“My 5 year old daughter has been taking ballet classes with GSD for two years now & has just started tap. She absolutely loves dancing & we are so happy to have found a dance school that combines classical discipline & fun. GSD have been a lifesaver during lockdown, continuing to run classes on Zoom & arranging special events to keep the children motivated. I would recommend GSD to any parent looking for a dance school for their child in Norwich.”
Gemma, January 2021
“I have been dancing with Guildhall School of Dancing for over two years now. Since joining GSD my dance has hugely improved and I have developed a real love of dance. It’s great being able to learn so many styles of dance and there are lots of classes on offer. My teachers are friendly and always go the extra mile to help me not only in class but with things I can do at home to improve. I have made many friends at GSD and the classes are great fun. If you love to dance then give GSD a try!”
Rosie Age 14, January 2021
“I have attended Guildhall School of Dancing to study my DDE dance qualification in both modern and tap with training given by Francesca and Abi in a personal and professional manner. In addition to learning the required theory and dance syllabus, focus has been put on ensuring my well-being and increasing confidence in my approach to teaching and delivery of my own classes. Sessions are tailored to suit individual learning styles and help trainee dance teachers become the best they can be in their chosen profession. I genuinely believe I received first class training in a friendly, yet professional manner from some very experienced tutors which will form a great foundation for my future dance teaching career.”
Lucy, December 2020
“Over the past 15 years, GSD has become my second home. I have absolutely loved growing up there and being part of such a tight-knit community. Not only have I learnt the fundamentals of dance, but also a huge number of transferable life skills such as teamwork, self-discipline and perseverance.”
Emily, January 2021
“Great dance school. We have been with the school for several years now and my girls absolutely love their ballet and tap lessons! The GSD team have done a brilliant job during the pandemic of keeping the classes going. They speedily set up online classes at the start of the first lockdown and helped keep the children engaged with associated craft ideas and little extra dance related challenges. When we were able to get back into the dance studio it was one of the most Covid secure places I have visited and they managed to keep it that way whilst still being a friendly and welcoming place for young children. I would highly recommend giving the classes a try! Thanks team GSD for all you have done and continue to do for your pupils during this challenging time. I hope to see you back in the studio soon!”
Ellie January 2021
“Many years ago, when both my chidren started baby ballet at Guildhall School of Dancing, I had no concept for what an extremely important part of their lives this dance school would become. Not only have they both made important friendships with students of all ages, it has given them qualities and skills that will serve them well for the rest of their lives. The quality of teaching is second to none and is matched by the care and kindness that the children receive. The friendly family atmosphere is shared by parents and children alike.”
Victoria, January 2021
“We love coming to Guildhall because it is a very friendly atmosphere and the dancing is such good fun! And also you get to meet all your friends. You should come to Guildhall if you love to dance.”
Katie(age 12) & Gemma (age 13)
“I have returned to dance classes after 18 years and although I was a little apprehensive to begin with I was made to feel extremely welcome. I am currently studying for my professional qualifications and teaching certificates and I have found Francesca Waite to be an extremely caring and yet thorough and experienced teacher. I have had several dance tutors in the past and I can say that Francesca is the best. The level of expertise at Guildhall is combined with friendly and approachable teachers and it is a great combination that brings out the best in everyone.”
“I started my lessons at Guildhall at the age of 5 and I’ve never looked back, the atmosphere both in the lessons and around the building is a warm welcoming one and everybody gets along with each other, the whole teaching staff is committed and always achieve good exam results with the students. Every two years when the shows are put on a good review always follows and the students always look forward to doing the show work. Guildhall will never let anyone down!”
Daniel (age 18)
“Thank you for so many years of great tuition and enjoyment. I learned so much from both Francesca and Carla and still love coming back to watch their current students, all of whom are benefiting from the same wonderful teaching and insight into professional world of dance and theatre. Without their knowledge, support, patience and passion, I would never have achieved so much nor still feel like Guildhall is my second home!”
Tiffany Wilkinson (Former Student)
“I joined Guildhall at the age of 8 and have been fortunate enough to benefit from the superb teaching of both Francesca Waite and Carla Leney. Initially I attended only ballet, but after watching one of the many great shows produced by the school I soon caught the Modern and Tap bug!
In my opinion the teaching offered at Guildhall is exceptional. Both Carla and Francesca are passionate and dedicated teachers who will support student’s potential to the utmost. As not the quickest of learners(!) I really benefited from their patient and encouraging disposition.
The school really embraces a family culture and students interact with each other regardless of age or ability. The atmosphere is so friendly it is impossible to leave a lesson without a smile on your face and having made a friend.
Whether learning for fun, or with a career in the industry in mind, Carla and Francesca will wholeheartedly support the aspirations of any student. I personally benefited from my dance lessons at Guildhall academically during my A Level Performing Arts course; my teacher praising my technique and presentation.
On a broader level, as aforementioned the shows produced by Guildhall are brilliant. From the initial rehearsal to “curtain up” they are nothing but fun and exciting. Students benefit from the challenge of learning new choreography and their hard work is rewarded when their skills are showcased in a 300 seat theatre in front of a packed audience of proud friends and family.
Finally on a more personal note, I only have the fondest of memories of my time at Guildhall. Francesca has watched me grow from a shy 8 year old with awfully bowed legs(!) into a confident and outgoing young woman (still with slightly bowed legs, but we’re getting there, Cesca!) At 19 years old, and with a place at University in Manchester confirmed I had to make the difficult decision to finish my regular lessons, but still visit whenever I can as I can’t quite face hanging up the tap shoes just yet!
I hold GSD in the highest regard and would have no hesitation in recommending the school most highly to any prospective student – I only hope you enjoy your time here half as much as I have.”
Sarah Spooner (Guildhall School of Dancing student for 11 years)