STDA Re-opens

Dear Parents. 

We are thrilled to announce we will be re-opening this week. 

Following government advice and with strict COVID policy & procedures in place STDA will re-open when the national lockdown lifts on Wednesday. 

Due to having Ballet exams planned for Sunday 6th December ,that have been rescheduled twice now, we have made the decision to keep classes on Zoom Wednesday and Thursday so that exam pupils can have coaching in the studio. 

Lessons will resume at the school on Saturday 5th December. 

Due to social distancing & class changes please see the new timetable that will start on Saturday 5th December. 

Please see the new timetable & exam coaching timetable below. 

Exam Coaching – AT THE STUDIO

New Timetable

COVID Policy & Procedures: 
Please note that our COVID policy and procedure are all still in place. 

  • All pupils to sanitise hands on entry to the premises and before leaving.
  • Parents Please drop off and collect from the door
  • Pupils will have their temperatures checked by a member of staff before class
  • Pupils over 12 please wear a mask in the waiting room & in and out from the studios
  • Pupils attending Modern & Body C need a towel to lay on
  • All pupils need to bring own drinks bottle – no use of kitchen area

DO NOT ENTER THE STUDIOS – if your child or a member of the household have:

  • A high temperature
  • A new, continuous cough
  • Had contact with someone who has suspected or confirmed COVID19
  • Any other symptoms relating to COVID19
  • Live with anyone that is self isolating due to covid symptoms
  • Child or someone they live with is being tested for covid 19
  • Returned from a country on the quarantine list.

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STDA Uniform Orders. 

STDA uniform and accessories make great Christmas gifts. 

Last order dates for Christmas are as follows:
Onesies & Hoody’s – Monday 30th December
STDA class uniform – Monday 7th December

Please contact Miss Kate to place an order.

Sadly due to COVID we will not be able to run our parents watching week as usual the week before Christmas. 

Term ends after classes on Thursday 17th December 

We will reopen Monday 4th January 2021

We would like to thank all the parents and pupils of the school for their support in what has been a crazy year for everyone. 

Stay safe & we look forward to seeing the children soon. 
Miss Taylor & Miss Kate 

STDA Lockdown 2.0

Dear Parents & Pupils.

Sorry for the delay in getting in touch with you all but there has been lots of things to sort out ready for STDA Zoom to begin.

Lessons will start on Monday 9th November on Zoom.
We are aware some of you are familiar with zoom but some are not, therefore We will be running a Zoom taster on Sunday 8th for any one to attend to try it out.

Please create a zoom account – if you haven’t got one.
Zoom can be used on a computer or tablet/iPad or phone depending on what works best for each individual.

Sunday 8th November  – Zoom Tester.
3.00pm – 9 years and under
3.30pm – 10-12 years
4.00pm – 13 years and over

All Zoom classes will be using the same meeting ID and Password 
Please contact a member of staff if you have not received an email with this information on.

Please be prompt logging in
(But not before the time stated  – or you will join another class and have to re- join)
Where children attend consecutive lessons you will have to join the meeting again to start new lesson.

Once joined the meeting please make sure you are muted so background noise doesn’t interfere with the lesson. If a pupil wants to ask a question – it can be put in the chat or un-mute your computer to ask.

Please see the attached timetable for zoom as well as some helpful hints.


After many discussions with the ISTD we have had to make the following decisions regarding exams.

Ballet exams that were due on the 8th November have been postponed. 
These will now take place Sunday 6th December (lockdown depending)
We know this is not ideal but as the lockdown is only scheduled to be 4 weeks long the ISTD will not refund entrance fees!
We encourage pupils to attend their classes on zoom to remain up to date with their classwork and then exam coaching will run when lockdown is released prior to the exams.

Tap & Modern exams from end of November / beginning of December are cancelled. 
We feel despite doing online zoom classes they will not be as prepared as we would like. These pupils will now move up to the next grade.
With the talk of lockdown we did not send in fees to the ISTD so for anyone that had already paid please contact us with the following details for a refund.
Name on account
Sort Code
Account Number

Thank you for your patience and support at what is a strange time for us all.

Please contact us for any more information or questions

Stay Safe

Miss Taylor & Miss Kate


Miss Taylor –

01295 250598

0794 664 3527


Miss Kate

07811 069026


November lockdown 2020

We are temporarily closed!
Emails have been sent out this morning.
Please check your emails & keep up to date with our website & social media pages for further information.
Dear Parents & Pupils

Sadly due to the governments decision we are having to close the studio during this lockdown. This obviously is with IMMEDIATE effect. 

We are so disappointed but it is for everybody’s safety. 

Exams are not able to run and we are in contact with the ISTD about what the next steps are with them. 

