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Spring term 2023!

Thursday 5th January 2023

Happy New year to everyone!

We hope you had a lovely Christmas break. We are back to class from Thursday 5th January and I’m looking forward to another successful year. 


Welcome back to a new year. We are very excited to be celebrating 20 years of Rochelle Ballet School & Performing Arts. From starting out as a disco class on a friday afternoon in 2003 to over 250 students and offering many different genre for all ages. When I set out to create the school it was important to me to highlight the importance of ballet as a form of fitness for life! That is why we are predominantly a ballet school. 


It's been such beautiful journey of see some of baby ballet students grow into successful adults. From achievement of gaining places in various dance colleges and dancing professionally to many students gaining places at top university. We are all so proud of all our students!

I have realised that it's much more important to talk about how our school is one great big wonderful family. From the pupils, to the parents and most importantly to me... our fabulous teachers.

All of us at one point have relied on someone from our dancing family for advice, kindness, support or just good old-fashioned friendship, and I'm so lucky to have this circle of like-minded people in my life every day.

I am thankful that I have this great job to not only teach talented students something that I'm so passionate about, but that I get to share my job with people that I truly love.

We still hold our status of 100% pass rate in our exam. We have done so AMAZINGLY well that it would be crazy not to promote it, but this year I just want to say thank you to everyone for making the school what it is today!



We have some exciting news that we will be moving to large studio at Cams Hill School for our Friday Evening Classes


We will be holding our an exam session on 26th March 2023 at Warblington School


Please see our 2023 printable timetable above.​


A reminder that we offer all are student free on-demand classes and resources on our members page. Code can be found on your invoice.


We’re ready for all our all new and old students to join us this week.

Our accredited dance school with qualified teachers that teach all dancers safely and correctly. Our results speak for themselves. Contact us today to start your child on our classes taught by professional teachers.

Spring Term 2023 

  • Term Begins: Thursday 5th January

  • Half Term - No Dancing: Monday 13th February - Sunday 19th February 2023

  • Last Class: Saturday 1st April 2023

11 & 12  week term

RBS&PA team are all looking forward to seeing you all soon!

Girls Lacing Up Their Ballet Shoes

Autumn term 2022!

Wednesday 7th September 2022

Welcome back to a new term. It has been wonderful to see everyone and hear all about your lovely summer holiday updates.

RBS&PA & ISTD Joins with people around the world in mourning the loss of Queen Elizabeth ll.

For 70 years, she represented stability and strength as Queen of the united kingdom and Commonwealth. We share our condolences with her family, and we celebrate her lasting legacy to the arts and dance.

Please note: Classes are cancelled on Monday 19th September for the Queen's state funeral - Please see timetable for catch up classes.

Autumn Term 2022:

Term Begins: Wednesday 7th September 2022

State funeral - No classes 19th September

Half Term - No Dancing: Monday 24th October - Sunday 30th October 2022

Last Class: Saturday 17th December 2022

13 & 14 week term



We have some exciting news that we have a new Barre fitness at PORTCHESTER METHODIST CHURCH hall 7:30pm -8:30pm worth booking in advance.

We will be holding our an exam session in Feb 2023

Please see our printable timetable above.​

RBS&PA team are all looking forward to seeing you all soon!

Ballet Shoes

New Year 2022!

Wednesday 5th Jan 2022

We hope you have all had a lovely Christmas break. We are looking forward to welcoming many new students to our studio this year.

Even though it's been a crazy couple of years with covid we are starting to enjoy the relaxed rules and feel we can enjoy a little more normality in and around the school. Being back to a place where student's can come and be themselves and have the best time. It's so lovely to see all those lockdown babies interact and meet new faces that will be their dance friends for life. Not forgetting those special long term dance friends that were created all those  years ago. Such a beautiful sight, my heart bursts with so much love and joy for each and every student.


We have some exciting news that we have a new technique, stretch and strengthening class (8yrs+) at Warblington School 11:30am -12:30PM worth booking in advance.

