This successful and long-running school was originally founded in 1976 by Elizabeth Hamer & relaunched by Christie Bell as Bell Ballet in 2013.
The focus of delivering high quality ballet training at this Stubbington dance school has remained, whilst a renewed ambition and passion for ballet has been injected into the school.
Christie is so patient, kind and always explains things to the children and shows them what to do in a really calm manner.
Carolyn Dewane, parent of pupil and adult beginner dancer
What's on offer
Currently classes are available to children who are nearly three years old, right through to adults who have either never danced before (adult beginners) or those who wish to rekindle their love of dance from their younger years (adult improvers).
Classes for the young child are based on the Royal Academy of Dance’s ‘Dance to Your Own Tune’ curriculum, where the emphasis is on movement, to allow creativity, musicality and co-ordination to also develop. This lays the foundation for more formal ballet training in later years.
Children then move on to a more structured syllabus in the form of Pre-Primary in Dance and Primary in Dance, where pupils may be invited to take an examination before moving up through Grades 1-5. Students are then able to join the ‘Company Class’ which not only covers some of the RAD vocational level work, but also repertoire from classical works as well as pointe work. The RAD's new syllabus, 'discovering repertoire' is an opportunity for Company Class members, as well as adult students, to work towards a formal assesment in smaller units, focusing on variations from traditional ballets.
Pupils also get the opportunity to perform in informal showings and theatre productions, as well as participate in repertoire workshops throughout the year.
Christie Bell RAD RTS
Hello, I’m Christie, principal of Bell Ballet, registered teacher of the Royal Academy of Dance, former professional ballet dancer, wife and mummy of two.
As a former pupil of the school I am passionate about sharing my knowledge and experience of dance with all my students.
At the age of eleven I left Stubbington to take up vocational training at The Royal Ballet School. On completion of the five-year lower school training, I then gained the Christopher Gable scholarship to attend Central School of Ballet in London. It was during my time here that I achieved the highest award from the RAD, Solo Seal, enabling me to enter the prestigious competition, the Adeline Genée award in 2003, in which I was a finalist.
Eight years of vocational training helped me gain a contract with Northern Ballet (previously Northern Ballet Theatre) where I danced many roles including Clara (The Nutcracker), Helena (A Midsummer Night's Dream), Young Cathy (Wuthering Heights) and Suzuki (Madam Butterfly). My passion for teaching was realised when I joined the Professional Dance Experience team delivering workshops and masterclasses to schools across the South whilst training to become a Royal Academy of Dance registered teacher.