Mareli School of Dance


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Mareli School of Dance

Celebrating 50 years

Mareli School of Dance was established in 1971 by current principal Judy Cresswell, and remains a family run dancing school. Routed in over 50 years of experience, Mareli continues to evolve to reflect current dance and musical theatre trends.

Our staff include fully qualified I.D.T.A dance teachers, ex-professional dancers and a university lecturer with a doctorate in Dance. Additionally, our staff include qualified primary school teachers and early years practitioners. The diversity amongst our staff helps us to uniquely support our pupils through the provision of exemplary pastoral care.

We are proud to welcome students of all ages and abilities into our school. We provide a platform for aspiring professionals and those wanting to make new friends and improve their confidence. We have excellent success rates with our examinations and full stage productions and we are proud to support our pupils in fulfilling their aspirations of pursuing a career in the industry. However, what makes us most proud is hearing about the friendships that are still thriving from years gone by.

Over the years, Mareli has welcomed back countless ‘grown up’ pupils who have returned to bring their own children and grandchildren to dance classes. Many past pupils return as adults to join in our thriving adult dance classes, allowing Mareli to house multiple members of the same family, genuinely capturing the family environment that we strive to create. The sense of family, friendship, and kindness set us apart from the rest. Dance friends can genuinely be friends for life.


Congratulations to Katie Miles for receiving 3 IDTA nominations for grade 5 tap, intermediate tap and intermediate modern!

Congratulations to Madison Jeffs for receiving an IDTA nomination for intermediate modern!

Massive congratulations to Shelley Whitmore for achieving 94% in her level four IDTA teaching qualification for tap dancing!

Our Aims

To create a fun, friendly and respectful environment to pupils of all ages and abilities; a safe space where pupils can find the confidence to ‘give things a go’ and not fear making a mistake

To encourage ALL pupils to reach their highest standard and to prepare those pupils with the desire and ability to pursue to a career in dance to the standard required for entry into dance and musical theatre colleges.

To get to know each pupil as an individual and to instil qualities that we feel matter most; the power of self worth, the discipline to pursue goals, to confidence to overcome fear, to find strength in being kind and fair, and most importantly the freedom to be who you are.

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