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Students move around the corridors as though they are still on stage. They are graceful, hold themselves beautifully and even when they are chatting outside a maths classroom manage to group themselves as though in a corps de ballet. Academic staff are up against students who say all they want to do is dance, but while they might be guided by their hearts, they are surrounded by adults who know you can’t dance for ever, however…

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At Elmhurst we offer the highest standard of dance training, combined with a strong academic education and a caring environment.

Our dance faculty, under the artistic leadership of Robert Parker, formerly Birmingham Royal Ballet, consists of former professional dancers with international experience, who share with students their professional technique and extensive repertoire. ...Read more

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Since 2010, Jessica Wheeler BA NPQH (30s). There can’t be many people in the world, never mind the UK, who combine professional dance experience with top notch educational management expertise. But Elmhurst has found it. Laban trained, she then became resident with the Laban dance company. Moved into teaching as freelance and guest teacher. Tough London comprehensive that employed her to teach dance spotted the charisma, energy and determination and she was fast-tracked to assistant headship before moving with a team of super fixers to work magic in one of the worst schools in London.

Aspirations since arriving at Elmhurst are to make it the dance school of choice in the UK and beyond. Her vision is a holistic one – to ensure talented dancers are also healthy and wise...

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