About us:  

Samantha Dene's Dance and Fitness was launched in January 2018, it is a friendly non-competitive dance school which continues to expand. We provide professional and exciting classes for children ages 2+ and fun fitness classes for adults. We also provide holiday clubs, performance opportunities, host children's parties and more.

At Samantha Dene's Dance we want children to discover and develop their artistic side whilst building and enhancing their self-confidence. We are passionate about the art of dance and encouraging children to believe in themselves. We use a growth mindset through our teaching to develop confidence in our students.

In every class, we want to give your child the encouragement and direction they need to excel. We create an ideal learning atmosphere by providing a positive, happy, and creative environment. 

We pride ourselves in being a dance school open to all and of all abilities. We also pride ourselves in keeping costs to a minimum whilst running a professional and sustainable business.

At Samantha Dene's we are resilient, passionate, and creative.

Our aim in our children's classes is to encourage not only confidence, but to enhance performance skills and teach the correct dance technique in a friendly non-competitive atmosphere and without the pressure to take exams. The opportunity to take exams is there if the student wishes.

We believe that children who dance work on; their creativity, expression and on building relationships with peers. Children develop gross and fine motor skills, strength, balance, increase cardiovascular health and kinaesthetic awareness. The classes teach the children structure, class etiquette, and team work, helping to put them in good stead for their future. 

We recognise hard work and reward our Little Ballet Stars with reward stickers, our Mini's with the mascot bear weekly and our older students are rewarded with the "Star Award" each half term. 

Fitness: 

Samantha has launched her own Dance Based Fitness class/brand and franchise called "Shake, by Samantha." The ethos of the class is to strengthen both mental and physical health by leaving all stresses, negativity and worries outside of the class and by taking part in an endorphin releasing workout. The aim with the class is to have all clients leaving feeling uplifted, motivated, de-stressed and energised whilst shaking off any undesired weight too!

 Core Strength classes are also available to help you to achieve your fitness goals.

About our Teachers:

Meet Samantha:

Samantha, Director of Samantha Dene's Dance now 28,  trained at The Hammond School, Chester from the age of 11, graduating in 2012 with a Distinction in a Level 6 Diploma of Professional dance.

She is a versatile dancer having trained in several styles; ballet, contemporary, tap, street and commercial. She was chosen as Dance Captain on a U.K tour for the 'Hammond Performing Company'. Since graduating; she completed her first 9 month contract on-board a Costa Cruise ship, training in Italy and sailing around the Mediterranean and Europe. From there she went onto 'P&O Australia' cruise line working with 'GrayBoy Entertainment', training in Sydney and sailing around Australia and Asia. Sam has done various other performing work including; flash-mobs, fashion show events, commercial corporate events and more.

Since being back in the U.K she has completed her Diploma in Dance Instruction and a Diploma in Dance Education therefore becoming a fully qualified ISTD dance teacher enabling her to enter children into examinations. She has gained teaching experience working for established dance schools and in both primary and secondary schools across North Wales and the North West. Samantha gained her ZUMBA qualifications in 2017 and held successful Zumba classes for three years.

Samantha is passionate about teaching and loves to motivate people therefore she pursued her ideas and dreams and launched classes under the name 'Samantha Dene's Dance and Fitness' in January 2018 and the school continues to expand.

In 2020, Samantha launched another business avenue with a new dance fitness class and franchise "Shake". She hopes this class will bring positivity and stress relief to those participating, as well as help people achieve their fitness goals.

Samantha has an enhanced DBS, is first aid trained and holds safeguarding qualifications so you can be sure that your children are in safe and qualified hands. 

Meet Anna:

Anna trained at Stella Mann College in Bedford for 3 years graduating with a diploma in Professional Dance and Musical Theatre. Since becoming a Professional Dancer Anna has had a vast amount of experience performing around the U.K and abroad. These include; a Principle Dancer with UK Productions Pantomimes, A Character and Parade Performer at Disneyland Paris, and a Dancer for Romantic Corporate in Spain.

Anna then gained experience in teaching dance locally in different styles such as ballet, street dance, tap and acro and has now been teaching for a year in different private and state schools in Chester and dance companies around North Wales. Anna is passionate about dance and teaching and loves teaching the students at Samantha Dene's in various styles such as Tap, Contemporary, Street Dance and Ballet.


Meet Lauren:

Lauren trained at the Hammond School of Dance as a Musical Theatre student. After graduating, Lauren went straight into working across the Canaries and later the Mediterranean as part of two 6 month contracts with PEEL Talent as a Singer/Dancer on the Thomson Majesty. Shows whilst on board covered an array of genres from rock & pop to musical theatre, featuring material from Les Mis, Oliver!, Mary Poppins and Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (amongst others.) 

Lauren has a vast amount of experience as a Singer, Dancer and Choreographer and has performed across the U.K. in well known venues such as the Royal Albert Hall, Shaw Theatre in London's West-End and The Lowry, in a number of concerts including 'The Band that Jack Built' and 'Spring Awakening'. T.V credits include Blue Murder, Waterloo Road, Got To Dance and the short-film Out in the Darkness directed by Emma Lucia. 

Lauren has also graduated with a first in Theatre BA Honours at the Guildford school of acting. Lauren is engaged and passionate about all forms of musical theatre and looks forward to helping Samatha Dene's students kick start their careers in the performing arts industry!

Meet Rachel:

Rachel Gittins is an independent dance artist based in the North West and North Wales. Since graduating from Edge Hill University she has had a versatile career of performing, teaching and modelling. 

Rachel has toured with contemporary dance companies such as Company Chameleon and Lisa Simpson Inclusive Dance, and performed in ballet productions for companies such as Box Events UK and Oyster Opera. 

So far Rachel has featured in four music videos, including The Hara and Holly Fitzgerald, and was a backing dancer for Boney M in 2019 and the Voice's Holly Ellison in 2017.

Rachel has a passion for teaching and facilitates dance workshops of all genres within dance schools, prisons, elderly groups, universities and primary/ high schools.

Rachel's ballet fitness class will combine traditional ballet moves with dance, Pilates, yoga and strength training. Aimed to work the core and tone the body, as well as relieve stress!

Register your interest for joining our team at Samantha Dene's Dance and Fitness or for becoming a Shake instructor.