Ducky Shincrackers

Adult Dance Classes in Brighton

for adults who love to Dance

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Ducky Shincrackers For Adults that love to dance

"Whether you were a prancing, dancing child OR a desperate dancing dreamer ………it’s never too late to pick up those dancing shoes again or learn a new skill.  No matter your age, shape, size or sense of humour… we welcome you and look forward to seeing you in class.  Your home for Adult Dance Classes in the Brighton area."

Rachel Ducky Shincrackers Owner

Rachel Pittman, Owner and Teacher

"Don't be a Cement Mixer be a... Ducky Shincracker!"

ducky shincracker

noun: informal 1940’s slang term meaning…. a good dancer! “Ooooh look at him, Babs, he’s a right ducky shincracker……me first!”

cement mixer

noun: informal 1930’s slang term meaning…. a terrible dancer “Mind your toes, Bob, she’s a cement mixer….and she’s on her way over!”

  • Love these classes, I have been in attendance of Tap and Jazz for several years now. Rachel is fun, energetic teacher who is super supportive-...
  • Highly recommend these wonderful classes, whether you are a complete beginner or have some experience. Fun, friendly and a great workout too! Rachel...
  • As part of the Improvers Tap Class, on a Thursday evening, I cannot recommend Ducky Shincrackers highly enough. To say the classes are brilliant,...
  • I have been dancing with Rachel for a number of years now and I can highly recommend her classes. I am in the Tuesday intermediate tap class which is...
  • Tap dancing class is a great workout for brain and body and a lot of fun to boot. Rachel is a great teacher and class is friendly and relaxed - even...

Central Brighton Courses

Central Brighton Studios

Welcome to our Central Brighton Studios! Our prime location in the heart of Brighton makes us the perfect choice for dancers of all levels. Our purpose-built facility is equipped with state-of-the-art features including sprung floors, designed to absorb impact and reduce the risk of injury. Our secure entrance ensures a safe and private environment for our classes. We also provide changing rooms for your convenience. Come experience the best in dance instruction and join us at our Central Brighton Studios.
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Current Term

Join us for our upcoming 9-week term, starting on 15-Apr to 29-Jun 2024 (half term break 20-May to 03-Jun)

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£ 90 per Term / Course
  • 7-8 PM: Stand WOW Ballet (All Levels)
  • 8-9 PM: Tappiness (Intermediate)
9 weeks


£ 90 per Term / Course
  • 7:30-8:30 PM: Joyous Jazz Hands (All Levels)
9 weeks


£ 90 per Term / Course
  • 7-7:45 PM: Tappiness (Beginners)
  • 7:45-8:30 PM: Tappiness (Improvers)
9 weeks

Booking Information

To proceed with booking a class or being added to the waiting list, please fill out the Booking Form provided.

If you are a new dancer and haven’t danced with us before, please also fill out the New Joiner Form.

We’re excited to have you join our classes and have a great time dancing together.

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Rachel has carefully selected a range of high-quality and affordable dance clothing and accessories that are suitable for our classes. While professional dance attire is not required, you may find it more comfortable to wear during class. These items can be purchased through our recommended supplier.

The Team

Rachel Pittman:Teacher Adult Dance Classes Brighton

Rachel Pittman

Owner & TAP/JAZZ

Collette Goodwin

Collette Goodwin


Our Dance Collection

This class is designed for those who are new to tap dancing and those who have had little previous alternative dance training. It’s the perfect place to establish a strong foundation in tap technique. It covers the basic elements of tap such as posture, rhythm, foot placement, coordination, and steps like Taps, Beats, Digs, Springs, Shuffles, Paradiddles, Ball Changes and short, slow combinations of steps.

Alternatively, If you are looking to go back to the basics and feel that the next level is too overwhelming, you are welcome to stay in this level for as long as you like. Here you will be able to focus on your tap foundation and perfect your technique, before progressing to more advanced levels.

