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Based in North Yorkshire, Access Dance provide high quality dance classes and workshops to people who aspire to leading healthier, more fulfilling lives. Whether you are a novice or an experienced dancer, Access Dance can offer the right style of dancing at a level suitable for you. This might be Bollywood for cardio fitness, Contemporary Dance for those wanting to explore their artistic and creative side, or ballet for strengthening posture and increasing flexibility. 

Access Dance classes are friendly and supportive and delivered by highly trained dance professionals. Our staff are qualified to at least degree level and hold professional memberships with the National Dance Teachers' Association and the Foundation for Community Dance. All staff hold current DBS certificates and Public Liability Insurance. 

Our work to date includes: 

  • Primary school days of dance 
  • GCSE and BTEC course enhancement workshops
  • Dance courses to support mental well-being
  • Bollywood parties
  • Performing Arts workshops for Girl Guides, Brownies and Rainbows
  • Creative dance classes at Henshaws Arts and Crafts Centre
  • Course development and student mentoring at Converge York


Josie Campbell - Co-founder and Actor with Travesti Theatre Company
Nicola has worked with my drama and theatre studies students on a variety of projects, ranging from contemporary and Bollywood dance classes (very popular!) to one-to-one work with a student who needed to create a movement piece for a Diploma exam in Performance Arts. I have found Nicola to be adept at handling lively teenagers, but also very creative when working on advanced examination material. She has a firm, patient approach to a range of age groups and is willing to adapt her work according to the needs of each client, doing the necessary research and preparation in advance of each session. I would not hesitate to recommend her and will certainly be hiring her again in the future.

Bronia Trynka-Watson - Girlguiding Arts Adviser, Leader, Commissioner and Trainer
Nicola worked with me at a large event in 2010 providing creative dance workshops for many different groups of girls aged from 10 to 16 over a week. She was excellent in every possible way, developed a rapport with everyone - me, my colleagues, all the other session leaders and the workshop members. Thank you Nicola!


National Dance Teachers Association

Foundation for Community Dance

Nicola Forshaw - Founder and Director

NicolaForshaw1Nicola Forshaw directs the company and is passionate about enhancing education and quality of life through dance.

Nicola trained at Northern Ballet School and had a successful career as a professional dancer before teaching dance in a wide range of settings. She gained a first class BA(Hons) in Dance at York St John University followed by an MA in Applied Performance, concentrating her research on dance in community settings. Drawing from her extensive experience in performing and teaching, Nicola believes that dance should be an inclusive, interactive art accessible to all.

Recent projects include workshops in Primary and Secondary schools, York St John University and collaborations with Ascendance Rep. Long term projects have culminated in public performances and day projects offer children the opportunity to perform to classmates and parents.

Research and Lecturing


Macchiatto Productions

Intellect Books

University of York St John


Access Dance recently received the UnLimited Catalyst Award for Social Entrepreneurship for a pioneering project with mental health service users in York