Become a part of an elite Jr crew to take your dance and performance skills to the next level


Positivity

Surround yourself with positive and fun people

Passion

Express yourself and get creative

Progress

Grow in confidence with a like minded community

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What our parents say...

“My son Luke was so nervous before he started Urban Strides but after his first session he was elated, he absolutely loved it. Since he’s auditioned and been in the Jr crew his confidence has grown and grown and grown and he’s met lovely new friends. He used to be very shy and now he gets on a stage in front of thousands of people and performs.

Being in the crew has helped him break down barriers that I never thought he would. It’s also opened the parents eyes to another style of dance and a new methodology of teaching. The children also learn the history and culture of Street Dance which I think is really important. They have a great group of teachers from all over the world who really inspire the kids. It’s a fantastic life experience, absolutely brilliant! We wouldn’t miss it for the world!”

Kim Hardwick-Venters, Aylesbury

The Junior Crew

The junior crew are a team of focused, passionate and positive young dancers intent on taking life’s opportunities and becoming the best they can be. Each year we offer the opportunity for young people aged between 7-14 to audition and become part of this select team. The Junior Crew is for young dancers who want to take their dance ability to the next level and want to be surrounded by other focused and hard working people.

Our unique 3 step method...

When you watch an Urban Strides Jr crew performance we want you to be blown away by the standard of dance, energy and performance your child can attain. The heart of Urban Strides education is all about building your child’s confidence in a positive and passionate environment, however to achieve the standards required for the Official Urban Strides Jr crew we adapt our focus as necessary to elevate your child to achieve levels neither of you thought possible. Here’s how we do it…


1 Positive action

To become successful in any area of life you must take consistent positive action. Sometimes life goes our way and sometimes it doesn’t but no matter what, we teach your child to keep going, keep taking steps, keep taking positive action. This philosophy ensures they understand the need for a solid work ethic and that as long they continue to strive they will get their in the end.


2 Performance

Your child will learn the skill set and techniques required to deliver a high level performance within a team. Having an experience of what it’s like to work for a end goal like a show not only gives them a personal sense of achievement it teaches the importance of teamwork and being a part of something special. We help your child feel comfortable in expressing how they feel within their performance and have the strength of character to put it out into the world in a supported environment. The performance skills are something that will help in your child’s communication in other avenues of their life.


3 Empowerment

We find that personal progress must come from within. We open your child’s eyes to what’s possible and help inspire them to push themselves to achieve what they’re really capable of. Aiming higher than we thought we could achieve is at the core of our ability to grow. We help raise your child’s expectations of what they can achieve so they understand from an early age that it’s okay to dream big. We couple this with an ability to break their dreams into more manageable steps so they can see that achieving something of considerable note takes time, dedication, practice and commitment.

What our parents have to say…

“My Son Freddie has been coming to Urban Strides for 4 Years, to see where he is now compared to where he started is just phenomenal, my daughter has also started and she’s loving it as well! But it’s not just the dance it’s the whole ethos, the enthusiasm and passion is infectious I think the parents are just as excited as the kids! The instructors are first class… I couldn’t recommend it highly enough…you can’t get a better ticket for your child than this”

Barry Stringer MBE – High Wycombe


The benefits of being in the Junior Crew are

  • Opportunity to work with industry professionals
  • Dramatically increase your dancing ability
  • Performance opportunities
  • Be able to create something you can call your own
  • Create great new friendships with like minded people
  • 50% off all additional class fee’s
  • Discounts off clothing
  • Discounts off Hip Hop Don’t Stop
  • Create something that you can feel proud to be a part of


Weekly training


The Jr crew train every week for 2 hours on Saturday mornings between 11 am and 1 pm at Bucks New Uni High Wycombe HP11 2JZ. Our training program dovetails seamlessly with our weekly class progression and will advance your child’s dance ability and confidence levels at a fast pace. Because the crew is an auditioned based opportunity the techniques they will enjoy will be advanced. We are privileged to work with the highest level coaches and dance instructors. We use the same training methods that has made our senior crew successful (often techniques used by the GB Olympic team) and then adjust and develop them for children between 7-14 years old.


