Dansworks Dance Academy of Performing Arts CIC

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Dansworks Dance Academy of Performing Arts CIC is more than just a dance school.

Our qualified instructors cover the full range of performing arts, so whether you are looking for dance classes, singing lessons, acting classes or performance opportunities, you can find a welcoming place of learning with us.

Thanks to our inclusive approach, we’re open to anyone of any gender, age, ability or experience. Whether your goal is to become a professional performer on the West End stage, or whether you simply want to have fun, boost your confidence, improve your mental wellbeing or physical fitness, Dansworks will welcome you with open arms.

At Dansworks, our vision is to realise a world where access to quality performing arts training is easily available to everyone, regardless of ability – or disability! Our dedicated, highly qualified and approachable staff are on a mission to make engagement with performing arts important to all individuals and communities in Bacup, Rossendale and beyond but, most importantly, they’re here to help you achieve your dreams.

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We offer tuition for dancing, acting and singing for all ages. New starters get a ONE-MONTH unlimited FREE Trial. Our highly experienced and qualified teachers also have specialist training in mental wellbeing and mindfulness to ensure that we create an environment where everyone is welcome and has the opportunity to thrive.

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Here at Dansworks Dance Academy of Performing Arts, we like to do things a little differently.
Forget everything you ever imagined a dance or performing arts school to be;

Dansworks is not like that. Instead, we’re an exuberantly friendly bunch who take the time to value every pupil we have, regardless of their level of ability. We’re not judgemental, but provide a caring and encouraging environment where every student can learn and grow.

We respect individuality, so whatever you’re trying to achieve and whatever you’re capable of, we’ll make sure you fulfil your potential.


Mondays at 15:15

Tuesdays at 16:45

Wednesdays at 10:00

Thursdays at 16:45

Fridays at 16:45

Saturdays at 09:00

You can see our timetable here https://www.dansworks.co.uk/class-timetables

How Old?

Newborn to Any age

How Much?

You can view our pricing structure here https://www.dansworks.co.uk/class-timetables

Training Completed
All Ages
Ample Parking
DBS Pass
Free Trial
Holiday Time
Party Packages
Party Services
Pre-Book Sessions
References Available
Supporting Materials
Get physical and active
Learn as a team
Develop life long skills
Boost creative and imaginative thinking
Explore and learn
Take home what you make
Plenty of giggles and fun
Grown ups can join in too
Supports early years and school learning
Socialise and make friends
Try something new


Trinity Baptist Church
Bankhouse Lane
OL13 0AL

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Meet Karen Connearn - Principal and Founder

Karen is Dansworks’ Principal and the star around which we all revolve; without her, nothing we do would be possible.

Karen began her dance training at the sprightly age of 3 and quickly gained many qualifications with both the RAD and IDTA in the disciplines of Ballet, Tap, Modern Jazz, National Dance, Character, Song and Dance (Musical Theatre), Greek, Ballroom and Latin. A keen dancer throughout her childhood, Karen also competed with much success in many dance festivals and championships around the UK, and starred in various musical productions to boot.

At the age of 16, Karen was accepted into the prestigious Northern Ballet School in Manchester, where she began full-time training to become a professional dancer. Whilst there, she gained several professional qualifications and studied Ballet, Tap, Modern Jazz, Singing, Drama and National Dance at an advanced level.

At 18, Karen’s career as a professional dancer was secured and she went on to work with large touring shows and smaller dance troupes all over the world, including Mexico, Italy, Switzerland and around the UK.

In 1988, Karen began her dance teaching career, teaching RAD Ballet and IDTA, NATD and UKA grades and medals in Tap, Modern Jazz, Irish, National and Character, whilst also choreographing solos and groups for dance festivals, shows and local amateur theatre groups. During this time, Karen also spent 3 years working full-time in a Special Educational Needs environment at Tor View School and gained many skills that she now utilises daily in her dance teaching classes.

After a 3 year break, the unhappy result of a prolonged serious illness, Karen was keen to return to the world of dance, and in 2008 she was incredibly proud to launch Dansworks Dance Academy. Since this time, Karen has continued her professional development and has undertaken advanced teaching courses in Break Dance, Street Dance, Acrobatic Arts & Dance and Disability.

Karen takes her professional development seriously and always pursues perfection; she has consistently achieved a 90% or above pass rate in all her teaching exams and has attained Fellowship status in more than one genre with the IDTA.

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