Examinations - Dance, Drama & Musical Theatre

Dance examinations at Graham School of Dance in Bishops Stortford

At Graham School of Dance, examination results are consistently excellent, with a 100% pass record in all subjects. These standards of excellence are maintained by the dedicated, qualified and highly experienced teachers in the team. Dance pupils are encouraged to take examinations, though they are not compulsory, as they give the child a goal to aim for a great sense of achievement upon passing, and are a valuable base on which to record successes and progress. Dance examinations help pupils to grow in confidence and self esteem, and indeed aid the ‘whole child’ in all areas of his/her development. LAMDA Drama and Musical Theatre examinations too are a valuable way of recording progress and success in these genre. 

Dance Examinations

Dance students can take examinations with Graham School of DanceAt each teacher’s and the Principal’s discretion, pupils are invited to enter for Royal Academy of Dance examinations in Ballet, and Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing examinations in Tap, Modern, and Jazz, when they are ready. In Ballet, some pupils may be invited to take their Presentation or Class Award examination, also run by the RAD, rather than the full examination. Examination sessions are held termly. Where one class per week is taken, a second weekly coaching class must be taken in the examination term, in order to reach the very high standards set by the accrediting bodies of the RAD and ISTD. Private dance lessons are necessary in order to be entered for vocational RAD examinations.

Graham School of Dance and Theatre Arts, Bishop's Stortford



Drama and Musical Theatre Examinations

At the teacher's/Principal's discretion, pupils are invited to enter for London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art (LAMDA) examinations from both the Performance and Communication syllabuses.

Drama and Musical Theatre pupils can be invited to take solo, duo or group examinations in Acting, Musical Theatre, Speaking Verse and Prose, Devising Drama, Miming and Reading for Performance. The range of examination options supports progression for each learner and enables all pupils to extend personal and vocational skills whilst realising their potential.

Examination sessions are held twice-yearly. Pupils work towards their particular exams in weekly private lessons and, when working towards a Level 3 exam, in a weekly group LAMDA technique class as well. 

With Graham School of Dance and Theatre Arts providing professional Dance, Drama and Musical Theatre classes for children of all ages, why not join us at either our main dance studios in Bishop's Stortford, on the Herts / Essex borders, or at one of our branches at Church Langley, Hertford, Stansted, Takeley and Sawbridgeworth?




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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