We will be hold our Open day earlier this year ~

A date will be released soon. 

Please see our printable timetable above.​


Spring Term 2022  

  • Term Begins: Wednesday 5th January

  • Half Term - No Dancing: Monday 21st February - Sunday 27th February 2022

  • Last Class: Saturday 9th April 2022

12 & 13  week term

RBS&PA team are all looking forward to seeing you all soon!

Ballet Shoes
Ballet School

Welcome back!

Friday 3rd September 2021

We hope you have all had a lovely summer break and looking forward to getting back to class with a little more normality.

We have some exciting news that we have a new adult fitness class (13yrs+) starting on Saturday 4th September at WS. As a welcome back gift we are offering the first 4 classes free to all existing students and one parent per child the chance to have a bit of Saturday fun (11:30am -12:30PM) worth booking in advance.

We have a few places left in our new adult tap class at PMCH. 

Please see our printable timetable above.

 Any missed placed invoices can be sent via email before we return.


Autumn Term 2021: 

  • Term Begins:  Friday 3rd September 2021

  • Half Term - No Dancing: Monday 25th October - 31st  October 2021

  • Last Class:  Thursday 16th December 2021

14 week term

RBS&PA team are all looking forward to seeing you all next week!

Lacing Up Shoes
Ballerinas Sitting in a Circle

Returning to class

Returning to in person studio classes from

19th April 2021

I would like to start by saying well done & huge thank you for those that have continued with our zoom classes and to those that have been waiting patiently for our face to face classes. We are all very excited to be returning to our in person, Covid safe studio classes and seeing all our friends again.

Childrens classes starting from 19th April 2021

Adult classes starting from 17th May 2021

Our adult classes will continue on zoom after the Easter Break. Once we have started back in person our Wednesday night adult zoom class will start.

All our students will receive our updates and invoices via email before we return. I would be very grateful if you could confirm that the email has been received.

Wishing everyone a wonderful Easter Break!

Ballerinas Stretching
Ballet Practice

Covid 19 update

20th January 2021 

Spring Term - Will commence from January 18th with classes being delivered via zoom, with a reduced timetable - Codes will be email before your class, along with being on our members only web page.

Dear Parents/ Guardian and students,


Thanks again for you patients. I hope you have all received your email update on the 8th January. As I’m sure most of you know from our website and email, we have delayed opening until this week, for Spring Term on Zoom, hopefully for the very last time!

We will be keeping an eye on the government updates and will be reviewing this regularly so remaining positive, we will hopefully get some studio classes in before the end of the term. But for now, let’s embrace the fact that students can still receive their training online.

Our intention as always, is to ensure that our students still receive the highest quality dance training whilst staying on track with their progressions. It is important to us that our students have a personal and enjoyable experience of Zoom classes; we shall be mixing it up a little bit this term and adding some opportunities for student interaction and team challenges, with also the chance to brush up on their technique, throughout this stint on Zoom.

The thought of Zoom could leave us feeling deflated, but let's try our best to see the good in the provision of Zoom. Our students love being a part of RBS&PA and for many it is their happy place. Along with zoom classes our students have the use of our pre-recorded classes on our website.

You will receive an email with the Zoom codes before your class is scheduled, this will also be on our student members page You can find our zoom timetable here

Thank you all for your continued support and look forward to when we return to some normality. If you have any questions please don't hesitate to get in contact.

Our very best wishes, Vanessa and the team.

Ballet Practice
Girl Lacing Up Her Shoes

Covid 19 update

30th December 2020 

Spring Term - Will commence from January 18th with classes being delivered via zoom, with a reduced timetable - Codes will be email before your class, along with being on our members only web page.

Spring Term - Will go ahead from the week of January 18th with classes being delivered via zoom or in-studio as hoped, returning to our COVID secure timetable with the restrictions still in place.

As a result of yesterday Covid announcement, unfortunately, we are still in Tier 4. The government guidance states that under Tier 4 restrictions all Dance Schools/ Dance Class providers must close in-person teaching.

