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The Rhythm and Shoes Dance Academy

"There are shortcuts to happiness, and dancing is one of them." Vicki Baum


Ballet Dance

"I want to inspire every little girl who wants to be a dancer to fire their imagination about the joys of being on stage." Darcey Bussell


Pre-School Dance

"Forget dancing like no one is watching. Dance like a toddler. They don’t even care if there is music"

Welcome to the Rhythm and Shoes Dance Academy

Multi Award Winning Dance Academy


Rhythm and Shoes Dance Academy are an award-winning, hugely popular, family-run dance school with studios in Richmond, North Yorkshire. The Dance Academy has become a firm favourite with many parents and pupils locally. Our students are given a range of opportunities to partake in varying events throughout the year such as shows at the beautiful Georgian Theatre Royal in Richmond, pantomimes, exams , local displays and professional workshops.

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Whether you’re a complete beginner or an experienced dancer looking to refine your skills, our expert instructors are here to guide you every step of the way.

Our trial session offers you the perfect opportunity to experience the magic of dance firsthand. Come and explore our state-of-the-art facilities, meet our passionate instructors, and immerse yourself in the vibrant atmosphere of our dance community.

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Pre School Classes

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Tap & Contemporary Modern Jazz

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Street & Freestyle

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Acrobatic Gymnastics

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Adult Classes

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Private Classes

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Musical Theatre

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Take a look at our video to see some of the exciting things we take part in each year

Richmondshire Youth Theatre

We are extremely lucky to now be able to offer Drama studies to our pupils, led by Richmondshire Youth Theatre. Drama Tutor Sue Hedges has worked in the sector for many years as was the Senior Drama Tutor at the Georgian Theatre Royal until 2016 before setting up Richmondshire Youth Theatre working alongside Sue we also have Saul Johnson who became a volunteer tutor in 2020. Saul studied drama at school and sixth form and was a member of youth theatre for 10 years, becoming an assistant tutor in 2019. Many past pupils have gone on to study acting and theatre at universities and top drama schools, leading to successful careers.

For further information on Richmondshire Youth Theatre please click below:

Private Classes

We also offer private classes at the Academy, the duration of the private class is completely up to you we offer private classes in all of the styles taught:

  • Ballet
  • Tap
  • Modern Jazz
  • Acrobatic Gymnastics
  • Street
  • Contemporary

If you would like to know more about our private classes please speak to one of our teachers.

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    “Fantastic dance school, the teachers are brilliant and are very welcoming and friendly. My daughter has come on a lot since starting and loves attending the classes, I would highly recommend to other parents.”

    Fantastic dance school!

    “I thoroughly enjoy our tap lessons with Louise, it always makes me smile, I look forward to the lessons. I am thrilled to bits to have passed my first tap exam, highly commended, age 56, having had no previous dance experience at all, I can’t thank you enough.“

    I look forward to the lessons

    My little girl joined rhythm and shoes 18 months ago for ballet she has loved every minute and added acrobatics, tap and modern which she really enjoys. My little girl has grown in confidence so much and has preformed at the Christmas market and recently taken part in a show at the Georgian Theatre as well as completing her rosettes exams. Louise is fantastic with my little girl and really cares and shows great pride in her dancers and a real credit to the dance school. Highly recommend Louise and Hazel to anyone wanting their children to get into dancing.”

    Highly Recommend

    “The Rhythm and shoes dance academy is a fantastic dance school which my daughter has been coming to since the age of 4. Emily started off doing street dance 3 years ago and absolutely loves it. Emily has had the opportunity to do her rosette exams twice and do a a charity show at the Georgian theatre. Recently she has started ballet and has passed her exam in so little time fantastic. I would highly recommend The Rhythm and shoes dance academy from a early age and up. Louise and Mrs Richmond are fantastic teachers and very good with the children.”

    Fantastic Dance School