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 Studio 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. 

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!


TWO winning pieces at Rhodes Talent Search 2016!

Many congratulations to our Delilah and Mimi who WON Rhodes Talent Search 2016 with their Song & Dance piece Be Kind to Your Parents, and to our Premier Modern group, who WON the overall 'Best Dance Act' prize for Run Boy Run - fantastic achievements!

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Rhodes Talent Search 2016

Congratulations to our fabulous pupils! We are thrilled to announce that six pieces have made it through to the Grand Finals of Rhodes Talent Search 2016, with another 5 pieces shortlisted!

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ISTD Janet Cram Finals 2016

Congratulations to our five Finalists for this year's competition: Alexandra, Elizabeth, Eilidh, Ellie Ta and Rosanna - they danced their socks off and had a fab experience!

ISTD Janet Cram Finals 2016
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Richmond Dance Festival

Congratulations to everyone who danced at Richmond during half term, great results!

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Ruislip/Northwood Speech and Drama Festival - February 2016

Many congratulations to everyone who performed at the Ruislip/Northwood Speech and Drama Festival - a fantastic week for all involved!

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