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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

Open Day 2020


Come say hello at our studio on Saturday 1st Febuary 2020 10am - 12pm. Walk around our studio and ask us about all the classes we offer plus the opportunities we can give your child while learning with us at Desley Donaldson Ballet Academy.  

Adult Ballet - Welcome Back


Adult Ballet only starts on the 1st of February so we will see you lady's soon. 

Start of Term 1


Can you believe that it is going to be the start of Term 1? No? Either can we! Classes start on the 3rd of February. We do this to allow all the students to get through their first week and settle back into their school routine.