Centre-Point has arrived in Southam & Houlton!
Welcome to the home of Centre-Point, a creative hub at the heart of Warwickshire, offering classes in Dance and Pilates, suitable for early years through to adults.
With 20 years of professional experience, founder Kate Taylor invites you to explore the body's potential and develop a passion for moving!
“All that is important is this one moment in movement. Make the moment important, vital, and worth living. Do not let it slip away unnoticed and unused” - Martha Graham, 20th century dance icon.
Kate Taylor: Director & Teacher at Centre-Point
After graduating from Trinity Laban, the world’s largest Contemporary Dance school, Kate went onto work with - and perform works by - many high profile choreographers, touring both nationally and internationally. In addition to her career as a professional dancer, teaching has always been Kate’s passion. Kate has taught extensively throughout the UK, working with all ages and abilities in a multitude of settings, including community and outreach, schools, universities and the professional sector. She has also successfully managed and directed educational and outreach projects of varying scales across the country. Kate was introduced to Pilates during her formal dance training at Trinity Laban as a way to enhance strength and power and protect from injury. During the last 20 years Kate has practiced the technique and gained her teaching qualification through the Pilates Foundation in 2010. As well as teaching Pilates for health, Kate remains a practicing dancer and artist, which only enhances the creative backbone and integrity behind Centre-Point.
Contemporary Dance is a style of expressive dance that combines elements of several dance genres, including modern, jazz, lyrical and ballet. It allows the participant to explore the body’s potential and increases fitness. Contemporary technique promotes a whole body workout, which in turn develops posture, strength and flexibility. The use of space, interchangeable rhythm, speed and direction gives the technique its edge and unique characteristics. From its early developments in the mid-20th century, Contemporary Dance continues to evolve.
Creative Dance provides the potential for personal expression. Although there is a clear structure to the class, participants are encouraged to interpret, for example, the theme, emotion, and narrative, with their own expressive form, which develops their creativity. The fundamentals of technique, posture, musicality and performance are deeply embedded within Creative Dance. Through moving with others, participants will naturally build communication skills, social skills and positive self-esteem.
Pilates takes its name from its founder, Joseph Pilates. His new approach to fitness and body conditioning has been practiced and developed since 1920 when Joseph and his wife Clara opened their 'body conditioning gym' in New York City. Pilates is a low impact form of exercise, focussing on posture, core strength and mobility. In addition to these fundamentals is the method’s holistic and restorative approach, aiming to bring a sense of wellbeing and balance to the body. Exercises involve the whole body, with an emphasis on promoting the length and strength of the muscles. Health practitioners recommend Pilates as one of the most effective forms of exercise today, benefitting all body types both mentally and physically, and demonstrating how successful the technique is for those suffering pain and structural imbalances. Pilates provides a sense of wellbeing and great body awareness – it can benefit everyone, but is particularly helpful for: arthritis, aches and pains, back complaints, fatigue, limited range of movement, and stress. It can also help both pre- and post-natal women, as well as supporting the body to rehabilitate after many types of surgery. Pilates is complimentary to many lifestyles and supports both physical and mental strength and wellbeing.
To see our range of classes please visit our 'classes' page
Connor has been dancing since the age of 6. At 16 he began his professional training at Phil Winston’s TheatreWorks in Blackpool. Since graduating Connor moved to Germany to perform in the musical We Will Rock You.He then returned to the UK and went on to perform in numerous pantomimes,corporate events and tv commercials. His career naturally led him to cruise ships where he worked for a number of different cruise lines traveling the world.
He then went onto perform in Japan for a number of years in a resident show at DisneyLand Tokyo. It was here where he was introduced to Contemporary Dance which led to his recent qualification under the NATD as a Contemporary Teacher. Connor now wants to give back to the dancing world all the knowledge, experience and influences from other teachers and dancers he has met from his travels to help nurture and grow the next generation of performers
After gaining double distinction star for her BTEC Level 3 Dance, Joanne went to get into the top universities around the country for Contemporary Dance. After staying in London, Joanne chose to come back, close to her home town and is completing her degree in dance at Leicester College with Demontford University. Joanne has studied dance technique for many years, training in Graham, Cunningham and Release technique, working along side companies including Parlor Dance, Motionhouse Dance Theatre and James Wilton.
Elliott was introduced to dance in 2014 through the critically acclaimed Boys Dancing CSW and later that year changed his pathway at North Warwickshire & Hinckley College, going on to then complete a BTEC level 3 in dance. He went on to work with Boys Dancing in 2015 and 2016 and was a member of Award winning Rutherford Youth Dance Company. Elliott has been working as a dancer for Being Frank and apprentice to company Director, David Mckenna. His teaching credits include Haddon Performing Arts School. Elliott is completing his degree at Addict Dance Academy in Leicester.
All teachers hold an enhanced dbs and Centre-Point ensures that all teachers maintain up to date safe guarding training. Should you wish to see any of our policies, these can be provided on request. There will always be a first aider present.
Hayley has been dancing since the age of 16, and has studied at Stratford Upon-Avon College, Northern School of Contemporary Dance and the Royal Academy of Dance. Hayley has recently gained a second upper class honours degree in Dance Education, Hayley is an RAD Registered Teacher and a fully qualified Pilates Instructor. Hayley worked as a professional dancer for a number of years, performing in music videos, television performances, pantomimes and contemporary pieces across the UK. Her training continued throughout this time in London at Pineapple Studios, Studio 68 and Danceworks. Hayley aims to let her experience in the industry inform her classes, to create original choreography and explore new ideas.
The Grange Hall, Southam
Coventry Road, Southam, CV47 1QA
The Graham Adams Centre, Southam
St James Road, Southam, CV47 OLY
The Barn, Houlton
Houlton/Dollman Farm, Houlton CV23 0AB
Situated directly outside The Barn
Is The Tuning Fork Café -