The ethos of Avant Garde Dance is to inspire and empower young people’s lives through dance. We believe in giving people the tools to fulfil their own unique potential and the confidence to express themselves and feel comfortable in the skin they live in.

With an awareness of how popular street and hip-hop art forms are among young people we use these as a gateway to capture their attention. Ultimately we encourage an open minded and creative approach to any dance form that inspire and excites them.

We believe in capturing the imagination and commitment of young people from the moment they set eyes on us. As a result Avant Garde has a growing community of young dancers training with the company, performing at platform events and ultimately sharing the stage with professionals.

All workshop leaders are dancers in the professional company and each one brings their own individual flair and passion to share their knowledge.

The safety and wellbeing of participants is our highest priority, download our Safeguarding policy here. Should you wish to access our complaints policy you may do so here. 



AG2 is a unique gateway opportunity designed by Avant Garde Dance, it is aimed at early career professional dancers from across the UK & Europe who have finished or are nearing completion of their professional training.

Company members stay within AG2 for up to two years and, during this time, receive tailored training and support to help transition from professional training to securing regular professional work.

The programme provides specialist support at the critical intersection between training and securing regular professional work. 

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The Garde

Avant Garde’s training programme for semi-professional dancers. The programme is selective (by audition only) and seeks to identify and nurture incredible talent, selected from across the UK. The Garde is designed for 16+ subject to experience, it’s the talent that counts, and the hunger to embrace Avant Garde’s style and philosophy through regular weekly classes. The next step from the Garde is to progress to AG2.

Programme content: Hip-hop and contemporary styles, professional repetoire and creation are the fundamental aspects of the Garde. Honing in on Avant Garde’s core practices of: Musicality, virtuosity, integrity and characterisation.
The course will encourage dancers to innovate never replicate, working against the grain to make good decisions quickly.

Year structure: The Garde follows the academic calendar. It starts in September and ends in July. Sessions run on Saturdays for 4 hours at, House of Mass, the Silver Building, 60 Dock Road, E16 1YZ
Cost: £150 per term, paid monthly or termly by direct debit.

To find out how you can audition for the Garde please contact info@avantgardedance.com

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The Elves

The Elves is Avant Garde’s youngest dance company, learning new skills and technique in hip hop and contemporary dance in a fun and supportive environment.

AG Elves is made up of children aged 6-13 from across East London. The Elves meet every Saturday morning in term times at Petchey Academy in Hackney from 10-12pm to. Classes are taught by Avant Garde’s best teachers.

There are auditions at the start of every term. The Elves costs £100 per term or can be paid for every session.

To find out more contact info@avantgardedance.com

Youth Company

Avant Garde’s youth company is made up of young people aged 14 -21 with a passion for dance. The young company meet every Saturday in term times at Petchey Academy in Hackney from 1-5pm.

Auditions are held at the start of every term. The cost is £100 per term or can be paid for every session.

Classes are taught by Avant Garde company members and have opportunities to perform on public platforms all year round. to learn new skills and technique in hiphop and contemporary dance.

Performing regularly in very diverse platforms and settings including Breakin Convention Sadlers Wells, Refresh and Fresh at The Place, COMMA 40 Bloomberg SPACE, Turner Gallery and Paradise Gardens Festival. The ethos of Avant Garde Youth is to provide high quality training and performance opportunities helping young dancers grow as individuals as well as become strong group performers.

Creatively we like to grow not only dancers but also choreographers who can go on to become Avant Garde Associates.

Previous Allumi include Chris and Wes- Got To Dance Winners 2011
Remi Black- Thriller Live Westend, X-Factor, BGT and Kiel Ewen- X-Factor.

To find out more contact info@avantgardedance.com




Our 1 and 2 week residences are creative, challenging and importantly fun. We are adaptable and can make bespoke work for young dancers during our residency, which can be shared/performed on the final day.

Curtain Raisers

The opportunity for your local dance company/group to open the show. When touring work we always like to interact and inspire the dancers in each new area. We can spend 3 days working with a group to produce a curtain raiser for our performance.

Site Specific

Whether you want a flash mob performance in your town square, want to take your audience to the beach or submerge them in the forest we will tackle any environment. Our previous site specific work has seen our company in a World War 2 Bunker, a London Taxi and the main square of Bournemouth Town centre with 100 dancers.

Large Group Choreography

We specialise in working with very large numbers of young people to provide spectacular results for special events.