Low-Impact Tap & Advanced Tap with Sonia Brown

Low-Impact Tap & Advanced Tap with Sonia Brown


We're looking forward to having Low-Impact Tap & Advanced Tap with Sonia Brown at the on Wednesday evenings from 27th April. Reserve your place now!
TILEHURST, are you ready to FLY?! 🦢

Grow in confidence, improve your balance and dance with elegance in our SILVER SWANS ballet classes! 🩰

Classes are suitable for absolute beginners with exercises specifically choreographed to suit physical limitations. AND, most importantly, to make you feel graceful, beautiful and like a ballerina! 🤩

⭐️Tuesday 12pm at Cotswold Sports Centre, Downs Way
⭐️Wednesday 1pm at Dance Reality Studios, off Dee Rd

We also offer Low-Impact Tap Wednesdays 12pm at Dance Reality Studios

Get in touch to…
Have fun ✅
Form friendships ✅


We raised a whopping £6780.75!!

I personally would like to thank those who helped make the evening the success it was. The people that so generously donated vouchers and prizes, they include:-
Red Rose, Cozze Restaurant, Waterside Pub, Mayas Treats, Hamlet, Jalpari, Oakman Group, Bombay Story, Adda Hut, Parrot Studio, The Nail Bar, Hong Kong Garden, Burettas at The Royal Oak, Homes & Gifts and R Young Art - ALL FOR OUR TABLE RAFFLE.
OUR SILENT AUCTION - thank you to those who donated the lovely prizes.

FINALLY OUR LIVE AUCTION - The Thames Lido, Butlins, Playden Oasts Hotel in Rye, The Flying Lesson - White Waltham Airfield, Strange the Jewellers for the lovely bracelet, Getty Images, Marsham Court Hotel in Bournemouth and finally the beautiful signed limited edition painting from Castle Fine Art, Reading.

THANK YOU for all these wonderful prizes.

I want to thank Sindlesham Court for a wonderful venue and service - many have sent me messages today to say how much they loved the food.

Finally, a thank you to Cllr Keith Baker for making us his charity, Low-Impact Tap & Advanced Tap with Sonia Brown for their lovely performance, to David the Disco, to Danyl Johnson who got everyone up dancing and last but not least our lovely wheelchair dancers - Olivia, Hope & Zoe - who did an amazing job and that is what Chance to Dance is all about.

Picture - Vicky Founder and Director of Chance to Dance Stars CIC.
Lynda Director and Volunteer for Chance to Dance Stars CIC.
Nicci - Dance Teacher for Chance to Dance Stars CIC
Where's the Mayor!
Each week we like to report on where the mayor has been and where you may spot him coming up. Last week he was delighted to have been invited to the opening of Xtrac's new academy for apprentices and also to Kennet Girlguiding's World Thinking Day. Today he enjoyed meeting the Low-Impact Tap & Advanced Tap with Sonia Brown class at Thatcham Parish Hall and then popped into the Town Council offices to model our brand new deckchairs which you will see out and about when the weather is fine!
On Monday he will be raising the flag for Commonwealth Day, accompanied by School Council members from Spurcroft Primary School, Francis Baily Primary School and Parsons Down Partnership of Schools. Next Saturday he is honoured to have been invited to The Barfield Handbell Ringers memorial concert for Bill Butler at St Marys Church.
If you spot our friendly Mayor whilst out and about then please give him a cheery hello and if you'd like to invite him to one of your events, please email [email protected]
Due to popular demand, Low-Impact Tap & Advanced Tap with Sonia Brown is growing! A second weekly Advanced Tap session will be running on Monday evenings, beginning on 25 April.

Unlike her Low Impact Tap class (which avoids the use of jumps and springs to create a gentler dance workout, ensuring it's accessible to all), this Advanced Class centres around learning choreography to a new dance every half term.

Sign up now or risk missing out! https://whatsonreading.com/venues/sonia-brown/classes-workshops/advanced-tap
🦢🩰💐Silver Swans with Sonia Brown 💐🩰🦢

Gentle, feel-good ballet classes for over 50s (or any age looking for a friendly, low-impact dance class)

Did you know that we have been continuously offering online ‘Silver Swans at Home’ classes since March, despite our studio classes returning?

Our online classes have been so popular that many swans prefer to stay at home, not travel to a studio, and squeeze in more Silver Swans classes a week! It’s made lockdown 2.0 an easy switch keeping our classes familiar and consistent!

