Bodywork Company Dance Studios was founded in 1981 by Theresa and Patrick Kerr, who at the time were leading professionals in the world of dance and music.
The school grew from a series of classes taught in and around Cambridge as well as a professional touring company, the Bodywork Dance Company. At the time Theresa was teaching jazz for major performing arts colleges in London and Patrick was touring with the jazz company. The present building was acquired in 1985 – a former furniture warehouse which was then converted into beautiful dance studios. In 1986 they saw a need for a dance foundation course to prepare students, especially late beginners for full time vocational training, the foundation course grew both in size and success and still runs today. In 1990 Cambridge Performing Arts was founded as a three year course in dance and musical theatre. In 1995, Cambridge Performing Arts course became a registered charity.
The course was validated by Trinity, London in 2001 to offer Level 6 NQF Diploma in Professional Dance or Musical Theatre (validated by Trinity College London. In 2003 CPA became part of the Government Dance and Drama Awards scheme. CPA is accredited by the EFA and CDET. In 2009 Bodywork began to offer the Trinity Level Grade 8 Qualification in Musical Theatre for the Foundation course, so far the students have received Distinctions in their examinations.