Urban Dance City (UDC) is a leading urban dance company based in Mitcham SW London. Attendees mainly travel to us from surrounding local areas in South London such as Streatham, Colliers Wood, Tooting, Carshalton, Hackbridge, Wallington, Norbury, Croydon, Norwood, Thornton Heath, Merton, Morden, Sutton and Wimbledon.

We specialise in urban dance classes for children & young adults to include Commerical Street, Afrobeats, Hip Hop, House, Dancehall, Acro and Contemporary.  Taught by energetic teachers who engage, care and empower students boosting students motivation and self esteem. Students are invited to perform in shows, events and can take IDTA streetdance exams (optional).

Formerly called DanceMode (Mitcham) established in 2004, Urban Dance City (UDC) launched in 2018 bringing you these popular urban dance styles with cultural influence that shapes the now and future of how these styles were and continue to be developed.  When students learn to dance it builds confidence and helps them acquire life skills from attending our dance classes. Approved by the IDTA and recoginsed by the NHS, UDC practices safe dance practice in a positive and fun manner supporting students health in mind, body and soul.

UDC founder members are first aid trained, DBS checked and insured.

Awards 2023
Urban Youth Dance School Of The Year 2023 | Awarded by Greater London Enterprise Awards
Dance School Of The Year 2023 – South London | Awarded by GHP Fitness and Nutrition Awards

Dawn Mendonça – Director
Dance Teacher Trainer FFIDTA , L4Dip
Adjudicator, Talent Agent

The Founder

Dawn Mendonca, the driving force behind Urban Dance City (UDC), is a former London & Home Counties young people’s freestyle dance champion and a past performer in radio and music roadshows.

A BRIT Performing Arts & Technology FE graduate, she’s a skilled networker and presenter, connecting alumni with industry opportunities.

Dawn is a qualified IDTA professional dance teacher at Fellowship level, boasting a Level 4 Diploma in Dance Teaching. She leads Dance Teacher Training (DTT) courses affiliated with the International Dance Teachers Association, imparting her expertise to aspiring instructors.

Beyond teaching, Dawn guides young performers by connecting them with agencies for West End, TV/film, commercials, music video, and modeling roles. UDC exclusive auditions (by invite) under her direction provide growth opportunities for members.

Recognised by the Mayor of Merton, Dawn received the “Woman of Substance” award for her impactful community contributions and resilience.



Emily Daniels

BRIT school fomer student. Frequently attends BASE dance studios. Experienced Dance Coach at Jam Total Sport. Achieved Bachelors in Dance at Kingston University & also at Califonia State University USA.  PGCE Qualified school teacher.


Crystal Chigbolu

Attends BASE Dance Studio. Experienced in teaching hip hop & K-pop. A uni dance society member. Began training in ballet, tap, street dance, jazz, lyrical, acro, musical theatre & contemporary with focus on hip hop since teens.


Jadesola Adesola

Dancer with The Achetype Dance Team winning World Of Dance championships, dance awards and performed at London’s leading dance events and venues such as at Sadlers Wells, UDO,  The Hotstepper UK, National Theatre & Move It.


Emma Rowland

BRIT school graduate dances with Boy Blue & Birdgang Ltd. Featured in a JD Sports advert & on The Voice.  Performed in music videos, celebrity basketball matches, charity balls, entertainment awards & the Queens platinum jubilee.

Paula Urrea

Paula Urrea

Columbian Paula from Spain trained in popping & flamenco dancing before finding her passion for urban dance styles as a student with us at Urban Dance City. Paula has natural musicality and helps students to confidently express themselves.


Guest Choreographers

To enhance students experience we regularly invite top industry choreographers to work with teachers and advanced students for workshops.  Not only are regular teachers encouraged to attend exhibitions like MoveIt to network and attend open air classes, but choregraphers are also invited to lead Urban Dance City workshops as inhouse training. Instructors are encouraged to learn how to create suitable choreography for all levels of students and work as team sharing ideas to create effective group choreography for shows and competitions. A big thank you to some of the talented top choregraphers in the industry we have had the honour to work with to include .. : to name a few…

Jason Pinnock


Bruno Duarte

Kayleigh Dettmer

Matthew Harding

Abbie Etheridge


At Urban Dance City our intention is to always maintain a safe and positive community for all the students, teachers and helpers.

We value the importance of respect for each other that contributes into building trusted relationships nurturing student and team rapport.

For positive feedback or if you have a concern about a member of staff, volunteers, students actions or behaviour, please complete the form below to report to Urban Dance City managed by DM Business.

DM Business Officers remain impartial ensuring all matters are confidential and dealt with fairly.

DM Business Officers
Dawn Mendonca (Director)
Courtney Dennie

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