our intensives

Professional Dance Artists Sophie Duncan and Joshua Ecob, have developed an intensive course that mirrors the kinds of training you would find in full time vocational dance schools. The courses, which run between 2 - 6 days, are held thoughout the year, normally in school holidays. A normal NGD Day starts with a 30min self warmup followed by 2 technique classes, both 1h 30mins, in Ballet and Contemporary. After lunch, we head into a combination of creative work, pas de deux, choreography, improvisation or our Dancer Tool Box classes, ending with a group cool down and 'Unlimited Access' Q&A.

“Outstanding, the level of teaching is second to none and my daughter has come away with new and invaluable skills.”- NGD Summer Intensive Parent, comment on quality of teaching.

Course outline

"We want to give a rounded insight into the professional dance world by offering a rigorous daily training schedule plus personal training advice to help clear up some of the mystery about embarking on a career in dance. Our program has an equal focus on classical ballet, contemporary dance and developing choreography, finally leading to a showcase at the end of the course. We treat all our students like professional dancers and aim to push them to move differently and perform!" - Joshua Ecob


Joshua Ecob

Classical techniques in Cecchetti and Vaganova will take place alongside neoclassical partner work and virtuosity to bring the strength and artistry out of our students. 

Joshua trained at KS Dance in Warrington, and has performed with Serbian National Ballet and Bosnian National Ballet. His classes have strong classical technique but he adds his own contempoary and neoclassical twist to the classes, giving great performance and body movement, and a great alternative to classic forms and flow of the class. 

[Sophie and Joshua are] both amazing teachers, my son comes home buzzing and full of inspiration and confidence. It’s great to have a male ballet teacher for boys it’s such a rarity.
— NGDance Spring Intensive 2017 Parent


Sophie Duncan

Classes feature Cunningham Technique, Flying Low and Floor work techniques. We will also introduce the basics of Physical Theatre, Improvisation and Partnerwork. 

Sophie trained at London Contempoary Dance School and choreographer and dancer with world class companies such as Cirque Du Soleil and Franco Dragone Entertainment. Her classes are high energy with a strong focus on core, performance and musicality.

Excellent, pitched at the right level, challenging but fun, very inspiring - the last day of the course is the start of the count down to the next one!
— NGDance Spring Intensive 2017 Parent


The students will learn one original contemporary choreography and one classical ballet repertoire, plus learn new techniques to generate their own choreography, ready to perform at the end of the week. 

"We want to aid our students in their own work in school and in their free time by offering classes in movement development and creating from stimuli, improvisational techniques, understanding music relationships, basic notation and understanding space." - Sophie Duncan


In informal environment where students can openly ask questions about anything they want, including any stories we have to offer!


Extra classes personal fitness, stretching classes, dance notation, music and choreography, specific dance fitness and CV writing. 

“Very high standard of teaching with teachers that obviously love their work and share all that with the children.”
— NGD Summer Intensive 2016 Parent


Our Intensives are held at the lovely, 'The Dance Studios' in Hockley Nottingham. They are fully equipt with seperate changing, a small kitchen and cantine area plus, their fantastic location at the centre of Nottingham's Lace Market makes it easy to nip into town for food, drink and shopping if you we're thinking of staying for the day, while the kids are dancing. 

The Dance Studios Nottingham,

1st and 2nd Floor 3-9 Hockley,

Nottingham, NG11FH