Bournemouth RAD and ISTD EXAMS

First Position School of Dance has a 100% pass rate in RAD Ballet and ISTD Modern Theatre and Tap dance exams. Each child has achieved either a Merit or Distinction in every graded exam to date.

Recognised as High Quality

In 2016 Natalie Pearl was recognised for her contribution to the local dance scene through being awarded GOLD in her category, at the 2016 Dance School of the Year Awards.

“Joining First Position was a pivotal moment in my awkward teenage years…what I became a part of for the next 6 years was much more than just a school. The entire ethos behind First Position gave me all the tools I use in my professional work today.”

Dylan Mason

Professional Dancer, and Past FP Student

Student Success

Many of First Position’s senior dancers have gone on to successfully audition for dance colleges and dance jobs, and many of the current students wish to follow in these footsteps. The school does not only give students the tools to do well in auditions, but helps students decide which dance colleges or jobs they may want to audition for. Miss Natalie then does her best to mentor and guide them in preparation.

Not all students that dance at FP want to move into dance as a profession, but information and preparation about further professional training is always offered to students who desire this, as well as job opportunities that may be good for a particular individual. Aside from the students who go on to pursue performance careers, many have also gone on into other industries with great success, and credit their time at FP for giving them the confidence and self-belief to discover themselves.

“I cannot thank Natalie enough for all of the opportunities she gave me. She was able to give me an insight into professional entertainment, so not only did I have fantastic performance opportunities, I discovered my career. I always danced for social reasons, I never wanted to have a career in dance, but this didn’t change the way that Natalie treated me. I was always pushed to fulfil my potential and she always believed in me, far more than I did.”

Nadine Povey

BH LIVE Marketing Executive & Ex-First Position Student

Louella Adamson

Disneyland Paris Cast Member. Stratford’s Theatre Royal, London – working on their Young Producer Programme. The sole Celebrity Liaison for MOVE IT Dance Expo, London.

Dylan Mason

Arts Educational – 3 year full time training at 42nd Street in London’s West End, Wind in The Willows Tour 2016. Anything Goes Tour. Seven Brides For Seven Brothers at Regent’s Park. Wonderland in London’s West End.

Hattie Palfrey

London Studios, 3 years full time. Professional Dancer and Events Company Partner. Jingle Bell Christmas at Royal Albert Hall. Pet Shop Boys at Royal Opera House. Louis Berry music video. Pineapple Dance promo video and various other commercial dance work.

Shane Seal

Tiffany’s Theatre College – 3 years full time. Professional cruise ship dancer, and ‘Keep Dancing’ Tour 2017. Dancer across the world on top cruise liners.

Stevie Sherlock

Wilkes Academy, 3 years full-time (current 3rd year). Little Mix dancer at Brit Awards 2017.Electric Dreams Dancers Inc for Jaguar.

Lewis Palfrey

London Studios, 3 years full-time (current 3rd year).

Anna Hirst

London Studios, 3 years full-time.

Lydia Povey

Model and Disneyland Paris professional performer.

Lawrence James

BA (Hons) Dance, Jasmin Vardimon Company – apprenticeship, Latin & Ballroom Professional and Dance School Owner.

Nadine Povey

BH Live Marketing Executive

Penelope Simmons

Professional Actress

Florence Wilkinson

Urdang Academy, 3 years full-time (current 1st year).

Chloe Burnley

Wilkes Academy, 3 years full-time (current 1st year).

Poppy Johnston

Stella Mann, 3 years full-time (current 1st year).

Contact Details

Winton YMCA, 7 Jameson Rd, Bournemouth BH9 2QD

07867 808703



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