Introducing 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

Programme Schedule


Thursday 1 September to Friday 16 December 2022                          72 days

3rd Sept – 10th December (Saturdays) – 14 saturdays

Half Term – Monday 24 October to Friday 28 October (5 days) (Saturday 29th October off)

Christmas holiday – Monday 19 December to Monday 2 January 2023



Tuesday 3 January to Friday 31 March 2023                                      59 days

7th January – 1st April (Saturdays) – 13 Saturdays

Half Term – Monday 13 February to Friday 17 February (5 days) (Sat 18th feb off)

Easter holiday – Monday 3 April to Friday 14 April 2023 (Sat 8th and 15th off)



Monday 17 April to Friday 21 July 2023                                              64 days

May Day: Monday 1 May 2023

Half Term – Monday 29 May to Friday 2 June (5  days)

Spring Bank Holiday: Monday 29 May


Total : 195 Days

COSTS: £150 per term, paid monthly or termly by direct debit.

To help us manage capacity for the auditions, please complete this short form in the link below to register your audition space.