Classical Ballet Dance Classes (RAD)

Graham School of Dance offers Ballet lessons to children of all ages, including Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) Grade and Vocational Grade Ballet classes from age 4 and Nursey Ballet for children age 3+. Our dance studios are located in Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire and ideally located for students from Essex as well as Herts. Ballet helps to develop the foundations of excellent dance technique, improving flexibility, strength and posture as well as being fun and helping develop a sense of achievement and inspiring students musically.

We provide ballet classes for all levels and ages:

Classes for children Under 5:    

Baby Ballet classes have become very popular as an ideal introduction  into dance for young children. Graham School of Dance offers Melody Bear © classes for 2-3 year olds in Bishop's Stortford and Hertford in Herts, and Church Langley and Stansted in Essex. 

Children aged 3-4: From age 3, pupils progress  to learning Nursery Ballet, often with Introductory Tap alongside. These are fun introductory ballet classes (based on the Royal Academy of Dance syllabus), usually with Introductory Tap as part of the lessons.

Children ages 4 - 5: pupils are introduced to the Royal Academy of Dance Classical Ballet Grade syllabus through learning the RAD Pre-Primary syllabus.Pupils are invited to prepare and enter for their Pre-Primary Class Award when they are ready.




Classes for older pupils: 

Children age 5 & above:  pupils learn the Royal Academy of Dance Classical Ballet syllabus Grade classes starting at Primary, and moving through to Grade 8 inclusive. Most pupils are invited to prepare and enter for RAD Examinations or Class Awards when they are ready.

Pupils age 10 and above:  In addition to their RAD Grade classes, students age 10+ may be invited to commence Vocational  Grade classes offered by the Royal Academy of Dance. 

These include Intermediate Foundation to  Advanced 2 inclusive, and pupils are prepared for  examinations where appropriate.

Adult Ballet classes are also increasingly popular, and these run on Tuesdays in Bishop's Stortford - please contact us for details!

As a leading ballet school in Hertfordshire and Essex, and indeed nationally, Graham School  of Dance is ideally placed for girls and  boys wanting to become  involved in the Performing Arts.

If you live in  or around Bishop’s  Stortford, Hertford, Welwyn Gardent City, Welwyn, Stansted, Harlow, Takeley, Sawbridgeworth, Hatfield Heath, Ware, Puckeridge, Saffron Walden, Braintree or Buntingford, please contact us to find out more about where and when we run our classes.


Update Monday 5th March: ALL CLASSES ARE ON!

All classes resume as normal from today onwards, at all venues. Thank you for your support last week where of course conditions were very much out of our control, and we hope you/your children enjoyed the snow! Please note that whenever seriously bad weather is forecast, messages will always be left on our Facebook page: Graham School of Dance & Theatre Arts, and also on this website.

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CLASSES SATURDAY 3rd MARCH: Update Fri 2nd March. 8.30pm:

We have decided to cancel classes for tomorrow Saturday 3rd March, due to the potential aftermath of the recent adverse weather. As ever, the welfare of our staff, pupils and parents is of paramount importance, and thus although snow is not forecast, travel is likely to be hazardous with icy roads etc, and so we have taken this decision in the best interests of everyone. Classes/rehearsals will resume Sunday 4th March unless a significant deterioration of weather conditions ensues, in which case an update will be posted here and on our Facebook page.

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Places are nearly sold out for our next Super Sunday Masterclasses! We're excited to announce that world renowned West End star & Tap Maestro ADAM GARCIA is coming to take two Tap Masterclasses on SUNDAY 8TH APRIL 2018 at Graham School of Dance Studios, Bishop’s Stortford. To book onto this fantastic workshop, please contact the office on 01279 654423 or email We look forward to seeing you there!

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Super Sunday Workshop - Commercial & Stretching - Book now!

Graham School of Dance & Theatre Arts are excited to announce their first 2018 Super Sunday Workshops! These are on Sunday 18th February 2018 with highly acclaimed industry professional dancer and teacher Louise Harrison and take place at Graham School of Dance Studios, Bishop’s Stortford - 10.30am–12.30pm: Junior Commercial & Conditioning Workshop –age 6 to 11 (School Yrs 2-6) - 12.45pm– 3.00pm: Senior Commercial & Conditioning Workshop – Year 7 & above ....all are welcome (pupils don't have to be GSD pupils to join in) ... though some dance experience is required. To sign up, contact us by emailing or ring the Office on 01279 654423 ....

Super Sunday Workshop -  Commercial & Stretching - Book now!
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Another fabulous weekend at Welwyn !

Weekend 2: congratulations to everyone who danced! 1st!! – 90%! Leah P Modern Solo; 1st!! – 90%! Ruby O Tap Solo; 1st!! – 88% Eleanor K Ballet Solo; 1st!! – 88% Lillia S Modern Solo; 1st!! - Kiera & Leah P Tap duet; 1st!! - Holly E Song & Dance Solo; 2nd!! - Erin K & Florence B National Duet; 2nd!! - Rosanna Modern Solo; 2nd!! - Kiera S Song & Dance Solo; 2nd!! - Mia B & Holly E Modern Duet; 3rd!! - Mimi EL Modern Solo; 3rd!! - Megan S Ballet Solo; 3rd!! - Martha S Character Solo; 3rd!! - Kimara-Mai Baby Modern Solo; 3rd!! - Holly McP Modern Solo; 3rd!! - Ava P Modern Solo Lyrical; 3rd!! - Leah P Modern Solo Lyrical 3rd!! - Ellie O Tap Solo; 3rd!! - Song & Dance Trio Mia B, Sacha, Holly E

Another fabulous weekend at Welwyn !
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