Welcome to our School - With over 40 years of experience this family run school has stood the test of time and is still going strong! Founded in 1971 when our Principal Gillian Ellis was just 16, many of the original students who attended lived on the same street as Gillian - Priestley Gardens. A comment was passed and history was made, the name Priestley Theatre Dance School came into being!

Our Principal is a Fellow & Senior Examiner with the IDTA (International Dance Teachers Association) with a wealth of performance experience as well as a passion for teaching & examining.

All our teachers are qualified with the IDTA and regularly update their skills with additional training, including an Anatomy Diploma. As a student at our school you can be sure that not only are you receiving the most accurate and up to date tuition possible, you are in the hands of knowledgeable teachers who will strive to improve technique, strength and flexibility in a safe and dynamic way.


Working to the IDTA syllabus, tuition is available for beginners & professionals alike, with many of our former students continuing their dancing career in the West End theatres of London, UK tours and on cruise ships.

Performance opportunities & exams take place throughout the year and every student is actively encouraged to take part to help develop a well rounded dance education.
Though we strive for perfection our emphasis is firmly on fun and enjoyment, and we hope that you find that the atmosphere at our school is relaxed & friendly.