The Stephanie Prior School of Dancing is a Recognised 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.
N.A.T.D. National Association of Teachers of Dancing
STUDIO 1 has a Harlequin Tap surface laid over a 'Junkers' wood dance floor
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
The School was founded in 1965 by Stephanie Prior and is certainly one of the longest established dance schools in Hertfordshire. In 2004, we decided to continue the business Stephanie had started so Tara relinquished her day job to manage the dance school. We had one studio at the outset but the school grew in popularity and in 2011, we bought another building, refurbished it and gained further studios, office, lounge and changing facilities.
We believe the Stephanie Prior School of Dancing offers a place where people can learn to dance, meet new people, have fun and feel comfortable. We offer a varied dance programme with options for all levels of interest, with emphasis on group classes or individual tuition enabling our clients to reach their dance skill objectives at an affordable price. Our instructors have access to continual training with top professional coaches which provides our students with up-to-date routines, technique and access to the latest dance trends.
We are dedicated to continue bringing quality and affordable dance instruction to Royston and the surrounding areas. Our aim is to spread the word that dancing is great exercise and an exciting way for an individual to spend their leisure time. Our motto is: "When you dance with our school, dancing is FUN!" There are many beneﬁts to dancing and our belief is that we have the personalities, knowledge, skill sets and ability to attract people from many backgrounds and interests and to keep them returning and staying within our client base.
If you are not a dancer, you can relax in our splendid 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.
P.S. Our lounge is currently not in use owing to Government legislationguidance
A Passion For Dance
Tara and her team teach a combination of skills which allows their students to experience technique with creativity, to 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.
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 with us for years, or it's your first time, everyone who joins the SPSD family is welcomed with open arms and a huge smile :)
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 several London West End Theatres and recently to the stadia of Wembley and Twickenham. Her aim is to cater for her clients' needs with a commitment to provide them with the best and most enjoyable experience.