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 3 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.

Examinations and QCF Credits

Teaching is of the highest quality by fully trained and accredited IDTA teachers. 

The Academy holds an examination session annually and students are supported to reach the highest standards. 

The Academy has an outstanding track record for high standards throughout the school with all students achieving higher grades in examinations. 

Children are awarded with a certificate and a medal or plaque, depending on the grade, and an examiners report.

   IDTA  Ballet Examination Awards

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, 13 for Grade 6 and 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

International Dance Teachers Association

IDTA Main Site