Catherine Gill

 School of Ballet


Established 1984


The Principal


Catherine Gill

B.A (Hons), L.R.A.D., F.I.S.T.D., R.A.D. R.T.S., I.S.T.D. C.D.E. 

Catherine Gill graduated from the Royal Academy of Dance in 1984 and holds the RAD B.A (Hons) in Dance Education, Licentiate and Registered Teacher status.alongside the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing Fellowship CDE and Registered teacher status.  She is DBS checked,and has taught on a sessional basis at the Royal Academy of Dance.


The School


Catherine Gill succeeded as Principal of the school in 1984 and is responsible for all of  the Ballet, Modern Theatre and Tap classes, ensuring continuity of tuition. The school aims to create an atmosphere that gives enjoyment and a love of dance to each child, and to enable children of all abilities to reach a high standard of individual achievement and fulfil their potential. Many pupils continue training at the school until the age of 18 before progressing to University courses or to full-time dance training.


Monday

4.00pm
Grade 2 RAD ballet
4.30pm
Grade 3 RAD Ballet
5.00pm
Grade 5 RAD Ballet
5.30pm
Intermediate Foundation RAD Ballet
6.15pm
Advanced RAD Ballet
7.00pm
Exam classes


Wednesday

4.00pmPre-Primary/Primary Ballet
4.30pm
Grade 2  RAD Ballet
5.00pm
Grade 3 RAD Ballet
5.30pm
Grade 5 RAD Ballet plus Pointe preparation
6.15pm
Advanced 1 RAD Ballet
7.00pm
Exam classes

Friday

4.30pm
Pre-Primary to Grade 1 ISTD Modern Theatre and Tap
5.00pm
Grade 2 ISTD Modern Theatre and Tap
5.30pm
Grade 4 ISTD Modern Theatre and Tap
6.00pm
Exam Classes
7.00pm
 

Saturday


8.00am
Intermediate Foundation RAD ballet
8.45am
Grade 5 RAD Ballet
9.15am
Grade 3 RAD Ballet
9.45am
Grade 2 RAD Ballet
10.15am
Pre-Primary/ Primary Ballet
10.45am
Advanced RAD Ballet
11.30am
Exam classes
1.00 pm
 


Term Dates


The school operates 3 terms a year designed to coincide with local school terms and holidays although this cannot be guaranteed. Each term is 10 weeks,with a one or two week half term break so please check.


In the event of severe weather conditions or other possible cancellation please check the website after 2pm on a weekday or after 7.00am on a Saturday. Should it be necessary to cancel, alternative classes will be arranged at a later date.

Autumn Term 2020

Friday 4th September to 27th November

Half Term: Friday 23rd October to Saturday 31st October

Possible workshops & ISTD Modern Theatre exams.

No RAD exam session planned this term.
New pupils are welcome to register

Spring Term 2020

Wednesday 8th January -  Friday 27th March

Half Term:  Monday 17th - Friday 21st February

Royal Academy of Dance Exams 18th 20th 21st March

There are no classes on the exam dates

Summer Term 2020

Unfortunately cancelled due to Covid-19 but looking forward to resuming in September 2020.

Theatre Saturday 9th May cancelled



Fees

 

Fees are very reasonable and vary according to the length and number of classes taken. Generous discounts apply for multiple classes and siblings.

New pupils are welcome to attend a trial class 


In order for the school to run efficiently please give notice by the start of the half term break to discontinue a class the following term.

Fees are not refunded for absence but in some circumstances pupils can make up a class.



Theatre Productions and Competitions



 


 

Pupils are encouraged to audition for suitable local productions and have performed at a variety of theatres including : The London Palladium; Her Majesty's, London Coliseum, , Lyceum; Theatre Royal Haymarket; The Churchill, Orchard ,Cochrane, Bloomsbury,Peacock, Stag, Hazlitt, and Harlequin Theatres 

Accolades include:

English Youth Ballet  Swan Lake, Sleeping Beauty, Nutcracker, Coppelia, Giselle, Etudes; 

The Lion King-Lyceum Theatre as Nala; All England Dance Competition Finals;

BYMT Oklahoma as Laurie and Chorus; Shrek as Shrek, Fiona, Young Fiona, and Chorus,

The Wizard of Oz as Glinda and Chorus; Surrey Youth Ballet Cinderella;

London Children's Ballet The Secret Garden, Nanny McPhee, The Little Princess;

National Youth Ballet 21st Anniversary Gala; The Tempest as Miranda with Ralph Feines; Bugsy Malone; Annie;  Alladin, Cinderella and Peter Pan pantomimes; numbers from Cats ,James Bond and Alladin at the London Palladium and Her Majesty's Theatre; our very first performance of Carousel at the Churchill Theatre in 1990


and many more

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Vocational training


Some students choose to pursue Vocational training or related University courses. Vocational colleges students have been accepted at include Urdang Academy;  Bird College; Trinity Laban; Lewisham College, London Studio Centre; Hammond; Tring Park, Performers and the Royal Academy of Dance




Exceptional standards

 



Workshops and Theatre Visits


The school offers workshops and theatre trips for pupils and family members

Events include:

Ballet, Musical Theatre and Richard Alston workshops and performances, , English National Ballet My First Coppelia; Northern Ballet Theatre Goldilocks and The Boy in the Striped  Pyjamas; Matthew Bourne La Syllphide, Nutcracker Edward Scissorhands; English Youth Ballet Swan Lake Coppelia, Giselle; Sleeping Beauty; Nutcracker, Etudes;  London Children's Ballet Nanny McPhee National Youth Ballet Gala;  St Petersburg Ballet Swan Lake Romeo and Juliet, Nutcracker; Imperial Ice Stars Swan Lake, Snow White, Sleeping Beauty on Ice;  Celtic Journey Gansta Granny, Georges Marvelous Medicine, Bugsy Malone; Annie, Chicago , Top Hat
and many more