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The Jill Gregory School of Dancing, which opened in September 1976, is a family school
run for families. We cater for all levels of interest and needs in BALLET, TAP,
MODERN JAZZ DANCE, ACROBATICS AND SINGING FOR STAGE PERFORMANCE (not Social Ballroom,
Latin, Wedding Dances, Disco or Street-
Most pupils may not have aspirations to become professional dancers or dancing teachers,
but we can help them build poise and confidence which will assist in all aspects
of their lives. A number of pupils have gone on to dance professionally, study for
dance or theatrical degrees/diplomas, or teach Aerobics/Zumba, but many more have
used their dance training as an asset to their careers in schools and nurseries or
other professions. We have also helped pupils with co-
Both Jill and Dianna have choreographed for other local groups and schools in the past. Dianna is also responsible for Dance and Choir at a Primary School in Derbyshire where she is a Teaching Assistant. Teresa is also a Teaching Assistant in a local school, where she currently runs the Glee Club. She has performed all over the country in musical shows and as a solo performer as well as doing backing vocals and solo recordings. Others involved in the dancing school hold the Diploma in Professional Dance Practice and one is a graduate of Mountview Academy of Theatre Arts.
We operate a two year rolling calendar which begins with show rehearsals starting in September of one academic year, for performance 6 months later in February/March. Then from March to July, and September to July of the following academic year, we work on exams and awards. We have found that this system works very well, to enable our pupils to make good progress. Each summer, we also perform at Arnold Carnival, and other local events. Our singers have performed at an IKEA Christmas event, several years running.
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We enter pupils for examinations through The British Theatre Dance Association (BTDA), which was founded in 1972, as a Midland based organisation by the President Ann Oliver MBE. It has expanded throughout the UK and in several countries abroad, and is approved, along with the RAD, BBO ISTD and Cecchetti, by the Council for Dance Education and Training. BTDA examinations carry Credit points in the Qualifications and Credit Framework, which means that examinations at certain levels are considered to be equal to GCSE's, AS and A levels and above. Certain grades also carry UCAS points. The Examining Board for BTDA Exams is The Graded Qualifications Alliance.
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