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Meet the Teachers – Alexandros Beshonges

Meet the Dance Teacher – Alexandros Beshonges

Alexandros covers the London / East Croydon areas

“I can offer a vast variety of workshops. From Jazz (musical theatre, African, Lyrical, Modern, Commercial), Contemporary, Latin, Wedding Dances, Flamenco, Bollywood, Greek Dancing, Cypriot Dancing and more! 

When I was 4 I told my parents I want to ‘do that thing I watch on TV’.

I have a first class BA (hons) in Musical Theatre with a dissertation in Choreography, a level 6 trinity diploma in Professional Musical Theatre, a Modern DDE Teaching qualification, a Laine Theatre Arts Distinction Diploma and a Level 6 NC in Acting and Theatre Performance. I love fusing contrasting dance styles together, especially when working with big group dances and duets! 

Alexandros is currently playing Pepper in ‘Mamma Mia!’ the West End Musical! And Alexandros loves to simultaneously work with Popdance! 

https://youtu.be/ExHzC7RDNMA


Get in touch to book Alexandros for your Popdance party or workshop


Find out more about working with us here

By |November 4th, 2021|Blog|0 Comments

Organising Your Dance Business Financials

Organising your Dance Business Financials

Friend of Popdance, Caroline Syson, tells us a bit more about the fantastic app she created for her daughter’s business, Pocket PA, which will help you to be organised with your financials for your dance business.

From online booking systems, to tracking your business mileage easily – have a watch of the video here:

https://youtu.be/iSNXvA2ubNY

Try the app FREE for 14 days to see if you like it, and, if you do, Caroline is also offering 20% off for the first 3 months!

– classes and packages  – just launched- online booking enables clients to book their classes online- take payment for your classes, parties and workshops easily- FREE 14 day free trial- gift vouchers can be bought online (which is great for Christmas and birthdays)- integrated with Stripe and also Square (with a card reader) Pocket PA joins up all the dots in your business So it does everything from bookings to bookkeeping (Plus everything in between!) Created for self-employed business owners

Try Pocket PA today

By |October 24th, 2021|Blog|0 Comments

Popdance Finalist in Business Growth Award

We are super chuffed to be Finalists in the St Albans District Chamber of Commerce Community Business Awards 2021 under the Business Growth category.

This one goes to our whole team as well as all of our participants – especially over the past couple of years.

Covid made things extremely tough for everyone, and left people feeling isolated, depressed, inactive and struggling with their mental health. We are super proud of our team for quickly adapting (as soon as the music licensing enabled us to), for taking their classes, workshops and parties online and giving people the feel good factor. Enabling communities to connect, endorphins to charge, and physical activity to really make a huge difference to so many people.

We are also super proud to be working with many more incredible dance teachers and dance schools across the UK and the globe including Hungary, Wales, Ireland, USA, Dubai, Cyprus, India, Switzerland, Scotland, Turkey, Kenya and Austria. The growth of Popdance is purely down to building strong relationships with incredible dance teachers and dance schools. Working together to bring all genres of dance and fitness to people of all ages and abilities.

We look forward to building even more connections across the globe to meet the demand for the incredible benefits that dance and fitness bring.

A huge THANK YOU to whoever nominated us – and a big, whopping THANK YOU to our incredible team and our fantastic participants across the globe.

Keeping dancing!




By |September 28th, 2021|Blog|0 Comments

Meet The Team – Kayleigh Harradine

Meet The Team – Kayleigh Harradine – Stevenage, Herts, UK

What’s your name and where are you in the world?

Kayleigh Harradine – England. Hertfordshire, Stevenage

What kind of dance do you currently offer? 

Dance styles I offer are street dance, commercial, contemporary and pop dance parties/workshops for either adults or kids. I also offer dance fitness for adults and older teens.

What got you into dance? 

I’ve danced since I was younger doing the classic ballet tap and modern. Slowly progressed during school at GCSE and A-Level dance. Then carried on my passion at university. Graduating in 2019 with a first class degree in dance and professional practice. I’ve taught dance to ages 3-18 since graduating and would hopefully in the future like to continue to teaching and open up my own school one day. 

What do you like to do in your spare time?

I like to keep busy, when I’m not dancing or teaching I love spending time with family and friends. Weekends away are a great way for me to do that. Travelling is also another passion and I am set to travel to America for a long period of time. 

What do you love about the area you live and work in? 

I live in a town called Stevenage in Hertfordshire in the UK. There are many opportunities for dancers in this area, lots of dance schools and classes for people to take. When I open up my own I would like to cater for a gap in the market and really search for something that hasn’t been done yet. 

