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 latest 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.
Jessica is a member of the Guild of Professional Teachers of Dance, Movement to Music and Dramatic Arts (GPTD), is a qualified first-aider, holds an enhanced DBS check and has received child safeguarding training with York City Council.
Read what other people including industry professionals have to say about Jessica here.
Performances opportunities are available to members throughout the year.
Our GRAND SHOWCASE 2021 takes place at The Joseph Rowntree Theatre from Wednesday 3 February to Saturday 6 February 2021 with performances at 19:30 and a matinee on the Saturday at 14:30.
Our annual SUMMER SCHOOL, in collaboration with York Stage School, will take place across two weeks from Monday 27 July to Saturday 1 August and Monday 3 - Saturday 8 August 2020. 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. Sign up to either week to create an amazing 'show in a week'. Registration for this event opens after Easter.
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 choreographer for esteemed local musical theatre group York Stage Musicals. Choreography credits at the Grand Opera House, York include Me and My Girl (2019), The Sound of Music (2019), 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.
Sessions cost 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/family members. Multiple class discounts are also available.
Watch JAZZ HANDS Founder Jessica Hardcastle's choreography show reel here: