Evening dance classes at GSA

Over 30 years ago the University of Surrey was the first university to set up an academic dance department. Since then, we have continued to build on our reputation as an internationally leading centre for dance practice and research.

New for 2018 we are offering evening classes in Ballet, Jazz, Commercial Jazz, Tap, Pilates, Classical point work, Contemporary and Tumbling. Our classes aim to introduce and develop a secure and consistent technique in dance and physical skills, and extend existing knowledge and ability. All of our classes are lead by industry experts who have danced professionally and offer a wealth of experience to students.

Class details

Currently GSA offer evening classes to students of GSA and Surrey university as well as the Alumni of GSA. These classes are in addition to the degree courses and run Monday to Friday 19:00 to 22:00.  All evening classes are 1 ½ hours long and taken by an industry professional. All participants in the classes have to be over 18.  All the classes take place at the GSA main building on the Stag Hill campus at the University of Surrey.


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Luke Birch

Luke began his training at the Northern School of Contemporary Dance and completed his BA (Hons) at Laban in 2008. In 2009 he joined EDge dance company at The Place/LCDS. Luke has performed for H2 Dance, Yael Flexer, Nic Sandiland, Angela Praed, Charles Linehan, Dog Kennel Hill Project, Rosemary Lee (rehearsal director), Punchdrunk, Florence Peake, Rahel Vonmoos and Saffy Setohy. He has also worked on visual art projects with Pablo Bronstein, Martin Creed and Aya Kobayashi for Tate Modern and Tate Britain, and a restaging of Yvonne Rainer’s Trio A and the Mirror City exhibition at The Hayward Gallery. Luke has a passion for teaching and has taught for Greenwich Dance, The Place, Circus Space, Independent Dance, Laban, Stavangar University (Norway) and Salzburg Academy of Experimental Dance.  Luke is an Associate Lecturer at Surrey University and London Studio Centre.


Michaël Raynaud

Michaël began his formal training at The Paris Opera Ballet School at the age of ten for six years and went on to train at the National Conservatoire in Paris, where he gained his Baccalauréat in Arts and Dance and Unités de Valeurs in anatomy , ballet history and music. 

On completing his training Michael joined the English National Ballet for their worldwide tour of Swan Lake then became a permanent member of the company, performing corps and soloists roles worldwide. Michael has taught ballet classes, workshops and summer schools across the country to students of all ages and backgrounds for a wide range of organisations. He also helps ice skaters with ballet training and choreography for international competitions. Michael just obtained his Professional Dancers Teaching Diploma with the Royal Academy of Dance


Tania Whatley

Tania trained at Laine Theatre Arts, studying all aspects of Musical Theatre.  Her theatre work includes, Sunset Boulevard (Frankfurt) playing a Beautician, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat playing Narrator, Barnum as cover Jenny Lind, Great Expectations playing Clara, Robin – Prince of Sherwood playing Maid Marion, and Patsy Cline – The Musical playing Loretta Lynn. Tania performed excerpts from Joseph at a Royal Gala in the presence of HM the Queen, and also sung in a charity performance at the London Palladium. Tania’s television appearances include, Happy Birthday Peter Pan, playing Mrs Darling.  Die Another Day, Holby City, Home and Away, The Bill, Little Britain, One Chance and various appearances in Law & Order and Midsomer Murders. Pantomime appearances include; Princess in Jack and the Beanstalk, Fairy in Mother Goose, Prince Charming in Cinderella at His Majesty’s Aberdeen, Devonshire Park, Eastbourne and the Ashcroft in Croydon, Fairy Bowbells in Dick Whittington at the Civic, Darlington, Fairy Petal in Jack and the Beanstalk at the Cliffs Pavilion, Southend and again at His Majesty’s, Aberdeen, the title role of Aladdin at the Civic Theatre Darlington, Dandini in Cinderella at the Pavilion in Bournemouth and the Anvil in Basingstoke.  Alice in Dick Whittington at the theatre. Royal Bath, and again at the Anvil, Basingstoke. This year she appeared in an Ident for Lorraine GMTV advertising Dove and appears regularly in Murder Mysteries. Tania now teaches L.A.M.D.A/Musical Theatre in schools and Pilates at Health Clubs.


Alice Walker

Alice Walker has been dancing professionally for over 10 years.  She has performed all over the world doing everything from cruise ships to bollywood movies.  Her credits include Rita Ora Tour, London 2012 Olympics Closing Ceremony- Jessie J, One Direction, Taio Cruz, Tinie Tempah and The Petshop Boys. She has choreographed for The Vamps, been dance captain for the Adidas Fashion show and featured in TV commercials such as the Health Lottery and DNRC. Alice loves teaching and seeing pupils progress, she specializes in Commercial/Street Dance styles as well as Jazz and Contemporary.