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Orwell Dance provides high quality, professional classes in the Hampshire villages of Hartley Wintney, Winchfield and Odiham.


The aim of the school is to encourage a love of dance in response to music and to promote the development of good physical coordination and strength within the framework of sound technical training. 


The classes have a happy and friendly atmosphere which helps to inspire all pupils to fulfil their individual potential.


The school was founded in Hartley Wintney in 1975 by Virginia Wakelyn-Orwell and Diane Davies as the Orwell-Davies School of Dancing. As the school expanded more classes were started in Hook and Winchfield. In 1989, Diane Davies moved to Devon and Virginia Orwell took on the role of Principal, employing two assistants. In 2006, Virginia Orwell retired from the school and Katy Mellors took over the role of principal.

Classes take place from Mondays to Saturdays during term time. The school follows the Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) syllabus for ballet and the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing (ISTD) syllabus for Modern and Tap. Classes following both the Children’s Grades and Vocational syllabi are offered in all disciplines.

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