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Welcome

Ballet is one of the most demanding but also one of the most enjoyable dance forms ever created, providing benefits such as good posture, discipline and confidence building. We run Royal Academy of Dance Graded and Vocational classes encouraging the joy of movement in children from 3 years of age at our studio in Beckenham, Kent. We offer annual outings to the Royal Opera House, hold workshops and other dance related events.

Summer Term starts Monday 16th April 2018

New Contemporary Classes

We are introducing contemporary classes in the summer term for students on Thursday evenings from 6.15pm. These classes are for dancers at grade 3 level and above. Details about this wonderful new opportunity are in our latest newsletter, contact the office for further information and to book a place.

Adult Ballet Classes 8-9pm Monday & Tuesday  

We now have two adult ballet classes held at 8-9pm. Ballet is a great way to get toned, improve posture, coordination and connect with the inner dancer! If you are new to ballet or if you danced as a child or student and are keen to dust of your ballet shoes again do come and join our enthusiastic, energetic classes in Beckenham. You will be most welcome to either class, if you want to get fit, start a new hobby, or rediscover the wonderful world of ballet. Contact the office for further information.

Pre- School Ballet

We hold classes starting at 3 years of age for pre school ballet on Monday at 3.15-4.00pm or Thursday 4.00-4.45pm. It is an excellent introduction into the structure of ballet lessons, lots of images and themes are involved in the class, designed so that they are performing ballet exercises in a manner that is fun and stimulating. These are informal, imaginative ballet classes taken by a fully qualified and registered teacher. Children are invited to attend a trial lesson on one of these days, please contact the school for further information.

Royal Academy of Dance

 

The Royal Academy of Dance was founded in 1920 to maintain the quality of dance teaching. Its Patron is Queen Elizabeth II and the President is Darcey Bussell. It's currently present in 79 countries worldwide and is one of the leading organisations in dance education and training. We hold regular ballet examinations at our dance studio in Beckenham. Children from the age of seven are considered for entry for grade one upwards when they have reached the required level of technique and performance. All of our teachers are fully qualified and registered with the RAD. Our provisional exam date for the Summer Term is 15th June 2018. 

Swan Lake Workshop February 2018

We held a Swan Lake workshop for 23 students over February half term. Monica Tapiador, a principal dancer with English Youth Ballet, conducted this inspiring workshop turning our lovely dancers into beautiful swans. Well done to everyone who took part.

Masterclass with Brenda Last OBE 2017

Some of our students took part in a masterclass with Brenda Last OBE on the 27th May 2017. They worked on the spanish variation from Coppelia. Brenda Last performed with the Royal Ballet and went on to become Artistic Director of the Norwegian National Ballet.  She has directed many productions all over the world including Coppelia in Norway and Japan. She was awarded an OBE for her services to dance in 2012. 

Success

Well done to Noa and Lewis who successfully auditioned for the English Youth Ballet and will be taking part in Swan Lake at the New Wimbledon Theatre, August 2018.  Well done to Sam who took part in the Project B event at the Royal Academy of Dance in front of the Duchess of Cornwall in February 2018. Congratulations Lewis for successful performances with The Royal Ballet in Winters Tale and forthcoming performance with London Childrens Ballet.   Well done to all candidates entered for Royal Academy of Dance ballet exams in the Summer term 2017, outstanding results with 99% Distinction and 1 high Merit. Best of luck to two of our students who are going to take up full time training at performing arts colleges, Bella who has been accepted to Urdang and Milly who has been accepted to E15. Well done to Hannah who has successfully auditioned and been accepted for another year as a Mid Associate at the Royal Ballet School  whilst continuing full time study at The Italia Conti School, London. Two of our boys Lewis and Oscar have also been offered and accepted places at the Royal Ballet School as Junior Associates. Congratulations to you both it will be wonderful to see your progress.  Thank you to all students who donated items for the RNLI. We raised £86.80 in 2016-17.

 

 

Two girls in ballet pose

 

Two senior dancers