Welcome to Totnes School of Dance

Louise Knapman and Jacqui Gee would like to offer a warm welcome to the Totnes School of Dance. We offer classes in Ballet, Tap, Modern, Jazz, Contemporary, Greek and Street Jazz and cater for students from Baby Ballet to BTEC, beginners to Vocational. We are able to maintain our impressive standards by providing training of the highest calibre to our students from our purpose built sprung-floor studios in Totnes. Our team of fully qualified and accredited teachers ensures that each and every one of our young dancers is able to fulfil their full potential.

 In addition to the classes in Totnes and South Brent we are now running sessions in Ipplepen and Brixham including pre-school and toddler classes. For more information follow the timetable link or contact us by phone or email.


Audition Workshop with Joanne Ward!


Totnes School of Dance welcomes Jo Hawes!

Jo Hawes is Childrens casting director for London shows such as Matilda, Charlie & the Chocolate Factory, Lion King & Les Miserables.

Says Jo; ' Over the last 18 years I have been involved in the casting of children of nearly 100 West End and touring productions on behalf of all the major producers.     I noticed that many children had no idea how to audition because this particular skill is not taught to them.  So I started giving classes in November 2010 and have been invited all over the UK and Ireland.  

 I have seen many children unsuccessful in the audition process because they have not shown their considerable talents to a panel of directors who only have a very short time in which to make a decision.    My classes are specifically designed to empower children and to help them understand what creative teams are looking for, how to behave and how to use their nerves.   They also include a wealth of other practical information.   I am not intending to teach children how to sing, dance or act – they know that already – but I do want to help them develop good audition technique.


  • Each class is a 2 hour workshop which is complete and is not part of a course.
  • The minimum age is 7 years.
  • I hold a chaperone’s licence with enhanced CRB disclosure.
  • Cost - £35 per child payable in advance.
  • These one off sessions are fun and will help children to view auditions as an enjoyable challenge rather than a scary experience.
  • Children take away information reminding them of the things we have covered during the workshop.  

Jo will be doing an audition workshop on 11th May!

Please let the office know if you are interested in the workshop.

All ages welcome - Book now to avoid disappointment!



Book Now For The Totnes School of Dance Summer School 2014!

Back by popular demand! Totnes School of Dance will hold it's 8th annual Summer School from the 12th - 15th of August 2014. During this popular course dancers of Intermediate Foundation through to
Advanced II and professional level will receive instruction in Ballet, Jazz, Musical Theatre, drama & repertoire.

Principal Louise Knapman is pleased to have secured the return of the following outstanding faculty:

Tony Parrie (Jazz)

Choreographer (Stars in their Eyes, Granada TV, International Fashion Shows), Musical Director (12 Days of Christmas, Magic of the Movies) and teacher (Performers College).

Steve Pritchett (Musical Theatre)

Voice coach (Mary Poppins, Wicked), Vocal Arranger and Musical Director, and singing teacher (ArtsEd, Bird College, Central School of Speech and Drama).

Joanne Ward ARAD, Dip PDTC (Ballet & repertoire)


Bookings also being taken for the Junior Summer School 10th - 11th August 2014


For further details about Workshops/Summer Schools follow the link or go to Workshops or Contact Us via email or telephone (01803) 866066

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