Why did you want to work with Popdance?

Popdance intrigued me because the idea of having a dance class as a party for younger people but also for adults makes a dance teacher very happy. That’s a great vibe all in one place. I would love to share my knowledge on dance and make someone’s birthday a fun one all in one go.  

What are you looking forward to for the year ahead?

Experiencing new adventures with teaching as every class is different. Seeing where my journey can go as an individual with dance and my own school. And also travelling to America, I’m super excited for! 


Find out more or book a party or workshop with Kayleigh here

By |August 17th, 2021|Blog|0 Comments

A Ray of Sunshine Just When I Needed It

How Dancing Made A Huge Difference To Me

“Such strange times! How easy to settle into inertia during the pandemic with jobs on hold, social interaction withheld, exercise sessions cancelled. We have all settled into a parallel universe of abnormal normality and our mental well-being has been hammered.

PopdanceFit 15 minute sessions has provided a perfect antidote to this.

With a fabulous selection of 15 videos led by 7 brilliant instructors, this offers flexibility and convenience as well as a brilliant sense of fun.

Each time I log on, I choose a different session, each with a personality of its own. I love engaging with the instructors, bouncing around my personal space and humming to the tunes as well as keeping fit with the easy-to-follow routines.

They energise and encourage positivity and at the end of the 15 minutes I want to yell out a huge THANK YOU.

During the darkest of times, PopdanceFit has injected rays of sunshine into each day. 

Thank you, PopdanceFit and thank you to the fabulous instructors.”

Elaine Pinkus


Get your FREE Popdance Fit 15 Minute On Demand Session Here

By |April 23rd, 2021|Blog|0 Comments

Dance News Round Up – April 2021

Welcome to the April edition of the Dance News Round Up – there’s lots of classes, news and products to help you feel amazing through dance.

Plus we are very excited to be launching Dance News Worldwide Magazine! Sharing your dance news, events and opportunities from across the globe! Feature your business, news or events for just £50! This can be for up to a double page spread! Tell Me More

Whatever your interest in dance – here’s a summary of what’s going on this month!

Brought to you by the Popdance Team

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Popdance On Demand

Super simple, 15 minute Dance Workouts at your fingertips for just £17 per year!

Online Dance Classes

More 15 minute on demand dance workout videos have been added to the vault, from Olly Murs to The Pointer Sisters – get a free Popdance Fit dance workout session

Mondays, 11am – Popdance Seniors with Kerry – Popdance Seniors is based on low impact, fun dance moves to pop music from the 80s, 90s, 00s and current tracks

Mondays, 4.25-4.55pm, Beginners Musical Theatre with All Sorts of Performing Arts – For ages 4-7 years

Mondays, 5.50-6.20pm – Beginners Cheer Dance with All Sorts of Performing Arts – For aged 6-9 years

Mondays, 6-6.30pm – Popdance Fit with Ciara – Cardio based dance workout class to your favourite pop tracks – all abilities welcome, adults and teens

Tuesdays, 7.30am – 8.00am – Stretch Class with Lianne – a class for adults of all abilities to stretch and mobilise your body and improve your overall flexibility.

Tuesdays, 4.30-5.00pm – Advanced Street Dance with All Sorts of Performing Arts – For ages 11-14 years

Tuesdays, 5-5.30pm – Beginners Freestyle Dance with All Sorts of Performing Arts – For ages 5-8 years

Tuesdays, 4.15-4.45pm, ThinkFit Kids with Emma – Based on the same concepts as ThinkFit, but is brought across in a simpler way for children to relate to and understand.

Tuesdays, 5.45-6.30pm – Contemporary Dance with All Sorts of Performing Arts – For ages 10-14 years

Wednesdays, 3-4pm – Beyond Basics Ballroom & Latin with Debbie For adults

Wednesdays, 4.30pm-5.00pm, Primary Ballet with Emma – Fun beginners ballet class for children age 3-5yrs – all abilities welcome

Wednesdays, 4.30-5.15pm – Beginners Street Dance with All Sorts of Performing Arts – For ages 6-12 years

Wednesdays, 4.30-5.15pm – Dinky Dancers with Debbie. For ages 4-5 years – includes Popdance Kids routines in this lesson

Wednesdays, 5.25-6.10pm – Mini Moovers with Debbie. For ages 6-8 years – includes Popdance Kids routines in this lesson

Wednesdays, 5.30pm-6.00pm – Junior Ballet with Emma – Fun open ballet class for children age 6-11 yrs, all abilities welcome

