About the school


ISTD_logoMarie Gratton (Beazley) AISTD/ DDI/DDE is the founder and principal of Dance Sensation School of Performing Arts.  Founded in 2005, the school has rapidly grown with over 200 students currently attending.  Specialising in ISTD Ballet, Modern, Tap, Jazz and Musical Theatre taught by an ISTD qualified teacher.

Marie trained at Redroofs Theatre School in Maidenhead and then went on to further her training at Doreen Bird College in London.

Marie worked in many professional shows including Grease, Beauty and the Beast, Aladdin, Piazza dancer at Alton Towers and danced in the show Spirit of the Dance where she toured Far East Asia and Europe. She then worked for 3 years on cruise ships with Thomson, P&O and Festival cruises.

Dance Sensation 2017Teaching- Marie has taught for many years at private schools and for other principals and in 2005, she decided to fulfil her dream and start her own dance school. Dance Sensation started with 5 children and now we have over 200 students whom attend Dance Sensation. Marie absolutely loves her job and is incredibly passionate about what she teaches. It’s also very important that dancing is taught by a fully qualified dance teacher who understands the body and teaches dance in a safe environment. Marie is a fully qualified Imperial Ballet, ISTD Modern and Tap teacher and is very proud of her qualifications. We are an exam based school where the children get to take exams in all 3 genres and we also perform yearly shows. Please feel free to have a look at our web-site and you can also find us on face book. Benefits include:

  • Exams in Ballet, Modern and Tap
  • Yearly dance shows with professional lights, sound and costumes.
  • Summer School, where children spend a week singing, dancing and acting with a performance of their work on the final day.



Contemporary Teacher: Isobelle Watson

Safeguarding officer and Stage Manager: Emma Pyke

Communications officer: Angela Wheatcroft


SubjectsSubjects include:

  • Ballet
  • Modern
  • Tap
  • Baby Tap/Ballet
  • Pointe Work
  • Jazz/limbering
  • Musical Theatre
  • Street Dance
  • Contemporary


 Dance Fees: Please see cost below per class:

  • 15 minute class: £2.50
  • 1/2 hour class: £4.50
  • 40 minute class: £5.50
  • 45 minute class: £6.50
  • 1 hour class: £8


School-policyThere is a £15 joining fee per child when enrolling with the School.  One term’s written notice is required when withdrawing your child from the school.

Please note that fees will not be refunded for lessons missed for any reason. If a child is discontinuing lessons with the school a term’s written notice is required.

School Policy inc. GDPR

UniformAll dance uniform is obtained through Dancia in Caversham (contact number: 01189 478123) . Personalised uniform is ordered through Blades Printing Services in Swallowfield (contact number: 01189 883038). Please click on uniform tab for more information.

Peace-of-mindMarie is police checked (CRB) and is a fully qualified teacher in the ISTD.