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What makes us different.

Dance your way through life and you'll be happy.

We do not compete or examine our dancers.

It’s wonderful and refreshing to experience a non competitive environment.

When Ruth Anne Rogerson and her daughter Tammy founded Dance London in 1993, they wanted to create a studio that focuses on technical training and the love of dance. A place for everyone to be themselves and just enjoy dance.

25 years later, we are still following the same philosophy.

When you take the competitiveness, awards, examinations, and medals out of dance, everyone can just be. Our dancers, parents and faculty don’t compete with one another—instead they encourage and support each other.

Everyone is equal and a part of our family.

At Dance London you become a part of a family that supports and encourages one another.

Your child won’t feel left out or overshadowed by others, because no matter their age or skill level everyone is treated equally.

Your child will be placed in the best class based on their skill level and age.

All 6 – 17 year old classes are based on skill level and age. This builds our dancers confidence by not feeling lost or behind in class. It also gives our high level dancers the opportunity to keep progressing and not be held back in a class that is not challenging. By grouping dancers together that are in the same age range they are able to connect and bond socially with their peers.

We cap our class size.

Instead of packing as many dancers as we can into our classes, we have a maximum number of dancers allowed per class. This allows our faculty to give enough one-on-one attention to each student.

Benefits of dance

Dance London gives me a supportive environment to improve and be myself.

Amelia

Dance helps your child in many ways:

  • Releases anxiety
  • Lets them be themselves
  • Builds confidence
  • Teaches discipline, commitment, and teamwork
  • Creates long lasting friendships
  • Teaches organization, time management, and multitasking skills

Read how dance is awesome for your child!

Below are blog posts about how dance can benefit your child. Click below to read the article.

DL Parent Testimonials

I love Dance London because I get to see my friends!

Ella

We love our DL Parents as much as our dancers!

What an incredible journey our family has had over the last six years with Dance London! My daughters have grown up at Dance London and not only have they learned to dance with beauty and grace, they have learned commitment, discipline and how to be contributing members to an outstanding dance community in London. I cannot begin to express the love and gratitude we have for Dance London. Thank you Ashley, and the incredibly talented and kind faculty, for your guidance and the care you share with our girls. We are extremely grateful to have the opportunity to be part of something so special. At Dance London, we believe our girls are not just cared for, they are cared about. We have made friendships that will last a lifetime and go far beyond the walls of the school. In a non-competitive environment, our girls have been empowered and inspired and have learned about true camaraderie as they support and cheer on their friends. As a parent, it brings great joy to watch your children grow and excel in something they are both so incredibly passionate about. Dance London has created something beautiful that we will be proud to be a part of for years to come.

-- Jodi M.

My kids love dancing at Dance London. I recommend them to everyone!

-- Rob

My daughter loves Dance London! She can't wait for camp.

-- Gwen

Our daughter was a timid little 6 year old when she started with Dance London. This is her 8th dance season now and she has grown as a person in so many ways. Over time shyness was overcome by self-confidence and greater self-esteem, and this is largely due to her experiences at Dance London. Her dance skills and her love of dance grows every year. As well she has learned grace, poise, and perseverance. Dance London has an exceptional teaching method, making each student feel special and encouraging them to do their very best without judging or competition.

There is a definite family atmosphere at Dance London which makes it a very special place. Our daughter has formed lovely friendships over the years. The students encourage each other and collaborate together. And they have so much fun together! They want to dance their best individually but more importantly collectively as a group.

The faculty is made up of an amazing group of talented, skilled, enthusiastic and creative women. They embrace the students by sharing their love and expertise of dance. The student/teacher relationship is genuine and nurturing with a shared respect for each other. The faculty members have become positive role models for our daughter and for the other students, and not just in dance but in other aspects of their lives as well.

As a parents all we want is to see our child happy. And that is what Dance London does for us....simply sheer joy and happiness. We are truly blessed to be a part of the Dance London family!

-- Susie + Ryan C.

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Classes and styles

I am thankful because no one at dance judges me.

Ashley

There’s a class for everyone.

Our regular dance season runs from September through to the end of May.  Adult and Parent and Tot classes run in sessions beginning in September, January and April.

Registration for our regular season is open until December 1st.

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Rogerson Chance to Dance Scholarship

Each season Dance London offers a scholarship to a child that might not otherwise have the opportunity to experience formal dance lessons.

If you know a child that would benefit from this program, please contact us today.

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DL Faculty

I love Dance London because I have amazing friends and teachers and everyone is really nice here

Kate

Encouraging and supportive dance teachers.

We pride ourselves to be role models for all of our dancers. We treat everyone equally and make sure each dancer gets the same amount of attention.

