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Helen Calcutt

Thu 29th Feb 2024, 10:00am

About the Class

Helen’s professional class brings Cuban Rhythms into the contemporary space. Dancers are invited to explore sensual rumba and salsa pulses within the body, playing with isolations, rotations, and grounding within the scope of improvisation. The connections we discover through the dynamics of partner work (with interchangeable lead and follow) are also explored.

Expect playfulness,expansion,movement jams,and full-bodied, high-energy dance phrases focused on skilled footwork, Timba musicality, and the circular fluidity inherent to the Cuban salsa style


Pay-as-you-go– Online booking will close 15 minutes after the start time. Please ensure all personal information is entered correctly when booking your class. Tickets can also be brought by card at reception, places are subject to availability. 

Membership– You will not need to pre-book your class, just register at the reception 10 minutes before your chosen class. 


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Class FAQs

Brum Pro Class is for any professional artists or second/third-year vocational dance students who would like to continue development and push themselves in a challenging, high-quality professional class.

Classes take place in a variety of locations in the city.  Normally this is either FABRIC’s Studios, which is based on the Birmingham Hippodrome campus or ACE Dance and Music in Digbeth. Classes may also take place at other studios so please check carefully on booking, or call or visit.

Birmingham Hippodrome
Thorp Street
B5 4TB

T: +44(0)121 667 6730

ACE Dance and Music

ACE Space,

54-57 Floodgate Street,


B5 5SL


T: 0121 314 5830

Yes, although for many this is unlikely to be the most cost-effective way to book.  PAYG cost £8 per class and can be purchased in advance directly from here or via card payment at reception 10 minutes before the start of a class.

Once purchased, tickets cannot be exchanged or refunded unless the class is cancelled.

We have a Monthly or Termly Membership that can all be set up online, full details can be found here.

Membership commences on the “Start Date” shown on the membership acceptance email – which is sent automatically when a member pays the fee.

Key Information

The first time you book a class you will need to make a new account. 

Booking online in advance is recommended. 

Card payment is available on the day at reception. 


ACE Dance & Music

About Helen

Helen Calcutt

Helen is a dance artist, choreographer and poet based in the U.K. Trained in Cuban Rhythms and contemporary dance, and with a background in Commercial dance, she works with specialisms in choreography, facilitation and performance, devising and sharing movement for theatre, live works, site-specific productions, and indie film, across the U.K. and internationally.  

The author of three volumes of poetry, Helen’s practice also seeks to utilise text and verbal sound as an underscore for new movement. She is the Artistic Director of ‘Beyond Words’, a new interdisciplinary project exploring modes of translation: from poetry, into movement. She was awarded a DYCP from Arts Council England (2021-22) to expand on this research. Her work continues. She was one of six poets selected to perform at the Commonwealth Games Opening Ceremony, in 2022.  

To date, Helen has collaborated with The Birmingham Royal Ballet, Autin Dance Theatre, Sonia Sabri Company, The Place (London), Apple, Midland’s Actors Theatre, Def Motion, ME Dance Company, Vamos Cuba, The Birmingham REP, and The Birmingham Int. Dance Festival.