The Laird Academy of Dance and Drama / Dance and Drama School

Hi I’m Deirdre, The Principal at Laird Academy of Dance and Drama.

The Laird Academy lets your child’s dreams come true!

In a happy and secure environment, toddlers and pre-school children will grow in confidence and gain co-ordination through basic early ballet skills.

The Laird Academy promotes excellence in ballet training and performance technique at all levels with all classes under the personal direction of the Principal, Deirdre Laird.

Weekday Ballet classes are based on the syllabus of the R.A.D. and encompass the age range from 2½ to 18 years. Yearly examinations are taken from 5 years of age upwards and more than 100 pupils each year successfully achieve high merits and distinctions in graded R.A.D and I.S.T.D modern and tap examinations.
R.A.D Major examination candidates all achieve high merits and distinctions.

Several pupils from the Laird Academy now attend the Royal Ballet School in Covent Garden, having been given places as Junior, Mid, and Senior Associates on Saturdays.

Non Syllabus Ballet and Pointe Work classes are available on a regular basis for more advanced students. Prior to all examinations, students are required to attend classes twice weekly to attain the expected levels of achievement.

Weekly classes are available in Modern and Tap under the auspices of the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing (I.S.T.D.) and examinations may be taken by selected candidates.

The Academy provides a wide-ranging Saturday Course, incoporating Jazz, Musical Theatre, Drama and Professional Vocal Coaching.

R.A.D. = Royal Academy of Dance
I.S.T.D. = Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing

For more information about our classes please do get in touch.

* Recommendations and Reviews

* Referencing carried out independently by Epsom and Ewell Families

  1. “My daughter has been dancing since the age of 3 but had become increasingly frustrated by the standard of classes at her school which were overcrowded and expensive. Moving to the Laird Academy has given her the opportunity to do several classes a week, receiving expert professional individual tuition from Deirdre and her excellent team. Her improvement in less than 3 years has been outstanding, leading to her taking no less than 5 grades in ballet plus exams in modern and tap all with excellent results. She has also succesfully auditioned for London Junior & Senior Ballet and the Brit School of Performing Arts. I am convinced that she would not have achieved this success without the move.

    Classes are charged at a very reasonable rate and additional classes are offered when needed. We have also been supported, free of charge, when things such as audition photos were required.

    My daughter has achieved her ambitions in the world of dance in a particularly happy as well as professional environment. The various classes get on so well together and there is a lovely welcoming atmosphere whilst the work ethic remains high.”

    – Catherine Flitter, Epsom

  2. “This dance school offers a a professional and structured tuition for ballet, tap and other dance disciplines linked with RAD and ISTD qualifications. Additionally the school offers drama, musical theatre and jazz classes. The classes are good value for money as they offer depth of tuition. Other similar classes don’t achieve the depth of tuition as Deirdre who has professional dance experience.

    My daughter is nearly 14 years and her main recommendation would be the ballet. She has been attending ballet classes and Saturday Musical Theatre classes since she was 4 years old and never tires of her ballet. She has moved up to Grade 5 achieving RAD distinctions and high merits and is now delighted to be doing intermediate and point. The school offers a wealth of experience with the professional knowledge of the principal Miss Deidre and the energy of young qualified teachers. The students and parents are dedicated to the school and it’s success.

    For us the school is both a hobby and a profession rolled into one.”

    – Sarah Pemberton, Tadworth

  3. “My daughter’s love for dance, musical theatre and drama has been nurtured over the past 8 years by Miss Deirdre and her professional teachers in a fun and creative environment.

    The Laird Academy of Dance and Drama encourage and support students in all classes enabling them to achieve their very best. There are many different styles of dance students can learn as well as musical theatre and drama. The Laird Academy is like one big family with ex students returning to teach and the older students having the opportunity to support the younger students making it a very friendly environment to be in. I find this service to be great value for money as Miss Deidre and her professional dance team teach to a high standard and my daughter has achieved excellent results in both RAD and ISTD exams.

    The Laird Academy of Dance and Drama encourages all students to be a part of their wonderful stage productions, helping to build on students’ confidence and self-esteem.”

    – Philippa Maynard, Chipstead

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