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Dance Arena Ballet and Stage School classes are held at Watt Studios in the heart of Brighouse,
5 minutes drive from junction 25 of the M62.  This central location in Calderdale gives easy access from Halifax, Elland, Huddersfield and Bradford in West Yorkshire.
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About Us

Dance Arena Ballet and Stage School was founded in 2000 by Gail offering the community opportunities in the performing arts genre, by encompassing both professional training and educational training.

We offer a professional, friendly and relaxed service which enables us to provide the highest of standards in teaching the various dance styles.  The aim of the school is to offer tuition for beginners to adults in the following disciplines:  RAD Ballet, ISTD Modern Dance, ISTD Tap Dance, Musical Theatre Classes, Melody Movement pre school classes, Adult Tap and Silver Swans (see Classes page for details).  This is achieved by creating a safe environment where everyone is encourgaed to achieve their full potential.  For class times and term dates see the Timetable.

Dance Arena Ballet and Stage School is situated in Brighouse and classses are held out of Watt Studios (see Map on Contact page).  This central location in Calderdale gives easy access from Halifax, Elland, Huddersfield, Bradford and surrounding area.

The fully qualified and experienced  staff have a caring approach. Children are encouraged to enter exams, although it is not compulsory. All teachers have been passed by the Enhanced DBS check formally known as the Criminal Records Bureau.

Please take a look around the site and see what we offer. You can also contact us and we will be happy to answer any specific queries.
Teachers & Staff
dance Teacher Halifax
Gail Marsden
B.Phil. (Hons), LRAD, ARAD, RTS, AISTD Modern Dip, AISTD Tap, AISTD National
Principal and Teacher

I grew up in Halifax, training at Madam Ibbotson's and then at Dorothy Stevens until gaining a place at the prestigious Royal Academy of Dance in London. While there I specialised in Classical Ballet and gained Advanced 2 and my LRAD. I also had the opportunity to dance lead roles in several RAD ballet productions.  Over the next ten years I danced professionally both in the UK and abroad. Commercially, I have danced on many high profile TV shows and prestigious cruise lines, where I gained a wealth of musical theatre knowledge.  Further accomplishments include forming and performing with my own dance group Dance Arena throughout the United Kingdom, Scandinavia and the Mediterranean.
I have also choreographed and danced in the popular Great Legends of Rock which included artistes from TV's Stars in their Eyes.  Although I still maintain my connections with the professional dance world, I have since concentrated totally on the teaching side.  I have worked in a freelance teaching capacity until opening my own school.  I have been invited to adjudicate several regional dance competitions.  I pride myself in knowing that I have consistently maintained a 100% pass rate in all student and student teacher examinations.  I am now a life member of the Royal Academy of Dance and also act as a member of the CBTS program.

Ballet near halifax
Emma Jane Louise Moss
Ballet Teacher

I first started dancing through the Calderdale Schools Creative Dance program at the age of five but discovered my passion for ballet after a trip to the Grand Theatre and Opera House, Leeds to see The Sleeping Beauty.  The astonishing beauty of the stage left such an impression that I was inspired to learn myself.

At the age of eight I started training with Miss Dorothy Emma Stevens, a highly skilled teacher and respected examiner with the Royal Academy of Dance and gained vocational examinations in RAD ballet, ISTD Tap and ISTD Modern Theatre Dance.  During this time I also had the opportunity to perform in professional pantomime which gave me experience of the work involved in professional productions and the highly competitive world of dance.

On completion of my dance studies with Miss Stevens I pursued a paramedical degree in Radiography at the university of Bradford.  This course of study provided me with an extensive knowledge in anatomy and physiology, and it is this additional knowledge that I bring to my dance teaching, enhancing the students understanding of dance kinesiology and safe dance practice.

In 2018 I qualified as a registered teacher with the Royal Academy of Dance, graduating from the certificate in Ballet teaching Studies program.
Ballet Classes near huddersfield
Rebecca Gvozdenko
Ballet Teacher

Rebecca started ballet at the age of 12. She came to Dance Arena with a friend to join in the Modern dance class, but soon showed a keen interest in ballet. After 6 months of ballet training Rebecca was accepted on to the Royal Winnepeg Ballet School Aspirant Program. When she returned from Canada Rebecca continued her lessons at Dance Arena. She has also spent time in Australia furthering her dance training, where once again on returning to the UK she came back to Dance Arena to pursue a career in dance.

She is now at Advanced standard in R.A.D. ballet, and I.S.T.D. Modern. In 2014 Rebecca completed her R.A.D. teacher training programme. She is now a qualified RAD Ballet teacher.
The school is located within Watt Studios in Brighouse, which has a lovely waiting area / cafe and several studios.   We use both Studio 1 and Studio 3 for our classes and to aid student development and for safety,  have put down our own Harlequin dance floors in both.

The cafe area creates a nice friendly atmosphere to sit back and wait for the students during their classes.
Dance Studio facilities
Studio 3

This is the studio we use most and has a Harlequin Cascade Dance floor, wall mounted mirrors, freestanding ballet barres and a small seated area.  This is also the studio used for exams.
Harlequin floor Dance Studio
Studio 1

This studio has wall mounted ballet barres, a Harleqiuin Reversible floor and a viewing window from the cafe.
dance floor in studios near bradford
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Correspondence Address
60 Pye Nest road
West Yorkshire
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Studio Address
Watt Studios,
8b Mill Lane
West Yorkshire

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