Unity Dancing School was founded in 1996 and was an offshoot of the well known Penrhyn School of Dancing. Its main
objective was, and of course still is, to bring Classical ballet training to the heart of Walthamstow. Under the leadership of Renée Cohen - LISTD, who has more than 40 years teaching experience, the school has small
classes and is now one of the most respected and well known dance schools in the area. Renée was invited to become a member
of the Cecchetti Group in 1999. She is a well known figure who is very much in demand at Cecchetti and other ballet events.
Renée has, from the very start, tried to ensure that every student has the chance to study and perform the art at whatever standard it is felt they are best suited to. Nobody is ever excluded because of ability and among the most important aspects of a student’s time at Unity is that they should enjoy what they are doing whilst at the same time developing self confidence.
ISTD (Ballet) examinations are offered to all our students (aged 5+) and the pass rate is extremely high
UNITY is well known for its work in the community. All our school activities necessitate the co-operation and help of our parents and guardians. We like to involve you in all aspects of school activities. Everyone has something to offer, so if you can make costumes, do hair, sell event tickets, chaperone our younger students or even take part in lessons - you are on our wanted list! We are also one of the very few schools who are pleased to encourage our parents to stay and watch the lessons. We are an equal opportunities school, take students of both sexes and from all backgrounds
Students will not be permitted to take part in their classes unless a current enrolment form has been completed and returned.
UNITY Dancing school, has a simple school uniform. It is designed to be inexpensive, easy to get hold of and to maintain. We realise it is not always possible to send students to class in the correct clothes. However we do hope that every effort will be made to do.
New Starters : Please feel free to let the student dress in comfortable and suitable clothing (this also includes their foot wear) but let them feel the part. It adds to the fun! First three weeks only.
We are really looking forward to restarting and meet up again face to face. Once you have registered, we will send you a list of what you need to do by email, so we can stay Covid safe in line with government and Unity Hall requirements, with payment details etc. If you have any questions, please to not hesitate to contact us, either by phone or by Email.
If your child cannot attend a class,
please call or text Renee
Please be reminded that long hair or hair with beads, must be tied up and well secured. This is most important especially when you are doing pirouettes.
It is good practice to ensure that all students have a bottle of water with them to help prevent dehydration.
Here is a guideline as to how our school year is planned
|September-December||Check with Renee and Espe.|
|January-April||Check with Renee and Espe|
|April -July||Check with Renee and Espe.|
Our examination board is ISTD. Extra Exam practice and Mock Exams will be on Sundays as stated in the exam letter dated 21 st March.
Certificates are issued by the ISTD. Names will be spelt as written on the enrolment form. Please take care when filling out this form as mistakes can be difficult to rectify afterwards.
As for the exam fee, the payment deadline is 16th May 2022 we have to submit fees to the ISTD four weeks before the exams. The exam fee payment reference is Exams – Child’s Name. For more information, contact Miss Renee.
Fees are based on ten-week sessions tied in to the local school term. Discounted fees are available for people paying in full, by the third week of the term. A 10% surcharge will be added to term fees if they are unpaid by half-term.
There is a 10% discount for families with more than one child attending. Please speak to Renée should you feel the need to make special arrangements for payment options.
Payments: need to be paid within three week at the start of the Term. All payment should be made to Ms R. Cohen, bank details are the same as last term, You can now pay by BAC (please put your child’s name and class as a reference), Cash or Cheque. If paying cash or cheques, please place it in an envelope with your child’s name and class.