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Classical Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Contemporary


Quality Education In Dance

Does your child love to dance? Let their love of dance and their imagination come alive at Desley Donaldson Ballet Academy where every child receives individual attention to help their confidence and self-esteem develop. In our caring and professional environment your child will feel motivated and comfortable to work hard to achieve higher levels in performances, competitions and examinations. We are dedicated to providing the highest of quality in dance education within a safe environment whilst encouraging each student to achieve their full potential. 

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"Your whole approach to ballet is so heartfelt and I have surely felt welcome. I think you are doing a great job with your students". 
- Henning Albrechtsen: Royal Danish Ballet (Guest Teacher) 

"We've been members of the DDBA family for 5 years and couldn't recommend it enough. The small classes allow for all the dancers to have plenty of individual focus on their learning. Mrs D and Miss Katrina are passionate in their teaching and my daughters enjoy their time at the studio and love being part of the DDBA dance family".

- Adele Rooney (Jan 2020)

"DDBA teachers genuinely care about their students and families. Their love of dance is infectious".

- Karen Robertson (Jan 2020)

"Individualised attention to my child's technical progress, with positive encouragement, whilst further developing her love and appreciation of dance and joyful participation in a variety of group performance opportunities. Thanks so much Mrs D and Miss Katrina, we so appreciate your ongoing input into Miss A's dance journey".

- Suzy McMillan (Jan 2020)

"Thanks for all your love and support over the years. You have no idea the difference it made to my future years".
- Nelle Lee: Shake & Stir Theatre Co. (Dec 2018)

"Congratulations on 45 amazing years of DDBA. Thank you for all you did for me across the 18 (and more!) years and supporting me and teaching me! It really was my second family. MUCH LOVE".
- Andrea Dighton: Dance North (Nov 2018) 

"It is so lovely learning dance at your ballet academy. I am so happy with my exam results".
- Student

"For 40 years you have taught young women and men not only the love of dance but also discipline, poise, grace, appreciation of music, joy and movement and so much more. Thank you for sharing your gift with us".
- Amy Lanchester (2013)

"I just wanted to say a massive thank you for the sacrifice, time & vision you have for dancing and our kids. Your passion shines through in every student. Congratulations on 40 years of teaching".
- Parent (2013)

"Thank you for being great teachers".
- Student 

What's Happening



Due to the Government Directive to close all non-essential businesses we are ceasing all classes at the studio from Monday 23rd March. We know our students will be so disappointed and we are looking into getting an online teaching tool for all classes up and running as soon as possible. Thank you all so very much for your co-operation these past weeks. Katrina and I will update you as soon as possible re online classes. In the meantime we ask that you all practice this first terms work, do some stretching and find some music to move to. We look forward to seeing you very soon for our online classes. 

Mrs D and Miss Katrina