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Stalder Academy of Dance and the Performing Arts was founded in 2006 by principal Marina Stalder.

Originally from Lucerne, Switzerland, and inspired by her mother who was a professional ballet dancer and her Olympic Gold Medallist grandfather, Marina set out to create a place of excellent training in a nurturing and positive environment.

Marina Stalder is a Registered Teacher with the RAD and a Licentiate IDTA , as well as Acrobatic Arts and PBT certified and a member of British Gymnastics. She is also on the BSICA committee, which is a choreographic award for young teachers. 

Since its inception, Stalder Academy students have performed in venues all over the UK and abroad. Maintaining a 100% exam pass rate, many students gain High Distinctions and nominations for both IDTA Theatre Awards and Freestyle Scholarships.

The Academy's own competition team consistently perform well in competitions across all age groups, and have successfully and consistently reached the All England Dance Finals wining multiple medals and special awards.

Students are also currently associates with both the Royal Ballet School and Elmhurst Ballet School as well as Tap Attack.

Past students have gained places at renowned professional training schools such as Elmhurst Ballet school, Hammond School, Laine Theatre Arts, Urdang, SLP College and Phil Winston's Theatreworks to name but a few and went onto work successfully in the Ballet and Musical Theatre Industry.

Visit our Alumni page to see where they are now.

Stalder Academy were proud to work with QDOS Pantomimes in providing the Juvenile Chorus for Manchester's flagship Panto at the Opera House. 

Over the last decade, Stalder Academy has established itself as a centre of excellence for all theatre subjects, and also offers classes such as acrobatics, voice, drama, commercial, Street, Contemporary, PBT, Gymnastics and regular workshops with leading industry professionals. Stalder Gymnastics, our Street department and the Zig Zag Youth Theatre Company are the latest additions to the timetable and we are proud to be a registered club with British Gymnastics.

Offering classes for both the beginner 'once a week' student as well as  serious theatre students, our aim is to release each individual's potential no matter what their end goal is.

Excellence through dedication!

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