to Dec 28

Xmas classes

Keep fit over the Xmas period with two days of dance. Please get in touch now to reserve your place. 

 10.15 - 12.15 Ballet and pointe age 11+

12.30 - 2.30 Contemporary/strengthen & stretch with Shelley Eva Haden 

       SHELLEY EVA HADEN - SHORT BIOGRAPHY    SHELLEY EVA HADEN is a nominee for ‘Most Outstanding Female Performer’ of 2017 by The National Dance Awards, Critics Circle. Shelley trained at The Northern School of Contemporary Dance, graduating with a First Class BA (Hons) Degree in Contemporary Dance Performance.




SHELLEY EVA HADEN is a nominee for ‘Most Outstanding Female Performer’ of 2017 by The National Dance Awards, Critics Circle. Shelley trained at The Northern School of Contemporary Dance, graduating with a First Class BA (Hons) Degree in Contemporary Dance Performance.

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10:00 AM10:00

All boys class and repertoire

Still places left for the all boys class with repertoire led by Birmingham Royal Ballet Principal Iain Mackay.

Please see under Easter Dance for full details of how to book your place.

Classes on 18th 19th and 20th April with Silvia Jiminez are now full.

Private lessons are available over Easter. Please contact Annette for availability

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to Sep 1

3 day Summer Course

Course to include ballet, pointework, Pilates and Contemporary for dancers age 10 - young adult.

All classes taught by highly professional teachers. Exact timetable TBC very shortly. 

Due to the success of the previous Easter course, places are filling quickly so please get in touch for more information and to reserve your place.


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to Sep 1

3 day dance course 30th Aug - 1st Sept

A few places left on this exciting 3 day course so get in touch by email to reserve your place. Reservations taken with payment by bank transfer or cheque. Details will be given when booking your place.

Ballet classes split into age groups but all other classes suitable for both. An exciting new fun, interactive psychological skills workshop on the first day for 13yrs+ with parental consent. More details on that will be emailed to you when booking your place on the course

Filtered water is available but please bring lunch and any other drinks.

A few mats are available for Pilates if necessary but please bring your own and a theraband if you have one.

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9:30 AM09:30

Ballet Fitness for adults every week

New class starting every Sat at 9.30 am.

Led by former dancer with Birmingham Royal Ballet Silvia Jiminez, this fantastic workout is a blend of Pilates, ballet barre work and gentle cardio. No ballet shoes required! It will work the abdominal area, bottom and legs. You don't have to know any ballet to do this class but the ladies love the elegance of the workout, striving for that ballerina poise and posture. Equally, if you have enjoyed ballet in the past and not a fan of going to the gym, this is the perfect exercise regime for you. You will definitely feel the results... possibly for the following 3 days!

A popular class, so please contact us for availability

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to Apr 7

3 day Easter Dance

Don't miss this chance for  high quality classes with excellent teachers at our beautiful purpose built studios. Ballet and Pilates classes delivered by former dancers with Birmingham Royal Ballet. Be inspired by our brilliant contemporary teachers, still performing themselves with companies and bringing their skills to this course.  





10.00                      REGISTRATION


10.15 – 11.45      BALLET & POINTE OR DEMI POINTEWORK AGE 12+    £12


12.00 – 1.00         PILATES/PBT FOR DANCERS AGE 11+   £10






2.45 – 4.00            BALLET AGE 10 – 12£10


4.00 – 5.00            STREET/HIP HOP TEENS AND YOUNG ADULTS £8



Ages are approximate and classes are suited more to ability so please contact me for advice if you need to.


Classes can be taken separately, but for continuity and maximum benefit, doing the 3 days consecutively is recommended.


Just contact me to book your place.



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10:00 AM10:00

Free ballet tasters 3-6yrs

New classes starting after Easter.

Come and try a free taster on either 2nd or 9th April or both!

