N.A.T.D. National Association of Teachers of Dancing
The Stephanie Prior School of Dancing is aRecognised School with the Council for Dance, Drama and Musical Theatre and Tara Prior is a Recognised Teacher.Both have been awarded the Council’s certificate of good professional practice. Schools and Teachers awarded CDMT’s Recognised School or Recognised Teacher Award demonstrate to students, parents and guardians that they adhere to the standards demanded by the industry; standards designed to protect and safeguard young people whether dancing for leisure or with a view to a career in the profession.
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Offering the gift of Dance since 1965
A Passion For Dance
Tara and her team teach a combination of skills which allows their students to experience technique with creativity, and produce work of a very high standard. She believes the key to the success of the school is giving her students what they want while making it fun and enjoyable.
She has provided unique dance experiences for her students at a variety of events and venues around the UK and Europe. She has taken them to Disneyland Paris and several London West End Theatres and recently to the stadia of Wembley and Twickenham Rugby Football Union. Her aim is to cater for her clients' needs with a commitment to provide them with the best and most enjoyable experience.
Tara is not only passionate about dance but also about offering a sense of class and style with her own classic touch, which is why her clients are greeted in the reception area by a beautifully decorated room with a modern feel. Everything was taken into account when the new building and studios were designed, from fully ducted air conditioned studios with mirrors and barres, to the warm and welcoming reception area.
Tara provides first class teaching and opportunities in dance for everyone from the age of 18 months (her 'Mini Movers') upwards.
Tara prides herself with knowing every student who crosses the threshold of the school by their first name ! Try it sometime !
Whether you have been coming for years, or it's your first time, everyone who joins the SPSD family is welcomed with open arms and a huge smile :)
STUDIO 2 is equipped with 3m high ceilings and 120sqm of Maple, slightly sprung, wood floor. It's fully air conditioned with professionally designed lighting levels and excellent acoustic separation
STUDIO 3 also has 3m high ceilings but with 120sqm of Harlequin shock absorbing floor. It's fully air conditioned with professionally designed lighting levels and excellent acoustic separation
STUDIO 1 has a Harlequin Tap surface laid over a 'Junkers' wood dance floor
The Stephanie Prior School of Dancing is certainly one of the longest established dance schools in Hertfordshire. The current principal and owner, Tara Prior has been teaching most forms of dance for many years and is a Licentiate member of the N.A.T.D (National Association of Teachers of Dance)
If you are not dancing, you can relax in the lounge and watch what is happening in the studios on the video monitors. If you need to work and stay in touch or just want to browse, then high speed wireless internet is also available.
Attending a class for the first time can be quite daunting and some will be quite nervous when it comes to stepping into one of the studios. Tara wants her students to relax and wants to offer more than just a place to learn to dance; that's why the facilities include a lounge area where you can sit back, relax and enjoy a quiet drink before taking your first steps on the dance floor.
The School was founded in 1965 by the late Stephanie Prior. In 2004 Tara decided she wanted to continue the business her mum had started and gave up her day job to manage the school. She had one studio at the outset but the school grew fast and in 2011 she bought another building refurbished it and gained a further 2 studios. It has since grown into a very successful, family orientated business