Who runs Oxford Academy of Dance
Oxford Academy of Dance is run by Paula Nattrass and was formed in April 2001. I trained at Doreen Birds, now Bird College and have worked extensively in theatre and television.  I have taught at a number of drama college including Guildford School of Acting and Mountview and have been teaching in Oxford since 1995. As well as running Oxford Academy of Dance I also teach ballet at The Manor Preparatory School in Abingdon.
Where are the classes held

Most of the classes are held at St. Aloysius School on the corner of St. Margarets Road and Woodstock Road in central Oxford, the post code is OX2 7PH.

Saint Aloysius

There are some Friday evening classes held at  The United Reformed Church Hall in Summertown, opposite Laura Ashley, the post code is OX2 7HN.

What styles of dance are taught
For children the RAD Ballet syllabus is followed and the ISTD syllabus for Tap, Modern and Jazz. There are also free movement classes in Ballet, body conditioning/strengthening and beginners and intermediate Tap and ballet classes for adults.
What age can my child start
Children are welcome to start ballet from the age of 3. Those wishing to start modern and tap need to be 5.
Does my child need a uniform

With the exception of the nursery class all classes have a standard uniform that should be worn at all times. The uniform list can be downloaded below:

ISTD Price List

RAD Price List

Order Form

I am just starting or have changed grades, do I need a new uniform

No, not immediately. By all means continue to wear your old uniform until it needs replacing or you are doing an examination

Are examinations compulsory

While they are not compulsory I do recommend that the children do them. It gives them something to aim for and an opportunity to show their work off to an external examiner and get feedback on what they have achieved.

When will my child be entered for an examination

In short when I believe they are ready. Most children will be able to do one grade each year, although some of the higher grades can take longer. It also depends on how many classes they have been able to attend at that grade.

How do I pay

If possible please make the payments direct to my bank, the details are on the invoice you will have received at the start of the term. Payment should be made by the end of the first week for term. Cheques can be made payable to Oxford Academy of Dance and please put the childs name on the back. Cash is also accepted, please put the money in a sealed envelope with the childs name written on and hand it to the teacher, please ensure you get a receipt for this.

If no payment is received by half term a 10% surcharge will be added.

I no longer wish to continue

If you decide not continue with your classes then I need 6 weeks notice or half a term in lieu. Once a term has started the full term must be paid for. To keep it simple please let me know before the start of your last half term.