Est. 80 years
Ballet is the foundation of all classical dancing. We follow the syllabus for the Imperial Society Of Teachers of Dancing and offer classes from Pre-School upwards to advanced levels. Ballet is a fun and highly rewarding discipline which will benefit your child in different ways. The unique nature of ballet … Continue reading
Modern Theatre dance is a fun and rhythmic dance style which originated in America before travelling to the rest of the world. It is often seen on the stages of musical productions and is known for its theatrical qualities. Although using structured steps the dancers can use thier own interpretations … Continue reading
Jazz has become one of the most popular dance styles in recent years, mainly due to its popularity on television shows, movies, music videos and commercials. Jazz is an energetic form of dance that showcases a dancer’s individual style and originality as they interpret and execute moves and steps in … Continue reading
This has evolved as an American dance form, popularised throughout the world. It is most generally associated with the films and musicals of Fred Astaire and Gene Kelly.The dancer uses their feet to strike the floor, beating out different rhythms, with dancers wearing tap shoes which have small metal plates … Continue reading
Welcome To Our Dance School
The school was founded by Olive Goodwin over 80 years ago and was situated at 26 Fonnereau Road until 1986 when it moved to 8 Bolton Lane. Since January 2007 classes have been held at Copleston High School, IP4 5HD.
Linda Shipton was Principal from August 1973, having taken over from Susan King who was Principal for 4 years after Miss Goodwin retired. From April 2012 Laura Gillingham, a former student and Linda's deputy assistant for over twenty seven years became Principal.
The school has flourished over the years and is now proud to have trained many dancers for both Professional and Amateur work alike. Professionally, past pupils are performing world wide including the Royal Ballet, English National Ballet, Film & Television work, Musicals, Cabaret and Cruise Lines. In the local sphere, the school maintains close training links with the Co-op Juniors.
The examination system of the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing is followed and excellent results are consistently achieved in all subjects (Classical Ballet, Modern Theatre Dance, Jazz and Tap Dance). Able students wishing to pursue a Dance career are given full preparation for entry to various full time colleges at 16 or 18 years of age.
The school participates in the IMPERIAL BALLET AWARDS and JANET CRAM AWARDS (National events) and is proud to have enjoyed many successes at these events, including overall winners.