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Welcome to
St. Lucia School of
Ballet & Modern Dance
Also known as The ARK of St. Lucia 
We dance to enhance our island with the spirit of excellence! 

Start your journey through dance.

Classical Ballet  |  Modern Theatre Dance  |  Tap

Founded in 1979, the St. Lucia School of Ballet & Modern Dance (also known as the Ark of St. Lucia) is the leading teaching facility for training in Classical Ballet, Modern Theatre Dance and Tap.

 

Classes are geared to develop the technical ability required in Classical Ballet, Modern Theatre Dance and Tap. We also aim to stimulate self-discipline, muscle co-ordination, rhythm, musicality and a sense of performance.

Whether you are a student desiring to become a performer or teacher, male or female, there is a class for you! The St. Lucia School of Ballet & Modern Dance provides personalised attention to students so that they can harness their potential to excel at dance to tertiary level, and to appreciate the performing arts.

Classical Ballet classes are based on the examination syllabi of the Royal Academy of Dance (U.K.), the largest examining body and training body for Classical Ballet in the world.
 

For Modern Theatre Dance and Tap, we follow the syllabi of the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing (U.K.), another internationally recognised institution.

We have classes at the:

  • Balata Studio 

  • Castries Cultural Centre

  • Rodney Bay- Harmony Marina Suites

  • Vieux-Fort City Council

  • Reunion, Choiseul

  • Mongouge, Choiseul

The dance school runs year round concurrently with the academic school year and thus is divided into three terms. Dance fees cover a term's tuition and are payable in advance. Fees are dependent on the level of study and the frequency of classes.

Examinations

Dance is highly competitive. Annually, students are eligible for international assessment, which can assist both parent and student to monitor their progress.

Classical Ballet and Modern Dance examinations are held locally with examiners sent from the Royal Academy of Dancing and Imperial Society of Teachers or Dancing to asses the students.

Examination results are internationally recognized. They can be assets to enhance entry requirements for further study as an indication of formal training in the arts; discipline and appreciation for excellence!

Our Mission

To train the young at heart to unleash the passion and creativity of dance with the focus of becoming a recognized center of excellence and a regional hub for the performing arts.

Presentations and awards are given annually. Major school productions are conducted when students are available.

Meet our Director
Theresa Lowrie - Collymore

– RAD RTS, AISTD dip., SLMM, SLMH                              

Theresa Emelia Lowrie-Collymore was born in London, England. Her father was a champion ballroom dancer and her mother was an accomplished pianist and painter who fueled her passion for dance. She particularly loved classical dance and fancied watching and listening to fairy tales with the beautifully illustrated supernatural, weightless, tiny hands and feet of the fairies and princesses. So, from five years old, with a keen ear for music and movement, Theresa began ballet.

WHAT PEOPLE SAY

“My son James, who is now 10 years old, has been a student of the St. Lucia School of Ballet and Modern Dance since he was 5 years old. With its’ high standards of teaching from Mrs. Collymore, James is progressing successfully through the Royal Academy of Dance ballet grades.  Provided with the tools and techniques to proceed to the next level each year, James has consistently achieved distinctions in his exams. The school adapted well to the challenges of the pandemic with classes available online and this has continued to be offered to those who find it difficult to get to the studio.  If your child is looking to dance for fun or take it more seriously by taking the exams, I can highly recommend the SLSBMD to anyone looking for a professionally run dance school offering exceptional training in classical ballet and modern dance.”

 

—  Karen Sylvester, Parent