Dance in Monmouth School Girls’ Prep is hugely popular with all ages and abilities from Year 3 to Year 6, developing minds and bodies and instilling a love that may last a lifetime. 

Our expert teaching in a full and exciting range of styles provides the girls with every opportunity to express themselves through dance – while having enormous amounts of fun!

Curriculum Dance

All girls in all years follow an excellent Educational Dance Programme as part of their Physical Education Curriculum.  Every pupil takes part in a block of activity during the Michaelmas and Lent terms, culminating in the Eisteddfod House Dance Competition; a highlight of the Monmouth School Girls’ Prep year for parents and girls.

Extra-Curricular Dance

Monmouth School Girls’ Prep pupils may chose to take part in a range of dance activities out of the classroom. Our extra-curricular dance includes ballet and tap lessons. There are also a range of free dance clubs for girls who love dance.


Dance can inspire, empower, invigorate, educate and civilise us all…

Monmouth School Girls’ Prep offers both individual and group lessons in classical ballet as an extra-curricular activity.  The ballet discipline is taught in the classical dance program according to the syllabuses of both the Royal Academy of Dance and the International Dance Teachers’ Association.  Ballet lessons may be taken to improve posture, coordination, strength and flexibility and can also help to improve the technique which lies at the foundation of all types of dancing.

The Royal Academy of Dance is an awarding body accredited by the Qualifications and Curriculum Authority (QCA) in England, the Curriculum and Assessment Authority for Wales (ACCAC) and, in Northern Ireland, the Council for the Curriculum, Examination and Assessment (CCEA).  This accreditation places the Academy’s qualifications in the National Qualifications Framework for England, Wales and Northern Ireland.

The International Dance Teachers’ Association is one of the world’s largest examination boards, covering the full spectrum of dance examinations on a global scale, with over 7,000 members in 55 countries. The Association celebrated its centenary in 2003.  The primary objective of the Association is to promote knowledge and foster the art of dance in all its forms. 

Initially formed in 1903 by a group of teachers in Manchester as the Manchester and Salford Association of Teachers of Dancing, the IDTA has grown to be a global leader in dance awards across many disciplines.  In October 2006 the International Dance Teachers’ Association (IDTA) and the Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) announced that the two organisations would embark on a process of working together to the mutual benefit of their members. examinations of either awarding body.

By having instructors that are fully registered with these internationally recognised governing bodies, Monmouth Girls’ Prep pupils can be assured of continuity of instruction when both joining and leaving the school.  It also gives pupils the benefit of working towards grade exams that are recognised as equivalent to their academic studies.  

All uniform and accessories, as directed by the RAD and IDTA, are available from the school shop.

IDTA Dance Awards

83 girls from Monmouth School Girls’ Prep were presented with IDTA Dance Awards during their morning assembly at the start of the Michealmas term.

A total of 105 awards were presented in total for a number of disciplines including, Freestyle Solo, Freestyle Team and Tap.