The Welland School of Dancing has been holding classes in Stamford since 1964; Teaching the Royal Academy of Dance (RAD) syllabus for Ballet, and the Imperial Society of Teachers and Dance (ISTD) syllabus for Tap and Modern Theatre Dance. Current principal Anne Desbruslais F.I.S.T.D. C.D.E. took over the school in 1985 and will hand over the running of the school to new principal Maggie Purr A.R.A.D. R.A.D. R.T.S. as of September 2010. Anne Desbruslais will continue to be involved with the Welland School of Dancing in her new capacity as Patron. The school currently has over 800 pupils - April 2008
The school caters for both the serious student (many will go on to professional training and careers in the theatre), and the recreational pupil. Children are accepted from age 2 for Ballet and age 5 for Tap & Modern Theatre. The school has its main full time dance studio in Stamford, based in the Ballroom complex of the former Stamford Hotel circa 1820, with pianists, ballet barres, mirrors and sprung floors; all essential for long term dance training. The school also holds adult classes in ballet, tap & jazz with beginners welcome.