Dance teacher Anna De Freitas #activeHCA

Anna De Freitas

Dance teacher Anna De Freitas #activeHCA

Our dance tutor Anna De Freitas has been teaching with us for 30+ years, mostly at Bedford House.  With the building now closed for a year-long refurbishment, classes have moved to Millman Street with her contemporary dance classes open to 4-16-year-olds.

We caught up with Anna to find out what drives her to teach and what makes her dance classes a bit different.  

Anna at Bedford House in the early ’90s

“In modern life, I found there is pressure on children to compete in their every day. In my dance classes at HCA, it is a space for children to be heard and express themselves through dance.  The classes are more bespoke to the children now, looking at what they need whilst learning different styles of dances such as contemporary. Children learn structure and form alongside flexibility and the skills of performance.  I believe learning to dance allows children to explore who they are.  

Anna De Freitas at Millman Street

Anna on her way to class with student

I remember a moment when I was six I was dancing and I knew this was what I wanted to do with the rest of my life.  My training is in the Legat and Russian Vaganova style and I have performed all over the world in ballet and character companies as a soloist and principal dancer.

I have a real passion for the possibilities of dance to build confidence in children and young people.  The children often have an input into the choreography and help to make props and masks for our shows.  We even include a bit of flamenco and Argentinean tango! I love the children I taught and I love the children I teach.  I am excited about the future of HCA and exploring the different possibilities of dance bringing our community together.”  

Keep an eye out for more stories as part of our #activeHCA theme this Autumn.  Check out our activities calendar for full listings for children and young people, or email for more info.  


Following the advice set out by government on 16th March we have sadly taken the decision to close the majority of our activities for the moment.   Our care provision for members at Millman Street will continue for now.  Our Befriending Scheme will start linking people by phone
The following activities will cease as of today
Activities for drop in members at Millman Street
Gymnastics, Taekwondo and Ballet sessions
Pottery sessions
Daily Under 5’s sessions
Media Arts Club
Sport Meets Art
Creative Communications Sessions
Carers Art Group
Over 60’s pottery and creative writing
Activities for drop in members at Millman Street
Digital Storytelling
Make and Mend group
Like many of you we are thinking hard about how to support the community over the next few months.  We will be in touch with details of what our offer looks like, how you can help and how you can get help.  In the meantime you can also join local ward based whats app and facebook groups organising support – follow this link to see how you can help