guildford School of Acting.

  • My daughter has been taught by Carolyn at Art House Theatre and Dance for over 4 years. Carolyn is enthusiastic, supportive and has a true love of dance which really shines through in her teaching. Thanks to Carolyn, my daughter has grown enormously, in both ability and confidence.

  • Carolyn’s teaching of my sons over the last 8 years has been fantastic, progressing them from beginners to getting distinctions at Intermediate level for ballet and tap. Most importantly her lessons are great fun, and they look forwards to going each week. I thoroughly recommend Art House Theatre and Dance.

  • A few years ago, I started Adult Ballet classes and found such joy in it, that I now regret not having done ballet all my life! I now also do Adult Tap. Both classes are a great brain workout as well as a physical one, but Carolyn creates an atmosphere that is friendly and relaxed, not about worrying about getting everything right but enjoying what your body can do. Absolutely life-changing. Highly recommended.

  • The Arthouse has been a major part of my daughters’ childhoods from aged 3 to 18. It is a fun, inclusive and safe place to be, where kids can learn to dance and perform, socialise with friends and build their self-confidence. Carolyn is a super dance teacher and a great support with lots of experience that the kids can benefit from. My daughters love it.

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