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Welcome to Graham School of Dance & Theatre Arts!

Our School runs classes in Hertfordshire and Essex , offering Dance classesDrama and Musical Theatre lessons.  We are a leading School in the area and recognised nationally (and indeed internationally!) for the high standards and achievements our pupils attain. The Dance School’s objectives are to give each pupil outstanding professional tuition in a friendly but purposeful environment. Key aims are to nurture the love of dance and the performing arts in all pupils, for everyone to maximise their potential both technically and in performance, whilst having fun, making new friends and building self confidence and social skills such as working in a team. 

Our main centre, including for examinations, is our own premises in central Bishop's Stortford, with teaching studios (with sprung Harlequin Floors, mirrors and barres), offices, changing/waiting facilities and a shop for uniform. We are additionally conveniently close to Rhodes Arts Complex, where we also run classes in their Studios most days of the week.

We are delighted to also offer classes at a number of venues throughout the local Herts and Essex areas, including Welwyn, Hertford, Church Langley, Sawbridgeworth, Stansted and Takeley  in addition to our main Bishop’s Stortford centre. 

dance classes are open to children of all ages

Graham School of Dance is accredited with the Council for Dance, Drama and Musical Theatre (CDMT) for many years, having been awarded Recognised School status: this nationally recognised certification ensures pre-vocational schools conform to a set of rules for good practice in the way that they are run, and confirms that the School adheres to the standards demanded by the industry, including those designed to protect and safeguard students in their dance training, as the CDMT is the quality assurance and membership body for the professional dance, drama and musical theatre industries.

Graham School of Dance offers a FREE TRIAL lesson for each new subject a pupil takes, so do get in touch to find out more about our classes! We offer the following popular Graham School of Dance classes:

Graham School of Dance welcomes all pupils whatever their level of ability and prides itself on helping everyone to reach their potential. The dance school teaches pupils who learn as a hobby and also up to pre-professional level. Pupils also gain excellent examination results and enjoy taking part in dance festivals and professional pantomimes, where they have great success. 

Our reputation for outstanding teaching also enables us to run 'Gifted and Talented' classes for children with particular potential in Dance and Theatre Arts, and our talented pupils regularly win places with vocational dance schools/colleges for full time training, and with national youth companies and associate programmes. 

Unusually for a non-vocational school, the full range of Grade and Vocational Grade classes are offered: pupils are successfully prepared and examined up to and including RAD Advanced 2 Ballet, and ISTD Advanced 2 Modern and Advanced 2 Tap, and there are performance opportinuties for all pupils too.

If you are interested in dance lessons, and/or drama or musical theatre classes, please contact us to find our why we are considered one of the top dance and drama schools around Herts and Essex. 

We look forward to welcoming you!

 

Bag packing at Sainsbury's - thank you to Sainsbury's, their customers and GSD dancers!

A great day was had by all when the Graham School of Dance & Theatre Arts girls and boys spent the day helping shoppers pack their bags. Thank you so much to Sainsbury’s for allowing the children to help and raise funds to get them all to Dance World Cup as part of Team England in Braga, Portugal... and a huge thank you to the generous Sainsbury shoppers! #teamengland #dancers#grahamschoolofdance #Portugal #dwc_uk_team #Sainsburys #DWC

Bag packing at Sainsbury's - thank you to Sainsbury's, their customers and GSD dancers!
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Strictly's Neil Jones is coming to GSD - exciting new Urban Ballroom workshop!

Our latest workshop on Friday 12 April combines Cha Cha, Samba, Rumba and Jive with a flavour of Street dance - a new fresh look to Latin American dancing - how exciting .... and how lucky are the participants to have Neil Jones coming to teach... book up fast everyone as this is sure to be a sell out!

Strictly's Neil Jones is coming to GSD - exciting new Urban Ballroom workshop!
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HUGE congratulations to our FLORRIE at the ISTD Bursary Awards 2019!

We're so proud to announce that Florrie has just become this year’s runner up at the ISTD Bursary Awards in the Senior section after representing the Tap Faculty in this national ISTD competition…what a PHENOMENAL achievement - we’re all so thrilled for you and your teachers!

HUGE congratulations to our  FLORRIE at the ISTD Bursary Awards 2019!
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Dance World Cup 2019 - Dance off at Pineapple success!

💫🎉🌟🎉💫🎉Woohoo! We are DELIGHTED to say that after the live auditions at Pineapple 🍍 the following students are through to dance at the Finals of the Dance World Cup 2019!! Congratulations!! 🌟💫🌟Amelie & Talitha - Song & Dance Duet! 🌟💫🌟Daisy Des, Olivia D & Ellie Ta - Showcase Trio!

Dance World Cup 2019  - Dance off at Pineapple success!
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How exciting - Ballet group through to Finals of the Dance World Cup 2019!

🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 We are thrilled to announce that we have our small Ballet Group in the Children’s section through to the Dance World Cup Finals 2019 🌎 in Portugal 2019! 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟

How exciting - Ballet group through to Finals of the Dance World Cup 2019!
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