The Eastbourne Academy of Dancing has a long history and recognised reputation in the local area. A former tennis club house dating back to 1905, dancing started at Tutts Barn in 1947 and has remained true to providing dance education within this independent and unique building.
The main studio with its high vaulted ceilings and large bay window along with bars and mirrors defines everyone’s imagination of a classical ballet class studio. Along with a further fully equipped studio students are able to study a wide range of dance classes in restricted numbers. This enables our teachers to provide each individual the best dance experience allowing them to excel and reach their greatest potential.
Building self-esteem and confidence through praise, encouragement and discipline is a key factor within a friendly caring school. The Academy plays an important role in education and development with Ballet examinations of the Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) and Modern, Tap and Jazz examinations of the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing (ISTD). Examinations are taken at all levels including higher vocational grades to create a positive goal and realise a level of proficiency. Exams are accredited and recognised by OFQUAL and higher level exams qualify as UCAS points for university and higher education institutions.
We are an organised school with a structured and progressive timetable and clearly defined age groups. Our emphasis is on education and fun and all students take part in our biennial show in order to increase their confidence and presentation skills. This is a great opportunity for all pupils to work together and beneficial in expressing dance live on stage in a Professional Theatre. Students also have access to other performance opportunities in the local area.
The Eastbourne Academy of Dancing has great success preparing students for exams and vocational training .Over the years pupils have gone onto lead successful careers in dance. Many pupils have joined professional dance companies, others have furthered their dance studies of dance at major stage schools and dance colleges including the Royal Ballet School, Central School of Ballet, Laines Theatre Arts and many more. Some pupils have even qualified as dance teachers themselves.
Whether you are dancing just for fun or if you have the dream of a possible career, the training each individual will receive at the Academy will serve as an excellent basis for subsequent vocational training. Expert advice is on offer as to the audition process for both vocational schools and associate programmes.