- The school was set up as Louise Sheaves School of Dance in 1982 with Louise Sheaves as the sole teacher, and has been growing steadily ever since, becoming Harpenden Dance School in 2017. In 2007 Louise Sheaves handed the school over to teacher and former pupil Philippa O’Donovan. Approximately 400 pupils now attend weekly lessons, and Philippa O’Donovan is assisted by five other teachers who bring a wealth of qualifications and experience to the school. We also enjoy the benefits of talented pianists in all of our ballet and pre-school dance classes.
- Pupils have the opportunity to be entered for examinations with the Royal Academy of Dance and/ or the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing.
- A large scale school show is produced every two years at the Harpenden Public Hall. The school is friendly and inclusive. We view dance as an important part of any pupil’s overall education, but we also have the capability to train the more gifted pupils towards a professional career. Former pupils have attended full time vocational schools including the Royal Ballet School (Lower and Upper School), English National Ballet School, Tring Park School for Performing Arts, Urdang or studied dance at university.
Picture below: Louise Sheaves (Teacher) and Philippa (nearest child to her)
LLB (Hons), ARAD, FISTD
HARPENDEN DANCE SCHOOL ESTABLISHED 1982