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Welcome to Graham School of Dance & Theatre Arts!

Our School runs classes in Hertfordshire and Essex , offering dance classes, and  drama and musical theatre lessons.  We are a leading School in the area and recognised nationally (and indeed internationally!) for the high standards  and achievements our pupils attain. 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. 

Our 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 most days of the week in their Studios.

We are delighted to also offer classes at a number of venues throughout the local Herts and Essex areas, including Welwyn, Hertford, Church Langley, Sawbridgeworth, Stansted and Takeley  in addition to our main Bishop’s Stortford centre. 

dance classes are open to children of all ages

Graham School of Dance is accredited with the Council for Dance Education (CDET) for many years, 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. 

Graham School of Dance offers a FREE TRIAL lesson for each new subject a pupil takes, so do get in touch to find out more about our classes! 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!

 

Meet the ALL ENGLAND DANCE 2017 ‘YOUNG MODERN DANCER OF THE YEAR’: GSD’s ELLIE WILSON!!... WHAT AN INCREDIBLE ACHIEVEMENT !

This is so fantastic Ellie...all your GSD training paying off, and you danced from the heart!! ❤️ ❤️ what a GREAT finale for your time at GSD! 🎉 🎉 🎉 🎉 🎉 🎉 🎉

Meet the ALL ENGLAND DANCE 2017 ‘YOUNG MODERN DANCER OF THE YEAR’: GSD’s ELLIE WILSON!!... WHAT AN INCREDIBLE ACHIEVEMENT !
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Looking forward to watching our gorgeous GSD girls dance in the Gala of All England Dance 2017!

Delilah has been asked to perform her Junior Song & Dance solo after gaining a unanimous Gold 🌟...and Ellie won Gold 🌟in her Senior Lyrical Modern section and has been invited to compete in the Young Modern Dancer at the Gala - one of only six invited! This All England has been fantastic for GSD, we surpassed our medals count from the previous All England Finals with a much higher medal tally - which is pretty outstanding considering the reduction in sections! Our students have done fantastically well in a wide variety of genres... Ballet, Tap, Modern, Contemporary & Song & Dance! What a talented lot you are and a testimony to the high standard of training at GSD!! A HUGE thank you to all teachers & admin staff at GSD who all make it possible and our fabulous parents!! 👏🏻 👏🏻 👏🏻 and a huge thank you to the All England Dance organising team!! & to all the lovely staff at the Hackney Empire!!

Looking forward to watching our gorgeous GSD girls dance in the Gala of All England Dance 2017!
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And now the BRONZE medal for our Senior Modern Trio!

What a fantastic way to finish the day - well done to Georgina, Ellie W and Tiami for your Bronze medal! 🎉 🎉 🎉

And now the BRONZE medal for our Senior Modern Trio!
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Ellie W wins the SILVER medal for her Song & Dance solo at All England Dance Finals!

Wow!! This girl is on fire, winning the SILVER in the most phenomenal Musical Theatre solo section!! 🎉 🎉 🎉 🎉 🎉 🎉

Ellie W wins the SILVER medal for her Song & Dance solo at All England Dance Finals!
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A brilliant Bronze medal at All England Finals for Elizabeth and Georgina's Classical ballet duet

We are so proud of Elizabeth & Georgina for attaining their 3rd place with their Ballet duet! 🎉 🎉 🎉

A brilliant Bronze medal at All England Finals for Elizabeth and Georgina's Classical ballet duet
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