Established 26 yearsSuzanne'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.
ClassesWe have Dance classes in: Ballet, Pointe and Pre-Pointe, Ballet Technique, Contemporary, Modern Jazz, Streetdance, Commercial Jazz, Tap as well as Gymnastic Dance.
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 Grade exams from Primary to Advanced levels.
Our performing arts classes consist of Musical Theatre, Singing, Acting, and Drama for boys and girls from 5-18 years. We also have LAMDA classes (London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art) and enter pupils for exams from 5 years upwards.
You can try any class for 2 weeks and then we encourage you to sign up for the term. We offer a 10% discount if you sign up at the end of a term for the following term. We also offer discounts if you do 4 or more hours per week.
TeachersAll of our teachers are fully qualified but also have experience in performing at the highest level on stage. 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, as well as in the West End in Les Miserables and Phantom of the Opera.
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 Chitty Bang Bang, Mary Poppins, The Phantom of The Opera and Matilda.
As a Ballet School we have had particular outstanding success with 7 full-time entries into The Royal Ballet School White Lodge in 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.