Jill Gregory started teaching at Sherwood Community Centre in September 1976. Originally,
only Ballet was taught, but over the years, Tap, Modern Jazz Dance and Acrobatics
for examinations and stage performance. Originally the School trained students for
BBO exams, then for AAD for many years. In 2003 the School joined the BTDA. The
BTDA programmes of study and music were more interesting for students and teachers
alike, and helped the Dancing School to grow at a faster rate and achieve much higher
In September 2016 we celebrated the School’s 40th Anniversary, and our 40th Anniversary
Show took place in March 2017.
This has always been a family run school for families and we have always prided ourselves
in having created a happy and inclusive community. Jill’s sister played the piano
for exams in the early days before recorded music took over. Dianna, Jill’s niece
trained with the school and for many years, Jill and Dianna were the only teachers.
Their own daughters have also been trained in the school and along with others have
been teaching for a number of years.
In 2018, Dianna’s daughter, Yasmin Stevens expressed an interest in eventually taking
over the Dancing School, and Jill was delighted that it would be possible to pass
the Dancing School on within the family.
On 1 August 2020, Yasmin took over the student branch of the Dancing School and rebranded
those classes Elevation Dance.
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Jill continues to teach Adult Classes in conjunction with Elevation Dance and will
also be available as Technical Consultant. The team of teachers remains the same.
In March 2020, when the world was hit by the Covid-19 pandemic, Yasmin and the team
of teachers started to run Virtual Dance Classes to help pupils keep up their morale,
fitness, technique and continue to enjoy their dancing.
It is hoped that normal classes will resume later in 2020.
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