🍁Join us online Monday 6.30pm and Wednesday & Thursday 10am 🍁

We are also now running our funky ‘Low-Impact Tap with Sonia Brown’ class online too; an absolute beginner tap class where jumps are banned!
💃🏽Mondays at 11.30am🕺🏻

For details on our ‘Silver Swans at Home’ or ‘Low-Impact Tap at Home’ classes, and for information on our studio classes once we return, take a look at withsoniabrown.com 👀

Don’t forget to show us your support for small local independents by giving us a ‘like’, ‘love’, ‘share’ or ‘follow’ 💙

Adult Tap with Sonia Brown
Remember to tune into the Thatcham Festival page tomorrow morning at 10am to catch our first ever performance -let alone our first ever ONLINE SHOWCASE!

Loads of brilliant performances to see including ACE Dance Studios, MF Dance West Berkshire, Adult Tap with Sonia Brown and West Berkshire Youth Dance Company!

Low-impact Tap and Advanced Tap classes in Thatcham, Reading, Coley and Woodley!

Operating as usual

Photos from Low-Impact Tap & Advanced Tap with Sonia Brown's post 13/09/2022

As of this term Low-Impact Tap is two years old!

Where has the time gone? But haven’t we achieved so much?!

We now have 6 Low-Impact Tap classes across Berkshire. If you’d like to join us please get in touch at WithSoniaBrown.com!


We’re so excited to be shortlisted for the People’s Choice Award but with only 5 days left to vote, we really need your help!

We’re a considerably smaller, newer company than our competitors! Low-Impact Tap was set up mid pandemic (Sep 2020) while my Silver Swans and Advanced Tap classes have spent almost half their operation time online in lockdowns … and yet we have achieved mighty things!

If you enjoy following our antics on social media, are in support of the low-impact dance cause, know someone who attends one of our classes, or if you attend a class yourself PLEASE VOTE 🙏🏻

Super easy, no data entry. Click the link below, scroll to ‘Sonia Brown’ (near the bottom), and click ‘Submit’!

Voting closes THIS FRIDAY!

Thanking you so so much! ❤️

It's time to have your say - voting for the People's Choice Award is OPEN! 🎊🎉

The People’s Choice Award recognises an individual or organisation who has made a significant contribution to the dance industry throughout the last year, and is decided by you! Congratulations to all of those who were nominated!

VOTE NOW: https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/PeoplesChoiceAwardODUK2022
Voting closes on 16 September


DANCE DANCE DANCE! Our new course of classes begin THIS MONDAY 12th SEPTEMBER! 🕴🏼🕴🏼🕴🏼

🌟Silver Swans Ballet
🌟Low-Impact Tap
🌟Advanced Tap

Starting at the beginning of term/course really is the best time to join us as you won’t feel like you’re playing catch up. Everything is explained step-by-step… meaning newbies are very much welcome! 👐🏻

Join us for some uplifting dancing in a super friendly atmosphere!

For our full timetable please visit WithSoniaBrown.com/timetable



We really need your help in just 3 clicks! 🙏🏻❤️

We’ve been shortlisted for the One Dance UK People’s Choice Award which is a HUGE achievement considering the names we are up against!

It would mean the world to us to make it to the finals but as a fairly new school with one owner/teacher plus a helpful mum, and with a much smaller reach, we’re going need every single vote we can get!

Please help us by popping a vote via the link below, clicking ‘Sonia Brown’ (near the bottom), and press ‘Submit’. No data entry. That’s it! 😃


We’re doing it for the low-impact and over 50s dancers!! ❤️❤️❤️❤️


Awwwe this is so lovely!!! ❤️

🎉 Nominated for The Inspiration Award, sponsored by McDonald's is Sonia Brown

Low-Impact Tap & Advanced Tap with Sonia Brown 💃🏼

The nominator writes: “Sonia immerses herself into the whole community and makes us over 50s+ feel good again teaching tap and ballet”. 🌟

👉 porawards.co.uk 🏆


A BIG well done to our dancers in the Aldermaston and Wasing Show today! 👏🏻

After a month or two off of performances it felt great to get back out and dance for a fabulous audience of smiley faces 😃

Well done everyone! Especially Robyn for picking up the choreo so quickly so that she could perform with her mum today ❤️🌟❤️

Thank you for having us 😘


Catch us on the boards tomorrow!!

We’re dusting off our tap boards and ballet skirts ready for our performance at the Aldermaston and Wasing Show tomorrow!! Woooo!!

Come on down to The Old Mill at Aldermaston to see us dance at 3.15pm in the main arena.

