About our School

Easter House

Wightmore School of Dance aims to provide a friendly and welcoming atmosphere for children and adults who love to dance purely for enjoyment, alongside those who progress into professional schools such as:-

Arts Educational (Tring Park School for the Performing Arts), The Hammond School, Chester, The Northern Ballet School, Stella Mann College, Ballet West Upper School, Laine Theatre Arts and dance courses at Further Education Colleges and Universities.

Talented students are also encouraged to audition for The Royal Ballet School Associates Course which enables students 8 years to 16 years to take ballet classes fortnightly with staff from the Royal Ballet School Faculty in Totnes, Bristol and London. Previous students have also attended the Royal Ballet School International Summer Courses.

Dance classes are offered from 2 and a half years to adult, beginners to advanced in Modern Theatre, Jazz, Tap, Ballet and Character.

Dance is an art form that teaches discipline, co-ordination, strength and control, along with the appreciation of music and the performing arts, most of all its a great way to keep fit make new friends and have fun in a safe environment to gain self confidence and develop new skills. Students work alongside qualified teachers and experienced professionals.

Pupils follow the Royal Academy of Dance syllabi, and students from the age of six can take examinations from Primary in Dance to Grade 8 Award level. Students who wish to take their dancing further can study the Vocational Graded Examinations which includes pointework. The Royal Academy of Dance syllabus and examinations are internationally recognised, and accredited by the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority (QCA) and The Council for Dance Education and Training (CDET).

The opportunity to work towards exams gives the children a sense of achievement and a chance to work towards something tangible which consolidates their training and gives them a goal. It is wonderful to witness their growth in confidence and maturity as they progress, although we realise exams are not for everyone, and wherever possible these children will move up through the school with their peers.

Students follow the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing Syllabi for Modern Theatre Dance and Tap. Imperial Classical Ballet Classes are available for those students who wish to study both syllabi, and those who have completed all their RAD grades. It is a very different syllabus which offers more challenges to the students.

We also offer acrobatic arts classes for children and enter for acrobatic arts examinations.

Classes are of a moderate size to enable students to receive enough individual attention and correction.

Previous & Upcoming Performances

Year Performance
2017 Wightmore School of Dance Showcase- Hollywood Walk of Fame, New Hall, Tiverton
2015 Chance to Dance Performace- Northcott Theatre, Exeter
2015 Wightmore School of Dance Showcase- Wonka's Golden Ticket, New Hall, Tiverton
2014 Chance to Dance Performance - Northcott Theatre, Exeter
2013 Chance to Dance Performance - Northcott Theatre, Exeter
2013 Wightmore School of Dance Showcase- Tutus, Trainers and Tiaras, New Hall, Tiverton
2012 Chance to Dance Performance - Northcott Exeter
2011 Chance to Dance Performance - Northcott Exeter
2010 Chance to Dance Performance - Northcott Exeter
2007 Coppelia
2005 An Evening of Dance
2003 An Evening of Dance
2001 An Evening of Dance
1999 Sleeping Beauty
1998 Red Riding Hood
1997 Coppelia
1995 Nutcraker
1995 Aladdin
1993 Cinderella
1991 Peter and the Wolf
1990 A Midsummer Nights Dream