We propose to run as many classes as we can over zoom for the next 4 weeks until we can get back into the studio. 
While we are aware this is not ideal – at least the children will be able to keep up something and hopefully it will be a little bit of normality in their lives. 

Over the next few days we will be working to sort out a zoom timetable and we will be in touch with further information when we have it. 

Please check your emails, as well as our website & social media pages for further updates.

Take care and stay safe.

Miss Taylor & Miss Kate

Studio re-opens after lockdown!

We are so very pleased to be back in the studios after lockdown and are working hard to ensure that the studios follow strict COVID guidelines.

Here are some of the precautions we are using to protect the STDA family:

  • Temperature checks
  • Social distancing in studios & waiting areas
  • Masks in communal areas for 12yrs and over
  • Regular cleaning  – daily and in-between classes.
  • Hand sanitiser stations
  • Reduced foot fall and capacity in studio – no parents where possible & gaps between classes.

We are thrilled to have had such positive feedback from parents and pupils in the steps taken to make the return to dance as safe as we can.

Exam sessions start running from this weekend – all with COVID secure measures in place.

A busy term but so good to see all the children back and working hard!


Re-opening update

Dear Parents & Pupils of STDA

We hope you are all safe & well.

Thankyou to everyone who has sent us messages about re-opening: we are so looking forward to welcoming all the children back to dancing. 

Sadly after the government announcement this week, we are unable to open at the start of July as hoped. The ISTD are sending us regular updates and correspondence about procedures for opening which we will follow in order to keep everyone as safe as possible! 

We are obviously disappointed not to be allowed to open but have to follow the advice and guidance we are given. Information will be emailed out as soon as we know anything else. 

Please feel free to message us for any other details or queries. 

Many Thanks 
Miss Taylor & Miss Kate

Temporary School Closure

Dear Parents of STDA

An update on the school….

It is with great sadness we have to inform you that the school is having to temporarily close it’s doors! This is of course due to the current COVID19 situation and government advice. 

We hope it will not be for too long and will be in touch as soon as it is safe to re-open. 

We are hoping that at some stage we can offer private or classes for 2/3 pupils together, who wish to have an extra session while we cannot run full classes. Please let us know if you would be interested in this so we can contact you when it is possible.

While we are closed….please keep an eye on social media.
We will be posting challenges and asking you to send in pictures or video’s.

Please can ALL FEES be settled ASAP.

We hope you and all your families stay safe and well during these difficult and uncertain times.  

Please feel free to contact us with any concerns. 
Miss Taylor & Miss Kate

Parent Updates

A note for all parents:

Due to the current situation we are very aware of how important it is to remain in contact as a community.

Miss Kate has spent all weekend updating the email system & database.

All parents who we have email addresses for were emailed on Sunday and another has been sent out today (Tuesday). These were detailing COVID19 Policy’s and procedures.

If you have not received the emails please check your junk mail, then let us know and we can update your email address.

If we are forced to close the school – emails will be sent out as well as the website and social media pages being updated .

Stay Safe

STDA Policy on COVID19

We are very aware people are worried about the current situation. Our priority is the safety and well being of all students, teachers & their families.

We are currently constantly monitoring the situation: taking advice from the ISTD and following government guidelines.

The dance school will remain open at present (like schools)

ISTD exams & exam coaching will run until we are informed otherwise.

Banbury festival has been postponed & we are awaiting news on Nuneaton festival.

We appreciate this may cause an inconvenience but we have a responsibility to protect all our members.

We also appreciate some people may wish to not bring their children to lessons

STDA Policy: COVID-19 

We request that all pupils & families at STDA adhere to the following: (This is in line with government advice)

 We ask where possible parents drop children off and collect from the door. We appreciate this will not be possible with the very little ones. (This will be overseen by teachers for safety and child protection issues)

This is to minimize “foot fall” & keep as much distance as possible.

All pupils & parents will be asked to wash their hands when they come in to the studio and before they leave the building.

We are cleaning the studio DAILY before classes start to maintain hygiene as much as possible.

 Please do not come to the studio for 14 days if you have:

  • A high temperature
  • A new, continuous cough
  • Had contact with someone who has suspected or confirmed COVID19
  • Or any other symptoms relating to COVID19

We appreciate this may cause an inconvenience but we have a responsibility to protect all our members. We also appreciate some people may wish to not bring their children to lessons.

Our policy will be changed/updated when required following government & ISTD advice.

Policy written: 13th March 2020, Updated 17th March



Classes today – Saturday – CANCELLED

Due to the weather we have made the decision to cancel todays classes. This is for the safety of pupils, parents and teachers.
Enjoy a day in the snow with your family!