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  • THE BALDWIN Posted on 11 January 2018

    Parents/Students Please can you make sure that on entering and leaving the Baldwin Institute that the door closes properly behind you. As you know we have a keypad on the door with a code so that the door remains closed and locked during classes in the evening. It cannot be left to close on its own - the latch must be reset. For the safety of all of our students and their property can I ask that extra care is taken.
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Welcome to the website for the Susan Handy School of Dance

This is the place to find out what's going on and coming up.


New this term we have Acro Jazz classes in Old Windsor.

For all details please go to the new classes section below and come along for a free trial.




We had some superb exam results from our Modern exams in December, we couldn’t be prouder of you.  This term we have more exams for our Eton and Windsor branch who will be taking their ballet exams on the 3rd and 4th February, details are being sent out shortly.

Once again we encourage you to take part in the Cecchetti Choreographic Competition which is taking place on Sunday 11th March.  This is a very popular, long established event and young dancers studying the Cecchetti method have the opportunity to develop their skills in the world of choreography.

The Choreographic Competition was for many years under the organisation of Barbara Geoghegan - the earliest programme is dated 1963. Cyril Beaumont was one of the first adjudicators and Ena Child was invited to adjudicate the musicality of the competitors.  Susan Handy, Juliet Locks and Wendy Mitchell in their turn all lead, developed and promoted the Competition and the current organisers are Claire Hern and Belinda Payne, who work with the support of the Cecchetti Group and their Chair, Elizabeth James.  Today adjudicators include dance artists or respected members of the teaching profession who bring their own choreographic experience and expertise to inform their adjudication.

The Choreographic Competition has three sections, and each section is sub-divided into solos, duets and groups.

Entry Criteria

Junior - aged 7 to 11 years
Middle - aged 11 to 14 years
Senior - aged 14 to 18 years

Please download a form from the downloads page if you would like to take part.  The Closing date is Monday 12th February.


Don't forget to check out our Events page for all the events we have coming up.

We would like to share some of our successes last term:

The final total from the Christmas Concert for Reuben’s Fight was £4362.67 which means that combined with the summer concert they raised over £10,000 last year which is fantastic. 

Here is a lovely picture of the Musical Theatre troupe who performed at the event. It was an exciting opportunity for the students to perform with performers with amazing theatre credits. Something they will treasure for a lifetime!


More congratulations go out to
    Ellie Lawrance for her wonderful choreography for the Windsor Boys School production of Beauty and the Beast. 

    Iris Gazet who won the Cecchetti Classical Ballet Children’s Award.

    Kitty Cox-Harrison won the Cecchetti Associates Performance Award – the Lower Junior Mabel Ryan Award.

    Tilly Medcalf and Harry Weston who received Commendations in the Junior Mabel Ryan Award.

    Millie Marriott for a Commendation in the Middle Mabel Ryan Awards.

   Harry Weston who has been offered a place in the London Children's Ballet production of the Canterville Ghost to be performed in London this year.

And finally to Tia and Connie Groom who performed in the pantomime Aladdin at Magnet Leisure Center, Maidenhead. They performed alongside CHANNEL 4’S GOGGLEBOX FAVOURITE Sandra Martin And CBEEBIES PRESENTER Nisha Anil! What an amazing experience for them!


Well done to all of you!



Many of you ask the difference between the Grade and Standard exams and classes.  We have therefore included this information in the available downloads for your perusal below and on the Contact Us page.



​A great tutorial to help achieve the perfect bun Click Here



Click Here to help you with sewing the ribbons onto your pointe shoes. Happy Sewing! 

New Classes

Brand New Acro Jazz (7+) Tuesdays 4.30-5.30pm Old Windsor

Grade 1 Modern (6+) Thursdays 4.30-5.15pm Eton Wick
Grade 1 Tap (6+) Thursdays 5.15-6.00pm Eton Wick

GCSE Dance (13+) Eton and Woking - Please email the office for details.

Come along for a FREE trial class to any of our classes.

Adult Ballet Stretch - Baldwin Institute Wednesdays 7.00-8.00pm

Beginners Adult Tap - The Scout Hut, Datchet Wednesdays 8.30-9.15pm

Adult Ballet Stretch - Bishop David Brown School, Woking Wednesdays 8.00-9.00pm

Please note that all trial classes must be booked in advance by emailing the office or calling 07515 270432.

If your child decides that this is not for her/him, there is no charge or obligation.

For your trial class, please dress your child comfortably. Girls, if you don’t have a leotard please wear leggings or a skirt and T-shirt. Boys, a pair of shorts and T-shirt is appropriate. If ballet shoes are not available the trial class should be danced in bare feet.

If your child needs your presence in the classroom during the first class, this is fine. Once she/he is settled in class, however, we do prefer that you leave them to it, except for music & movement classes where you are able to watch each week. 

If you would like to continue with classes then you may join for the remainder of the term and will be charged on a pro rata basis. You will need to complete the Booking Form (downloadable) and send it to Susan Handy School of Dance, 20 Eton Road, Datchet, Berkshire SL4 9AY, together with the Registration Fee (£20), once received an invoice will be sent to you for the terms fees.

Once you have joined, please be on time for each class! Being late disturbs the children already in class and often makes the latecomers uncomfortable.  If you are late, please ensure that your child is completely ready before quietly entering the room. Parents are asked not to interrupt the class once it has started.

Please be advised that the taking of photographs in the classroom is strictly prohibited except on our special “Watching Days” at the end of each term.

Contact Details

Susan Handy School of Dance Office Only
20 Eton Road, Datchet, Berkshire SL3 9AY
01753 542672

Email:  Eton/Windsor/Datchet
​           office@susanhandydance.co.uk
Holyport College

Tuesday - Wednesday – Thursday
09:30 to 2.30pm
Jane Lidgate - Finance Director/Senior Administrator - 07515 270432
Liz Penness - Administrator for Woking - 07592 874958