Welcome to Guernsey’s Academy of Dance and Theatre Arts, which this year celebrates its 20th year in existence. My name is Rhianna King and I became principal of the Academy in 2012! We offer I.S.T.D. Ballet, Tap, Modern & Classical Greek, and iD-Contemporary dance from our purpose-built studio in Hougue du Pommier, Vale, and currently we have 200 dance pupils aged between 2 1/2 and 18 years.
We provide a nurturing environment in which dance classes can help to form a part of a child’s all round education. Pupils come to the Academy to be inspired and to find a lifelong love of dance; we believe that it is important for our dance students to build upon their own personal skills and conﬁdence as individuals. Dance lessons may be a hobby for an active child, or their dance classes may lead to a career, but our priority is that every child in our classes receives attention no matter their ability level.
Opportunities at the ADTA:
We offer examinations with The Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing (ISTD), which are internationally recognised dance examinations. Dance exams are held twice a year across the whole range of dance genres and grades and we pride ourselves on achieving a 100% pass rate. On the whole we keep our dance class sizes small: we don’t believe that bigger is better, and smaller class sizes mean that your child receives more individual attention.
Our new Contemporary dance syllabus also has the option for dance exams and medal tests.
Each year we run week-long workshops based around different themes such as the seasons, Roald Dahl and The Wizard of Oz either in Easter or Summer. During this time we work on dances, songs and acting/drama pieces with a performance for parents at the end of the week in our studio.
We also bring visiting teachers over from the UK to run specialist workshops in different fields to give our students a wider variety of dance experience.
As well as offering examinations we enter our students into The Guernsey Festival of Dance, which is a bi-annual event, a celebration of dance held during the Spring Term. We enter all of our pupils from age 6 years in group dances and solos. The Festival is open to all Channel Island Dance Schools and, like the Eisteddfod, it is a competition. It involves rehearsals on or about the same time as existing classes and culminates in a performance on the stage in the Beau Sejour Theatre.
Selected students are also invited to be part of an away team that travels to other competitions such as the Jersey Eisteddfod, Dance World Cup, and Southampton Festival.
The Academy Dance Show
Following the festival, we present our own School Show which gives all our pupils the opportunity to enjoy further performances and gain more valuable stage experience. These shows are always popular with family and friends of our dancers! These shows also involve the on-stage debut of our youngest dancers at the school, our Pre-School and Reception ballet, tap & modern classes.
I hope you enjoy looking through our site and if you have any questions about Ballet, Tap and Modern Dance Lessons, or how we can help your child to enjoy dance, don’t hesitate to contact me.
Rhianna King ISTD