The Classical Ballet & Theatre Dance School

The Classical Ballet & Theatre Dance School is owned by Annette and Andrew Potter, who's passion for ballet had brought them together as they met rehearsing for The Sleeping Beauty. They both trained in Covent Garden, London, Andrew at The Urdang Academy & Annette at The West Street School in the heart of the ballet world, they danced many leading roles, often together.

They decided that they would both further their dance training and become teachers. The Classical Ballet & Theatre Dance School was established in 1994 and with Annette’s former teacher retiring, they were delighted to take over The Marie Silvester School of Dancing in Broomfield, originally established in the 1950 and combine the two schools where it has developed and its reputation gone from strength to strength.

Andrew has twenty two years experience teaching ballet at various professional schools in and around London and with his gymnastic knowledge has taught many performers skills for shows such as Cirque du Soleil, Cats and Lion King. His choreographic skills have delighted many an audience.

Annette also has twenty two years experience teaching ballet. She started dancing at the originally established School mentioned above & at fifteen she was awarded a Scholarship to the Cecchetti Junior Summer School at Arts Educational Schools in Tring. Annette is also the Artistic Director of The Chelmsford Ballet Company. A show is held every 2 years at a local Theatre, all students are invited to take part. It is a wonderful performance opportunity & a special event for all the family. We also run independent exams with an external examiner. Our Classic Elite classes are for students that show a strong aptitude for Classical Ballet, this is as scholarship class alongside their weekly lesson. Students can only gain a place by invitation or audition for external candidates. These classes provide a more intense level of ballet, including solos & dances. Our aim is to prepare students for auditions, summer schools, external associate & scholarship classes, amateur companies & professional training. These classes are subsidised financially.

Students have gone on to train at vocational schools such as Royal Ballet, Ballet West, Central School of Ballet, Rambert, Italia Conti, Urdang Academy, Arts Educational Schools, The MTA, Bird College, Guildhall School of Music & Drama & currently some students are in Billy Elliott, Cats & Wicked. Classes in Ballet Modern & Tap from 3 years upwards are held at the following venues;

Broomfield Methodist Church Hall

Broomfield Methodist Church Hall

Hatfield Peverel Scout & Guide H.Q.
Young Gen H.Q.

Springfield Women’s Institute Hall

Annette & Andrew are fully qualified and C.R.B. now DBS, checked (Enhanced

Principals: Mrs. A.C. Potter A.I.S.T.D. (Dip)
Mr. A.D. Potter A.I.S.T.D. (Dip)

Tel: 01245 469443 / E-Mail:

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