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Teaching and Standards

The Academy is led by Margaret Thomson and Lorraine Hancox who are both professionally trained and highly qualified IDTA teachers. 

The Academy examination results have been consistently excellent and we are well known for creating a caring and supportive atmosphere in which children are able to feel confident as they learn. 

Lessons are taught in such a way that children are encouraged to achieve their best by focussing on positive corrections and praise rather than criticism. 

Examination courses consist of 34 classes over three terms and an additional class per week in the summer term so that students develop to performance standard required for the examinations. Our dancers always achieve the highest levels in examinations as a result of this careful preparation.

Students who demonstrate high levels of technical competence can also be nominated by examiners to attend the IDTA Theatre Dance Awards in Ballet. 


Suitably talented children are entered for auditions with the Birmingham Royal Ballet Associate programme and the National Youth Ballet and these students are offered additional support and private classes to aid their development. BRB Associates may be invited to take part in Royal Ballet performances.

 An Academy student dancing in the Royal Ballet Performance 
of The Nutcracker at Birmingham Hippodrome in 2009