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About Inspire

We inspire every pupil, in a nurturing, professional and positive environment.

About us

Love to dance? We’re ready to Inspire you!

Hi I’m Katie, founder of Inspire, I started dancing aged two and I’ve not stopped since.

Which is why I established Inspire in 2010 – to do just that, inspire the next generation, right here in East Yorkshire.

Born and bred in Beverley – it was only natural that I would be lured back from the bright lights of London to establish my own dance school in my beautiful hometown.

And so Inspire was born….

From those first snowy evenings in Etton Village Hall with a handful of pupils, Inspire has grown into a vibrant and successful dance and theatre school.

We now teach over 200 pupils every week, have a timetable that spans four days, teaching six different disciplines in venues across Beverley and East Yorkshire.

I’m so lucky. I get to do what I love every day.

I’ve been the girl who lives and breathes dance and as a mum to two girls, I also know what it’s like to be a parent. To want to see your children thrive, be confident, and to do what they love.

It is these foundations on which Inspire has grown.

Not only do I get to work with fantastic pupils, our Inspire family has grown to include Miss April, a former Inspire graduate, and Miss Jenny who has a wealth of incredible experience.

I’m so proud that our pupils past and present tell us that our school teaches them so much more than dance because our aim is to provide a positive environment for pupils to flourish as performers and in life – to build confidence and self esteem, friendships to blossom and for every pupil to feel at home.

We’re a really friendly, super supportive and inclusive school and we would love to have a conversation to see if you think we’re a good fit.

We offer training in Classical Ballet, Tap, Contemporary Modern, Street Dance and Musical Theatre; so there’s something for everyone.

From Pre-schoolers through to Adults – there is no upper age limit to joining the Inspire family.

We invite prospective pupils to come and try out classes so that they can find the one that’s the best fit.

If you’re interested in finding out more and arranging a trial session, we would love to hear from you.

Our Ethos

‘We inspire every pupil in a nurturing, professional and positive environment.’

Core Values

All our staff take pride in building strong relationships with our pupils and families. We create an inclusive environment ensuring we meet pupils individual needs and we welcome both girls and boys into our school.

At Inspire we have 5 core values which are at the heart of our school.

1. Confidence

We are passionate about building confidence in all our pupils, not only in their dancing and performing ability but a deeper confidence to take forward in their lives. Our pupils take that confidence when they leave us as Graduates into their next chapter and beyond.

2. Positivity

Positivity is infectious ! We create a positive environment so our pupils feel uplifted and always leave class with a smile!

3. Caring

At Inspire we truly care for all our pupils. We are a big family and we encourage pupils to care for their peers and to practise kindness.

4. Determination

This is where the magic happens… In class when pupil’s find something hard but dig deep and find the inner strength not to give up. The moment they crack it after minutes, weeks or months is real life magic!

5. Raising Self Esteem

When we have healthy self-esteem we feel positive about ourselves and about life in general. With the increasing pressures on children and young people, we understand the important role we have as teachers in our pupil’s lives. We practise mindfulness in our classes and although we are not experts, we encourage our pupils to recognise their own strengths and to feel proud of them.

Be part of it!

The Journey

At Inspire, we feel privileged to watch our pupils develop as dancers and people, from Pre Schoolers to Inspire Graduates, we love being a part of their journey

Age 2.5

Our journey begins for pupils age 2.5 where they can join our Pre School Ballet and Tap Classes.

Age 4

Ballet and Tap pupils progress into rosette classes when they start school and will aim to take their first IDTA rosette exams.

Pupils Age 4 can also start our Street Dance and Theatre Works Classes

Street dancers also have the opportunity to take IDTA Street Dance Exams and progress through the age appropriate classes

Age 5/6

Pupils in the ballet and tap classes continue to progress through the IDTA exam grades and will aim to do an exam session each year onwards.

Age 6/7

Ballet and Tap class pupils begin to work on the IDTA contemporary modern syllabus

Ballet pupils may join our Enhancing Classical Technique Class in addition to their usual class

Age 6 +

Pupils can enrol in our Acrobatic Arts Classes

Age 8

Street Dancers move into purple class

Junior Theatre works pupils move into Intermediate Class

Age 11+

Street dance branches move into the senior class where they now train in both street dance and contemporary dance

Senior Ballet Tap and modern class- pupils have by this point established a strong level of graded work through all 3 dance genres.

Pointe Work – (selected pupils only)

Age 18+

We provide adult classes for our pupils to continue their dance journey at Inspire beyond our children’s classes.

We also welcome new adult dancers to the school because it’s never too late to start dancing!

Inspire Extra Opportunities

  • IDTA Examinations
  • Full School Shows
  • Annual School Theatre Trips
  • Guest Teacher Workshop Opportunities
  • Summer School
  • Senior Pupil Exclusive Event- Pizza and Glitter Night
  • Class dolls (our younger Saturday pupils take turns in looking after our class dolls each week)
  • Pre School Biscuit – the famous post class biscuit for our Pre School Pupils

  • West End Workshops – The opportunity to be taught by West End Industry Professionals
  • Regular Open Classes for parents to watch our classes
  • Senior Pupil Volunteering opportunities
  • Backstage Newsletter emailed out each term with class updates
  • Excellent communication with parents

(Please note ages are approximate for examinations)

We are very proud of the fulfilling journey we provide at Inspire for our pupils, please don’t hesitate to ask if you have any questions.

IDTA examinations

Opportunities

We create opportunities for pupil’s to enter IDTA examinations, take part in our Bi-Annual Shows, we hold regular workshops with guest teachers, West End Workshop opportunities, Summer Schools, family theatre trips- there is always something going on!

We are extremely proud of our outstanding IDTA examination results and have a 100% pass rate.

We are delighted to currently have a Graduate training at the London Central School of Ballet.

We are extremely proud of our school; all our pupils and parents feel part of our Inspire family.