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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!

 

Yoga Workshop - Friday 24th May at 9.45 at The Studios, Bishop's Stortford - Adults and age 15+

We'd be delighted to see Beginners & Improvers at this Yoga Workshop, which will be taken by Jess Bennett, who as well as being a qualified yoga teacher, trained at Graham School of Dance for 12 years and who now lives in Paris where she teaches yoga alongside working as a professional dancer and actor. Time 9.45 - 11am on 24th May. Please see overleaf for registration details.

Yoga Workshop - Friday 24th May at 9.45 at The Studios, Bishop's Stortford - Adults and age 15+
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Congratulations to our Janet Cram Finalists for 2019!

We are delighted to say both pupils who entered the 2019 heats of the national ISTD Janet Cram Modern Dance Awards are through to the national Finals! - what a fantastic achievement Kristen-Leigh & Grace C - you are stars! ⭐️ ⭐️ 🎉🎉🎉

Congratulations to our Janet Cram Finalists for 2019!
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4 GSD pupils join Elite Programme at Performers!

Congratulations to these four talented students who have each gained a place on Performers Elite training programme – well done to Florrie B Mia M, Leah P and Kiera S !

4 GSD pupils join Elite Programme at Performers!
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Congratulations Ché! - West End success AND full time Theatre School place!

🌟🌟🌟We are proud to announce that Ché Grant has successfully auditioned for the part of Gavroche in this summer's West End All Star stage concert of Les Miserables. Ché was chosen out of 100’s of boys and had a final audition with Sir Cameron Macintosh himself, who personally picked Ché for this role. The run is August to November with Alfie Boe, Michael Ball, Carrie Fletcher and Matt Lucas. Further to this, Che has also been offered a scholarship to study full time at Sylvia Young Theatre School from September. Good luck Ché!!🍀🍀🍀🌟🌟🌟

Congratulations Ché! - West End success AND  full time Theatre School place!
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National Youth Ballet - congratulations to 2 GSD girls!

Congratulations to 🌟 Grace P & 🌟 Mimi EL who have both auditioned & gained places with the Main Company for the 2019 NYB season - another fantastic achievement for our talented & hardworking students! 🌟

National Youth Ballet - congratulations to 2 GSD girls!
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