Jittabugs Theatre School in Brighton

Emily Dauris manages Jittabugs Brighton and Hove. She offers ballet, jazz, pop, mixed performing arts and other children’s dance classes in Brighton, Hove and Portslade teaching children from 2-12 years.

Jittabugs Theatre School sits between the more casual informal dance activities and the stricter ‘trying to find a star’ dance companies. What you will get from Jittabugs Theatre School is a teacher who seeks to inspire and develop your child’s love of dance – gives them lots of positive feedback and refines their technique where appropriate so that they become the best dancers they can be but always know that the most important thing is how they feel when they are dancing!

Ballet kidsBallet and Boogie

This is a creative dance class for 2-5 years which teaches the basics of ballet within a fun and creative environment. We use props and explore other styles of dance too, thereby keeping classes fun and expressive.

Beginners BalletClassical Ballet

Our pure ballet class for beginners, and those who have attended Ballet and Boogie previously, is a combination of barre work, floor work and learning of choreographed ballet and lyrical dances, which we perform at local events. These children’s dance classes are for ages 4-6 years in Hove.

Intermediate Ballet and Lyrical Dance

Our Intermediate ballet class is for children who have done some dance before or gymnastics. This class is a combination of barre work, floor work and learning of choreographed ballet and lyrical dances, which we perform at local events. These children’s dance classes are for children who are ready to take the next step in their ballet training so although the age range is 6-12 years, we are happy to accommodate other ages and have several 4 and 5 year olds who were ready for this class. Although we teach classical ballet techniques we incorporate modern styles and lyrical movements into our routines as well.

Bubblegum Pop Dance

This is a fast moving hard-working mixed pop dance class to the sunniest dance songs that kids will know teaching a range of dance techniques, giving a great source of exercise and learning routines each week. Smiley, expressive and bouncy, this class is a great lively one for kids who love to dance and want to have a lot of fun doing so!

Kids Pop Dance


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ShowBugs is a show-stopping, foot-tapping, lively dance, drama and singing class for 4-9 yrs. Each week we dance a variety of styles including Charleston, Rock and Roll, Swing, Jazz, Cultural and many other styles of dance, learn routines, play drama games and sing together. We also work towards performances too. This is truly one of those rare mixed performing arts classes which is great for expressive kids and for building confidence.




Our Locations

Jittabugs Theatre School use various studios for our children’s dance classes in Brighton and Hove. This enables us to be local to as many people as possible. Unlike many children’s dance and drama classes, we use mostly proper dance studios or theatre facilities. The studios we use include Open Spaces Studios, BHASVIC and Synergy Studios (Hove). All either have a dance floor and mirrors or are a black box studio theatre, which enhances our classes and makes them feel really special. We also run preschool Ballet and Boogie classes in the hall at South Portslade Community Centre.

Timetable – Brighton

See out timetable below for all of our ballet and dance classes in Brighton and Hove including musical theatre:

ClassAge GroupDayTimeLocationBook
Classical Ballet4-6 yearsMonday4-5pmTBCBook Online
Ballet and Boogie2-5 yearsTuesday11.15-12.00pmSouth Portslade Community CentreBook Online
Ballet and Boogie2-5 yearsTuesday2-2.45pmOpen Spaces Studio, HoveBook Online
Classical Ballet - Intemediate5-12 yearsTuesday4-5pmTBCBook Online
Ballet and Boogie2-5 yearsThursday11.10-12pmOpen Spaces Studio, HoveBook Online
Ballet and Boogie2-5 yearsThursday2-2.45pmThe Synergy Centre, HoveBook Online
ShowBugs4-7 yearsThursday4-5pmTBCBook Online
Ballet and Boogie2-5 yearsSaturday9.30-10.15amBHASVIC College TheatreBook Online
Jazz and Boogie3-6 yearsSaturday10.30-11.20amBHASVIC College TheatreBook Online
Bubblegum Pop Dance4-9 yearsSaturday11.30-12.20pmBHASVIC College TheatreBook Online

Emily Dauris Profile

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Emily grew up dancing, singing and doing drama. She passed numerous drama exams growing up and won prizes at various competitions. At the age of 11 she enrolled in Stonelands Stage School (part time) and took ballet, modern, jazz, tap, singing and drama classes until the age of 16. Since this Emily has performed regularly whilst building a career in marketing until she had her daughter.

Watching her daughter grow up around dance and music, Emily saw first-hand how it helped her build a sense of rhythm, develop coordination, muscle memory and also how much enjoyment she got from it. Emily saw that it was natural for a child to move to music and how much fun it was for her doing so. Therefore, she made the decision to join the Jittabugs Theatre School franchise where she received training in teaching children’s dance classes and other theatrical activities.

She has been running Jittabugs Theatre School in Brighton and Hove for over two years now offering performing arts classes for ages 2-12.

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“I had been looking for a ballet class for my daughter which offered a good mixture of fun and learning and after doing some research we started going to JittaBugs. Straight away Emily was really nice and friendly and she’s so good with all the kids, they all love her and in fact my daughter is a little obsessed with her now!”

– Minda, Pupil Parent