Welcome to Oxford Academy of Dance

Ballet, Tap and Modern classes for children and adults Request Information

Important Dates

  • Monday September 12th – First day of the new term
  • Saturday September 24th – All payments are due
  • Saturday October 15th – Last day of classes before half term
  • Week of Monday October 17th – Examination Rehearsals
  • Friday October 21st – Replacement class, instead of Friday November 4th
  • Saturday October 22nd – Replacement class, instead of Saturday November 5th
  • Monday October 31st – Start of the second half of term
  • Friday November 4th NO CLASSES
  • Saturday November 5thNO CLASSES
  • Saturday December 3rd – End of term
  • Sunday December 4th – RAD Ballet Examinations
  • Week of Monday December 5th – Examination Rehearsals
  • Sunday December 11th – ISTD Modern and Tap 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.

“I’ve been a closet tapper my whole life, so when the opportunity came via some friends to join Paula’s adult beginners tap class it was a no-brainer – I leapt, or should I say ‘hop shuffle stepped’…… Six years on and after a lot of sweat and bouncing we’re still going strong and it’s the highlight of my week. Paul is a brilliant teacher – truly gifted in patience (much needed with us) and an ability to explain things simply and at the right pace to ensure we learn. More importantly, she makes it fun and we have a terrific laugh. I travel a lot with work and so often have to miss sessions, but it’s no problem and Paula is incredibly flexible and ensures I slip back into things with ease. My youngest son is now also learning tap, modern and ballet with similar enthusiasm and joy as myself.  I cannot recommend Paula’s Oxford Academy of Dance highly enough to anyone wanting to learn to dance, get fit and have some fun.” Professor Irene Tracey

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!

My daughter has been a pupil of Oxford Academy of Dance for the past 6 years since she was 5 and has loved every minute. She dances ballet, tap, modern and jazz and she has progressed very well through her exams. She loves the shows, which give them all chance to see the other grades and aspire to reach them with their confidence to perform growing every year. They offer professional, fun and friendly classes for all ages, with fantastic shows and excellent exam results. Paula is professional, caring and extremely committed to ensure the pupils reach their full potential, going above and beyond to help prepare the pupils for their exams. I would highly recommend them.

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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 and Body Conditioning and Strengthening.

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.

Hara Kyriazi

Teacher

Hara got her BA degree from Niki’s Kontaxaki-Nikoletta’s Bakali Higher Professional dance school, where she specialized in Classical Ballet and Contemporary dance. Since graduating at 2012, she has been teaching junior and adult classes at her previous school.

During that time she participated in various dance shows in Athens, Greece. Hara also holds a degree of Archeology and History of Art, from the University of Athens.  In 2016 she moved to the UK and she worked as a dance teacher in various dance academies and schools at Cardiff. From September 2016, Hara will be part of the teaching team at the Oxford Academy of Dance.

Karen Sellick

Teacher

Karen Sellick trained at Sadlers Wells Ballet School and was a member of Sadlers Wells Theatre Ballet.  After a break from dancing,  she qualified as a dance teacher and became a Fellow of the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing setting up  her own school in South Oxford.  Karen now enjoys teaching free lance  part-time.

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 are at the United Reformed Church Hall in Summertown, opposite Laura Ashely.

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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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