Miss Shirley Rees Edwards

We recently lost of one of our longest serving Ballet Mistresses, Miss Shirley Rees Edwards. Miss Shirley passed away suddenly at home in Cambridge, she was Head of Ballet for us for over 25 years both on our Theatre School and the full-time courses, She was an inspiration to many past and present students. She recently visited the college before sadly passing away a few weeks later. Her funeral will be held at St. Laurence’s Church, Cambridge and afterwards at the studios where we will gather to share fond memories of her amazing career & life. Therefore the college will be closed on Tuesday 12th November and there will be no classes.

There will be a huge presence of graduates, staff, friends, and a Bodywork choir has been arranged to pay tribute to her fabulous character and life in the world of classical Ballet.

Bodywork Company Performing Arts, Cambridge – College ‘Open Days’ Academic Year 2020 for the Full-Time professional training courses we offer.

For NEW Prospective Students Thursday 17th October 2019 & Thursday 7th November 2019

These college open days are for all prospective students considering applying for full time training on either the One Year Foundation Course, the Level 3 qualification or the Three Year Diploma Level 6 in Professional Dance or Musical Theatre for the academic year 2020-21.

You are more than welcome to come along and visit the college between the hours of 10:00am – 4:30pm.
This is a great opportunity to observe classes and speak to members of staff and students, to find out more about the courses we offer at Bodywork Company Performing Arts.

We will be offering FREE workshops on the day – BOOKING IS ESSENTIAL.

Workshops available on both October 17th & November 7th 2019.

Time: 10.00am – 11.00am – Ballet Workshop
Time: 11.15am – 12.15pm – Jazz Tech Workshop
Time: 12:45pm – 1:45pm – Acting Workshop
Time: 2.00pm – 3.00pm – Singing Workshop
Time: 3.15pm – 4.15pm – Commercial Jazz Workshop

To book a place please contact with the following information:

Open Day Date:
Full Name:
Workshops requested:

Please contact us for more information. All our workshops were full at our last open day, so hurry & book on to avoid disappointment, there are only 25 places per workshop. All places allocated on a first come first served basis.

Applications for the Academic Year 2020

  • Three-year Level 6 Diploma in Professional Dance and Musical Theatre, validated by Trinity College London.
  • One-year Foundation Course, validated by Trinity College, London
  • BTEC Level 3 Foundation Diploma in Performing Arts

All places are offered by audition, to apply for an audition date, please complete the application form and send it to our college address.

Once we have received your completed application form, photos requested and the audition fee of £45.00 (cheques payable to ‘Bodywork Company’) – we will contact you with an audition date. The audition process will begin in December 2018.

Closing date for applications is March 27th 2020. Exact dates to be confirmed.

Bodywork Company Performing Arts

We will be exhibiting at the Council for Dance, Drama And Musical Theatre (CDMT) conference on Sunday November 17th at Mountview, Peckham, London. For more information about this event & how to buy tickets please click here.

Upcoming Half Term Dance Workshops:

Bodywork Company KIDS ONE DAY WORKSHOPS are BACK….

These one day dance based workshops will run from 10.00am – 3.15pm on each day = £30.00 per day. There will be a maximum of 3 groups age appropriate.

Tuesday 22nd October – Contemporary – 10yrs 16yrs ONLY
Wednesday 23rd October – Commercial Street Dance – 6-16yrs
Thursday 24th October – Musical Theatre – 6-16yrs

We have over a 100 places available for these, but it gets busy, so please book your place ASAP! Email for more information

Bodywork Company Presents – Fame the Musical – our 3rd year students performed this – it was amazing – we are looking forward to next year’s production….watch this space….

Bodywork Company Theatre School – RAD Ballet Exam Results – April 2019

“We would like to congratulate all our Bodywork Company Theatre School Ballet students on their excellent results following the Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) examinations in April.

The results were outstanding with all Ballet students from the age of 5yrs – 17yrs gaining high Merits or Distinction in their particular Grades.

We would like to thank the teachers, Miss Rachel Dawson & Miss Louise Howarth for their excellent teaching skills and all the students and families for their continuous support and dedication.”

Jane Kerr – Head of Theatre School