Dance Classes

As a leading dance school in Hertfordshire and Essex, Graham School of Dance offers pupils outstanding Dance tuition in a range of dance disciplines. Dance lessons range from RAD Classical Ballet classes and ISTD Tap, Modern Theatre and Jazz classes, to free-work Contemporary Dance, Commerical and Street Dance. GCSE Dance is offered as an early option too, as well as extra tuition by invitation for Gifted and Talented children. Our popular 'Baby Ballet' classes for our youngest pupils include Melody Bear ® and Nursery Ballet and Tap. 

Our main dance school studios are located in Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire -  close to the Hertfordshire and Essex border, Bishop's Stortford train and bus stations, as well as the M11 junction, with classes held six days a week during term time. Dance classes are also held at a number of venues across Hertfordshire and Essex including Hertford, Welwyn, Church Langley, Sawbridgeworth, Stansted and Takeley.

Ballet  classes (RAD) in Bishop's Stortford

Dance lessons for young children from Graham School of Dance

Classical Ballet / RAD Ballet 

Graham School of Dance offers Classical Ballet classes for children of all ages, teaching Royal Academy of Dance Grade and Vocational Grade Ballet classes as well as non-syllabus classes for our youngest children and for Gifted and Talented students by invitation. 

Find out more about Ballet Classes

Tap, Modern Theatre Dance and Jazz (ISTD) 

Graham School of Dance  teaches Tap, Modern Theatre and Jazz using the ISTD syllabi, including entering pupils for examinations where appropriate. non-syllabus lessons are held for the youngest pupils, along with Gifted a& Talented children by invitation. 

Find out more about Tap Dance Classes

Find out more about Modern Theatre Classes

Find out more about Jazz Dance Classes

Melody Bear ®  Pre-School dance 

It's never too early to get involved in dance! Melodt Bear ® Dance and Movement classes for pre-school children aged 2-3 are “a unique dance curriculum which addresses the needs of children aged 18 months upwards, tailored to discovering and fulfilling the potential of each child, nurturing their creative development”

Children age 3-4 learn Nursery Ballet (often with Tap too), before progressing into Royal Academy of Dance lessons from age4/5.

Find out more about our Melody Bear ®  pre-school dance classes

Contemporary Dance Classes

Non-syllabus Contemporary Dance classes at Introductory / Intermediate and Senior levels are offered to pupils from Grade 5 Ballet and above. These include freework, an introduction to Graham and Cunningham Contemporary technique, as well as improvisation.

Find out more about our Contemporary Dance Classes

Street Dance

Free-work (non syllabus) classes are run at Mini, Junior, Intermediate  and Senior level for pupils age 4 and above.

Find out more about our Street Dance Classes

GCSE Dance 

Offered as an early option for pupil in school years 9 - 10.

Find out more about our GCSE Dance Classes

Gifted & Talented pupils A classical ballet student from Graham School of Dance in Bishop's Stortford, Herts.

By invitation, Scholar (Classical and Modern Ballet), Modern Theatre Associate, Tap Associate,  Musical Theatre, National and Street Festival classes are offered to pupils with facility, talent and potential; these freework classes extend pupils’ technique and performance skills, and include festival work and audition technique and preparation.


So are you looking for a dance school in Essex or Herts which can offer fantastic training? Do contact us to find out why we are regarded as the one of the region's best dance schools providing the highest quality lessons and courses, and with an enviably high success rate for training talented pupils to the highest pre-professional levels, enabling many to move on to full-time training.



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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