About us

First Stage offers dance training with the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing (ISTD) syllabus which was founded over 100 years ago. This is a well-recognised and respected organisation offering very high standards of dance education. In addition First Stage offers musical theatre tuition (singing and drama) with LAMDA (London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art). Classes are available in the following disciplines:

Ballet, Pointe, Tap, Modern, Jazz, Contemporary, Acrobatics,  Adult Tap, Singing, Drama, and National.

Younger pupils are accepted from 2 years old and introduced through Mini Movers, Dinky Dancers and Musical Theatre Mini classes.

First Stage currently has 7 teachers across the subjects all with appropriate qualifications and CRB checks.

Students are prepared and entered regularly for examinations with ISTD and LAMDA. Both these examining boards have received Ofqual (Office of the qualifications and examinations regulator) accreditation for their examinations,which means they are now included on the  Qualifications Credit Framework (QCF), providing an equivalence with main stream school qualifications. First Stage is rightly proud of its examinations record and you can view our results on the noticeboard as you enter the studio.


First Stage regularly competes in regional dance festivals across the Midlands and has an impressive trophy cabinet on display in our reception area representing the achievements of our pupils of all ages. Our past success has included East and West Midlands Dance Champions in both Tap, Modern and Ballet.

First Stage provides its pupils with an opportunity to perform in its own shows. These are held at either The Assembly Rooms in Derby, or Derby Theatre, and provide an enjoyable medium for parents, friends and extended family to witness what the pupils have been learning and the progress they are making. The show is a high point of the year for all, pupils and their families, which is extended into the after show party.

First Stage prides itself in giving its pupils every opportunity to perform and regularly has its students successfully audition to appear in professional and amateur theatre productions. These have included National Youth Ballet of Great Britain, English Youth Ballet, Regional Youth Ballet, Tap Attack, professional pantomimes at Derby and Nottingham theatres and various amateur dramatic societies across the Midlands.

In addition many students have successfully auditioned for full time ballet and stage schools. These include Elmhurst Ballet school, Tring Park School for the Performing Arts, Central School of Ballet, Urdang Academy and Expressions Academy of Performing. Current and past students have attended numerous associate schemes and pre-professional programmes including, Elmhurst Ballet (PVP), Hammond School Associates, Tring Classical Ballet Academy, MIDAS (Midlands Independent Dance Associate scheme), Urdang AcademyAssociates,Ballet Theatre UK, Tap Attack (Midlands), Television Workshop (Carlton Nottingham), AEDA Arts. These successes are displayed in our picture gallery at our dance studios.

Thank you for accessing our website. At First Stage we pride ourselves on being a happy and successful academy focused on helping all our pupils develop their full potential. We look forward to meeting you soon.

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