— About us —
At Lyme School of Ballet (LSB) we teach tiny tots to teenagers, beginners to advanced students, but are particularly proud of our ever-growing community of adult and male students.
LSB specialises in the Royal Academy of Dance’s (RAD) Ballet Syllabi. We offer classes for the RAD’s Dance To Your Own Tune programme for Pre-School dancers (aged 2.5 – 5 years old) and all their Graded Syllabi, from Pre-Primary in Dance to Grade 8. We also offer the Vocational Graded Syllabi, from Intermediate Foundation to Advanced 2. These grades include pointe work for the girls and allegro practice for the boys. Students have the chance to take RAD examinations every 18 months to progress in their studies and achieve certification in classical ballet.
We also have an established group of adult ballet dancers who attend our newly named Silver Swans® classes. Silver Swans® is a pilot programme, developed by the RAD, based on research into dance practice for adult and older learners. It aims to promote ballet for overall adult and elder communities’ health and wellbeing. Classes can only be taught by Silver Swans® licensed teachers and Miss Freya has many new ideas for the school’s growing adult community! Our Silver Swans® classes are open to all adults, men and women, and previous experience of classical ballet is not required. We focus on ballet technique and performance and even learn some famous ballet repertoire such as Swan Lake’s ‘Dance of the Cygnets’. Please do have a look at our ‘Timetable’ page for information about these classes.
Outside the study of RAD Ballet Syllabi, there is the opportunity each year for all students to take part in our Summer School, designed to stretch and challenge our dancers with free classical, non-syllabus work. This is followed by the Lyme Regis Carnival Procession for which students are invited to take part in a ‘corps de ballet’ dancing down Lyme Regis high street. LSB also offers our older students the opportunity to study non-syllabus ‘Free Classical’ work weekly for strength and technique training.
In addition to the Carnival Procession, each New Year LSB takes part in the local pantomime. This is the perfect opportunity for our students to find their feet in performance, if they so wish.
You may wish to dance as a hobby, for exercise or more professionally in the future; whatever your reasons, all ages and abilities are catered for at Lyme School of Ballet.
Miss Freya Lovett (School Principal)
Miss Freya is studying for the Royal Academy of Dance’s BA (Hons) Dance Education degree and already holds a Level 4 Certificate and Level 5 Diploma in Dance Education.
Miss Freya is an experienced dancer having completed all Royal Academy of Dance Graded Ballet Examinations from Pre-Primary to Grade 8 (Distinction), and Intermediate Foundation, Intermediate and Advanced 1 of their Vocational Graded Syllabi. She has been Jill’s student since she was 14 years old and began working as an assistant at Lyme School of Ballet aged 16.
Miss Freya has recently gained her own Registered Teacher Status with the RAD having successfully completed her teachers’ exam and is a licensed Silver Swans® teacher. She has now been promoted to Principal of Lyme School of Ballet and is tremendously excited to have taken on the role. She has lots of ideas to further the opportunities to study classical ballet with Lyme School of Ballet and cannot wait to get started.
Mrs Jill Chase (Founder)
In 1976, after gaining the prestigious Registered Teacher Status with the Royal Academy of Dance (RAD), Mrs. Jill Chase founded Lyme School of Ballet. Having danced and sung professionally, Mrs. Chase has a lifetime of dance, ballet and artistic experience alongside a wealth of teaching experience and knowledge.
Jill has taught many local girls and boys in classical ballet and tap over the last 40 years – up to three generations of some families have had the privilege of studying dance with her. Jill is a Life Member of the RAD and her ethos of ‘classical ballet: accessible for all’ has made her school highly valued. She continues to teach in her local community with great passion but has retired from her duty as Principal of Lyme School of Ballet. After a celebration and handover ceremony, Miss Freya now takes on the role of Principal.