Who We Are
We pride ourselves in our seasoned international instructors with mastery in their genre of dance who will provide exceptional dance instruction to our chosen clientele. Our curriculum will primarily be according to the Imperial Society for Teachers of Dance (ISTD) standards.
Val’s – The Dance Studio is a dance institution established to build a legacy for Mr. Valentine Humphrey Arewe Aneke in honour of his memory and based on his love, passion and achievements in the Latin and Ballroom dance genre.
While in the UK studying Civil Engineering in the 1950s, Val enrolled at the Frank & Peggy Spencer Dance School in Penge, London where he excelled in Ballroom & Latin dancing. “Nicky” as he was called by his fellow contestants, who had trouble pronouncing his surname, won several Gold, Silver and Bronze medals for Ballroom & Latin dancing.
Val Aneke passed away on February 15, 1995 (a day after Valentine’s day). The studio opened its doors on the 20th anniversary of his passing as we acknowledged that God has turned our mourning into dancing (Psalm 30:11) and it’s time to Dance (Ecclesiastes 3:4).
Founding Patron Peggy Spencer MBE – President, Imperial Society for Teachers of Dance
Founder Angela Aneke – daughter of Mr. Valentine Aneke
we pride ourselves in our seasoned international instructors with mastery in their genre of dance who will provide exceptional dance instruction to our chosen clientele. Our curriculum will primarily be according to the Imperial Society for Teachers of Dance (ISTD) standards.
Our Master Classes are a series of intense and short training sessions in specific dance genres with renowned instructors from around the world. They provide the opportunity to learn from and share experiences with leading dance artists who are experts in a particular dance genre.
Master classes will be held throughout the year in Ballroom & Latin, Jazz and Ballet. Ballroom and Latin Master Classes are with James Prouton while Jazz Master Classes are with Jeffrey Page.
Our Regular Classes are a series of tailored dance classes in various dance genres. They provide learning and growth opportunities for beginners in Ballroom, Latin, Jazz and Creative Ballet.
Our Dance Genre
James Prouton LISTD, LNATD is a renowned dance instructor in the United Kingdom with over 20 years in the dance industry.
He learnt tap, ballet and jazz as well as ballroom and latin up until he was 9 years of age, became the UK Ten dance champion and was very privileged to represent England at the World Championships where he finished 9th.
His success continued into the adult ranks, with many championship wins up and down the UK and also abroad but the most notable success was winning the British National Youth Championship in 1998, aged 20.
Soon after, James established himself as one of the UK’s top amateurs, regularly finishing in the top finalists in England and in the quarter finals of most international championships.
He is presently running professional dance classes in two owned locations in the United Kingdom and he is a Licentiate of the Imperial Society for Teachers of Dance (LISTD) and a Licentiate of the National Association of Teachers of Dancing (LNATD).
Team building with a twist
Vals The Dance Studio will offer you bespoke corporate team bonding and team building programmes to meet your business needs.
Dance and Music have been known for their therapeutic nature of providing healing and relaxation to the human psychology and creating an involuntary mental openness for optimised human performance.
Not only is dance a great fun way to break the ice with team members and colleagues, but also a subtle way to improve on other skills such as:
- Decision making
Our world class dance studio facilities, including a café , and swimming pool can serve multiple purposes for the delivery of these tailored team building sessions.
Our team bonding classes integrated with Dance and Music are a perfect solution to relieving stress and also help to get rid of inhibitions, enabling work mates to interact in ways not normally found in the office environment.
Our enthused facilitators have a proven track record of providing efficient bespoke programmes for each company.
These weekend sessions are known to increase communication within a team, boost confidence and also motivate the individuals towards achieving their corporate goals.
Classes and workshops can take the form of simple dance classes where participants can learn to work together as they learn simple dance routines, either as random couples or singularly, building up to a mini stage production as final entertainment.