There are lots of traditional competitions taking place throughout the day including a MASSIVE RUBBER DUCK DERBY!!! 🐥

Hope to see you there! 😃


It’s official! We have been nominated and shortlisted for the One Dance UK People’s Choice Award! 😃

Even making the final THREE would mean the world to us as we have worked so hard to represent a traditionally overlooked sector of the dance industry; the over 50s and low-impact demographic.

How many times have you heard people say they’re too old to dance, they’re body won’t allow them to, or they had to retire from professional dance in their early 30s? The choice is usually either jumpy, spinny general dance classes or to move straight to chair-based. What about the gap in between?(I could go into a detailed rant about socially constructed pressures and ideologies but won’t… 😂).


Our dancers enjoy our classes as they’re not patronised and we highlight all the amazing dancing we CAN do, rather than what we can’t.

So please, if you can spare 5 seconds, and three clicks (one on the link, one on ‘Sonia Brown’ near the bottom of the page, and one on ‘submit’) you’d be doing the over 50s/low-impact sector a HUGE SERVICE ❤️🌟❤️🌟


Voting closes 16th September!



Yes!!! BALLET & TAP classes for those needing a GENTLE alternative!

If you’ve always wondered what it would be like to take to the ‘barre’, to dance like Astaire, or perhaps return to dance after a long period, HERE’S YOUR CHANCE!

The great news is, in ‘Dance with Sonia Brown’ classes there’s no pressure to be “perfect”. Our bodies aren’t identical and so neither should our dancing be! If we need to alter something to work for you (level of difficulty, range of movement, more balance support) then that’s what we’ll do! 🙌🏼

The wonderful thing about our classes is that everyone comes for the same reason -to have fun, form friendships and make themselves feel fabulous… learning some new steps and improving fitness are just additional bonuses! 🌟

We have classes across Berkshire, from Woodley to Newbury, daytime and evening.

Do come along for a one-off class to see if it’s for you! You might surprise yourself and you’ll DEFINITELY walk away with some new friends! ❤️

🌟 Please visit WithSoniaBrown.com for more details of our Silver Swans Ballet and Low-Impact Tap classes 🌟



Eeeeeee! We’ve been shortlisted for the One Dance UK People’s Choice Award! Thank you everyone who nominated us!!! ❤️

We’ve had a crazy year what with all our 13 performances in fields and theatres, coming out of the final lockdown and growing to a 200 student school, organising dance events for Thatcham Town Council , raising money for Ukraine and Chance to Dance Stars CIC, performing in the Platinum Jubilee Pageant in London, hosting our own social events for our students, getting on the ITV news, my name on a FGW train, a regular guest spot on BBC Berks Coffee Club, a Gold Community Award from Thatcham Council, all while trying to be a better dance teacher by studying a Masters Degree at the Royal Academy of Dance! This would really mean the world to have all this recognised through this award.

Asking very very nicely, pretty please would you mind popping me a quick vote via the link. 🙏🏻❤️🙏🏻

You just have to tick ‘Sonia Brown’ and press submit! Super easy and no writing involved! We would be sooooo grateful!

Thank you 🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻


Photo credit-
Thatcham Town Council Dance Reading Thatcham Parish Halll Chance to Dance Stars CIC


WHAT A LINE UP! If you’d like to join our wonderful ensemble of dancers get in touch today!

We specialise in 3 classes…
🦢Silver Swans (Low-impact, beginner ballet)
🌟Low-Impact Tap (Beginner level)
💥Advanced Tap (High-impact, for experienced dancers)

Classes are held in…
🪩WOODLEY: Vibez Studios
🪩EARLEY: Earley St Peter’s
🪩CEMETERY JUNCTION: Read College/St Barts Theatre
🪩COLEY PARK: St Mary and All Saints Primary
🪩TILEHURST: Cotswolds Sports Centre, Dance Reality Studios
🪩THATCHAM: Frank Hutchings Community Hall, Thatcham Parish Hall
🪩NEWBURY: Newbury Rugby Club

See our full timetable at WithSoniaBrown.com/timetable


Wow this summer term has flown by! Well done to all our hard working dancers and congrats to those who’ve just completed their first term with us! 🏅

We’re taking two weeks off before returning in the autumn for a 6 week course.🍁

Have a great bank holiday weekend everyone! 😆


Double Shuffle Timesteps? In beginner LOW-IMPACT TAP? How could it be?! 😱

Have a watch of our adapted Timesteps. Definitely our flashiest step yet! My amazing students learnt these so quickly too! 😎


Ta-da!! And just like that, as the weather starts to feel a little autumnal, we’ve reached the last week of term! 🍁

Quite a few of our classes are fully booked/nearly there due to our dedicated summer attendees, plus some lovely newbies!

