About us

Maria Anderson born in 1928, first opened her school after the war in 1945 in her
parent’s living room having first been choreographer and performer for a local based
entertainment company called ‘Happy Gang’. The company provided shows for
hospitals and centres for wounded soldiers.
Maria met her husband while in cabaret, he was a singer with big bands and they
married in 1950.
During the last 75 years generations of children and young adults have passed through
the capable hands of Mrs Anderson who now has the Maria Studio, a purpose built,
sprung floor complex.
Maria now runs the school along-side her daughter Beverley Hague I.D.T.A and
Grand-daughter Lisa Shepherd L.I.S.T.D, who together with the school have achieved
great success over the years with a high standard throughout.
Students and ex-students have appeared in many pantomimes, touring shows, plays,
cruises, cabaret shows, TV work, corporate events but to name a few. Appearances in
West End shows include:
The King and I  
 Gypsy
 The Sound Of Music
 Hair
 Les Miserables
 Whistle Down The Wind
 Oliver
 Fame
 Footloose
 Beauty and the Beast
 We Will Rock You
 Mamma Mia
 Starlight Express
 Wicked
 Billy Elliot
 Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
 Mary Poppins
 Dirty Dancing
 Matilda
 Rock of Ages
 Jersey Boys
 Only Fools and Horses

The school offers classes in ISTD Modern, ISTD Tap, Tap Technique, RAD Ballet,
Ballet Technique, Jazz, Core Stability (Acro), Contemporary, Musical Theatre and
Drama, taking children from age 2 right through to adults. We are very lucky to have
some fantastic fully qualified teachers and some amazing choreographers within our
team. One of our most recent achievements was being awarded the ‘All England Dance’ choreography award for our Intermediate group ‘Spiders’ choreographed by Susan Galloway and Kylie.

Not only do we offer examinations for students but we also compete in a number of
dance festivals throughout the year including the All England and shows giving the
students plenty of opportunities to perform on stage.