In July 2000 12 students came together to attend a musical theatre summer course. Little did we know then that this was going to lay the seeds of a new exciting company! The Creative Dance Company is now celebrating its 19th year and every week over 80 children attend Dance and Musical Theatre classes in The John Leakey Hall, Dulwich Prep School, Cranbrook.
The Company was founded by Valerie McDonald FRSA and is now directed by Hannah Carter who is supported by an enthusiastic team of talented and committed teachers which include many West End and international performers and choreographers.
Over the years many of the students have accomplished considerable achievements, including full scholarships to some of London's most prestigious Performing Arts Colleges. Students have also made it onto the West End stage, in shows such as Oliver, Phantom of the Opera, Les Miserables, Carmen, Cats, Mathew Bourne's Swan Lake & Nutcracker.
As well as appearances on MSC Lirica, Disneyland Paris, ITV's 'Come Dine with Me' and the 'Xtra Factor' students of all ages have succeeded in winning awards at the Cranbrook, Croyden and Hastings Festivals, with the Junior and Senior choirs being awarded Youth Choir of the Year in 2012 and 2013.
We invest in our young students and their future, offering them performance opportunities and training that will both challenge them and allow them to develop individually as performers.