Our DL Faculty creates a fun and loving environment that encourages dancers to be authentic. We want all our dancers to feel comfortable, to be themselves and have confidence to try their best in dance class and outside the studio.

Age appropriate choreography.

Today, kids are growing up way too fast. At Dance London we make sure that every dance, lesson, routine, costume and song is appropriate for the dancer’s age.

High level training.

We have a wide range of teachers with impressive dance training and professional experience.

Ashley Aarts

Artistic Director & Owner D.M.A, AMDA Graduate

My name is Ashley Aarts and I’m the Artistic Director and Owner of Dance London, and my lifelong dream has always been to teach. I began dancing at the age of three, and have studied various dance styles including ballet, tap, jazz, pointe, hip-hop, lyrical and modern. I have completed exams in tap, jazz, and ballet with the Canadian Dance Teachers Association and the Russian Society of Ballet. I’ve also received my dance educator certification with Dance Masters of America in jazz and tap, and am a certified Pilates instructor.

I had the privilege of studying at the American Musical and Dramatic Academy (AMDA) in New York City, and am proud to have received the school’s top entrance award, The National Scholarship. During my time at AMDA, I studied ballet, tap, jazz, theatre dance, acting, voice, and musical theatre with some of America’s top performers and teachers. Following graduation, I accepted a performance contract with Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines, where I performed as a dancer and was selected to be an aerialist.

I’m passionate about lifelong learning, so I’m always trying to further educate myself by attending dance conventions to stay up to date with current dance trends and teaching techniques. I’ve attended the Paula Morgan Teacher Workshops in Toronto as well as the Pulse Teacher Workshops in New York City.

I first joined the Dance London Family in 2009, and I wholeheartedly fell in love with the environment Ruth Anne and Tammy Rogerson-Lechner created. At Dance London each dancer is equally valued—no matter how many classes they are taking or how long they’ve been with us for. There atmosphere of an extended family among both students and staff. Most importantly, Dance London does not compete it’s dancers.

Dance, although very sport-like in discipline, is first and foremost an art form. By removing the competition from dance, dancers are able to embrace the art of dance for all that it is. They have a love for performing, as well as have an in-depth understanding of technique—without the competition.

In 2015, Ruth Anne Rogerson retired and I had the honour of taking over ownership of Dance London. I promise to always nurture and encourage the atmosphere Ruth Anne and Tammy created—a place that is fun, welcoming and inspiring for the students.

My objective as a dance educator is to build strong technical dancers that have stylized movement and great performance qualities. From the dancers that take one class a week to our company dancers, each child is so very special to me and I have so much joy watching them perform.

To new families joining us: it’s my pleasure to welcome you to our DL Family. To our returning families: here’s to another amazing season. In the word’s of Ruth Anne Rogerson, “dance your way through life and you’ll be happy!”

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DLPC

I love coming to dance because I get to learn something new every week.

Grace

Dance London Performance Company

DLPC is the perfect addition to our training program for the serious dancer.  Dancers learn exciting pieces of choreography taught by members of our faculty. The company performs at various community events.

 

Audition experience.

Acceptance into the Dance London Performance Company is based on a yearly audition that is held at the beginning of our dance season. This gives our dancers the opportunity to experience a dance audition in a safe and supportive environment.

How DLPC benefits your child.

Our performance company teaches our students discipline, commitment and teamwork. This intensive level of training enables each dancer to reach their full potential in a warm, loving, and nurturing environment, with the end goal of performing in our community.

DLPC Performances

To give you an idea of where DLPC performs here are some past performances:

  • Harlem Globetrotters
  • London Lightning Halftime Show
  • NHL Rookie Tournament
  • The Children’s Health Foundation Magical Winter Ball
  • CIBC Run for the Cure
  • DLPC Year End Showcase

DL Facility

I am thankful for dance because it helps me express who I am and it helps me with any situations that come up in life.

Lauren

Dance London’s facility includes:

  • Three studios
  • Waiting room
  • Girls dressing room
  • Boys dressing room
  • Homework/lunch area with microwave and fridge
  • Free Wi-Fi

All of our studios include:

  • Full length mirrors
  • Viewing windows
  • Sprung dance floors that prevent dance related injuries

Thankful for dance

I Love to dance because I get to be with my friends and teachers! And it makes me very happy!

Mikayla

Find out why our dancers are thankful for dance.

I am thankful for dance because it’s fun!

-- George, 4

I am thankful because I get to dance and I have great friends and family.

-- Mikayla

I am thankful because I like to do the stage.

-- Meg, 4

I am thankful because I love to dance with my friends.

-- Olivia, 4

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