Spring Term will still go ahead from the week of January 18th with classes being delivered via Zoom, or in-studio as hoped.

It seems as though this may well be the final push so that our lives can all resume to some sort of normality as soon as possible. We are all feeling the strain of covid and so let’s all push through and keep supporting our students training by whatever means we can.

We will, as usual, keep you all posted throughout the next couple of weeks with any changes that are in place, your unfailing support has been incredible this year and we are so grateful that we have been able to continue working with you all throughout the madness of 2020. Due to all your positive attitude everyone's training hasn’t been hindered by the circumstances we have all been faced with.

We are very proud of all of our students and we are fully committed to each and every one of them, we look forward to working with all our students in January.

Wishing everyone a happy new year. Let's hope a real difference will be made in the coming months of 2021. Keep Safe and well!


Best wishes,

Vanessa and the team.

Girl Lacing Up Her Ballet Shoes
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Update: 18th December 2020

Sadly our fellow student and my beautiful mother passed away in her sleep on Thursday morning of 17th December. After her long battle I feel at peace knowing that mum can rest now.

Mum had always had a passion for dance, but as a child had to save up her own money to get herself to dance classes for a short time, due to my grandad being in the Army.

Mum's passion for dance certainly rubbed off on to me. As RBS&PA grew. I was lucky enough to offer adult classes in 2008, which gave mum the opportunity to return to her love of dance. Mum is a real inspiration; dancing until she was 80yrs old.

We have so many happy memories to cherish; she will live on in our hearts forever. Mum will be deeply missed and there are few words to express the deep pain and sorrow of losing her. She will be dancing with the angels now.

Marie Searle 1939-2020

We celebrated mum's birthday the following evening with letting off balloons with messages.


Covid -19 update:  11th December 2020


Dear Parents and Guardian,


We received a email from Warblington school late afternoon today. Sadly we won’t be running classes this Saturday 12th December and Thursday 17th December due to Warblington School early closure, as they have a confirmed case of an a-symptomatic student. It is worth keeping an eye on our latest news too, just in case you miss an email update.


Due to the short notice we won’t be able to run zoom classes. Apart from these two dates all other classes will continue to run in Portchester until Wednesday 16th December.


To all the parents and students we won’t see now. We would like to wishing you all a safe and happy Christmas and look forward to seeing you all in the new year.


Best wishes


Vanessa Searle





Dear All


Following reviewing our risk assessment, following a confirmed case of an a-symptomatic student and heighten risk to staff and students, prior to the Christmas break, I have taken the decision to suspend all lets which take place inside the school premises from Friday 11 December at 21:00 until the situation can be reviewed upon our return to school after the break.


I will be in contact with you the week beginning 4th January 2021.


We thank you for your cooperation and understanding and wish you a very safe and healthy Christmas.


Kind regards



Mike Hartnell
Head Teacher



Hilary Parry
Community Lettings

DL-02392 485 160

Mon-Fri 9.00am—12.30pm Term Time Only



Warblington School, Southleigh Road, Havant  PO9 2RR

Tel: 023 9247 5480


Covid -19 update: From 2nd Dec - Returning to our COVID secure timetable with the restrictions still in place
November 28, 2020

Dear All

Following on from the Government’s announcement and the confirmation that we are in Tier 2...


We are so excited that we can confirm that all children's classes can resume face to face classes at Rochelle Ballet School and Performing Arts can open From Wednesday 2nd December! We will be returning to our COVID secure timetable with the restrictions still in place to ensure the safety of all our members. We looking forward to seeing you all again in person!

For our Thursday classes we are extremely luck to have Kathryn Relf taking over these classes. You can find her profile here.


We are please to confirm our adult ballet classes below.

Thank you for your patient and understanding with us whilst we check and double check when we can reopen adult classes. Our students safety is of high priority and we want to make sure all government guidelines are met. We hope to be seeing you all very soon in person.  

