About The School
The Cremona School of Dance established in 1990 is based in Woking and is renowned for its excellence. The School is a traditional dancing school offering tuition for 3-18 year olds in Ballet (Cecchetti Method), ISTD Modern, Tap and Jazz. Students have the opportunity to train right through to the Vocational Grades at Intermediate, Advanced 1 and Advanced 2 levels. Examinations are held annually.
‘Petites’ for 3 & 4 yr olds are packed with creative ideas, nursery rhymes, mime, stories and adventures. These 30 minute classes, specifically designed for the younger child, prepare pupils for a more structured approach at 5 yrs+ in one or more dance disciplines.
Alongside our own School shows, students are offered chances to audition for local productions at The New Victoria Theatre and the Rhoda McGaw Theatre. Talented children are encouraged to audition for The Royal Ballet School, The Cecchetti Associate Programme, London Junior and Senior Ballet, London Children’s Ballet and other organisations.
Whether a student attends once weekly for fun or is considering dance as a career, every child matters. Our aim is to bring the joy of dancing into the studio through nurturing and encouragement. Every child is given the opportunity to incorporate skills developed in dancing, into many to other aspects of their lives. Dance develops confidence, poise, self-discipline, musicality and increased physical and sensory awareness.
Our teachers are highly qualified, experienced professionals. All staff are committed to ongoing professional development and are DBS checked.
Cecchetti Classical Ballet
Cecchetti Classical Ballet is one of the most respected training methods for young dancers, teachers and professionals both in the UK and worldwide. The great virtuoso dancer and teacher Enrico Cecchetti (1850-1928) was one of the most important influences on the foundation of modern Classical Ballet training.
He evolved a method of training that is as relevant today as it was when first created - producing oustanding artistic and technically accomplished dancers able to work with today's directors across the spectrum of classical and contemporary companies. His influence on British Ballet has been far reaching and resulted in the creation of The Cecchetti Society in 1922.
Patrons of the Cecchetti Society include Dame Monica Mason DBE, David Bintley CBE, Darcey Bussell CBE, Lesley Collier CBE and Kevin O'Hare.
What is Modern Dance
Modern dance develops a secure foundation building rhythmical movement, isolations, turns, leaps, travelling sequences and exciting dance combinations combined with artistry and musicality. It incorporates a variety of different styles, including jazz, lyrical, contemporary, blues, hip-hop, street and more!
Basic exercises increase strength, develop flexibility and improve core stability, which in turn secures technique. Performance and projection are enhanced and a well toned body is ensured.
Modern as a genre has the ability to adapt, develop and evolve with the changing fashion in dance, thus helping to create versatile dancers who have an all-round ability. Within the professional dance syllabi, the work has specifically been developed to meet the increasing demand of today's choreographers.
ISTD Modern Theatre Dance Examinations are offered from Primary through to Advanced 2 level as well as festival and competition work.
Welcome to the Faculty
Diana Cremona ~ School Principal
DDE Ballet (Cecchetti) Modern Theatre, Tap, National and Latin American Dance. Holder of the Final Enrico Cecchetti Diploma.
Born in Canada, Diana has been teaching dance for over 35 years. She began her classical ballet training in Paris with Yvonne Goube and won a scholarship to the Rosella Hightower School of Ballet in Cannes, France. Diana returned to Canada to continue her training with Nesta Toumine in Ottawa. In 1976, she came to the UK to study at the London College of Dance where she gained a degree in Dance Education.
In 1979, she joined the Ottawa Dance Theatre in Canada performing and touring throughout North America. In 1982 Diana travelled to Malta where she taught Ballet and Jazz for the Bayona-Poutiatine Academy of Ballet as well as performing on stage and television. In 1984, she returned once again to London where she taught for Nesta Brooking and for Hurst Lodge before opening her own school in 1990.
In 2000, Diana was awarded the Peter Pearson Scholarship and received the Enrico Cecchetti Diploma in 2003.
Louise ~ Head of Modern Theatre & Tap
DDE I.S.T.D. Modern Theatre and Tap
Louise Bell CDE ISTD Louise started dancing at the Cremona School of Dance when she was 3 years old. At the age of 18, she continued her training at Italia Conti Arts Centre graduating in 2007 with a 3 year diploma in Teaching with Performing Arts. Louise began teaching for The Cremona School of Dance in 2006.
Louise is a fully qualified dance teacher. She holds her teaching qualifications in Modern Theatre and Tap. Louise has 9 years experience teaching dance in the Surrey area, is DBS checked, is a registered Chaperone and a qualified First Aider. Louise now teaches at dance schools across Surrey and Berkshire.
Sheila has been playing for the 'Cremona School of Dance' for over 10 years and enjoys it as much now as she did when when she started playing for Ballet, Tap and Modern over 60 years ago.
Her joy is seeing all the children grow and learn how to become confident in themselves.
Georgia has been dancing since the age of 3. She trained at Renton Dance School for 11 years studying Ballet, Modern Theatre and Tap before she joined The Cremona School of Dance at age 14. Georgia has since then gained her Intermediate examinations in both Modern Theatre and Tap Dancing.
Georgia started assisting Louise in Modern and Tap in 2010 and still thoroughly enjoys helping the children progress through their grades.
Lucy trained at the Cremona School of Dance from age 3. During this time she enjoyed classes in ballet, tap and modern, as well as various performance opportunities. She holds her Intermediate Examination in Cecchetti Classical Ballet, and has also completed her BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma in Performing Arts (Dance).
She enjoys her close working relationship with the School and the Ballet Department, finding joy in contributing to the children’s training and watching them develop as people. In addition to her role as Class Assistant, Lucy is currently studying for her undergraduate degree in English at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London.
Mari met Diana in 1996 after graduating from the University of Surrey with BMus (Hons). As a pianist, she found great pleasure in supporting young dancers through music while being able to explore her creativity.
While Mari was away from the Cremona School of Dance, she moved to Perth, Autralia and had 2 daughters before returning to the UK in 2014.
Mari has now rejoined the School and just as when she first started, enjoys adding extra sparkles and smiles in every class.