This class is for those who have mastered the basic steps in Level 1 and are ready to take on more complex combinations that will form the basis of our warm-up exercises. You will learn combinations such as Time Steps, Shuffles, Pickups, Waltz steps, and Cramp rolls. It will be taught in slow and repetitive bursts to help build muscle memory and increase precision and speed.

Alternatively, if you have some tap dance experience and are looking to learn the warm-up exercises before transitioning to the next level, this class is perfect for you.

Our adult dance classes run by Adult Dance Brighton are suitable for all ages and offer much more than just improving your dance skills. We have a very sociable atmosphere and the eclectic range of music adds to the variety of the tap dance lessons.

To join the Intermediate class, you should already be familiar with most of the warm-up exercises from Level 2 and be ready to learn more complex combinations such as Suzie Q’s and corner work. The class will maintain a steady pace while still reviewing the details of the steps.

Alternatively, if you are an experienced tapper who can pick up the warm-up exercises on the fly, but still needs a little breakdown on each exercise before moving on to the next level, this class is for you. Each week we will review at least one warm-up exercise/combination in detail, and there will also be dedicated time to learning new steps and routines.

You are confident of the exercises in level 3 and are ready to take the next challenge of working them quicker and learning more complicated combinations and a greater level of new work and routines each week.


You have been tapping confidently for a number of years and can pick up the warm up exercises and combinations at an up-beat speed without much step breakdown.  The classes run by Adult Dance Brighton are suitable for all ages and will give you a lot more than a spring to your steps. There is a very sociable ambiance and the eclectic range of music adds to the varied nature of the tap lessons.

Our class with Collette is a unique and exciting opportunity to work on a variety of familiar ballet exercises, learn new skills, and work towards a beautiful dance routine each week. The twist? The music. Instead of the traditional “Plinky Plonk Piano” music, expect a diverse range of beautiful and inspiring music, including power ballads, Prince, and Puccini. This class will be an enjoyable and musically rich experience.

Our jazz and musical theater-based class will feature a new, sassy routine every week, set to a variety of music. The class is open to all levels, and will cover a range of warm-up exercises, including stretches, isolations, arms, corner work, and combinations. Each week, we’ll learn part of a new routine, building towards a diverse repertoire of fabulous dances. Come prepared to work on your technique, learn new choreography, and have fun!

Frequently Asked Questions

Most frequently asked questions and answers

Please note that within the Dance class only water can be consumed and the entire premises is a


(although we do allow a little crazy !)

Class Scheduling & Booking

Understanding Our Class Structure Term-Based Schedule: Our classes are organized in term blocks, closely following the local school calendar for ease of planning. Key Highlights Advance Booking: Each term's schedule, detailing specific dates and times, is released well in advance. This allows you to plan and book your sessions with clarity and convenience. Weekday Evenings Only: To accommodate busy schedules, all our classes are scheduled exclusively on weekday evenings, offering flexibility for both students and working professionals. Easy Booking Process: Ready to join us? Simply visit our user-friendly booking page to secure your spot for the upcoming term. The process is straightforward and designed for your convenience.

Travel to and from the studios?

Please refer to the Studio Information Page for all Studio information, including travel. Our Studios  

Do you have changing rooms?​

Brighton: Yes, we have a Male & Female separate changing room, which is a large open space with a shower and WCs. If you are transgender or gender non-conforming (TGNC), you are welcome to use the changing room that matches your gender identity, regardless of whether you are making a gender transition or appear gender non-conforming.

Access to Studios?

Brighton: We have secure gated entrances to the Studios.  Once you have registered and booked a course, you will be supplied with all relevant access information directly via e-mail.  Make sure you join the WhatsApp and Facebook communities too.

What should I wear to dance classes?

Comfortable and breathable clothing works best with appropriate shoes for the class.  If in doubt, you can't go wrong with Leggings & T-Shirt. Tap dancers must keep their lower legs and ankles fairly free and learn better on a lower-heeled tap shoe. Ballet requires ballet shoes or socks. Above all...come as casual or as fabulous as you like! Rachel has selected some practical dance clothing that you can purchase via International Dance Supplies. Pre-filtered on the site by Rachel, so a lot easier to navigate.

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