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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!

 

Thank you Youth American Grand Prix 2018 - what an amazing experience our pupils have had!

GSD pupils have had a FANTASTIC experience and so many amazing compliments at the Paris YAGP competition 2018 - many congratulations to our fabulous dancers Nicola H, Ellie Ta, Grace P, Rosanna R, Mimi EL, Eleanor K, Grace Ch & Delilah B-C … Everyone danced beautifully in both their Classical and their Contemporary solos, with excellent marks and comments from the hugely prestigious panel of judges! Well Well done everyone – you did yourselves, your teachers and your families proud!

Thank you Youth American Grand Prix 2018 - what an amazing experience our pupils have had!
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A superb set of results from Chelmsford Festival of Speech and Drama - WOW

πŸŽ‰πŸŽ­ ….huge congratulations to all those involved! πŸŽ­πŸŽ‰ CUPS πŸ†Versatility Cup: Amelie A πŸ†Chelmsford Borough Cup: Emily H πŸ† Felsted Prep Trophies:- Emily H & Isabelle H πŸ† Anderson Trophy - Isabelle H MEDALS: πŸ₯‡1st - Musical Theatre Presentation - Amelie A πŸ₯‡1st - Solo Verse Speaking Grade 2 - Emily Hy πŸ₯‡1st - Poetry Duologue - Emily Hy & Isabelle Hy πŸ₯‡1st - Solo Verse Grade 1 - Isabelle Hy πŸ₯‡1st - Solo Acting 15 years & under - Charlotte Th πŸ₯‡1st - Verse Speaking 12 years & under - Dillon B πŸ₯ˆ2nd - Musical Theatre Presentation - Eleanor S-L πŸ₯ˆ2nd - Musical Theatre Presentation - Dillon B πŸ₯ˆ2nd - Duologue Acting - Emily Hy & Isabelle Hy πŸ₯ˆ2nd - Verse Speaking 9 years - Isabelle Hy πŸ₯ˆ2nd - Verse Speaking 10 years- Mia-Rose B πŸ₯ˆ2nd - Solo Verse Speaking Grade 2 - Mia-Rose B πŸ₯ˆ2nd - Solo Verse Grade 4 - Jasmine B πŸ₯‰3rd - Solo Verse Stage 2 - Hadassah A πŸ₯‰3rd - Verse Speaking 10 years - Emily Hy πŸ₯‰3rd - Solo Acting 10 years & under - Louis W

A superb set of results from Chelmsford Festival of Speech and Drama - WOW
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Youth American Grand Prix- Paris semi Final 2018 -Good luck girls!

So we are in Paris the third time to take part in the fab YAGP 2018 ... these gorgeous students have worked so hard and we wish them the very best of luck! πŸ€πŸ€πŸ€ Nicola H, Ellie Ta, Rosanna R, Grace P, Mimi EL, Eleanor K, Delilah BC & Grace Chiotis ....please take a moment to look at their lovely pictures showing of their costumes & wish them luck! If you would like to catch the girls performances here is the link.. https://www.visualartsmasters.com

Youth American Grand Prix- Paris semi Final 2018 -Good luck girls!
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All the best to our Graduating students as they start their full time training - well done everyone!

We're so proud of our graduates who are starting at these top Vocational Colleges to pursue their dreams... GABRIELA ACOSTA (Urdang Academy), ISABEL BROWN (Performers College), PHOEBE GOODEY (Bird College), EILIDH GREENER (Laine Theatre Arts), ISABELLE HERRICK (Laine Theatre Arts), ELIZABETH LAFFERTY (Bird College), CAMERON NELSON (Mountview), IMOGEN ROUTLEDGE (Chichester University Musical Theatre degree), HANNAH SHOARD (Performers College) ...WOW!

All the best to  our Graduating students as they start their full time training - well done everyone!
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GSD's next fab 'Super Sunday Workshop' - ROSINA ANDREWS - 'Leaps & Turns'!

Graham School of Dance are excited to announce their next 2018 Super Sunday Workshop - …a Leaps and Pirouette Surgery with the renowned Rosina Andrews on SUNDAY 9th SEPTEMBER 2018: 10.00am–12.00pm: Juniors (School Years 4-6); 12.15–2.15pm: Intermediates (School Years 7-9); 2.30-4.30pm: Seniors (School Years 10 & above). We are ALSO running a 2.30pm – 3.30pm Mini’s/Intro session for children ages 5 – 8 who want to learn 'leaps and turns'. See 'Read more' for costs... To book onto a workshop, please contact the office on 01279 654423 or email melanie@grahamschoolofdance.co.uk We look forward to seeing you there!

GSD's next fab 'Super Sunday Workshop' - ROSINA ANDREWS - 'Leaps & Turns'!
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