Friday Morning Class - In person at The Methodist church hall 11.15am (this is located next to the Parish Hall)

Friday Evening Class - In person at The Methodist church hall

Saturday Morning Classes - In person at Warblington School

Monday evening Classes - In person at The Methodist church hall

Wednesday evening Class- Zoom 6-7pm

Adult ballet classes can continue if it possible for people to avoid mixing with people they do not live with ( share a support bubble with) As we have social distancing measures in place please strictly ensure we adhere to our Covid-19 - secure procedures and when returning you are agreeing to follow all the guidance.

Please find our Cover-19 - secure procedures at our Guest room you will need our code -

We are looking forward to welcoming our students back.

Vanessa x

Covid -19 update: October 31, 2020 Classes will continue in-person Mon-Wed this week. After classes will continue via Zoom

Following the Government’s announcement on Saturday, we will be holding our normal classes Mon-Weds this week and then we'll be online taking zoom classes for the following 4 weeks!

Please bare with us whilst we set up zoom classes. Despite this being far from ideal, we know that if we can all come together we can make it work for us and continue to learn, have fun and keep dancing.

Please see our on-line zoom page here: If you need any Zoom class codes please text or call 07754001970. Alternatively you can find them on our students members web page along with our pre-recorded on demand classes.

Finger crossed it will just be for the 4 weeks and lockdown will do it job in the fight to keep numbers down.

My thoughts are with you all at this time and we are here for all of you if you need anything please don't hesitate to get in contact. Stay safe!

Vanessa x

Happy world Ballet Day!
October 29, 2020

Happy world Ballet Day! Enjoy the live streams. From everyone at Rochelle Ballet School & Performing Arts.  #WorldBalletDay

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September 03, 2020

So excited to announce we will be reopening FRIDAY 4th SEPTEMBER.

We do have a limited number of spaces available in a couple of classes. Please contact us to book your place.

Our Covid-19 guidance must be read before you attend class. Please find this on our student guest page.


We are very excited to welcome back the very popular and brilliant Lloyd Kingston for our Thursday Musical theatre/Street dance and Contemporary. Call 07754001970 to book your place.

PLEASE NOTE: Our new time of 11.15am for our Friday morning classes. (PAYG STUDENTS MUST BOOK IN ADVANCE)

Good Luck to two of our wonderful students Jess Ashley and Alice Cork they will be leaving us to start their new adventure at Canterbury University and Gloucestshire University to study dance. Congratulation girls, we look forward to watching your future dance careers unfold. We are all very proud of you.

Also Good Luck to all those starting back to school or College x


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Goverment go a head for 25th July up-date.
July 09, 2020

Hello to all our lovely RBS&PA students and parents. We hope you are all well and safe and continuing to enjoy our On-Demand classes. There will be more to come soon...


We are pleased and excited to announce. The Government has given the go ahead for 25th July for indoor classes to go ahead. We can now start to plan and put in place measures that mean students can return to classes safely. Please be a little more patient as we finalise all the guidelines to keep us all safe.  I will be undertaking a Covid-19 risk assessment this will outline the procedures we need to put in place. You will be all updated with details of how classes will run in September. 


We will be offering private lessons in Portchester during the school holidays for those that are interested please text or email to book a place from Tuesday 28th July.

Term starts back on Friday 4th September.

Thank you to everyone for supporting RBS&PA through this unprecedented and very difficult time. I feel incredibly lucky to have such wonderful students and teacher who have stood by us and have been so patient in waiting for RBS&PA to reopen the doors. Not to much longer now!

We are looking forward to seeing you all dancing again soon.


UPDATE 18/08/20

Please find our Cover-19 Guidance at our Guest room -

Please contact me if you need a reminder of our code.


Free On-Demand Ballet classes for all our students

May 28, 2020

We hope you are all enjoying and using our free On- Demand classes. We currently have Baby class, Pre-Primary, Primary, Beginners Ballet Barre and Grade 1-5. - If you have forgotten or need the code please email or text me for the password code.

