The Legat School of Dance was originally founded in 1939 by Madame N Legat, making it the oldest vocational dance boarding school in the UK. We are very proud of the fact that we will celebrate our 75th anniversary in 2014.
The Legat School of dance is situated at Bede's School which has two stunning locations; one right next to Beachy Head in Eastbourne, for students from 2 - 13, and one in the heart of the Sussex countryside. We have stunning boarding accommodation and welcome students from across the globe.
Dance is an integral element of the curriculum at our Preparatory School in Eastbourne, and students can audition for the Legat vocational programme from year 5.
Our Prep School Legat programme runs for years 5 - 8, with the full Legat programme running at our Senior School from years 9 - 13. We welcome applications for any year group.
Ballet is at the heart of our curriculum, and students also study Contemporary, Jazz/Modern, Musical Theatre and Tap. We provide audition training and support, including preparation of songs and monologues.
Classes are held in our light and spacious dance studios. We have a studio theatre on site where performances are regularly held, and we also offer performance opportunities in commercial theatres.
Commencing in September 2012 we will be introducing two new BTEC qualifications in Performing Arts (dance). These qualifications will provide academic recognition for the vocational dance training that the students are receiving without diminishing the expectations and demands of what is necessary to pursue a career in the professional dance world.
BTEC Level 2 will be a two year course for Lower Fifth and Upper Fifth and will give the students a three GCSE equivalency and 21 hours of dance per week. These students will also have the opportunity to take up to seven more academic GCSE subjects and gain UCAS points from the external RAD and ISTD exams.
BTEC Level 3, Extended Diploma, will be a two year course for Sixth Formers which will give the students a three A Level equivalency and 26.5 hours of dance weekly. There will be further opportunity to take up to another two academic A Level subjects and gain UCAS points from the external RAD and ISTD exams.
Our aim is to train professional, employable dancers who will go on either directly into the profession, or on to further vocational training, either at 16 or at 18. Past Legat pupils have gone on to complete their training at Elmhurst School for Dance, Central School of Ballet, Laine Theatre Arts, Laban, Millenium Dance, London Studio Centre, London Contemporary Dance School and many other prestigious schools.