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Novelli Stage School has been established for over 50 years and has given thousands of students the gift of dance. We offer a wide range of subjects for all ages and pride ourselves in being a friendly school who cares about each student who walks through our doors.

We offer our students graded examinations, festival work, in which our students compete, private one to ones and performance work, including shows and events. All of our examinations are taken through the 'British Theatre Dance Association' which are members of CDET (Council for Dance Education and Training.). These examinations are accredited with the GQA, meaning that students taking higher grades, are now recognised as taking the equivalent of a GCSE. 


Our teaching faculty are all fully qualified and registered teachers, through the association BTDA, and hold up to date DBS and first aid certificates. 

Meet the Teachers...


Laura Merritt 



B.T.D.A Registered teacher

B.T.D.A Diploma qualifications in Ballet/Jazz/Tap

Trinity Diploma in Musical Theatre

CRB checked and First aid certificate held 


I started Novelli Stage School from the age of three, then continued my training at Leicester College of Performing Arts. I trained professionally in all subjects and finished my course with a BTDA Diploma & Trinity Diploma in musical theatre. I then went on to perform professionally and worked with companies such as Norwegian Cruise Line, Disney Land Paris, Extravaganza Productions & Pinewood Films, before going on to gain my teaching qualifications in all subjects. I have a passion for dance, choreography and performing and l love being able to pass on my skills and love of dance to others.

Nicola Grainger  




B.T.D.A Registered teacher

BTEC National Diploma in Childcare 

CRB checked and First aid certificate held 

I began my training at Novelli Stage School when I was three-years-old. Successfully gaining all examinations, up-to and including all teaching qualifications in Ballet, Greek, Modern Jazz, Tap, Acrobatics & Lyrical. I have had a lot of experience in performance and have been successful in many competitions, including major championships and All England Finals. My passion and enthusiasm has grown through the years, alongside my affinity for the school. 

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