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.


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 SaturdayExternal link opens in new tab or window. Should it be necessary to cancel, alternative classes will be arranged at a later date.

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Autumn Term 2021

Monday  6th September to  Saturday 27th November

Half Term: Monday 18th October to Saturday 30th October

RAD Ballet Exam classes 29th November to 18th December

Junior workshop Saturday 11th December to be confirmed

New pupils are welcome to register for the Spring Term 

Spring Term 2022

Monday 3rd January to Friday 18th March.
Half Term Monday 14th February to Friday 18th February
Royal Academy of Dance Ballet exams19th March to April 3rd.
Exam timetable and date(s) to be confirmed once allocated.

Summer Term 2021

Monday 19th April to Friday 9th July  including applicable postponed days

Classes as usual Bank Holiday Monday 3rd May

No classes Wednesday 7th July

Half Term Monday 31st May to  Saturday 5th June


Grade 2 RAD ballet
Grade 3 RAD Ballet
Grade 5 RAD Ballet
Intermediate Foundation RAD Ballet
Advanced RAD Ballet
Exam classes


4.00pmPrimary /Grade 1 RAD Ballet
Grade 2  RAD Ballet
Grade 3 RAD Ballet
Grade 5 RAD Ballet plus Pointe preparation
Advanced 1 RAD Ballet
Exam classes


Pre-Primary to Grade 1 ISTD Modern Theatre and Tap
Grade 2 ISTD Modern Theatre and Tap
Advanced ISTD Modern Theatre and Tap
Exam Classes


Intermediate Foundation RAD ballet
Grade 5 RAD Ballet
Grade 3 RAD Ballet
Grade 2 RAD Ballet
Primary/Grade 1 RAD Ballet (5-6 years)
Pre-Primary Ballet (3-4 years)
Exam classes
1.00 pm


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


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