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About Us

A Message from the Principal, Mrs Bronwen Patching.

As the leading Classical Dance School in Essex Adagio School of Dance promotes excellence and access into the world of dance through education with the aim of inspiring a life-long love of dance in every pupil.


The ethos which lies at the heart of the school is to dream, aspire, achieve and excel.


Whether a student is just starting at the age of 2, or a competent student seeking help in preparation for a professional career.

Adagio School of Dance offers:


  • A step by step Junior programme

  • Free trial class for all new pupils

  • Classes to suit all abilities and ages

  • A comprehensive Ballet, PointeTapModernContemporary, Street JazzGymnasticsAcro classes for both boys and girls with a unique training program supported by our core faculty and guest teachers.

  • Musical Theatre classes with various aspects of performance including dance, drama, singing and acting to encourage students to further develop their talents

  • LAMDA classes for voice coaching and acting

  • UCAS points are awarded in the higher grades of ballet, tap, modern and LAMDA


Adagio School of Dance nurtures and prepares students on their dancing journey by providing appropriate training and support to allow all pupils to achieve and fulfil their individual and collective potential. This is our way of instilling positive value, life-skills and health benefits through the educational process specific to the study of dance with many pupils have gone on to successful careers in various areas joining professional ballet and dance companies and achieving high-level placements and scholarships at prestigious dance establishments.  


Teaching Philosophy
While excellence in technical training is crucial to our mission it goes well beyond technique supporting the development of the whole student. A great emphasis is placed on the quality of teaching that is specifically tailored to each individual and recognises the different ways in which learners grow and progress. This structure helps students to grow in confidence whilst enjoying a friendly class environment.


At Adagio School of Dance pupils are continually stretched and challenged. They are encouraged to train and take exams, to perform at festivals, to participate in the annual ISTD Ballet Awards and to promote their excellent achievements through the professional bi-annual show and annual Musical Theatre productions.


In addition, tailored ballet courses and dance workshops are available and demonstration classes are performed to the local community. The happy, inclusive atmosphere of our school is testament to the success of our approach.


The Student’s Journey
Every child is known individually and is supported by dedicated teachers and staff. All young dancers are given the opportunity to enjoy their learning as this is the surest route to enabling them to excel.Advancement is based on many factor’s including a pupil’s strength, physical development, effort, mastery of material, maturity, attendance record and artistic development.


Ultimately, every student is encouraged to fulfil their potential in all they do and be the very best they can.


Bronwen Patching

Principal Director

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