Laird Academy promotes excellence in ballet training and performance skills at all levels, with classes under the personal direction of it’s Principal, Deirdre Laird ARAD, RAD RTS, RAD (Teaching Cert).
This renowned and highly regarded dance academy offers exceptional tuition in a happy and secure environment to children from nursery and pre-school age right through to 18 year-old school-leavers approaching college and university entrance.
Weekday ballet classes at the Surrey branch and Saturday classes in West London are structured around the Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) syllabus and each year students are given the opportunity to take ballet examinations.
These examinations are open to students from the age of 6 years upwards and it is usual for over 150 students across the two branches of Laird Academy to be involved each year.
It is worthy of note that over 95% of the entrants for these examinations from Laird Academy attain grades of High Merit and Distinction.
RAD examination classes are offered from Primary Grade through to Grade 8 with exceptional Senior students being invited to take Majors, Intermediate and Advanced (Teaching Certificate).
Certain students from Laird Academy now attend the Royal Ballet Saturday School in Covent Garden on a regular basis having gained places as Junior, Mid and Senior Associates.
The Surrey branch also offers classes in Modern Dance and Tap under the auspices of The Imperial Society of Teacher’s of Dance (ISTD) and taught by fully trained and highly qualified ISTD teachers.
Saturday classes in Musical Theatre, Drama, Contemporary, Commercial Jazz and Vocal Techniques are offered at both branches of Laird Academy, these being especially valuable to those older students wishing to apply for three year degree courses in Performing Arts at full-time colleges.
(All classes, including ballet, can be taken in one day at the West London branch).
Each year a number of Laird Academy’s students depart to continue their studies at leading UK dance and performance colleges, recent leavers having gained places at Laine Theatre Arts, Bird College of Dance, Urdang Academy and L.I.P.A.