Telephone:01202 892 249

Studio One - Dorset's Centre for Performing Arts

Formed in 1981 by Senior Director & Principal, Denise Booth - Studio One (DCPA) is Dorset's Centre for Performing Arts. Students are trained in Classical Ballet, Tap, Modern/Jazz, Acrobatic Dance, Musical Theatre & Vocal Coaching.

Students are trained to the highest standards, and Examination work is balanced with the fun and excitement of Annual Shows - held at Pavilion Dance, Bournemouth; and Charity Shows held at the De La Salle Theatre.

Children are accepted as soon as they can walk - to our pre-school ‘Tots and Tiddlers' classes which are extremely popular. These classes are held at St Marks Church in West Parley on Mondays and at the Memorial Hall in Verwood on Wednesdays.

Situated on the Ferndown Industrial Estate -The School owns three units - two of which have been elegantly equipped as Dance Studios with Barres, Mirrors and Dance Floors. The third unit is a store for costumes & props. We also have a fully equipped Dancewear Shop for the convenience of students.

Studio One (DCPA) is now one of the largest and most successful Performing Arts Centres in the country; offering Grade & Vocational Students examinations through the Royal Academy of Dance (RAD), the British Theatre Dance Association (BTDA) and the London Academy of Music & Dramatic Arts (LAMDA)

Studio One (DCPA) also has a satellite branch for Nursery Class & Class One – held at St. Michael’s Parish Centre in Verwood every Tuesday.

All Our Teachers are all qualified with the RAD, BTDA & LAMDA

Successful students have progressed to the following colleges:

(Some with full 3 year SCHOLARSHIPS)

  • Laine Theatre Arts
  • Leicester College of Performing Arts
  • Bird College
  • Millennium Performing Arts College
  • Reynolds College of Performance
  • Performers College
  • Italia Conti Academy of Theatre Arts
  • Stella Mann College

Many of our former students are working in the Entertainments business all over the world. Others hold Teaching Certificates and are working in schools & colleges

We offer BOYS TWO YEAR DANCE SCHOLARSHIPS to talented boys aged between 6-16.

This is a marvelous opportunity for any young male dancer wishing to study all three genres at our Theatre School.

Studio One Boys are encouraged to follow in the footsteps of previous males who have progressed to a variety of London Performance Schools and then on into the world of entertainment.

Selection for Scholarship is by way of audition.

Application forms from the studio office 01202 890707

Contact Details

Contact Name: Denise Booth


1A Telford Road, 
Ferndown Industrial Estate, 
BH21 7QN

Telephone: 01202 890707

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