During training they will be developing their confidence in performance skills, musicality, showmanship, teamwork and freestyle. The training is designed around fun and engaging exercises which will transform their core strength, co-ordination, creativity and fitness levels. We find for children of this age the most successful approach is to make our training methods fun and exciting so they dramatically improve in confidence and fitness levels whilst having a laugh at the same time!


The whole philosophy and focus of our crews is about feeling part of a tight knit family unit and striving for personal excellence in everything we do, not just in dance but in relationships with others. This mindset has allowed us to enjoy some incredible opportunities including arena tours and the Royal Variety performance.


If you think embedding a positive work ethic and an understanding of commitment within your child is important to their personal development I would suggest you will find our weekly training an invigorating and refreshing change from anything else you may have experienced before.

What the professor says…

“Urban Strides energy and enthusiasm are infectious, What an inspiration! Founder Andy Instone and the team at Urban Strides sets high standards and leads by example, they are supportive and encouraging to those needing help and are able to deliver a very powerful message to people”

Professor Valsa Koshy Head of Education– Brunel University


Hard work 1st then success.


We know this formula works and it's part of our Urban Strides philosophy. If you would like your child be surrounded by a special mentality that would give them drive, confidence and help solidify a solid work ethic for life then The Junior Crew is an environment you and your child will thrive in. If you work hard and commit yourself we are living proof you can achieve anything you desire but as the great Muhammed Ali once said, "I ran on the road long before I danced under the lights"


Therefore the goals and aims of the Junior crew are

  • Improve your dance technique to an Urban Strides performance level
  • Be dedicated to training outside of the crew rehearsals
  • Bring a positive and passionate attitude to weekly training
  • Be a team player at all times
  • Be responsible to retain and practice choreography


Instructors


Our teaching philosophy

Our primary focus is in creating a positive and energized environment whilst having a lot of laughs in the process. We have discovered the more relaxed your child is the more likely they are to create their best work. Our instructors then use individual goal setting techniques to ensure your child is clear on what they need to do to improve to the next stage. With a strong focus on each child fulfilling their true potential

Our instructors training program is at the forefront of the Street Dance world. We believe in order to get incredible results we need incredible instructors which is why our instructors undergo a minimum of 4 training and development programs per year.

What our parents have to say…

“You go in at the end of term and see what the children have learnt and how they’ve progressed and it’s just magical! If you’re thinking of enrolling your child with Urban Strides I would say go for it! It’s the best thing we ever did…”

Emma Byrne, mum of Ella – High Wycombe


Parents

Our parents are at the core of the Junior Crew. Without their unwavering support of our education philosophies the Junior Crew simply wouldn’t exist. Because of the goals and objectives of the Junior Crew it is imperative you’re fully aware of the commitment and support required if you want your child to enjoy the fantastic benefits on offer.

Below is a video of Kim's and her son Luke's story this will give you a typical idea of the kind of difference you can expect in your child if they are accepted into the crew:



Here is what we are looking for in the parents of Jr crew members

  • Belief in Urban Strides values of hard work, dedication, commitment and fun!
  • Appreciate that becoming exceptional takes time and will not happen overnight
  • Support and respect the decisions made by the creative team
  • Be an active ambassador for Urban Strides and your child’s crew
  • Ensure your child attends every rehearsal
  • Share the core belief that if you want something you have to work for it


If you feel this opportunity is for you we would love to see you at the auditions and will relish the opportunity to create something new, exciting and that will enrich everyone's life that is involved.

Here is what our parents Debbie and Emma had to say about the difference being a part of the crew has made to their lives.



