The school offers classes for all ages in Ballet, Royal Academy of Dance syllabus and Modern Jazz & Tap, ISTD syllabus.
The above courses can be followed to examination entry level if desired. All examinations are accredited by the QCA.
School productions are staged locally every other year, the last one being in July 2016.
When St Michael’s High School were successful in their bid to become a Performing Arts College, the dance school was invited to work with them as a community partner. As a result of this, there is a good working relationship between the schools and classes are now held in St Michael’s purpose built studios aswell as the main site in the town centre.
Our experienced, qualified staff will help your child, (or you!) to achieve their hopes & dreams. Whether it be a career in musical theatre, or simply to enjoy a fun way to exercise – we can help!
Anita trained as a full time student at the Muriel Tweedy School of Dancing in Manchester, one of her teachers being Arlene Phillips of Strictly Come Dancing Fame. After a brief spell of professional work, the school was opened in 1969 and had the grand total of 3 pupils in its first week! (There are now over 200)!
Rachael (Anita’s Daughter) trained at the school until she was sixteen when she was accepted at the Merseyside Dance and Drama Centre where she studied for three years and gained her teaching qualifications. She danced professionally for eight years doing Cruise ship work, Commercial Theatre and ‘Spirit of the Dance’ before joining the teaching staff in 2000.
Sarah Ottley graduated from Performers College in London and worked in Commercial Theatre and Television for nine years before settling down to have her family, joining our teaching staff in 2001.
Donna Fleming attended school from age 4 until she auditioned for the Professional Dancers and Teachers of Dance course at Preston College where she qualified to teach ISTD Ballet, Tap, Modern & National. Following college Donna performed in theatre, international corporate events, cruise lines and holiday camp productions where she choreographed numerous stage dance routines.
Katie Wood trained at the school until she was sixteen when she successfully auditioned for a full time place at Preston Dance College where she gained her FDI qualification.
Sarah Tilling also gained her FDI at Preston Dance College and is still furthering her studies there at the moment.
Aims and Objectives
Every child is encouraged to acheive the highest possible standard within their own capabilities. Children are prepared and entered for both RAD and ISTD examinations and the school has an excellent redord of high pass rates. All of our teachers attend courses regularly in order to maintain standards and will always act in such a manner to promote and safeguard the interests and well being of students. Teachers will encourage a productive learning environment to help develop self dicipline and focus for all children. Many of our pupils have progressed to make their career in Dance, both in a teaching capacity and in commercial theatre, but many more have experienced the joy of dance and have memories that are cherished long after childhood. Graceful physical development, deportment and, most importantly, self confidence, will emerge from good training.