Welcome to the
Katie Ventress School of Dance
We are a York-based dance school that offers classes in ISTD Classical Ballet, Tap, Modern Theatre Dance and Contemporary Dance, as well as Drama and Musical Theatre.
Our classes run out of either a purpose-built dance studio on James Street, York, YO10 3DW  which is fully equipped with mirrors, ballet barres and a shock absorbent, non-slip dance floor. In 2017, due to retirement Katie Ventress School of Dance have incorporated the formally known as Red Shoes Dance company into the school. 

Children can start ballet as young as 21 months with our 'Little Bear Feet' programme, an interactive class for parents and children. When children are happy to participate in a class without a parent, they are invited to join our Melody Movement ballet class, for children aged 2.5-3.


Children can start tap, modern and musical theatre when they are 4 years old and may work towards exams with the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing as well as putting on presentations at the end of each term and a show every other year.

Contemporary Dance classes are currently offered for children aged 11+ at Millthorpe School. 

Katie trained at the Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts in London and after a career as a professional dancer went on to train students, many of whom have gone on to professional dance colleges and schools such as Arts Educational Schools, Urdang Academy, Italia Conti, Doreen Bird and The Royal Ballet School. Whether you are looking for dancing lessons for 'fun' or something more serious for your child, be rest assured they will flourish at the Katie Ventress School of Dance!


All classes are taught by one of our qualified and experienced Dance teachers who are all insured, DBS checked and hold recent first aid and child safeguarding certificates.

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