Ask yourself

  • You've watched dance shows on TV and they’ve always thought, "I could do that"
  • You like the idea of your child being surrounded with a positive group of people
  • Your child likes having fun while they learn
  • You’d like them to meet some new like minded and positive friends
  • You would like to feel a part of something that celebrates passion and a family atmosphere
  • You would love to develop a strong work ethic and sense of community within your child

If you answered yes to any of the questions above I think the Jr crew could be exactly what you’re looking for. Take a peek at the slider below to find out some of the achievements of our performance crews:


Urbanstrides has...


  • Urban Strides has…

    … worked with Sir Richard Branson, James Corden and X-Factor winner Alexandra Burke to name but a few.


  • Urban Strides has…

    … appeared in 128 countries!


  • Urban Strides has…

    … been seen on 36 TV channels


  • Urban Strides has…

    … been viewed by a global audience of 1.73 billion people


  • Urban Strides has…

    … the distinction of being the first street dance crew in the world to open the Royal Variety Performance in the presence of Her Majesty the Queen


  • Urban Strides has…

    … performed on over 100 arena stages (that’s more than Lady Gaga)

What the Press say…

“This Street Dance class is hot, when the class begins you can see why it’s so popular”
Sanjoy Roy – The guardian

“Andy Instone’s Urban Strides company has done so much to give Hip Hop Dance credibility as an art form”
Kevin Berry – Journalist The Stage and Dance Europe.


Why urban strides?

10 reasons why the Urban Strides Jr crew is the shizzle for young dancers ! – Click here

    Our unique 3 step method...

    When you watch an Urban Strides Jr crew performance we want you to be blown away by the standard of dance, energy and performance your child can attain. The heart of Urban Strides education is all about building your child’s confidence in a positive and passionate environment, however to achieve the standards required for the Official Urban Strides Jr crew we adapt our focus as necessary to elevate your child to achieve levels neither of you thought possible. Here’s how we do it…


    1 Performance

    You will enjoy performance opportunities on big stages in touring theatres. Your child will be fast-tracked to achieve a high level of performance in a much shorter time. They will be shown step by step to produce high quality choreography and have the chance to perform solo spots when they are ready. They will soar in confidence when they have the opportunity to show their skills in front of a live audience.


    2 Pride

    Being in the Jr crew will put your child in the top 5% of young dancers in the UK. Being a part of something that operates at an elite level will instill a solid sense of self belief and achievement that they can attain something of a high standard. This level of competence and confidence will filter through into other areas of their life demonstrating to them that they can take opportunities and achieve. Getting in the JR crew is no easy feat and when they achieve this level it will be something they will definitely want to tell Grandma about!


    3 People

    Surrounding yourself with other positive and passionate minded people will give your child a sense of belonging which is imperative for their development. We also show how to behave with a sense of humility when they start to achieve things that were always out of their reach before. We tend to attract caring and supportive parents. People who are willing to go the extra mile for their child. Because of this mentality we find that often parents find like minded parents that feel and think similarly to you. This ensures your child is surrounded by other well mannered and brought up children. We often find that Urban Strides becomes the primary social group for your child. This gives them a sense of community outside of their school life which echoes the family values you hold dear at home. With a philosophy of teamwork, striving for excellence and a belief that hard work gets results our fun and “Aim higher” attitude seems to attract happy, passionate people with a positive can do attitude….Plus we like to laugh….a lot ;)

