Charles Academy offers a wide ranging curriculum to children and teenagers of all ages and abilities (from complete beginners to advanced level) with classes in RAD ballet, ISTD tap, ISTD modern & jazz, musical theatre, acrobatic arts and contemporary & lyrical. Younger students can begin in the pre-school ballet class from 3 years+ and parents are not forgotten with the fun and welcoming adult ballet class.
Unique to Charles Academy is a successful and well-established Pre-Vocational Training Programme, designed specifically for those looking to study at a more intensive pre-professional level, helping many students to go on and secure sought-after places at full-time dance conservatoires in later years.
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Charles Academy of Dance, established by Amy Charles in 2009, is a high quality performance academy embedded in the heart of the market town of Crediton, Devon. Understanding that each and every student is unique combined with a fun, friendly and caring teaching style is key to the Charles Academy approach. The highly qualified, experienced teaching faculty have a proven record of gaining the very best from every single child, nurturing them not only as individual personalities but also gaining exceptional results and success. Believing that dance should enjoyed by all, Charles Academy’s inclusive, affordable and varied timetable welcomes every single student that walks through the doors. Additional to the main classes, all Charles Academy students can enjoy many extra opportunities including exams, showcases, festivals and workshops. Links with the UK’s leading professional dance bodies, continued professional development and a passion for pushing forward standards in creativity, places the school at the very forefront of dance education and excellence.
Whilst these successes are fabulous, what Charles Academy really prides itself on and forms the heart of its business, is integrity: providing more than just dance classes, the academy offers a sense of community, friendship and a dance educational ‘experience’ for both children and parents. Tutors develop and encourage confidence, resilience, team work, morals and ethics not only on stage but to be carried through for life. The nurturing and supportive environment allows each child to be challenged to reach their own greatest potential, focusing not just on the end result, but also on the process of learning, developing and improving throughout. Charles Academy are proud to deliver the provision of a space where students can interact socially and healthily, improving their fitness and overall well-being, away from screens whilst creating treasured memories and friendships for life.
I Dance At CADSuch a lovely evening celebrating a fantastic show at our after show party and DVD screening Thank you to the ‘Three Little Pigs, Crediton’ for looking after us so well, great night all round We can’t wait to see all our students, old and new...
Absolutely over the moon to let you know that after counting the fundraising money from the Decade of Dance showcase … Charles Academy has raised an amazing £400 donation for Exeter Leukaemia Fund (ELF)! Incredible Thank you to everyone for their...
Josie Sanders Miss Amy was super proud to work alongside pupil Josie Sanders, choreographing her a routine to help raise awareness of the condition alopecia. Josie showed such an incredible level of bravery in removing her wig whilst performing her piece...
“Charles Academy has brought so much joy to the lives of many local children and I consider this to be by far my greatest achievement. From helping to nurture confidence in the tiniest of pre-school dancers who were once too shy to even step into the room, coaching and training elite level students to succeed at auditions, producing choreography to represent at national level competitions or simply helping students to overcome their own personal challenges and adversities, my role as School Principal has been hugely rewarding and varied over the last decade.
I’ve always been passionate about sharing my love of performance, teaching and choreography. On opening the school my vision was to not only provide top-class technical tuition but to also create a community that developed and nurtured something extra … a school that equally encouraged and rewarded many other vital life qualities such as kindness, confidence, resilience, team work and motivation; equipping our students with the skills to succeed and make a difference in the professional world and beyond. I have been fortunate enough to work alongside an incredible team and together we have been able to realise these dreams. I am hugely proud to see our graduates out there flying the Charles Academy flag demonstrating all of these qualities whilst also representing as independent, beautifully trained artists.
I cannot wait to welcome many more new faces into our thriving dancing community and am very excited to see where the next ten years takes us!”
SCHOOL PRINCIPAL AND FOUNDER OF CHARLES ACADEMY OF DANCE
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