We hope to be holding a autumn exam session. So keep practicing hard! We have all the extra free music for practice of the free enchainments. If you have any question about the class work, please call or email or feel free to send a video of yourself if you need corrections.

Warm Wishes

Miss Vanessa

Free On-line Ballet Classes
April 01, 2020

Dear all,

I hope you are all well and coping with the social distancing. Some of you may know I have been unwell over the past couple of weeks. Thank you to those that have been in contact and your get well soon messages. All my plans to getting classes on-line had been put on hold. Now I am feeling closer to being better. I have a new free on-line dance classes page for all our lovely students. Please contact me for the password. We currently have a couple of videos of me dancing in professional shows. So enjoy! 

We will be starting with the on-demand classes and then progress to live streaming. You will receive an email once they are up.

In the meantime keep practicing at home with your DVD's and Syllabus and feel free to contact me if you have any questions. Don't forget we also have lots of fun links and activities for all ages at

Vanessa x

Workshop Ballet Keeley, jade, Laura, Hea

UPDATE News Coronavirus (COVID-19)

March 19, 2020

UPDATE  CORONAVIRUS 19/03/20 - Rochelle Ballet School & Performing Arts


Dear all,


It is with a heavy heart that we have taken the decision to cancel all further classes this term from today at RBS&PA 💔 Our students, families and staff are our main priority and we are committed to maintaining the health and well-being of everyone, therefore know this is the right thing to do in this very difficult situation. We continue to follow the advice from the government and are monitoring the situation closely. 


Due to the uncertainty, we have no idea going forward how much this will effect future plans, Exams, Open day but promise we will keep you posted along the way. 17 years of RBS&PA, nothings going to stop us!


We hope and pray we are able to return after Easter, but in the meantime will be offering all of our students online support, dance challenges, activities and fun things to do at home to keep you all dancing and performing! We want to stay in touch with you ALL, so please message, email, FaceTime, WhatsApp us - We need to see your lovely faces!! 💕


For the missed classes, I will be offering a free workshop, when we return to normality. I am currently working towards creating on-line classes. I will be in contact to let you know if I managed to achieve this.


All the best, stay safe and well.


Vanessa Searle xx


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Like many organisations around the world, Rochelle Ballet School and Performing Arts is watching the news about COVID-19 closely.

We are committed to maintaining the health and well-being of our students and staff. We continue to follow the advice from the government and are monitoring the situation closely. Wherever possible, we are maintaining our timetable of classes, but request that you follow the precautions set out in the government advisory pages if planning to attend an classes or if you have recently returned from overseas. We will be ensuring all equipment is wiped down between each class.

NHS Overview:
Provides information on what the coronavirus is, what the risks are and how to avoid catching and spreading coronavirus – and the main guidelines:

  1. If you have been in contact with someone with coronavirus or have returned from an affected area identified by the Chief Medical Officer as high risk and you are feeling unwell with a cough, difficulty breathing or fever, stay at home and use the NHS 111 online coronavirus service or call NHS 111.

  2. Wash your hands more often than usual, for 20 seconds using soap and hot water, particularly after coughing, sneezing and blowing your nose, or after being in public areas where other people are doing so. Use hand sanitiser if that’s all you have access to.

  3. To reduce the spread of germs when you cough or sneeze, cover your mouth and nose with a tissue, or your sleeve (not your hands) if you don’t have a tissue, and throw the tissue away immediately. Then wash your hands or use a hand sanitising gel.

  4. Clean and disinfect regularly touched objects and surfaces using your regular cleaning products to reduce the risk of passing the infection on to other people.

The NHS Overview states, "Most people can continue to go to work, school and other public places. You only need to stay away from public places (self-isolate) if advised to by the 111 online coronavirus service or a medical professional".

While RBS&PA is not qualified to provide guidance beyond what the government has issued here is a round-up of useful sites:

Coronavirus (COVID-19): UK government response

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