Who we are
JAZZ HANDS DANCE AND MUSICAL THEATRE is a fun, modern dance and musical theatre environment with a focus on performance. Our choreography focuses on a range of modern dance styles, all with a musical theatre twist. All ages and abilities are welcome and nurtured through weekly classes and annual showcase performances at local theatres. JAZZ HANDERS who join us will experience a range of different dance styles and genres, learning basic dance technique and discipline while having lots of fun through routine based learning.
JAZZ HANDS is Jessica’s newest venture, providing the York community with dance and musical theatre classes that are accessible, all-inclusive and guaranteed to get the best out of all performers regardless of their age, ability or previous experience. Our class fees are affordable. Our doors are always open to those with a passion for musical theatre and modern dance.
Read what other people have to say here.
Performances opportunities are available to members throughout the year.
Our GRAND SHOWCASE 2019 takes place at The Joseph Rowntree Theatre on Friday 18 and Saturday 19 January 2019 with performances at 19:30 and a matinee on the Saturday at 14:30. Tickets cost £12 (£11 concessions) and are available to buy online HERE.
This year's SUMMER SCHOOL in collaboration with York Stage School will take place Monday to Saturday during the first week of the summer holidays. Ages 7+ will create their own musical based around a popular theme over the course of the week, culminating in a full-scale performance to friends and family on the Saturday. Enrolment for the SUMMER SCHOOL will open at Easter.
Jessica is a member of the Guild of Professional Teachers of Drama, Dance and Movement (GPTD), is a qualified first-aider, holds an enhanced DBS check and has received child safeguarding training with York City Council.
Founder Jessica Hardcastle is a qualified and experienced Community Dance Leader and musical theatre Choreographer. She has worked with many community and local theatre groups across York, choreographing large-scale musicals in the City for over 20 years.
Jessica has worked with some of the City’s biggest theatre producers and is a resident choreographer for York Stage Musicals. Choreography credits at the Grand Opera House, York include Rock of Ages (2017), Hairspray! (2015), Grease (2013), Jesus Christ Superstar (2011), The Producers (2011) and Oliver! (2010). Jessica has performed various lead and supporting roles in a variety of plays and musicals across York and is a graduate of the Margaret Berg School of Music where she achieved her singing grades.
Read a 5-star review of the musical Hairspray! directed and choreographed by JAZZ HANDS Founder Jessica Hardcastle here: http://www.thenorthernecho.co.uk/culture/12601518.display/
What we do
Our weekly term-time dance classes are adapted to suit the age and dance preferences of the individuals within the group. Some young people prefer more ballet-based and lyrical dance while others prefer classical jazz or street dance. Many just don’t know yet! We explore the basic forms of many popular dance styles in order to find our comfort zone. And once comfortable, we encourage JAZZ HANDERS to discover new styles or genres, culminating in interesting and dynamic routines that are performed as part of our annual showcase.
Hourly classes are just £5 per person per class and are payable in advance at the start of each term. Payment plans can be arranged if necessary as we are committed to being affordable and accessible. 10% discounts for additional siblings and multiple classes are also available.
Find out what other people have to say about JAZZ HANDS founder, dance leader and choreographer, Jessica Hardcastle:
"Jessica's choreography is both exciting and entertaining. She brings out the full potential of everyone she works with regardless of experience"
Nik Briggs, Artistic Director, York Stage Musicals
"The experience and skills I learned from Jess at JAZZ HANDS were invaluable to the progress of my early training. I couldn't recommend her enough"
Matthew Ives, Professional Actor/Choreographer
"Jess' creative talent is something quite special, finding the best in everyone...her imaginative and innovative choreography brings the West End to local theatre"
Gill Evans, Mum of three, York
Watch JAZZ HANDS Founder Jessica Hardcastle's choreography show reel here: