Principal Academy of Dance and Theatre Arts


Hear From Some of Our Students Past and Present

“I have loved every second being at Principal Academy of Dance (PAD). It has helped me grow so much, not only as a performer but also as a person. PAD prepares you perfectly for the performing arts industry. With the amazing well-trained and experienced teachers we learn how to manage and cope with the hard work and hours required to survive this industry. PAD has really helped boost my confidence with the amount of personal care and attention the Academy shows to each and every student. Starting at PAD was one of the best choices I have ever made”.

Joanna Money
2nd Year Dance Major

“Undergoing two years of full-time study at Principal Academy fully prepared me for the professional industry. A combination of world-class training, an incredibly knowledgeable faculty of professionals and hard work creates a highly recognised course which made my time studying as a dance major realistic, educational and enjoyable. I am now working in an internationally acclaimed duo act currently performing on cruise ships and in the UK and very grateful for the ongoing support from the Academy”.

Rebecca Borromei
Cameo Rascale

“Training at PAD was the most rewarding experience, which has given me the skills to work in the professional dance industry. After graduating, I secured a contract as a dancer with Carnival Cruise Lines and I know that this would never have happened if it weren’t for the support and help of the faculty and fellow students. The training I received at Principal Academy fully prepared me for the industry as I am accustomed to the long hours and intense training that are required in my contract. I am so grateful for all the opportunities I received as a student at the Academy and the continued support I received after graduating”.

Kaitlyn Barnard
Dancer – Carnival Cruises

“My training at Principal Academy could not have prepared me better for the industry. I finished my qualification and walked out of the doors straight into a job as Dance Captain for Celebrity Cruises where I not only had the physical skill set necessary, but also the emotional and psychological maturity to handle the pressures of the job. I cannot thank the faculty at Principal Academy enough for providing such an excellent course, which gave me exactly what I needed to succeed in the industry”.

Brooke Barlow
Dance Captain – Celebrity Cruises

“My training at PAD really helped me develop as a technician and a performer. In my three years of study, I discovered who I was as an entertainer and where my strengths lied. As a result of the training I received, I was able to turn the raw talent and abilities I had into a bankable craft and skill set. The growth I experienced throughout my studies has resulted in successful auditions for Norwegian Cruises and Disneyland Paris, and has landed me a contract with Dubai Parks and Resorts. I would not have gotten to where I am today if not for the training and tutelage I received from the talented and industry savvy staff made available to us at Principal Academy. I owe a lot of what I have achieved to them and to the patience they showed me and potential they saw and brought out of me”.

Jesse Waghorn
Dancer/Actor – Bahamas Paradise Cruises

“Principal Academy taught me the skills I need to make it in the industry as a professional dancer. I am currently dancing for Royal Caribbean Cruises and can confidently say I would not have made it this far without my training at PAD. I highly recommend studying here if performing as a professional is something you want to do”.

Alexander Braghieri
Dancer – Royal Caribbean Cruises

“Studying at Principal Academy has shaped my life in so many ways. I am grateful that PAD gave me a solid foundation of skills, knowledge, confidence and humility to tackle the Musical Theatre industry. It showed me that with hard work and dedication you can achieve anything. I am terribly proud to have trained at PAD; now I’ve recently moved to London and excited to see where my career will take me”.

Hayley Reeve
Singer and Performer – Iberostar Hotels and Resorts

“Before Principal Academy, I never thought that I would be good enough to be a dancer. Since training with some of the greatest industry professionals I now believe that I will be successful in this industry doing what I love – dancing.”

Renée Parcell
2nd Year Dance Major

“PAD has given me the chance to do what I love every day, I get to discover and learn more about myself, the art of performing and the working world. The faculty is more than experienced and I wouldn’t trust anyone else with my education and my future career. They have instilled confidence, knowledge and faith in me that if I put my mind to anything i will be able to achieve it.”

Brianna Major
Dance Graduate 2016

“Always being pushed past what I think I’m capable of in the most nurturing way with the most passionate teachers is something I’ll forever cherish and thank Principal Academy for! It’s taught me to never give up and to believe in yourself because you can achieve great things!”

Cassie Brown
2nd Year Dance Major

“The teachers at PAD have instilled in me a thorough knowledge of all aspects of the dance world. Because of this I feel confident and well equipped to take on any challenge”

Monica Willet
2nd Year Dance Major

“Principal Academy has made me industry ready, teaching me an industry level qualification that is current and up to date and taught by teachers that are still in the industry. Principal academy of dance has taught me to be well-rounded in all disciplines to make me a true triple threat.”

Kier Shoosmith
Musical Theatre Graduate 2016

“Every day I pinch myself. It’s awesome to work closely, every day, with industry professionals. No matter your level of performance, Principal Academy will have you ready to tackle the industry head on. They equip you with all the tools you need to become a truly versatile, triple threat performer.”

Mark Retzlaff
1st Year Musical Theatre Major

“I’ve been at PAD for three years first as a part timer, and now as a full timer. I have grown and learnt so much in my time here, the quality of teaching is excellent with so many industry professionals and the opportunities are endless. I am truly excited to see where PAD will help me take my career”.

Natalie Oakes
1st Year Dance Major

“PAD has allowed me to find the love and passion of dance to a greater level than I ever have before. Over the past 2 years, I have discovered a lot of life lessons that I will take with me on my journey to a successful career”.

Brooke Holtom
Dance Graduate 2016

“Auditioning for PAD is the best decision I have ever made in my entire life. Ending each day and being able to think ‘Wow, I’ve learnt so much’ while enjoying it is absolutely amazing. The progress that everyone makes each week is astonishing, and that is thanks to all of the amazing teachers, and well-structured timetable at PAD. Going to PAD is making the choice to challenge, improve, and amaze yourself.”

Neisha Rizzo
2nd Year Dance Major

“Principal Academy of Dance has enabled me to increase my skills in the three disciplines of acting, song, and dance. Each day provides a different experience and another chance to challenge myself. Above all Principal Academy has enriched my passion for dance and given me a bubbling anticipation for an exciting career in the performing arts.”

Olivia Clark
2nd Year Musical Theatre Major

“As an Advanced Diploma graduate I can say Principal Academy was definitely the right decision I made to further my learning and development for the performing arts industry. I walked away from the course at Principal Academy not only as a more accomplished dancer, but as a performer with a wider skill set in other aspects of the industry and I have the commitment and dedication of the faculty members to thank for providing me with valuable insights. Upon graduating, I successfully auditioned for Royal Caribbean Cruiselines and was immediately offered a position as a dancer in the company and I haven’t looked back. I have now worked my way up to a position of Dancer/Aerialist in the company. I am so lucky to have the privilege to travel the world and be in a position that enriches my passion.”

Catherine Nolan
Dancer/Aerialist – Royal Caribbean
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