Welcome to

Harpenden Dance School

Harpenden Dance School is based in Hertfordshire (Herts), established in 1982 as Louise Sheaves School of Dance, changing to HDS in 2017. We offer classes for children aged from 2 years+. Our timetable of dance styles include Ballet, Pointe, Tap, Modern Theatre, and Contemporary Jazz, plus adult classes for Ballet-Tone, Tap, and Jazz. Approximately 400 pupils attend weekly lessons.

Philippa O’Donovan assisted by a team of teachers bringing a wealth of qualifications and experience to the school which also enjoys the benefits of talented pianists in all of our ballet and pre-school dance classes.

Pupils have the opportunity to be entered for examinations with the Royal Academy of Dance and/or the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing.


Tiptoe Toddlers






Modern/ Jazz

Dance is a fun way for anyone to stay active and increase fitness.

At Harpenden Dance School we are proud to be friendly and inclusive. We are passionate about helping everyone to develop important physical and transferable skills in a nurturing and creative environment, whether dancing recreationally or working towards a professional career.





CONGRATULATIONS AND THANK YOU to everyone who helped to make “The Accidental Stowaway” such a success. We had amazing feedback regarding the dancing, choreography, acting, costumes and production of the show and we have loved seeing classes bond and the school come together as a team. We are also very excited to announce that “The…


The Ripple Effect

“The Accidental Stowaway” raised over £8,000 which was split between PARC, CHICKS, and Ripple Africa. Ripple Africa sent us a picture of the bikes they bought with the money we donated – “Our environmental projects cover huge areas which means that our hard working staff spend a large proportion of their day walking to and…

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Harpenden Dance School established 1982

Harpenden Dance School established 1982