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Thrive Youth Dance Company provides classes in North London where young people ages 12 - 19 can study contemporary dance and choreography in a creative and supportive environment. The company helps to inspire young people along their journey to becoming young dancers, artists, and performers. Thrive educates and supports future generations of young dancers by enabling creative thinking and inspiring self-confidence.


Students will: 

Practice contemporary dance technique  

Learn choreography and performance skills 

Discover more about dance as a career

Improve fitness, flexibility, and strength 

Gain confidence and creativity

Participate in performance opportunities

Learn more about dancers health and wellbeing 

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Ask about how to get involved in our partnership with the Centre for Advanced Training at The Place

What people are saying...

"I've gained new confidence in my creativity and have liked getting to make my own choreography" - Sonny

​"The atmosphere is that of a family" -Carmel

"It helps me to improve technically in order to be accepted into professional dance" -Lucas

“What you do is so important at a crucial stage in their lives - encouraging them to think of their bodies in a positive, confident way; helping them to be expressive and strong and unafraid. It's not to be underestimated, and you deserve to feel proud of the effect you have on them" -Rebecca

"I really enjoy the classes because I am taking GCSE Dance and it's helped me a lot so far" -Caitlin


"I've learned that dance can bring people together and is a way to make new friends" -Chloe


"My daughter has benefited hugely from everything you have taught her. It has been great for her fitness, discipline and focus”​ -Eilis


"The students are also able to watch the other performers and appreciate their skillset and varied choreographies. It is in these venues that young dancers are prepared for this most rigorous of professions” -Sue

Where you've seen us

Thrive youth 

You might have seen us performing at:

The Place Youth Platform 2022


U.Dance Regional Platform at Laban 2020 

RichDance 2019

Step Around Town 2019

Havering Dance Festival 2019

U.Dance Regional Platform at Laban 2018 (shortlisted for National Platform)


RichDance 2018

Ignition Festival 2017

U.Dance Regional Platform at Laban 2016

Rosie Copp 

Trinity Laban graduate

BA (Hons) in Dance Performance

Sonny McCook 

Trinity Laban graduate

BA (Hons) in Dance Performance

Rhianon Browne

Trinity Laban graduate

BA (Hons) in Dance Performance

Lucas Watson

attending London Contemporary Dance School studying BA (Hons) in Contemporary Dance 

Jess Hilder-Bailey

attending Manchester University

BA (Hons) in Dance and Performance 

Sarah Poekert

Artistic Director & Teacher

Sarah Poekert founded Thrive Youth Dance Company in 2015 after working for several years teaching the GCSE Dance and seeing so many talented young people coming through the program. She felt there was a need for more pre vocational classes in North London where young people could continue their study of dance and choreography in a creative and supportive environment. 

Sarah moved to London after graduating from Roger Williams University in America gaining a BA (Hons) in Dance Performance and Psychology. She continued her studies here in London and gained a Diploma in Dance Studies and an MA in Creative Practice from Trinity Laban. Sarah has performed for Lizzie Kew-Ross, Armadillo Dance Project, Shunt, Melissa Booth, and the Non-Applicables. She has also had her choreography shown at The Place, Ugly Duck, RichMix, Trinity Laban, The Point, Shunt Lounge, the Brick Box, and Trispace Gallery. Currently Sarah teaches meditation and danced-based mat classes for adults, contemporary dance and creative movement for the Royal Academy of Dance,  is the Head of Dance at Beatrix Potter Primary School, and is a Dance Artist at Siobhan Davies Dance. Sarah also works as a guest teacher for Roger Williams University and Middlesex University. 

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