Wednesdays, 6.15pm-6.45pm – Popdance Kids with Emma – Learn fun dance routines to your favourite pop tracks. For age 5-11 yrs, all abilities welcome

Wednesdays, 6.20-7.20pm – Improvers Ballroom and Latin with Debbie. For adults

Wednesdays, 7.30-8.30pm – Intermediate Ballroom & Latin with Debbie. For adults

Thursdays 7.15am – 8am – Ballet Barre with Lianne. A ballet inspired full body workout, combining elements of dance, yoga, strength training and pilates. For adults of all abilities

Thursdays, 2-2.30pm, Popdance Kids with Megan – for aged 5+, the class is all about learning fun dance routines to their favourite pop tracks – for all abilities

Thursdays 4.30pm-5.00pm Popdance Tots with Emma – For children aged 3-5 yrs. Learn fun dance routines to pop music that they love.

Thursdays 6.00pm – 6.30pm – Popdance Teens with Emma – Dance to your favourite pop songs. Suitable for older children, age 11+ years. All abilities welcome

Thursdays 6pm – 7pm, Sun Power Yoga with Paula – a blend of 4 traditional styles of yoga. Sun salutations and a flowing sequence of postures moving with the breath – great for adult beginners and intermediates

Thursdays 6.45pm – 7.15pm – Senior Ballet with Emma – fun open ballet class, suitable for older children aged 11+ years

Thursdays 7.30pm-8.00pm, Popdance Fit with Emma -great cardio workout that you can take at your own pace. All abilities welcome

Fridays 9.30am – 10.15am, Ballet Bums with Lianne – the first HIIT ballet workout of it’s kind, cardio based to upbeat music – no ballet experience required

Fridays 10.30-11.30am, Popdance Fit with Lianne – a fun dance class for adults – learn fun dance routines to pop music that you love from the 80s, 90s and 00s and current tracks. Great fun for all abilities

Fridays, 4.30-5pm – Groovy Kids Music and Dance with Debbie – For aged 8-12 years includes Popdance Kids routines in this lesson

Saturdays, 9-9.30am, Popdance Kids and Tots with Megan – suitable for some of our younger Popdancers. Learn fun dance routines to pop music that they love

Saturdays, 10-10.45am – Dance Fusion with All Sorts of Performing Arts. Mixture of Street, Jazz and Cheer dance

Saturdays, 10.30-11.00am – Teeny Boppers with Debbie. For ages 2-3 years – Popdance Tots routines included in this lesson.

Saturdays, 11-11.30am – Fun Ballet with All Sorts of Performing Arts. For ages 3-7 years

Saturdays, 11.15am-12 noon – Dinky Dancers with Debbie. For ages 4-5 years – Popdance Tots routines included in this lesson

Saturdays, 11.40am-12.20pm – Beginners Drama with All Sorts of Performing Arts. For ages 6-12 years

Dance Costume Consignment

Winni Costumes – selling barely used and new dance costumes and accessories at great rates and dance studios always receive free shipping

Dance Suppliers

Need help with your communications with your customers? Stand out from the crowd with The Brandit – official graphic designers for Popdance

UK Dance Update

Online Dance classes with Emma Louise Dance Club

Westminster School of Performing Arts are operating all their lessons online…don’t miss out!

Introducing FIT4TAP the Fun ‘n’ Funky Tap Dance Fitness Fusion!

Nicole Ricardo offers a variety of classes to encourage health, fitness and joy in yours and your families lives!

Barre Flow launching Monday 1st March on Zoom. Visit us on Facebook or email amandajaneknight@gmail.com for further details

International News

Outevsky Bespoke Dance Education provides professional development courses in many areas from Dance History to Dance Injuries with CID accredited completion certificates. Please see our website: OUTEVSKY.COM for more information.

Dance News

Book a birthday party with Popdance – learn fun dance routines to your favourite tracks – for all ages and abilities – book for offline, or an online session, with full covid refund guarantee

Popdance has raised over £1000 with their #FootlooseFever video for Comic Relief! find out more

Interested in dance and fancy listening to a great Podcast? Check out Growing Through Dance with Katherine-Lucy Bates here

Support & Jobs for Dance Teachers

Register your details FREE for paid jobs from Popdance here

If you would like help, support and marketing for your dance business at just £25 per month, find out more about becoming a Popdance partner here

101 Marketing Tips for Dance Teachers – available as kindle or hardback from Amazon


Got news, events and opportunities in dance, fitness and wellbeing? We can share with the world for you with the brand new magazine “Dance News Worldwide Magazine” – find out more here

By |April 7th, 2021|Blog|0 Comments