SOOOO if you’d like to join us when we return 12th September, get in touch today to reserve your spot!



Our next course of Low-Impact Tap begins 12th September! Get in touch for…
👉🏻 exercise without realising you’re exercising 😉
👉🏻 steps explained from the absolute beginning
👉🏻 alternative adaptions offered if needed
👉🏻 a relaxed, no-pressure atmosphere
👉🏻 and a giggle with our fabulous returning students!

✨ Have fun, form friendships and feel fabulous at Low-Impact Tap: where JUMPS ARE BANNED! ✨

➡️ For more info please visit withSoniaBrown.com ⬅️

It would be lovely to meet you! 😄

Photos from Silver Swans with Sonia Brown's post 14/08/2022

Photos from Silver Swans with Sonia Brown's post


We’re having a Dance with Sonia Brown social! 🧺

If you’d like to join us for a PICNIC IN THE PARK this Sunday 14th August, please do come along! No need to book, just turn up on the day with a picnic and your preferred seating choice… and maybe some shade ⛱

Hope to see you there! 😃


OH-yeh!!!! Look at my lovely line up of ladies in their 42nd Street routine! 👯

They NAILED our horrible ending of speedy ‘Reverse Double Timesteps’ topped off with back to back ‘Double Virginia Essences’! 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻

They are just FAB-U-LOUS! 🎉⭐️🤩


Tune in today! 👂🏼🎧📻

It’s a COFFEE CLUB Wednesday! ☕️

Catch me on BBC Berks radio at 11am today doing what I do best… having a natter! 📻


“I had been looking for a tap class like this for years, resulting in considering getting a train into London to take part in a more advanced tap class! As if by magic, Sonia came along and my search was no more.

Advanced tap is the perfect recipe of sociable, challenging, a workout and a giggle! We are a gaggle of tappers of all ages who come together to tap to the same beat (and laugh together when we ultimately get it wrong!)

Sonia is mindful of our differing levels and manages this by repeating more tricky parts and between classes posting step-by-step videos for us to rehearse.

Come along and try it. We would love to see you!”

-Kate, Advanced Tapper ⭐️


⭐️SUZIE Q’S ⭐️
Low-Impact Tap stylee!!

Last term my dancers NAILED their hardest step yet! “Suzie Q’s”… but not as they’re typically known!

Have a watch to see how to perform our adapted step at home!

Good luck! 😄


Yippee!! Our new term begins TOMORROW!🎉

Things you may like to know:

🕺🏻We offer Silver Swans ballet, Low-Impact Tap and Advanced Tap dance classes for adults

🕺🏻This term/course is five weeks long

🕺🏻If it’s your first time, you can pay-as-you-go for £8 to see if you’d like to sign up

🕺🏻We let our enrolled members float between classes to ensure they don’t lose out due to holidays, illness or childcare

🕺🏻The routines are brand new but will be repeated in the September term (Silver Swans and Low-Impact Tap), so you’ll be getting a head start!

🕺🏻Booking is easy! Just select the class via the forms on our website: withsoniabrown.com


Videos (show all)

Yes!!! BALLET & TAP classes for those needing a GENTLE alternative!If you’ve always wondered what it would be like to ta...
Double Shuffle Timesteps? In beginner LOW-IMPACT TAP? How could it be?! 😱Have a watch of our adapted Timesteps. Definite...
⭐️SUZIE Q’S ⭐️ Low-Impact Tap stylee!! Last term my dancers NAILED their hardest step yet! “Suzie Q’s”… but not as they’...
Any age, gender, physicality or level of experience is welcome to join our classes! We’re debunking myths! If you’ve hea...
WOWEEE WHAT A SIZZLER! And I’m talking about our dancing, not the weather! ☀️🕶😎An epic ending to another fabulous term w...
The past month has been so jam packed (Jubilees, parties, family fun days…) we can’t believe it’s been over a month sinc...
Getting ready for the pageant!
The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Pageant
Have a listen to our radio segment here if you missed us this morning! 📻😄🎙
Low-Impact Tap on ITV
Another fabulous and sweaty Advanced Tap class last night with these superstars! ⭐️⭐️⭐️No class next week as it’s half t...





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