The Berry Academy of Dance first opened its doors as Sharon Berry School of Theatre Dance in November 1982 to just three pupils. Through hard work and determination, Mrs Berry made the school into what it is today. She has proved to be a fantastic role model for hundreds of pupils over the years. 2016 saw the retirement of Mrs Berry and the new principal Rebecca Akers taking over with the aim of maintaining the high standard and work ethic already rooted in the school.
The school has gone from strength to strength, providing high quality teaching which has led many pupils onto professional careers. Others have taken away valuable life skills that are with them in everyday life.
We’ve grown into a school with around 140 pupils and over 10 qualified members of staff who work towards maintaining our 100% pass rate in IDTA examinations.
As you will see on our website, the school is currently home to the IDTA’s Peggy Harrison Modern Jazz Award of 2020 and the Ken Dodd Tap Award 2019, which are considered the blue ribbon awards of the dancing world. We frequently have pupils competing in Miss Dance of Great Britain & Dance Master UK, with pupils reaching the semi-finals in the competition. We are proud to have had pupils on the podium in 3rd place in 2017, and 2019!
Many past pupils have gone on to professional performing careers at home and abroad, we love to hear how they are getting on and many return to lead workshops with current pupils.
2016 marked a new chapter for the school as Mrs Berry retired and Rebecca Akers took over the reins. Our principal is also a Fellow of the IDTA and remains committed to maintaining the high-standards and strong work ethic that defines our school, and looks forward to the future.