  1. We created the world’s first authentic street dance teacher training qualification. Urban Strides are Europe's leaders in Street Dance education (check us out!) we are creating the qualifications and standards by which Street Dance teachers are being judged.
  2. Our focus is on having fun and confidence building-these skills are at the core of what we do and it’s this philosophy which ensures our students become more successful in their personal lives as a direct result of hanging out with us.
  3. We are more than just a dance class – Our instructors are positive and uber cool role models for your children. Passion and positivity are our key ingredients and this rubs off on your kids when they are surrounded by inspirational adults
  4. All of our instructors are CRB checked have public liability insurance, and have undergone a level 1 child protection training. In fact our child protection policies are far over and above the governments guidelines.
  5. Your child will gain the skills necessary to be able to freestyle real deal Street dance movements at will, ensuring they’re always the coolest kid at the school disco!
  6. We are the experts – with out blowing our trumpet (too late!) we were the first street dance crew in the world to open the Royal Variety Performance have appeared on 36 TV channels, have been seen in 128 countries and performed on over 100 arena stages.
  7. We are the choice of the successful, our qualified instructors have taught sir Richard Branson, James Corden and “Diversity”
  8. If you don’t like it we give you your money back. Plain and simple. We believe whole heartedly in what we do and we’re willing to put our money where our mouth is. If you don’t think your Urban Strides class is the best thing you’ve ever done let us know and we’ll give you your money back.
  9. If your child wishes to progress, they will have the opportunity of performing with our elite crews. Our Crews are among the UK’s elite and getting accepted into one of these is definitely something you’ll want to tell Nan about!
  10. Our classes are based on a structured curriculum so your child will be progressing every week, plus they will be actively encouraged to develop their creativity in an environment where they feel it’s ok to make mistakes and grow as a result.
  11. (I know I said 10 but we like to exceed expectations!) All of our team are involved in our Urban Strides community. Our lovely office team is made up of people who come to class or have their children in class, they understand where you are coming from and have experienced the positive difference being part of the Urban Strides family can have.

Celebrities


Kind words from our celebrity friends

Myself and Channel 4 needed some Street Dancers for the opening of one of our shows and Urban Strides was our 1st choice. Working with Andy and the Urban Strides team is always a pleasure, he makes the whole process a lot of fun and ensures we get a high quality performance at the end. He put me and my team at ease and before we knew it we were dancing like pro’s! We needed humour in the piece and Andy’s flexible nature meant we could create something funny we thought the audience would enjoy. His creative suggestions and execution was spot on. I would heartily recommend Andy and Urban Strides for any Street Dance experience whether it’s the opening of a TV show, the Royal Variety performance or a weekly class for a total beginner. Urban Strides make it fun, positive and an exciting experience-with their incredible passion and professionalism you can't help but want to get up and dance!

James Corden

James Corden

What Stacey Soloman says...

“Working with Andy has been a great experience! He’s helped me think about my performances in a new way and we had so much fun! Andy and Urban Strides are not only great performers but their positive energy and passion is infectious. I would definitely recommend Andy and Urban Strides, whether it’s for a street dance course or a show at the O2 arena, they’ll wow you with their passion and professional attitude and you’ll have a lot of fun whilst doing it!”

Stacey Soloman

Pricing

We are committed to ensure excellent education is affordable. Our programs are paid for on a monthly basis in order to keep costs as low as possible. We feel its right for you to be in control which is why we believe in the following principles:

  • No long tied-in contracts
  • Money back guarantee
  • If you stop early we miss out not you
  • Jr crew members receive 50% reduction on any additional weekly classes

Payment Plan

Jr crew fees are split into affordable monthly payments starting from as little as

£69.15

per month

Click Here to register for the next audition

We run our Jr crew training every Saturday morning during school terms and break during the Summer, Easter and Christmas holidays. For simplicity we split your class fees into smaller monthly payments.


If after your first class it isn’t the best dance class you’ve ever been to let us know and we’ll give you a full refund no questions asked.


Auditions

If you feel this opportunity is for you we would love to see you and your child at the auditions and will relish the opportunity to create something new and exciting with you that will enrich everyone’s life that is involved.


When are the auditions?

We hold auditions once a year in January. To get ahead of the crowd you can register your interest now. Fill in your details below and as soon as we have confirmed then new audition venue and times we will let you know.

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Book the Jr Crew to perform


Book the Urban Strides Jr Crew to perform at your event


The urban Strides Junior crew are a dynamic and exciting group of young people showcasing a high level of authentic street dance performance.

The Jr Crew are always interested in performing opportunities if you have an event that you think would benefit from the an Urban Strides Jr Crew performance simply fill in your details below.