On Behalf of all the teachers and pupils welcome to
The Caroline Lewis Performing Arts School
The dance school is now celebrating its 34th year, we are affiliated to the Stage Dance & Drama Association Board which is something we are very proud of and provide an all round performing arts education.
The school has achieved and sustained so much from outstanding examination results to amazing reviews of our shows, the school simply gets stronger each year which led the dance school to become a performing arts school. The examination results and standards are one of the highest achieved amd maintained consistently on the board.
Pupils & teachers have also performed in the West End , local and National productions and have also attended many specialist classes including the Wayne Sleep workshops, The Italia Conti Stage School, The Sylvia Young Stage School, The Graham Fletcher master ballet classes, National Youth Ballet of Great Britain, English Youth Ballet to the new U.D.O hip hop accredited syllabus that has just been launched in the U.K.
From 2004 the school started to see students in more productions from the King & I @ the Grand Theatre Wolverhampton to Coppelia with The English Youth Ballet and Fame the musical @ the Birmingham Alexandra Theatre.
2007 - This was another major achievement , 50 pupils performed @ The Royal Albert Hall with Mardi Gras. Here along with 800 other performers we performed our then newest subject "hip hop" from here we were then chosen to dance in Euro Disney (August 2008) and for me, Louise & Samantha to choreograph a 20 minute show in the heart of Disney was thrilling!!
What an achievement for any dancer or teacher!!!
2009 - We changed the name of the school from the Caroline Lewis Dance school to what is now known as, showing that we are no longer just a dance school and that we provide an all round education.
We now offer
- Ballet / pointe work classes
- Musical Theatre & Drama Studies
- Singing solo and group classes
- Hip hop
- Commercial modern and jazz
- Acoustic guitar lessons
We are privileged to have such a dynamic team with a variety of experience, commitment and teaching abilities.
Principal - Mrs Caroline Smith
Vocal Director - Mrs Elaine Buckland
Head of Ballet & Assistant Principal - Miss Louise Smith
Head of Musical Theatre/Drama - Mrs Samantha Bood
Head of Contemporary - Miss Ros Gellis
We additionally have other senior staff and student teachers , we are now the training headquarters for the examination board for the West Midlands. Additionally I am an examiner , Samantha & Louise are assessors mentor teachers within there own schools and support them towards there schools exams, for the 3 of this is another new avenue and twist which can only enhance our own students abilities.
In 2011, we helped Elizabeth open her school in Shrewsbury - we are extremley proud and wish her nothing but success as she progresses on her own.
Moving forwards the school has seen some of the students in conjunction with Elaine Buckland perform @ The Grand Theatre Wolverhampton in various professional shows and the O2 arena. Additionallly they have been for various audtions to represent the Grand Theatres Glee Choir.
In 2014 we introduced Cheer to the school, we had an amazing 4 seasons and finished our Cheer journey in style as National Champions in 2019.
The main aim of the school is that the pupils have fun and through this they can reach their full potential . We also cater for the students who wish to go professional and we support with further education/career advice. We also do shows every 18mths to 2 years and the reviews just get better and better and all i can say is that the students excell here, the professionalism from all ages shine!
I hope this gives you glimpse into our school and the assurance that we are a totally committed and a family oriented team who strive to deliver the best within their students and community.
Caroline Smith A.S.D.D.A