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Welcome

Ballet is one of the most demanding but also one of the most enjoyable dance forms ever created, providing benefits such as good posture, discipline and confidence building. We run Royal Academy of Dance Graded and Vocational classes encouraging the joy of movement in children from 3 years of age at our studio in Beckenham, Kent. We offer annual outings to the Royal Opera House, hold workshops and other dance related events.

 

Saturday 26th November is the date for the Christmas Fair at the URC hall, no regular classes on this date. 

Pre- School Ballet

We hold classes starting at 3 years of age for pre school ballet. We have introduced a new pre school class on Thursday 4.00-4.45 in addition to the existing classes on Monday at 3.15-4.00pm or Saturday at 2.00-2.45pm. It is an excellent introduction into the structure of ballet lessons, lots of images and themes are involved in the class, designed so that they are performing ballet exercises in a manner that is fun and stimulating. These are informal, imaginative ballet classes taken by a fully qualified and registered teacher. Children may attend a trial lesson on one of these days, please contact the school for further information.


NEW Repertoire Class 

We have introduced a repertoire class to the timetable from September 2016. This is part of a pilot scheme with the Royal Academy of Dance and is at 9.00-10.00am on Saturday. This work is also part of the adult ballet class on Tuesday evening 8.00-9.00pm.  

 

Adult Ballet Tuesday 8-9pm

Ballet is a great way to get toned, improve posture, coordination and connect with the inner dancer! If you danced as a child or student and are keen to dust of your ballet shoes again do come and join our enthusiastic, energetic group in Beckenham. Ballet class with a live pianist, total joy! Come along one Tuesday if you want to get fit, start a new hobby, or rediscover the wonderful world of ballet. 

 

Royal Academy of Dance Examinations  

The Royal Academy of Dance was founded in 1920 to maintain the quality of dance teaching. Its Patron is Queen Elizabeth II and the President is Darcey Bussell. It's currently present in 79 countries worldwide and is one of the leading organisations in dance education and training. We hold regular ballet examinations at our dance studio in Beckenham. Children from the age of seven are considered for entry for grade one upwards when they have reached the required level of technique and performance. All of our teachers are fully qualified and registered with the RAD. Our exam date this autumn is Friday 2nd December.


Patrons Lunch

10 members of the school were invited to take part in the Queen's 90th birthday celebration on the 12th June.  We were one of 26 ballet schools throughout the country who danced down The Mall representing the Royal Academy of Dance. 10,000 guests braved the weather and enjoyed picnic hampers in the world’s largest street party. Fortunately after a soggy start the sun came out. This was certainly a day that will not be forgotten! 

 

Success

Well done to Matthew who has successfully auditioned for Trinity Laban and will be taking up full time vocational training in September. We look forward to watching his progress. Congratulations to Scarlett who has recently finished performing in Billy Elliot, and has now successfully auditioned for Matilda at the Cambridge Theatre London and joins the cast in September. This is a wonderful achievement. Well done to Hannah H who has just successfully auditioned and been accepted as a Mid Associate at the Royal Ballet School. Hannah receives further congratulations as she has also been awarded a scholarship to study full time at The Italia Conti School, London. This is throughly deserved. Well done to Alexia and Ava who both danced beautifully with the English Youth Ballet at the Stag Theatre Sevenoaks in May 2016. It was lovely to see such a polished performance. Congratulations to all candidates entered for Royal Academy of Dance ballet exams in the Spring term 2016 outstanding results with 99 % Distinction and 1 high Merit.  Well done to all students who took part in The Nutcracker at The Barn Theatre Oxted. We raised £2100 for charity which was divided between Canine Partners £1050 and Bromley Y £1050.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Two girls in ballet pose

 

Two senior dancers