As a school, we have always promoted a real sense of family and community spirit and I feel that this is still today reflected in our teaching practices.
If you live in Doncaster then I am sure you will agree, it is hard to imagine a time before Nellie Stagles and the ‘Nellie Stagles School of Theatre Dance’.
As many people will know, over the years Miss Stagles and the school has done so much and worked so tirelessly throughout the years. In fact, teaching the art of dance to generations of children in our communities was Nellie’s vocation and passion. Miss Stagles also contributed an overwhelming degree of dedication, pledging her time, effort and energy to improving the lives and well being of many Doncaster residents. She always supported her home Town of Doncaster and the local charities, hospitals and hospices within our borough via our annual dancing show ‘Winter Wonderland’.
Over the years and still to this very day, due to the high standards of professional teaching and tuition, our school continues to be a regular feeder for the Royal Ballet School, Northern Ballet School and many other Stage Schools in the Country. In fact many of Nellies’ former pupils have gone on to perform on London’s West End, Broadway, TV and also on some of the major International Cruise Liners
2012 was a very special and poignant year for the school….. Not only did we celebrate the school’s 75th birthday, but we also saw another great achievement! Miss Julie, our acting school Principal, celebrated her 35th teaching year at the school.
Sadly though, just before Christmas in 2012 Miss Julie decided to hang up her ballet shoes and take early retirement. Miss Julie had been a life long friend and loyal teacher of the school and she led our ‘Royal Academy of Dance’ (RAD) classical ballet arm all throughout 1977 to 2012. Miss Julies’ achievement made her one of the most senior and experienced RAD ballet teachers in Doncaster – of whom we are extremely proud of and thankful to. During her time, Miss Julie produced some breath taking ballet scenes and helped many pupils achieve outstanding results in their RAD ballet examinations.
Still very much a family run school and one thing that I am determined to ensure is that the dancing school itself stays within the family and continues to be run as a family business, based in our local communities. With the life long support of our extended family – our teachers, who collectively have contributed over 185 years work already to the school we are all 100% committed to continuing the working practices and morals that are at the very core of the school laid down by my Auntie Nellie. Their hard work and commitment is without any doubt the back bone of the School.