Based in Herne Bay and founded in 1942 by Muriel Hasland, the Hasland Dance Studios (HDS) is one of Kent's longest running and best known dance schools. Voted the 2015 'Dance School of the Year' by the Dance Teacher Hub Awards, which covers the whole of the UK, and Gold Award winners of the Anne Walker Dance School of the Year Awards 2017 from entries across the UK and Europe, we are also one of a very small number of Kent dance schools to be accredited with 'Recognised School Status' by the Council of Dance Education and Training, reflecting our high standards of dance education as well as our commitment to the safety of our students.
We believe that every child deserves the chance to dance! With classes from toddlers who are just walking right through to adults, in Ballet, Modern, Tap, Contemporary, Jazz, Street, Acrobatic Arts, Singing, Drama and Barre Fitness, we have something to suit everyone.
Our 'Tiny Toes' class for toddlers from walking to 3 years, and 'Tiny Acro' class for 3 - 4 year olds, run on a Monday morning. At 3, for Ballet, our students join our Nursery class on a Saturday. They progress through Pre-Primary, Primary, Grades 1-8 and vocational classes at Inter Foundation, Intermediate and Advanced levels. Our Tap and Modern classes begin at Pre-Primary and Grade 1 level respectively, progressing through Primary (for Tap), Grade 1-6, Intermediate and Advanced levels. Singing classes for all ages are on a Monday evening and our Street and Drama classes on a Saturday. We run an all boys’ coaching class on a weekday evening, designed to build stamina, strength and technique. Our ‘Jazz/Stretch’ classes help our students develop their flexibility, strength and Jazz technique. Our Contemporary and Acro classes are an exciting addition to the timetable. Acro is available for all ages, and Contemporary is available to all Ballet and Modern students in Grade 2 and above.
For adults, we run weekday evening classes in Street, Beginner Tap, Advanced Tap and Barre Fitness.