Club History

We have been established in Dorset since 1958, providing dance classes for both children and adults.  Our founders, Ann Hannay and Elizabeth Goodchild MBE, wanted to make Dorchester Ballet and Dance different from private dance schools.  They made it their mission to ensure that dance was available to all “regardless of age, wealth or ability”.   The ballerina Anna Pavlova was a lifetime source of inspiration and interest for Ann Hannay.  The swan will always be associated with Anna Pavlova and this is the reason why it is our logo.

We offer an extremely high standard of dance to our members, whether for fun or as a future vocation; providing nearly 60 classes each week.  We take students from 2 years and believe that being involved in dance is an important and positive influence in their development.  Our fee structure aims to make dance affordable and concessionary rates are available for those in receipt of benefits.

Our annual prize giving event, which enables students’ achievements to be recognised, and our biennial show allow students to experience the joy of performing as well as showcasing their talent and showing family and friends how they have progressed.   We take pride in playing an active role within the community by dancing at many local festivals and events. 

We moved to our current studio in 2009.  It has a large, bright dance space with a sprung floor, mirrors and barres.  There is plenty of free parking and a comfortable waiting room for those who wish to stay for a peaceful cup of tea or coffee while their children are dancing.

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