10.00 - 10.30  school yr 1 and 2

10.30 - 11.00  pre school age 3 - 4 and reception age 4 - 5

Ballet and creative dance to stimulate the imagination, improve muscular control and to have fun dancing to a wide variety of music. Parents of pre school children in particular have found these classes hugely beneficial in helping with their confidence.

Just get in touch to reserve a place 

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3:30 PM15:30

Yoga for Dancers

Not to be missed....

Ambra Vallo, former principal with BRB is leading this first workshop in Yoga for dancers. Concentrating on strength, flexibility and mind focus, for peak performance. Both Ambra and I realised the amazing benefits of yoga very late in our careers. Ambra feels her ballet career was truly at its peak through practicing yoga.

Contact me to reserve your place

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12:45 PM12:45

Self Defence Workshop


Sunday 24th January

I am pleased to announce that we are able to offer you a Free Self Defence Workshop at the studios
 The instructor, Darryl, is currently working with West Midlands Police on a women’s safety initiative and he’s available and happy to offer females from 11yrs to adulta short insight into personal safety and self security.
The workshop will focus on awareness, observation, confidence, easy breakaway techniques and will provide a little more knowledge in a highly important subject. Workshop will run between 12.45 and 13.45.

A great opportunity for all females. Please contact me if you would like to reserve a place. 

 Thank you. Annette

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10:30 AM10:30

Ballet Audition




Classes will be starting on Sundays on a fortnightly basis.


The classes will be 2 hrs 15 mins and are aimed at the committed student wanting to improve and gain the most out of their ballet training.


The classes will focus on posture and technique, and will include over the year, a mixture of body conditioning,  stretching, repertoire, choreography and pointe work (from yr 7 up.)


To assess the focus, standard and suitability of the student for the programme, auditions will be held on Sunday 20th Sept with a view to starting the classes at the beginning of Oct. 



Nicholson Dance Studios

11Minerva works

158 Fazeley st


B5 5RT


Sunday 20th September


10.30 -11.30   ages 11, 12, 13


2.00 – 3.00 ages 8, 9, 10


Successful Students will be placed in the class suitable to their ability rather than strictly by age.



Please email Principal Annette Nicholson as early as possible to register for the audition.


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2:30 PM14:30

Pilates Workshop

Pilates workshop led by Rachel Peppin, former Principal with Birmingham Royal ballet.

The class is aimed towards ballet students from age 10 to strengthen and maintain the core stability, enhancing your ballet training.

After the initial session, it will be decided whether this will be a monthly or more regular event.

Advice and bookings to be made to Annette by email

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to Apr 10

Easter Dance

EASTER DANCE TIMETABLE   subject to change


7th – 10th April


                            STUDIO 1                                                                       


10.00 – 11.15 Ballet 11 – 13yrs                                                             


11.15 – 12.00 Pointework


12.30 – 1.45 Contemporary 12+yrs                                      

                           (Laura Vanhulle)


2.00 – 3.15 Contemporary 7+yrs                                              

                    (Laura Vanhulle)


3.30 – 4.45 Ballet 8 – 10 yrs


6.30 – 7.45 Adult ballet intermediate.                                  

      Min age 15 dep on standard


                      STUDIO 2


11.15 – 12.15 Body con/posture/stretching

                            (Laura Vanhulle)

12.30 – 1.45    Private Ballet coaching available


2.00 – 3.15      Private Ballet coaching available


6.30  - 7.30     Gyrotonic method class with Dorcas Walters

  Be the first in Birmingham to experience this great body conditioning method hot in America! Suitable for adults and teens from 13+


Ages  for classes are approximate and are also ability dependant. Please ask if not sure


It is necessary to book your classes with me first to ensure a place.

1 hr class  7.00

1 ¼ hrs      8.50

If doing the pointework, the ballet class must be taken beforehand. 10.00 – 12.00am  14 pounds

Please ask for costing for private lessons and Gyrotonic method class

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