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Welcome to Graham School of Dance & Theatre Arts!

Our School is based in Bishop’s Stortford, on the Hertfordshire / Essex borders, and we offer dance classes, and  drama and musical theatre lessons.  The main centre, including for examinations, is our own premises in central Bishop's Stortford, with teaching studios (5 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 several times a week.

We are delighted to also offer extra convenience to parents by running classes at a number of venues throughout the local Herts and Essex areas, including Church Langley, Sawbridgeworth, Stansted, Takeley and Hertford, in addition to our main Bishop’s Stortford centre. From September 2017 we are delighted to be joining together with Dance Design and so will have Graham School of dance classes at Welwyn too. 

dance classes are open to children of all ages

Graham School of Dance offers a FREE TRIAL lesson for each new subject a pupils takes, so do get in touch to find out more about our classes! We are a leading School in the area and recognised nationally for the high standards our pupils achieve. 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. 

Graham School of Dance is accredited with the Council for Dance Education (CDET), 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 confirm that the School adheres to the standards demanded by the industry, including standards designed to protect and safeguard students in their dance training. 

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!

 

Exciting news for Graham School of Dance and Dance Design!

We are delighted to announce that from September 2017, Dance Design and Graham School of Dance will join together. We feel this is a fantastic opportunity to combine the two schools’ talents and build on both their strengths, and we are very excited about the future! The new school will be "Graham School Of Dance & Theatre Arts" with Miss Graham as Principal, and we are thrilled that Jody Squirrell & her team will continue under the new school umbrella.

Exciting news for Graham School of Dance and Dance Design!
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Huge Congratulations to GSD's Cameron!

Well well done to Cameron, who has won a place with the National Youth Theatre – a HUGE achievement against thousands of applicants! He will start his NYT journey this summer!

Huge Congratulations to GSD's Cameron!
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Sylvia Young place for Louisa - congratulations!

Well well done to Louisa, who has won a full time place at Sylvia Young Theatre School! She successfully auditioned against stiff competition, having had to perform a Singing solo, Dance solo, and Shakespearean and Modern Drama monologues. Congratulations from all of us!

Sylvia Young place for Louisa - congratulations!
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Huge congratulations to ex GSD student Charlotte Perry!

Congratulations to GSD alumnus Charlotte Perry who has gained a contract in Tarzan the Musical, in Germany! Charlotte trained with Graham School of Dance before completing her training at Laine Theatre Arts on the Betty Laine Scholarship. We are so proud & excited for Charlotte for her next adventure! 🎉

Huge congratulations to ex GSD student Charlotte Perry!
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ISTD Modern Dance Janet Cram Awards 2017

Such a lovely day watching our gorgeous girls dance at the ISTD Janet Cram heats!! They all danced so beautifully... Hannah Ph, Isabelle McG in Juniors, Florrie, Leah & Ellie Ta in Seniors & Ellie Tr & Emily P in the Premier section. ✨✨ Congratulations to ✨✨ ✨Hannah Ph - for a Commendation in the Junior section!! ✨Florrie - through to Finals in the Senior section!! ✨Leah - through to Finals in the Senior section!! ✨Ellie Tr - for a Commendation in the Premier section!!

ISTD Modern Dance Janet Cram Awards 2017
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