Encore Dance School, Burnley

Encore Dance School in conjunction with Basics Junior Theatre School, Burnley. If you’re looking for the best dance school in Burnley – look no further than Encore Dance School. With a range of ballet classes, tap lessons, musical theatre dance classes and there’s more to come!

Principal – Helen Cheung (O’Connell) I.S.T.D.

Helen’s passion for dancing started at the tender age of 4. She attended Chippendale School of Dance where she studied Ballet, Tap, Modern and Musical Theatre with the R.A.D. and I.S.T.D boards. Helen studied in Liverpool where she attended Merseyside Dance and Drama College. She graduated with Double Distinction, C.D.E teaching qualifications under the acclaimed I.S.T.D. board and her acting qualification under L.A.M.D.A. Whilst at college Helen was able to work with West End choreographers and gain experience working on shows such as the X Factor.
Helen worked worldwide as a professional dancer for many years, working in theatres on land and at sea with Princess Cruises and Costa Lines. Some highlights of her dancing career include working with Grease 2 star Adrian Zmed during his Vegas residential and dancing for a prestigious event at the Liverpool Echo Arena. Since returning to the area Helen has choreographed for local societies and opened her own dance school – Encore Dance School.

For further information on any of the classes please contact:

Helen Cheung. M. 07865311335 or e-mail us



Musical Theatre

5.30 – 6.15pm
Age 6 – 17 years
Cost £3.50 per session

This class will involve working on stage presentation and performance skills as well as a wide variety of dance techniques.

Audition Technique & Jazz

6.15 – 7.15pm
Age 13 years upwards
Cost £3.50 per session

If you’re thinking about a career in Musical Theatre, Acting or Dance this is the class for you. Preparation is an essential, and this class will prepare you for your entry auditions. Audition technique and feedback will
be given to all students; please don’t limit your chances!

Inter Tap & Modern

7.15 – 8.15pm
Cost £5 per session

Graded ISTD vocational exams. Must have grade 5 Tap/ Modern


Street Dance

6.00 – 7.00pm
Mixed age group
Cost £3.50 per session

Students will learn all the different styles associated with street and hip hop, for example: house, popping, locking, liquid, LA street dance and break dancing. Influences for street and hip hop are artists that are current in the chart: Justin Bieber, Chris Brown, David Guetta, Rihanna, Little Mix, etc. Street dancing is the dance you see in popular music videos these days, then going back to the most influential artist Michael Jackson. Street classes will be lively, fun and energetic whilst listening to your favourite pop stars and learning a new style.


Mini Movers

10 – 10.45am
Age 4 – 6 years
Cost £3.50 per session

Our Mini Movers class begins to prepare young students for the physical requirements of the trained dancer. This class is based on various dance styles such as ballet, tap and theatre dance.

ISTD Grade 1 – Tap & Modern

11.15 – 12pm
Age 9 – 12 years
Cost £5 per session

We follow the ISTD graded Tap structure, students develop rhythm and co-ordination whilst learning this fun dance style. Our Modern class is a structured class developing a dance student’s technique, co-ordination and flexibility. Upbeat chart music makes this class accessible to everyone.

ISTD Grade 2 – Tap & Modern

12 – 1pm
Age 8 – 12 years
Cost £5 per session

This combination class is for the beginners to experience and explore the common links of rhythm and improvisation shared by both genres. Learning Tap in combination with Modern helps to improve the posture and also provides a useful backing in performance skills