Centre Stage is passionate about the art of ballet and we welcome children from as young as 2 ½ years of age. The school follows the prestigious and influential Royal Academy of Dance syllabus recognised as an awarding organisation for Dance and accredited internationally for the highest standards of teaching.

Pre-school ballet (age 2-4)

Pre-Primary in Dance (reception)

Primary in Dance (Year 1)

Grades 1 – 8


Pointe Work


Students can choose to take their professional examinations beginning at Pre-Primary in Dance level receiving a certificate and medal and can continue onto each level until Graduation at Advanced Two.

Centre Stage holds its own examination sessions throughout the year and is privileged to have visiting RAD examiners from the academy to mark the children.


The syllabus is designed to create dancers who have technical precision and grounded artistic expression. All teachers who deliver the RAD ballet classes are registered teachers with the Royal Academy of Dance and have a wealth of experience.

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This year, Centre Stage has been awarded THE BEST BALLET SCHOOL in Poole for 2023 by the Quality Business Awards. The school received an overall quality score exceeding 95%, making us the top ranked in Poole for Satisfaction, Service, Reputation and Quality. We are delighted and very proud to be recognised in this way.