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A warm welcome to Ripley Academy of Dance Ltd. Our school is always a hive of activity and we hope to give you an insight into what is on offer through this booklet. 


Whether you're looking for a weekly ballet class for your aspiring ballerina, a teen that wants to pursue a career in the arts or an adult returning to dance; you can find something for everyone with our vast array of classes.


We strongly believe in encouraging the creative abilites of each and every student. We care about our personal and supportive approach to finding the right class for everyone.


Please peruse the prospectus for more information. We are always on hand personally to answer any questions you may have. I welcome you to join the Ripley Academy family for quality dance and drama training.


Yours Faithfully,


Miss Felicity Cutting

Academy Principal



The school was established at its home at The Beeches, in Ripley, in 1971. Over the years we have created a very good reputation for dance and drama training excellence. Our achievements speak for themselves. Prospective families are welcomed to view our examination result history. 












Our purose built professional studios are set in beautiful grounds and have their own carpark. They boast Harlequin sprung floors, large mirrors, barres, professional music equipment. Studio 1 also has a wonderful, fully-working, antique grand piano for classical ballet classes. There are changing rooms with drinks machine and a patio area for parents on sunny days! Our dance kit shop supplies all your uniform needs.


We have a proven recipe for success and students are encouraged to participate lots of our activities. Examinations are optional. While we promote the benifits of them we understand that some familes do not have the time to commit to extra lessons or practice. We host a bi-annual show at a professional theatre, again this experience is optional. Our classes run in term time only, with extra holiday activities provided on an opt in-opt out basis. 'Easter School' and 'Summer School' are firm favourites.


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About the Academy 

What class will it be?

There are lots of classes to choose from for all ages so it's sometimes difficult to know where to start. Here is some information on the class genres we offer:










Classical Ballet: Ideal for all ages. Classes start from walking to adult.

Tap: An ideal addition to Ballet for mini movers or as a keep fit for adults. This rhythm class is perfect to get your feet feeling the beat.

Modern-Stage: Show dance at is best. The type of stage dance you expect to see in the West End.

Street: Dance to the latest urban hip-hop tunes with this ever changing dance style. With floorwork and locking and popping we aim to inspire boys and girls of all ages.

Freetsyle: The fast paced class is the perfect progression from traditional 'Disco Dance'. Classes include routines. exercises, stretching and trick work.

Limber: A great addition to any dance class. It is intended to keep dancers supple and strong. It's mixture of stretches, conditioning exercises and relaxation techniques keeps dancers happy and healthy.

Musical Theatre: The tripple threat in one class! Sing, dance and acting with work that spans the history of musical theatre.

Drama: Pure acting. We cover techniques for stage and screen, impro, mime, script, speech, phyisical theatre and much more.

LAMDA Exam Coaching: For those who want to get more serious. This class is designed as an add-on to the Drama workshops. Students may take examinations in Verse and Prose, Acting, Miming, Reading for Performance and Public Speaking.

It's not just all about exams! We regularly hold performing arts workshops and holiday camps to broaden experiences for our students.







Sunday workshops are held where we

invite guest teachers to join us for the day.







We host an annual Easter School where children are invited for 3 days to explore the latest play/musical. No Easter School is complete without our annual Easter Egg Hunt!







Summer School is the first week of each

summer holiday. This 5 day course is bigger

and better than our Easter School with guest

teachers, pic-nics on the lawn, a creative

arts tent and end of week outdoor


For information on latest activties please visit our website. Click the link:


Extra Activities

Examining Bodies

Our teachers are highly respected in the teaching industry for the combination of qualifications they hold.


We follow the Royal Academy of Dance Classical Ballet syllabus. It is the most recognised and predigious international board of training. It is known for its high standards and inivatie set syllabi. We are very  proud to be able to hold 3 of our own private examination centres with them each year. We offer graded and vocational examinations and our teachers are registered mentors for the RAD teacher training scheme. Grades 6 and above incurr UCAS points.


Our Tap, Modern-Stage, Street and Freestyle classes follow the National Association of Teachers of Dancing examination and award curriculum. The exams are progessive and encourage students to gain Ofqual regulated certifications in all dance genres. Grades 6 and above incurr UCAS points.We hold 2 NATD exam centres a year.


London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art offer a wonderful breadth of speech, acting and musical theatre examinations. Our teachers offer private and small group coaching for these exams. Grades 6 and above also incurr UCAS points. We hold 2-3 private LAMDA exam centres a year.

Examinations are available in beginners grades to professional teaching qualifications in all syllabi,

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Please get in touch for more information on specific classes and times and to arrange a taster session of your choice.





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Principal: Felicity Cutting RAD RTS, ANATD, P.Cert LAM

Address: The Beeches, 14 Cromford Road, Ripley, Derbyshire DE5 3FP


Call: 01773745108   or    07841755312