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Heatherlea Dance Ltd is an accredited school working under the Royal Academy of Dancing (RAD) & the Imperial Society of Dancing (ISTD) .

At Heatherlea we offer classes in Ballet, Tap, Modern Theatre, Jazz incuding our Mini-Movers and Tinies classes. The school follows the world renowned RAD & ISTD dance syllabi which provides a sound and developmental curriculum that has supported the training of many dance professionals throughout the world.

Our teaching approach focuses on each individual working with them to reach their full dance talent and potential whilst at the same time creating a fun and innovative learning environment.

Classes are designed to maximise each students confidence, co-ordination, self esteem and self expression. The school offers opportunities to enter dance examinations, competitions and take part in annual school performances at leading theatres.

About Us

Our school​

Heatherlea School of Dance was established in 1992 by Joanne Scott. She advertised a general dance class for children to be held above Hadfield Library once a week. The first week saw 5 pupils enrol, all of varying age groups ! However on week 2 the numbers had tripled and from there on in the Heatherlea School of Dance evolved. 



After some time the school moved to Bank Street Methodist Church Hall, where lesssons were held on a regular basis for all age groups. However when the church hall was subject to an arson attack this prompted us to move back to Hadfield Hall where the school continued to flourish for many years.

Throughout this time the school took part in many examination sessions and also appeared in several charity galas across the North West.


Since 2003 we have been in our purpose built studio premises situated on Station Road where classes take place every evening and all day Saturday. Children are given the opportunity to participate in regular examination sessions as well as Annual Shows.


I invite you to explore our website and all the information it contains. If there are any questions you feel have been unanswered then please feel free to contact me on any of the enclosed contact information.


Kind regards



Joanne Craven 



Dance School Principal

Joanne Craven

BA Hons Professional Practise in Dance Teaching, AISTD, AIDTA, RAD Teaching Certificate









I began my dancing career at the age of seven, which in comparison to some of my pupils is quite old ! I spent my years leading up to this attending gymnastic classes, however when the opportunity to go dancing was offered there was no holding me back !! I regularly attended dance classes each week even to the point that my teacher used to collect me from school on her way to the studio, and my Mum swears to this day that our car went on automatic pilot when I went dancing as I was there so much !


At the age of sixteen I left school and followed my enjoyment of dance and went on to attend Theatre school where I successfully achieved all my higher level examinations and graduated with Teacher Status with the Royal Academy of Dancing for Classical Ballet and the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing for Modern Theatre and Tap.


Whilst attending college I worked at various part-time schools within the Manchester area teaching all dance genres to all ages and abilities. As a result in 1992 I decided to ventured out on my own and opened my own dance school............the rest is history !


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