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Leotard-clad students fill the multiple dance studios, and even to the untrained eye the talent, energy and determination are evident. It’s not for the fainthearted – this is a demanding training for the most gifted and resilient. Training is in classical ballet but also on offer are choreography, as well as contemporary and other supporting dance styles, eg jazz, Flamenco, pas de deux. The six-weekly assessment points might sound scary but are not half as terrifying as being…

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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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Music and dance scheme - government funding and grants available to help with fees at selected independent music and dance schools.

Performing arts specialist school

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Since 2010, Jessica Ward BA NPQH. A rare, if not unique, breed, combining first-rate experience in both professional dance and school management. No wonder Elmhurst snapped her up. Laban trained, she went on to work for the Laban dance company before moving into dance teaching. Tough London comp spotted her dynamism and leadership potential, and she was fast-tracked to assistant headship before becoming part of a team of super-fixers to work magic in one of the worst schools in London.

Striking in every sense, and warm and sincere with it. Not one for 10-year visions – ‘the world is changing too fast’ – but is always looking forwards and the school has evolved considerably under her headship. Wellbeing and health now at the heart (old-school ballet teachers who crack the...

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Special Education Needs

Condition Provision for in school
ASD - Autistic Spectrum Disorder Y
Aspergers Y
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorders Y
CReSTeD registered for Dyslexia
Dyscalculia Y
Dysgraphia Y
Dyslexia Y
Dyspraxia Y
English as an additional language (EAL) Y
Has an entry in the Autism Services Directory
Has SEN unit or class Y
HI - Hearing Impairment Y
Hospital School
Mental health Y
MLD - Moderate Learning Difficulty Y
MSI - Multi-Sensory Impairment
Natspec Specialist Colleges
OTH - Other Difficulty/Disability
Other SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty
PD - Physical Disability
PMLD - Profound and Multiple Learning Difficulty
SEMH - Social, Emotional and Mental Health Y
SLCN - Speech, Language and Communication Y
SLD - Severe Learning Difficulty
Special facilities for Visually Impaired
SpLD - Specific Learning Difficulty Y
VI - Visual Impairment Y

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