Welcome to Guernsey’s Academy of Dance and Theatre Arts, which this year celebrates its 18th 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 Dance Classes, Contemporary dance, and Drama and Musical Theatre, from our modern and attractive studio in Hougue du Pommier, Vale, and currently we have 200 dance pupils aged between 2 1/2 and 18 years.
Our aim is to 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 train their bodies and minds in their chosen subject, to be inspired and also to have fun. Working towards examination success is important, but we also believe that it is important for our dance students to build upon their own personal skills and conﬁdence as individuals. Dance lessons may be something that is a hobby, or it may lead to a career, but every child is treated the same and has the same attention given to them.
We offer examinations with The Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing (I.S.T.D.), which are internationally recognised dance examinations. Dance exams are held twice a year across the whole range of dance 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.
The Guernsey Festival of Dance
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.
The Academy Dance Show
Following the festival, we present our own School Show which gives 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!
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