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  • The Elizabeth Fenton School of Dancing

     

    The Elizabeth Fenton School of Dancing was founded in 1977 when Elizabeth Fenton herself graduated form Doreen Bird College (now known as Bird College), gaining teaching qualifications of the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing and the Royal Academy of Dancing.

    Elizabeth built the school up and ran the school for 39 years until in 2016 the school was passed onto her daughter, Felicity Stewart. Felicity has continued the school's friendly and caring approach which encourages each pupil to progress and achieve his or her potential. We believe that dance can be enjoyed by everyone, no matter what ability or disability. Every child is made to feel important and a special person.

    We take the same approach to examinations. No pupil is made to take examinations, but is openly encouraged to do so and this promotes confidence and a sense of achievement. The School enters pupils regularly for I.S.T.D. grade and vocational Graded Examinations.

    The school also runs a large production every other year and again no child is made to take part but for many students this is often the highlight of their time with us. The show gives the students wonderful memories of being on stage with their friends, it gives them confidence and sense of worth and achievement. Above all it is great fun!

    Children can join the School between the ages of 3 and 18 years and we offer classes in ballet from 3 years, tap from 5 years and modern and acro from 5 years old, street/commercial dance from 10 years old and contemporary dance for those students at grade 4 ballet or modern onwards. There is also the option of conditioning classes for any student in the school/ The more popular classes have waiting lists so please do enquire early. 

    Some selected pupils are offered the opportunity to be entered for local and national dance competitions in England. Students have been finalists in the prestigious All England Dance completion which takes places every other year. 

    Past pupils have appeared in West End theatres and have gone on to full-time training at the Royal Ballet School, Tring Park School for the Performing Arts, Elmhurst, The English National Ballet School, Urdang, Bird College, Ballet West, Laine Theatre School, Northern Ballet School, Central School of Ballet and other leading dance schools.