Ballet techniques are the foundation of all other dance genres and strengthens all the main muscles.
We teach the I.D.T.A. Ballet syllabus from the age of 2½ years as we feel this age children can learn, develop and enjoy the beautiful, graceful foundation movements which Ballet has to offer.


We offer Tap to children and adults alike from the age of 2½ years. We enter our children and adults in the IDTA Tap syllabus. Tap is all about Rhythm and there are some brilliant shows which demonstrate just how amazing Tap is and how accomplished a Tap student can become.


Freestyle means ‘A Free style of dance’ which is taken from the ‘old’ Disco dancing formed in the 70′s. Music can be upbeat/ or slow and graceful and our pupils use their own freedom of expression to enhance their own style and dance mood. We offer IDTA examinations in Freestyle and we teach from 2½ year old’s up to adults.

Musical Theatre

Musical Theatre is taught at The Island Dance from 4 years through to Adults. We learn many many different musical theatre segments in our classes every week, and enter our pupils in for the Musical Theatre syllabus in the IDTA. In our recent examination session one of our students was awarded 94% for his student teacher examination.


Cheerleading is exciting and very popular with our students from 4 years old onwards, we develop lifts, jumps, chants and using our Pom poms we have been asked to cheer for the local football team. We take IDTA examinations in Cheer-leading. We encourage and promote team spirit, enthusiasm and positive attitude.

Other Classes we Offer

Introduction to Dance

This class is structured for little ones, and we offer movement to music incorporating easy Ballet steps. We include mime, and use a variety of props to enhance the child’s imagination.

Stretch & Limber

Stretch & Limber is for dancers who want to get strong, limber and supple. It focuses on increasing flexibility and strength. This is an open level class; anyone can participate (From 8 years old)  and everyone will benefit from the class.

Classes for Children and Adults with Additional Needs

Our classes are held at:

Godshill and Rookley Scout Hut, May Close, Godshill, PO38 8HB

St Paul’s Church Hall, St Paul’s Avenue, Shanklin, PO37 7AW

We offer various activities for our students throughout the year. 

Private classes are also available on request.

Teaching the syllabus of The International Dance Teachers Association (I.D.T.A.), students are able to use their qualifications to further their career as they are recognised by OFQUAL  (who are the regulator of qualifications, examinations and assessments in England.)

Our West End dance and drama workshops - showcased by Gary Watson

Gary Watson

Our dear friend, West End star, Gary Watson travels from London on a regular basis to give our students at The Island Dance and Theatre Company an insight into the professional world of dance with Dance and Drama Workshops. Contact us for full details

Gary Adam Watson trained in Sunderland and Newcastle in all aspects of Theatre before completing his training at Laine Theatre Arts in Surrey. Within a year of leaving college he was established as one of the UK’s new leading men, going on to star in…

  • Rum Tum Tugger in Cats (UK Tour)
  • Marius in Les Misérables (West End)
  • Sky in Mamma Mia! (International Tour)
  • Saturday Night Fever (West End)
  • Evita (West End)
  • 25th Anniversary of Les Misérables (O2 Arena)
  • Guest Vocalist on the Michael Ball Tour
  • Claude in Hair
  • Rudolpho in Matilda (West End)
  • G.K Chesterson in the World Premier of Finding Neverland (Leicester Curve)
  • Don in A Chorus Line: The London Palladium (West End)
  • Cinderella Disney Film
  • TV: The Day We Sang (BBC)
  • Fings Ain’t Wot The Used T’Be (Theatre Royal)
  • Kiss Me Kate (BBC Proms)
  • Nick Massi in Jersey Boys (West End)