Evening dance classes at GSA

Guildford School of Acting at the University of Surrey is one of the most highly regarded locations for delivering musical theatre training. As member of GSA Evening Dance Classes you will be inspired by industry-leading professionals and be a part of the vibrant community of performers. We offer evening classes in Ballet, Jazz, Commercial Jazz, Tap, Pilates, Contemporary and Tumbling.

Our classes aim to introduce and develop a secure and consistent technique in dance and physical skills, and expand existing knowledge and ability. All of our classes are led by industry experts who have danced professionally and bring a wealth of experience to the Evening Dance Classes


    Class details

    GSA offers evening dance classes to anyone over the age of 17 with some dance experience, and adults that also have some knowledge in dance or movement. These classes run Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from 19:00 to 21:40. All evening dance classes are 1hr 20mins long and take place at the GSA main building on the Stag Hill campus at the University of Surrey, where there is free parking located next to the main GSA building.

    Safety and Security 

    The main doors to the GSA building are swipe only after 7pm, after this time the front desk is only staffed from 8pm until 8.30pm for members taking the second class.


    Find out about frequently asked questions about GSA Evening Dance Classes here


    Fees 2018/19

    Trial/drop-in class £7.50
    Students and Staff of University of Surrey (11 vouchers for one discipline) £50
    Evening class member (11 vouchers for one discipline) £61
    Evening class member (11 vouchers giving access to any discipline) £70
    Evening class member/ Student/ UoS Staff (Semester 1 unlimited classes) £125


    Our Semester 1 timetable beginning October 2018 can be viewed here

    Semester 1

    Week 1, 8 October 2018  
    Week 2, 15th October  
    Week 3, 22nd October  
    Week 4, 29th October  
    Week 5, 5th November 2018  
    No classes due to University Reading Week 12th November  
    Week 6, 19th November  
    Week 7, 26th November  
    Week 8, 3rd December 2018  
    Week 9, 10th December  
    Winter vacation
    17th December 2018 to 4th January 2019
    Week 10, 7th January 2019  
    Week 11, 14th January  
    End of Semester 1 Evening Dance Classes  


    If you are a member of the public please book here 

    If you are a current student or staff member of the University of Surrey book additional classes  here 




    Stuart Fox-Chaffer ARAD (PDTD)

    Evening Class Programme Leader

    Stuart trained at the West Street Ballet School, Covent Garden, where he danced with the Royal Opera Ballet Company and the London City Ballet Company. On graduating Stuart took a different direction deciding to go into musical theatre and joined the Chichester Festivals production of Pickwick choreographed by Gillian Lynne. Credits include Grease the musical ( Cambridge Theatre, London) Great Balls of Fire (Cambridge Theatre, London) Chitty Chitty Bang Bang (Original Cast, London Palladium) Boogie Nights (National UK Tour). Stuart has taught at The Urdang, Pineapple Studios, Pineapple Performing Arts School, Royal Central School for Speech and Drama and Arts Educational (Tring) before taking up a full-time position at GSA.    


    Simon Williams

    Simon trained at the Royal Ballet Lower and Upper School and joined English National Ballet Company in 1997, where he performed all the major Classical Ballets. In 2003 he joined the Michael Clark Company,  where he performed in the World premiere of 'Oh My Goddess'.  He  went on to perform in productions including 'The Stravinsky Project ', 'O', 'I DO' and 'Les Noces'.  In 2005 he returned to 'Swan Lake' to perform the leading roles for the world tour. He performed with Kylie Minogue at the ‘X Factor Final” 2012. Simon has worked with world-renowned choreographers including Finn Walker, Christopher Hampson, Alex Reynalds, Will Baker and Aaron Sillis. Film credits include:  'Billy Elliot' dir. Stephen Daldry (2000),  'Beyond the Sea' dir. Kevin Spacey (2004) and  'Kinky Boots' dir. Julian Jarrold (2005),  ‘World War Z’ dir. Marc Foster (2011), ‘Great Expectations’ dir. Mike Newell (2011)


    Jay Hardy

    Since graduating from Bird College in 2004, Jay has performed in shows and at corporate events around the world. He was the lead tapper in the UK, South Africa and Canada tours of Strictly Tap Dance Fever. He was also one of the creators and choreographers of Tap company Solidfeet, who started busking in London's Covent Garden and carried on to perform at corporate events across Europe. Alongside performing, Jay has also taught and choreographed at many colleges including Guildford School Of Acting, Bird College, Arts Ed, MADD, Masters Dance College and has also taught master classes at Pineapple Dance Studios, Move It and IDTA events.


    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’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 Jack and the Beanstalk, Mother Goose, Cinderella, Dick Whittington, Jack and the Beanstalk, the title role of Aladdin, Cinderella and 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.


    Robert Crisall

    Robert trained at the Huntingdon Olympic Gymnastics Centre. Where he trained in all pieces of Apparatus but specialised in Tumbling. He competed and won at the British Tumbling Championships in 1989 and then began training for the Olympic team in 1991 at age 17. Robert toured international during that time and was also trained by members of the Russian Gymnastics team. In 1992 Robert decided to concentrate on Power Tumbling and competed in National and European Championships. In 1995 Robert's career changed direction as he decided to go to GSA where he obtained a BA in Musical Theatre.  


    Jo McShane

    Jo is from Liverpool and trained at Laine Theatre Arts. She has been part of the teaching faculty at GSA since 2009. In her professional career she has worked in Musicals such as Cats, Blood Brothers, Charlie & the Chocolate Factory, Legally Blonde, Chicago, Sister Act, Grease, Singing in the Rain, Chess and South Pacific. She has recently been a finalist for Best Choreographer at the Off West End Awards, for her work on Bad Girls the Musical and Soho Cinders both at Union Theatre. She has recently choreographed Salad Days the Musical which will be going on a UK tour in the New Year. She is passionate about teaching here at GSA and is dedicated to helping students grow and achieve.