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The Academy


Hanson Ballet Academy (formerly Hanson School of Ballet) was established over 20 years ago and aims to provide high quality dance education for children and young adults.

The School specialises in ballet and students can progress through the grade levels to reach performance standard.

Children's classes start from 4 years of age and students can continue through the examination process to achieve Intermediate or Advanced level qualification at age 18. 

Young dancers will be in the care of International Dance Teacher Association (IDTA) qualified and experienced teachers in well supervised classes.

Our aim is to provide an affordable and well structured ballet education for every pre-school and school age child.

Our Approach


We set out to provide each child with an individualised dance experience building on his or her skills and aptitudes. 

We teach in age based classes rather than delivering mixed age classes. This ensures that the quality of teaching can be sustained throughout all the grades and that students develop their skills and understanding without distraction.

We develop children's grace in movement, and musicality. 

Through their achievement in examinations pupils develop self-confidence and an appreciation for the art form.

Classes and Levels


The Academy consists of Lower, Middle and Upper school.

The Lower School is comprised of a Preparatory class followed  by Primary ballet which both lead to an examination in the summer term. These foundation years provide an introduction to the more technical work undertaken in the middle school. The teachers take great care to encourage and support young dancers as they become more confident and balletic.

Through this initial training the basic building blocks of musicality, technique and ballet terminology are established.

The Middle School consists Grades 1 to 5. Pupils follow the syllabus for each grade in preparation for an examination at the end of each academic year. Children may take medal examinations in addition to grade examinations. Each medal comprises a ballet dance and a character dance and these help to develop performance skills as well as increasing the balletic quality of the work.

The Upper School classes consist of Classical Awards I and Classical Award II, which are more technically demanding and balletic and provide a bridge to the Intermediate and Advanced performance examinations. These latter levels are equivalent to the first two years of a professional dance school.


Ofqual Accreditation


IDTA Graded and Professional Ballet Examinations are also recognised by the Office of the Qualifications and Examination Regulator (Ofqual) and appear on the Qualifications and Credit Framework (QCF).


Through examinations students accumulate Ofqual credits for ballet alongside other qualifications such as GCSE and A Level. Students acquire credits as they move through the grade system e.g. 7 credits for Grade 1, through to 33 for Advanced. For more information visit:


IDTA Examination information

Contact us...

Academy Venue - 
Harborne Baptist Church
Harborne Park Road, Birmingham, 
West Midlands, B17 ODH




Location of Harborne Baptist Church




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