Suzanne's School of Dance and Drama provides excellent tuition in all elements of the performing Arts to students of all ages whether they are looking for a fun pastime or a career in the industry. Our School is a friendly, relaxed, and safe environment where our pupils can flourish, enjoy themselves, and make friends outside of their own schools and we are proud to continually maintain this ethos.
We have Dance classes in: Ballet (Royal Academy of Dance), Pointe and Pre-Pointe, Ballet Technique, Contemporary, Modern Jazz, Streetdance, Commercial Jazz, Tap, as well as Gymnastic Dance
Stage Drama (Performing Arts) Classes
We have Stage Drama classes in: Musical Theatre, Lamda, Singing, Acting, and Drama
Our Dance and Drama School runs 7 days a week for children aged 2 years up to adult classes. These follow the LB Hillingdon term dates. We have extra activities over school holidays. Please see our school timetable and our School Holiday activity page for further information.
We follow the globally recognised Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) syllabus for Ballet and the ISTD syllabus for Modern Jazz and Tap. We enter pupils for Graded exams from Primary to Advanced levels, although if pupils wish they can bypass exams and still progress as they are not mandatory, our focus being on enjoyment, exercise, and self confidence. We also enter pupils for the Lamda exams from age 5 years upwards.
All of our teachers are fully qualified and have experience in performance on stage and not just the completion of a Teachers course. Our staff include two former full-time Royal Ballet School pupils who have both performed with the Royal Ballet Company and the English National Ballet Company.
Please see our 'Teachers' page for further information on all of our teachers.
We have 2 fully mirrored, ventilated Dance and Stage studios with wall mounted ballet bars and purpose fitted flooring for pointe work and Tap dancing. The Royal Academy of Dance stipulate mirrored studios are essential for pupils to observe their body alignment, posture, and technique. We also have stage lighting which pupils love to use during classes to create a fun atmosphere.
Our successes include pupils gaining entry into the Royal Ballet School, Elmhurst (Birmingham Royal Ballet), Central Ballet, and English National Ballet, as well as into West End productions of les Miserables, Chitty, Mary Poppins, and Matilda.
As a Ballet School we have had particular outstanding success with 7 full-time entries into the Royal Ballet School located at White Lodge Richmond Park: Rachel ware 2003, Leanne Morris 2004, Georgia Ware 2005, Anna-Rose O'Sullivan 2005, Lauren Porter 2008, Mia Bailey 2013, and Jasmine Whitford 2014, the last two currently still at the school.
We have a number of pupils who participate in Festivals throughout the year. These are pupils who apply themselves and commit to classes. They learn a choregraphed routine either as a solo, duet, or trio. The Festivals are structured and lead to Regional Semi finals culminating in a National Final in London. However our main emphasis is for pupils to enjoy themselves, enjoy meeting other dancers, and the enjoyment of performing on stage. Success is lovely but not solely the only reason to become involved in Festivals. However we do have particular success in Festivals which we are always so proud of.
Please see our Dance Festival page for latest news, photos, and information.
Annual Dance Show
Our annual Dance Show takes place at the Beck Theatre Hayes on the first Saturday of the October half term. We have a Matinee show and an Evening show with two Dress rehearsals on the Thursday and Friday. All of our pupils from age 4 years to adults have a fantastic time as do the parents and friends in the audience. For further information and to see some trailers of previous years show please see our 'Dance Show' page from the above menu.
We also have a fully stocked Dance shop for the purchase of any dancewear. We stock Bloch, Capezio, Roch Valley, and Freed. Please see our 'Shop' page for further information on our products and opening hours.
For further information please use either the 'Click to Phone' or 'Press to Email' button below, or you can email at 'firstname.lastname@example.org'.
Alternatively just come along to a class on a pay as you go basis for 3 weeks. You can try any class for 3 weeks and then it's termly fees, however we do have a 10% discount if you pay at the end of a term for the following term. We also offer huge discounts if you do 4 or more hours per week.
We also offer the opportunity for your child to make up their class if they miss it for any reason by doing another class of the same type on a different day. This is restricted to the same term but is a facility other Schools do not always offer.
Please also note we have a waiting/viewing room for parents to observe their child in class.
Our Dance and Drama Studios are located through our Dance shop. We are less than a mile from Uxbridge roundabout and a mile from Ruislip High Street. The U1 bus stops directly outside our shop. We are a 3-4 minute walk from Ickenham station. There is metered parking outside our shop and residential parking after 5pm and at weekends.
We look forward to seeing you soon.
Dance Show Information
For parents whose child is doing the Dance Show in October please see the information leaflet on arrival and collection times as well as the Show split on our 'Dance Show' page
Autumn Term 2019
Our School timetable resumes on Tuesday 3 September. Our shop opening hours will then revert back to that shown on our 'Shop' page.
We hope you have had a lovely summer, enjoyed the mostly beautiful weather, and shall see you soon.
We have lots to look forward to this term with our Dance Show at the Beck Theatre fast approaching on Saturday 19 October. Its looking to be yet another spectacular show.
RAD Ballet and Lamda Exam Results
The recent round of both Ballet and Lamda results were received over the summer holidays and as yet have to be given out to the pupils. However the results are outstanding. There are two 100%'s in the Lamda and virtually all others are in the 90's and the ballet exams are mainly Distinction and high Merits. Well Done to all.
Fyfe Skinner- All England Finals 2019
An absolute fantastic performance by Fyfe Skinner sealed Gold and 1st place in the Classical Ballet solo section for 7-8 years.
It was a lovely day watching all the finalists across the various sections and seeing the consistently high standard of dancing. Fyfe and Harriet Mears also performed their Classical Ballet duet in the 10 year and under section and at 8 years did so well against the older children
Yet another congratulations to Fyffe Skinner who has been accepted onto the Royal Ballet School Junior Associates programme. This is run on weekends, it is so difficult to achieve the level required so this is fantastic news, and often then leads onto full-time schooling at the Royal Ballet School. Every dancers dream!