Welcome to Oxford Academy of Dance

Ballet, Tap and Modern classes for children and adults

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Important Dates

  • Tuesday September 8th – First day of the new term
  • Monday October 19th – Last day of classes before half term
  • Monday November 2nd – Start of the second half of term
  • Saturday December 5th – End of term
  • Saturday December 12th – ISTD Tap and Modern examinations

About Oxford Academy of Dance

Oxford Academy of Dance was founded in April 2001 by Paula Nattrass. It provides high quality professional tuition in RAD Ballet, ISTD Ballet, Tap, Modern and Jazz. Pupils are taken from the age of three through to adults. The aim of the classes is always to have fun and enjoy the dancing, whilest also recognising that dance is an art form which requires hard work and dedication to succeed.

All levels of students are catered for from Nursery through to majors.

Principal – Paula Nattrass LISTD, RADrts

Paula trained at the Doreen Bird College of Dance, where she gained full teaching qualifications and at the Drama Studio, London. She worked professionally in both the West End, where shows included Jesus Christ Superstar and Hello Dolly and in repertory theatre at Bristol Old Vic and Birmingham Rep. Film work includes The Scarlet Pimpernel and Ragtime with Donald O’Connor and an Elvis Costello video called “I Write The Book”. Teaching work includes 10 years at the Guildford School of acting, teaching Ballet, Tap, Modern Jazz and Historical Dance as well as choreographing operetta and drama projects.

As well as running Oxford Academy of Dance Paula also teaches Ballet at The Manor Preparatory School in Abingdon.

What We Offer

RAD Ballet

Ballet is at the heart of all dance styles and all students are encouraged to do it. It develops excellent posture and technique and provides the foundation steps for other dance styles. We start from the age of 3 learning movement and steps through imaginative sequences and follow up from the age of around 5 learning the Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) syllabus where pupils will be able to take examinations should they wish to.

ISTD Tap

Tap classes are taught from age 5 at Oxford Academy of Dance. Students follow the ISTD syllabus and it should be taken alongside their normal ballet classes.

Tap is a percussive style of dance which focuses on rhythm and co-ordination. It is fun and lively and provides an excellent opportunity to improve, musicality whilst learning the technique.

ISTD Modern

Modern is a dance style often seen in the West End in musicals such as “Grease”, “Cats” and “Wicked”. It is a crossover between the more funky street dance style and the discipline of classical ballet incorporating a combination of jazz and lyrical movement and isolations into prepared exercises.

At Oxford Academy of Dance we follow the ISTD syllabus from Grade 1 and students can start from the age of 5. Modern classes should be taken alongside Ballet classes.

Adult Classes

Our adult classes are for those looking to have fun, learn some dance styles and keep fit. Adults of any level are welcome to join classes. At Oxford Academy of Dance we have classes for Adults in Tap, Ballet as Pilates.

Our Teachers

Paula Nattrass

Principal

Paula trained at the Doreen Bird College of Dance, where she gained full teaching qualifications and at the Drama Studio, London. She worked professionally in both the West End, where shows included Jesus Christ Superstar and Hello Dolly and in repertory theatre at Bristol Old Vic and Birmingham Rep. Film work includes The Scarlet Pimpernel and Ragtime with Donald O’Connor and an Elvis Costello video called “I Write The Book”. Teaching work includes 10 years at the Guildford School of acting, teaching Ballet, Tap, Modern Jazz and Historical Dance as well as choreographing operetta and drama projects.

As well as running Oxford Academy of Dance Paula also teaches Ballet at The Manor Preparatory School in Abingdon.

Laura Addison

Teacher

Laura has been teaching vocational ballet and Pilates for Oxford Academy of Dance since September 2009. In 2005 she went to the Royal Academy’s headquarters in London where she completed a BA(Hons) in Ballet Education and majored in performance. There she obtained her LRAD and Advanced 2 ballet.She became a qualified mat pilates teacher with BASI pilates in 2009 and now teaches ballet, tap, modern and pilates for several schools in Oxford. She regularly enters students for ballet exams and prepares them for shows.

Where are the Classes

The majority of the classes are held at St. Aloysius school, which is on the corner of St. Margarets Road and Woodstock road. Some of the classes on a Friday evening and Saturday afternoon are at the United Reformed Church Hall in Summertown, opposite Laura Ashely.

How to contact me.

Please feel free to contact me on the number below. If I can't answer please leave your name, number and message and I will try to get back to you as soon as possible. Please bear in mind I teach most evenings until late so it will probably be the next day before I am able to respond. Alternatively please fill in your details in the form opposite and I will get back to you, if not the same day then certainly the next.

Tel: 07913 995963

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