Nydza School of Dance and Performing Arts 




The excellent grounding students receive whilst attending the Nydza School of Dance is evident from the student's successes. We are very proud of our student's achievements which are publicly celebrated and shared at our annual awards ceremony and choreography competition. 

The choreography competition enables students to choreograph their own piece of work and the high standard and imaginative ideas are a wonderful showcase of the student's talents and abilities.

The School is proud of its exam successes with significant numbers across all age ranges and disciplines gaining distinctions.  

In addition, students have gained over 30 Scholarships for the BBO and Yorkshire Ballet Seminar in Ballet and Jazz. 3 students went on to receive the Most Outstanding Student Award, a wonderful achievement.

Many students, on leaving the Nydza School of Dance, have gone on to pass auditions into the country's top dance schools, companies and Dance Academies. Listed below is our current 'Hall of Fame!'


 Thomas Whitehead

Royal Ballet Upper School (1991)

The Royal Ballet Company (1994)

The Royal Ballet Company - soloist (2002)

The Matthew Bourne Ballet Company - guest principal (2007)


Briony Wilkinson

The Doreen Bird College (1991) Dancing professionally (1999)

Paula Chapman

London Academy of Drama (1997)

Working professionally (2001)

Gemma Moody

Dancing Professionally (2000)

Cairy Nydza

St. Anne’s Performing Arts College (1993)

Heidi Sharples

Laine Theatre Arts (1996)

Dancing professionally (1999)

Principal of dance school in Portugal (2008)

Gemma Shields

The Doreen Bird College (2000)

Stomp Company (2005-2016)

Dominic North

The Central School of Ballet (2001)

The Matthew Bourne Ballet Company (2005)

Harry Potter & Goblet of Fire (Film 2005)

The Matthew Bourne Ballet Company - Principal 2008)


Samon Presland

Rambert Dance School (2005)


Brandon Lawrence

White Lodge - Junior School Royal Ballet (Oct 2006)

Billy Elliot Award - Winner (2008)

The Royal Ballet Upper School (2009)

Royal Ballet Birmingham  (2011)

First Artist (2014)


Caitlin O'Shea

Australian Ballet Summer School (2007)

School of Classical Ballet (2014)


Emily Simpson

Chiang Mai Ballet Academy, Thailand (2007-2010)

Vaganova Ballet Academy, St Petersburg, Russia (Sept 2012- present)


Jordan Rhodes

Performers College (2009)

Working Professionally (2012)


Max Garford-Maslen

The Central School of Ballet (2009)

Prix de Lausanne Finalist (2012)

Birmingham Royal Ballet Company (2012)


Jonathon Simmons

The Central School of Ballet (2014)


Yvette Levine

Tring Park School of Performing Arts (2015)


Lea-Nicolle Levine

Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts (2015)


Charlotte Wetherall

University of Central Lancashire (2016)